The historical team-up between “1966 Batman” and “The Green Hornet” is an example of a live-action DC crossover that most viewers would have never imagined.
Batman and Scooby-Doo have had multiple crossovers throughout the years, including animated series and comic books. Other animated properties that interactd with the DC Universe include Looney Tunes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Powerpuff Girls
Although comic books usually have more freedom when it comes to team-ups, some of the weirdest DC crossovers with other franchises happen in movies and TV shows. The DC Universe and its many iterations featured some of the most recognizable characters in all pop culture, including Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman. As a result, any crossovers between the Justice League heroes and other universes have a lot of potential, regardless of the media. While future DCU movies might never get as weird, some unexpected team-ups between DC and other brands have happened throughout the years.
Crossovers featuring DC heroes and other characters owned by Warner Bros. are not too rare, as it is much easier to bring together franchises from the same studio. Even still, properties that most people would never imagine being on the story together have given DC some of its best crossovers. Naturally, most of those unexpected teamed-ups happened in DC Animated movies or shows, as well as other animated properties. From the Justice League/RWBY team-up to an unexpected Arrowverse Crisis on Infinite Earths cameo, here are the weirdest DC movie and TV show crossovers.
10 Justice League & RWBY
Justice League x RWBY, DC’s latest unusual crossover, continues a successful team-up from the comics. The Justice League and the RMBY characters first met in RWBY x Justice League, a comic book mini-series published in 2021. These characters would meet again in Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen Part 1, an animated movie set in the world of RWBY. With no connections to the comic book, the Justice League x RWBY movie saw the DC heroes entering RWBY‘s universe. The sequel, Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen Part 2, premiers on October 2017, 2023, and it will see the RWBY characters visiting the DC Universe.
9 1966 Batman & The Green Hornet
Adam West’s Batman met Bruce Lee’s Kato in an episode of Batman (1966). The Green Hornet show was airing concurrently with the Batman serial, leading to a historical crossover that put Batman and Robin face to face with the Green Hornet and Kato. Van Williams and Bruce Lee reprise their roles as the Green Hornet and Kato, respectively. Initially, there was some animosity between the dynamic duos, leading to a fight between Robin and Kato. A Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet comic book by Kevin Smith based on the “A Piece of the Action” episode would be published decades later.
8 Batman & Scooby-Doo
While this may seem a usual crossover at first, Batman and the Scooby-Doo character have worked together several times. This traces back to The New Scooby-Doo Movies season 1, episode 2, “The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair,” which saw Batman and Robin teaming up with Mystery Inc. Since then, there have been several Batman and Scooby-Doo crossovers, from the animated series to the comic books. More recently, Batman and Scooby-Doo shared a movie in Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which also featured other members of the Justice League.
7 Superman & I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy, a popular sitcom that aired from 1951 to 1957, had a surprising crossover with Adventures of Superman. George Reeves, who played Superman in the 1952 TV series, reprised his role as the DC heroin I Love Lucy season 6, episode 13, “Lucy and Superman.” Interestingly, whether Reeves was playing the actual Superman or an actor playing Superman is open for debate. The character is referred to as Superman and not by the actor’s name, yet the I Love Lucy characters were watching Adventures of Superman at the beginning of the episode.
6 Batman & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
With crossovers in both comics and animation, Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles can be considered superhero partners. The 2019 Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brought this unique combination to the screen in a story that involved several villains from both franchises. This includes Shredder and Ra’s Al Ghul, the main antagonists of the movie. Other Batman characters such as Barbara Gordon, Damian Wayne, and several Arkham Asylum inmates like Harvey Dent and Harley Quinn also appeared. Crossovers between Batman and the Ninja Turtles continue to happen in the comics, and another animated team-up would be no surprise.
5 Batman & The Lord Of The Rings
One of the most bizarre Batman crossovers happened in The Lego Batman Movie. Of course, Batman’s role in The Lego Movie placed Will Arnett’s character in a world where dozens of other franchises coexisted. However, going into The Lego Batman Movie spinoff, it was expected that the film would focus on Batman-related characters only. While this was what happened for the most part, The Lego Batman Movie included Sauron. The Phantom Zone, which had been turned into a prison for the most dangerous supervillains in the universe, including the Eye of Sauron as depicted in The Lord of the Rings movies. Canonically, LEGO Batman helped stop the Dark Lord.
4 Super Friends & Ben 10
Ben 10 met the Justice League, at least the one from Super Friends. This crossover between Ben 10 and the DC Universe happened in the form of a Carton Network commercial celebrating some of the studio’s biggest characters. Ben 10’s titular character ran into Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman in the Hall of Justice’s Break Room. While this was just a fun commercial, seeing Ben 10 discussing afternoon snacks with the Super Friends‘ version of the Justice League could not have been a funnier crossover.
3 Green Lantern Corps & Duck Dodgers
The Looney Tunes characters have interacted with the DC heroes multiple times in many different media. However, the best Looney Tunes/DC crossover happened in the Duck Dodgers show from 2003. Duck Dodgers became a Green Lantern in “The Green Loontern,” which featured the entire Green Lantern Corps. Green Lanterns like Hal Jordan, Joh Stewart, Killowog, and Guy Gardner appeared in an episode that saw Duck Dodgers receive a Green Lantern ring by mistake. “The Green Loontern” was co-written by Paul Dini, who wrote some of the best Batman: The Animated Series episodes.
2 Teen Titans Go! & Powerpuff Girls
Teen Titans Go! featured many crossovers with other properties, both DC and non-DC-related. This includes “TTG v PPG,” an episode that saw the Teen Titans interacting with the Powerpuff Girls. No multiverse storyline was involved, and the Powerpuff Girls simply arrived on the Teen Titans’ tower looking for Mojo Jojo. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup had to convince Beast Biy that Mojo Jogo was an actual threat, and both teams competed to see which one of them was the better superhero.
1 Lucifer & Constantine
Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman #4 brought Lucifer Morningstar into the DC Universe, although The Sandman comic book was not focused on the larger DC Comics lore. Still, even though the Lucifer series is technically a DC show, seeing Tom Ellis’ Lucifer in the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths was surprising. The Lucifer show first aired on Fox, meaning it was never part of The CW’s Arrowverse. Crisis on Infinite Earths used the multiverse as a way to bring together multiple characters from different franchises, including a brief yet fun crossover between Ellis’ Lucifer and Matt Ryan’s John Constantine.
Key Release Dates
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Joker: Folie a Deux
The Batman – Part II
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