Some of the most famous DC Comics characters include Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. While DC Comics has produced thousands of characters through the years, these three superheroes remain some of the most well-known in the DC universe. Other popular characters include Batgirl, Supergirl, John Constantine, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Aquaman and The Flash.
First appearing in Action Comics #1, Superman's story has been the subject of many comic books, movies and TV series since his 1938 debut. Sent to Earth just before his home planet, Krypton, was destroyed, the baby Kal-El was adopted by human parents. Renamed Clark Kent, the baby grew into a man with many powers, including super strength and flight, which he uses to protect "truth, justice and the American Way."
First appearing in 1939, Batman is unique among superheroes in that he has no superpowers. After witnessing his parents' murder as a child, Bruce Wayne made it his life's work to fight crime and protect the innocent. Whatever he lacks in superpowers, he makes up for in training, cleverness and the will to succeed.
Debuting in 1941, Wonder Woman is one of the earliest female superheroes. She is an Amazonian princess who won the privilege of escorting a human pilot who crashed-landed on her people's island home. Gifted with superpowers, magical weapons and a love of humanity, she fights against evil and injustice in the world.
DC Comics introduced multiple versions of the Flash, each of whom possessed super speed. Two of the most popular Flash characters, Barry Allen and Wally West, gained their powers through lab accidents and decided to use those powers to fight crime.