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5 Most Adapted Characters in Film

Ever wonder which characters have made the most appearances on the big screen? Here’s your list!


Since the original Batman: The Movie spawned by the TV show in 1966, the Dark Knight has been adapted to the silver screen 12 times, in 2 different series (and 4 animated movies).

Robin Hood

Robin Hood has been adapted to film at least 8 times and many, many more to television. After being played by greats like Douglas Fairbanks, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe, Robin seems to have laid his tights aside in recent times.

Romeo and Juliet

In some form or another, Romeo and Juliet has made it’s way into so many movies that directors all the way from Baz Luhrmann to not-Baz Luhrmann have taken inspiration from it to make their movies.


Cinema went bonkers for Dracula starting in 1920, and he’s been featured in over 200 films since. Ever since film began, everything from Dracula 3000 to Zoltan, Hound of Dracula has been made. In fact, Dracula has had more films made about him than any other figure save one:

Sherlock Holmes

The first film of Sherlock Holmes was made in 1900 and was one reel. It’s less than a minute long. Besides multiple other films—including a 2009 reboot with Robert Downey, Jr.—Sherlock Holmes spawned a series of 14 films from 1939 to 1946 starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Watson.