When you can't use Batman in your story ...

by alden-ash | created - 17 Mar 2016 | updated - 28 Nov 2016 | Public

These shows have characters that fill the space Batman would, if he could. The characters have a combination of abilities, gadgets, background, personality traits, etc. similar, or in homage to or in parody of, Bruce Wayne & Batman.

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1. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 461,732 | Gross: $107.51M

Nite Owl

2. Smallville (2001–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 110,499

Oliver Queen / Green Arrow

3. Arrow (2012– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Votes: 385,171

Oliver Queen / Green Arrow

4. The Super Hero Squad Show (2009–2011)
Episode: Whom Continuity Would Destroy! (2010)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Thanos challenges the Grandmaster for the Mindstone. They pit three Squaddies (Iron Man, Hulk & Scarlet Witch) vs the Squadron Supreme (Nighthawk, Hyperion & Power Princess).

Director: Michael Gerard | Stars: Alimi Ballard, Steve Blum, David Boat, Jim Cummings

Votes: 16


5. Avengers Assemble (2013– )
Episode: Terminal Velocity (2015)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

The Squadron Supreme's fastest member Speed Demon is on the loose and wreaking havoc throughout Avengers Tower. Hulk must save the day by fighting the high velocity villain. Meanwhile, the other Avengers face off against Hyperion.

Directors: Jeff Allen, Philip Pignotti | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Fred Tatasciore, Roger Craig Smith, Travis Willingham

Votes: 95


Ted Kord / The Blue Beetle

7. The Blue Beetle: Ted Kord Returns! (2012– )


Ted Kord, AKA The Blue Beetle, Returns, only to be thrust into a new mystery... Why is he back? How is he back? Just what is Dr. Hypnovert's powers?! Explore this and more as you follow ... See full summary »

Stars: Donald McKinney, Christopher D. Turner, Kevin Green, Matthew Brenher

Votes: 19

Ted Kord / The Blue Beetle

8. The Tick (1994–1997)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An invulnerable, somewhat dim, superhero protects The City from all manner of evil-doers.

Stars: Townsend Coleman, Micky Dolenz, Rob Paulsen, Cam Clarke

Votes: 8,393

Die Fledermaus

9. The Tick (2001–2002)

23 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The story of superhero The Tick, based on the popular comic book.

Stars: Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Liz Vassey, Nestor Carbonell

Votes: 4,600


10. Bibleman (1995– )

Family, Sci-Fi

Miles Peterson had everything: Money, power, fame...Until he lost it. Then Miles finds the power of God and harnesses that power to become Bibleman.

Stars: Brady Williams, Willie Aames, Maylo McCaslin, Heather McSmith

Votes: 639


11. Darkwing Duck (1991–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

A bumbling superhero battles crime with the help of his daughter and pilot sidekick.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh, Katie Leigh

Votes: 13,392

Darkwing Duck

12. Larry-Boy! And the Fib from Outer Space! (1997 Video)

Unrated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

When Junior asparagus breaks his Dad's bowling plate, Junior lies about it, then Junior lies more until he can't stop. And his friend fib, grows big and takes over Bumblyburg!

Directors: Chris Olsen, Phil Vischer | Stars: Mike Nawrocki, Tim Gregory, Phil Vischer, Lisa Vischer

Votes: 668


13. Hercules (1998–1999)
Episode: Hercules and the Grim Avenger (1999)

TV-Y | Animation, Action, Adventure

In this light-hearted spoof of Batman, one night, Herc runs into the Grim Avenger, a secretive self-narrating masked superhero-detective with a cape, who watches over the city at night. He's tracking down the Minotaur, so Herc joins him.

Director: Phil Weinstein | Stars: Diedrich Bader, Sandra Bernhard, Tate Donovan, Michael Dorn

Votes: 19


14. Tiny Toon Adventures (1990–1995)
Episode: The Return of Batduck (1992)

TV-G | 22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Plucky wants to be in the newest blockbuster movie of Batman. After a lot of trouble for him and Hamton, they manage an audition. Their performance is a disaster but Plucky lands a part. He quits after finds out he's used as a stunt.

Director: Rich Arons | Stars: Joe Alaskey, Don Messick, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 26


15. Sting of the Black Scorpion (2002 Video)

R | 84 min | Action

This is essentially three episodes of the TV series together. The villains included in this are Firearm, Flashpoint and Clockwise.

Directors: Gwyneth Gibby, Stanley Yung | Stars: Michelle Lintel, Frank Gorshin, Martin Kove, Allen Scotti

Votes: 182

Darcy Walker / Black Scorpion

16. Black Scorpion II: Aftershock (1996)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

Darcy is back on the force, but still fights on as the Black Scorpion because "it's in her nature." This time, she fights Gangster Prankster; and a new villian emerges when the Mayor tries ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Winfrey | Stars: Joan Severance, Whip Hubley, Sherrie Rose, Stoney Jackson

Votes: 637

Darcy Walker / Black Scorpion

17. Black Scorpion (1995)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

A female "BATMAN" with a strong story, intriguing characters, good action pacing... and several opportunities for sex.

Director: Jonathan Winfrey | Stars: Ashley Peldon, Rick Rossovich, Michael Wiseman, Bradford Tatum

Votes: 962

Darcy Walker / Black Scorpion

18. Black Scorpion (2001)

Action, Crime, Drama

The City of Angels is falling apart, and crime pervades the city to the core. The mayor is corrupt, the police are inept, the city needs a figure to take control of the situation. Then in ... See full summary »

Stars: Michelle Lintel, Scott Valentine, BT, Enya Flack

Votes: 353

Darcy Walker / Black Scorpion

19. Black Scorpion Returns (2001 Video)

PG-13 | Action, Crime, Drama

This movie appears to be a compilation of the first two episodes of the Black Scorpion television series.

Director: Gwyneth Gibby | Stars: Guy Boyd, Enya Flack, Martin Kove, Steven Kravitz

Votes: 69

Darcy Walker / Black Scorpion

21. Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures (1987–1988)
Episode: Bat with a Golden Tongue/Mundane Voyage (1988)

TV-Y7 | Animation, Action, Adventure

Mighty's crime-fighting colleague, Bat-Bat, is doing more damage with his stale wisecracks than with his fists. A mighty intervention may be needed. / Mighty and Pearl have to be shrunk to ... See full summary »

Directors: Kent Butterworth, Dave Marshall, Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Patrick Pinney, Bill Farmer, Michael Pataki, Joe Alaskey

Votes: 8


22. Larry Boy: The Cartoon Adventures (2002–2003)

Unrated | 60 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

During times of trouble Larryboy sometimes asks for help. When a statue is made of Larry's help but not him, Larryboy gets jealous and starts putting people down. He doesn't realize that by doing so leads to disaster!

Stars: Shari Belgeau, Marc Graue, Lee Marshall, Mike Nawrocki

Votes: 166

23. Larry-Boy and the Rumor Weed (1999 Video)

Unrated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

Any rumors caught your ear lately? Junior Asparagus and Laura Carrot start spreading rumors, which spread over Bumblyburg like a weed - threatening to engulf the whole town. Larry-Boy ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Vischer | Stars: Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer, G. Bock, Lisa Vischer

Votes: 573

24. VeggieTales: Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple (2006 Video)

Not Rated | 45 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Larryboy, Alfred, and many other citizens of Bumblyberg must face the temptations of the Bad Apple

Director: Tim Hodge | Stars: Doug Griffin, Tim Hodge, Megan Murphy, Mike Nawrocki

Votes: 182

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