SUPERPOWERED: THE DC STORY, a three-part Max Original DC documentary series co-directed by Academy Award® and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks and Peabody Award®-winning and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Mark Catalena, premieres Thursday, July 20th on Max.

The DC docuseries narrated by Rosario Dawson, takes an unprecedented look at DC’s enduring and influential legacy, allowing fans to rediscover the universe of characters as well as the iconic comic book company’s origins, evolution, and nearly nine-decade cultural impact across every artistic medium.

SUPERPOWERED: THE DC STORY reminds us that at the heart of DC are the comics – the four-color fantasies that forever spark the imagination and instill hope.


For over 85 years, DC has been home to a universe of iconic characters and unparalleled storytelling, but its origins began with the brilliant minds who created a Super Hero trinity: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. From survival to revival, DC navigates the birth of the sidekick, parental concerns after WWII, and a corporate takeover amid a struggle to stay current.


During a period of declining comic book sales, a bold move resets DC’s entire universe, as the company decides to also take a gamble on a new Superman movie. While rivals begin to address pressing social issues, a determined DC introduces their first Black Super Hero and breaks story boundaries under their new imprint, Vertigo Comics, with the hopes of maturing comic books into an everlasting adult art form.


Over 60 new and archival interviews with the industry’s most prolific creators, actors, and executives are featured in the docuseries, including Melissa Benoist, Greg Berlanti, Tim Burton, Mike Carlin, Lynda Carter, Henry Cavill, Kaley Cuoco, Gal Gadot, James Gunn, Patty Jenkins, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton, Regina King, Zo Kravitz, Jim Lee, Zachary Levi, Damon Lindelof, and Tom Man.

SUPERPOWERED: THE DC STORY is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in collaboration with Warner Horizon, DC, Berlanti Productions, and Iwerks & Co. The docu-series is executive produced by showrunner Leslie Iwerks, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, Jim Lee, and Doug Prinzivalli, with co-executive producers Mark Catalena, Rachael Jerahian, Jonathan Gabay, and Adam Schlagman. Iwerks and Catalena co-direct the show.