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Top 10 DC Cinematic Universe Movies Of All Time

Indeed, this will lead to a calm and reasonable discussion.

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Although the DCEU has had a rocky launch, keep in mind that the MCU also had some bumps along the way. The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 had to be figured out after the excellent Iron Man. The DCEU has caused its fair share of controversy. Still, to its credit, it’s also trying to carve out its niche by sticking to the superhero crossover formula while adopting a voice distinct from Marvel. It hasn’t been simple, and I don’t believe the growing pains are over. Still, it’s fascinating how Warner Bros. works to make their superhero movies successful.

Please note that a DCEU movie has to link with other DC movies, so we haven’t included films like Joker or Catwomaneven though they come from DC Comics. We’ve also not included Zack Snyder’s Justice League because, by Snyder’s admission, the movie is not canon for the DCEU.

We’ll continue to update this list as more DCEU movies are released, and here’s how they currently rank from worst to best.

    1. The Dark Knight (2008)


      One of the best films is frequently praised being The Dark Knight. With the introduction of the Joker and the relentless tension in the third act, the second movie becomes darker than the first. The characters in this movie were also based more on reality than fantasy.

      The Joker himself is one of the best parts of this movie. Heath Ledger did a fantastic job portraying the antagonist and giving him personality while playing with the ideas of order and chaos. However, viewers also adored how relatable Batman was because this movie came the closest to depicting a real-life superhero. The Dark Knight was the most comparable superhero movie to reality, in terms of acting, directing, and script, before and after it was released.

    2. The Snyder Cut(Justice League)


      Justice League’s Snyder Cut was finally made available on HBO Max. Even though it isn’t a part of the DC Extended Universe, it belongs on this list due to its peripheral nature. The Snyder Cut is significantly superior to the Justice League theatrical release. Still, it also serves as evidence that studio editing is sometimes beneficial. The first third of the film, in particular, is meandering, and you get the impression that a good hour or so could be cut from this four-hour epic without any actual loss.

      The star of the Snyder Cut is Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, whose compelling character arc elevates him to the most significant member of the fledgling Justice League. Snyder’s mythic style is well-suited to the final conflict between the Justice League and Steppenwolf’s forces, but Superman’s comeback still proves decisive. Compared to the theatrical cut, it doesn’t feel quite as ridiculous. This is unquestionably one of Zack Snyder’s best superhero films. Warner Bros. erred greatly by initially failing to edit it for a large screen.

    3. Shazam! (2019)


      Billy Batson, a 14-year-old who, by yelling Shazam, acquired abilities that allowed him to become an adult superhero, was first introduced to fans in the film Shazam! One of Shazam’s best villains, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, was also introduced to the audience in the movie. They will do anything to obtain Shazam’s abilities.

      Among the many DC movies, Shazam! It stood out as a film that the whole family could enjoy. This movie had a lighter tone and lots of amusing jokes. Billy also underwent remarkable character growth, going from being a shy youngster to understanding the value of getting assistance from others.

    4. Wonder Woman (2017)


      Fans have been anticipating a high-profile film starring one of the most well-known female comic book characters ever for a long time. A captivating story set during World War I was produced in 2017 by director Patty Jenkins. The origin story of Diana Prince, who left her tiny island home to become the famous hero we know and love today, was depicted in Wonder Woman.

      Wonder Woman broke boundaries for DC films as it was the first movie in the brand’s history to be directed by a woman. The film is better than the usual superhero fare thanks to its witty script and charming performances by Led Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. They both make their characters tremendously appealing, even when fighting countless CGI monsters.

    5. Aquaman


      Starring Jason Momoa as the main character, Aquaman is one of DC’s best movies. While there are CGI issues and the glorified “treasure hunt” plot doesn’t quite work, the great world-building of director James Wan lifts Aquaman as he travels through DC’s Atlantis. Momoa is a superb choice; he and his co-star, Amber Heard, have tremendous chemistry. Wan is a horror director by trade, evident in his use of the Cthulhu mythos and an attack by the terrifying Trench race. However, in a lovely thematic twist, these creatures serve as the Sea King’s first army and most trustworthy allies. The story notes that Aquaman is frequently made fun of for being a superhero who can communicate with fish and turns it into his greatest strength.

      In stark contrast to the earlier DCEU movies is Aquaman. Aquaman maintains its zany energy compared to Man of Steel’s gloomy melancholy. The film is very effective, though the middle of the movie could have used a little editing.

    6. The Suicide Squad


      There will be a strong argument for James Gunn’s DCEU debut to be regarded as the best in the franchise based on early reviews and The Suicide Squad’s reception in early release markets worldwide. It cannot be overstated how distinct the bloody, fast-paced, not-quite-sequel is from its DC movie siblings. Gunn’s film blatantly wallows in the gutter with the losers in a franchise that typically extols the heroes of legend. Gunn has a remarkable talent for making his audience care about the lowest characters, as demonstrated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Guardians of the Galaxy films. This point was pointedly emphasized in The Suicide Squad’s most touching scene. And suppose the popularity of a movie is any indication. In that case, people will flock to see a blockbuster about a giant starfish battling a horde of D-grade DC comic villains.

      Idris Elba’s Bloodsport, John Cena’s Peacemaker, Sylvester Stallone’s King Shark (mo-capped by Steve Agee), David Dastmalchian’s Polka-Dot Man, and especially Daniela Melchior’s Ratcatcher 2 stand out among the cast, which is exceptional even for those with limited screen time. A triumphant revival of Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag and more outstanding performances by Margot Robbie as DCEU totem Harley Quinn round out the recipe for success.

      Perhaps the opening act’s shock comedy set-up contributed to some pacing issues (which gives a few too many characters plot armor for too long). However, The Suicide Squad is just as exciting and daring as its regrettably foolish predecessor. The gore does wade into Troma waters, and it’s not intended for children (which is the point). Gunn nevertheless succeeds in giving each of his characters a standout moment. The proceedings have a significant amount of pathos, which the DCEU hasn’t quite managed to convey thus far.

    7. The Batman


      The status of Batman in upcoming DCEU films is unclear, given that Ben Affleck’s character appears to be leaving the DCEU in The Flash, and Michael Keaton is coming back for Batgirl. In a different reality, Ben Affleck would have been the director and star of Matt Reeves’ The Batman, a drama with an Arkham setting that would have continued his DCEU story. Still, the drama behind the scenes and the passage of time put an end to that possibility.

      Reeves replaced it with a Year Two Batman tale in which Paul Dano’s Riddler was determined to burn the city to the ground because of its hypocrisy and corrupt morality. Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight was battling Gotham’s corruption and his own identity. In a superhero movie that looks nothing like any other, Pattinson’s performance as Batman is outstanding, dissecting the character in a way that has never been done before. It’s impossible not to love the story, even though it heavily borrows from various sources and owes a lot to David Fincher’s films because there are so many interesting, moving elements.

      Paul Dano as a Riddler and Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle both contribute highly to the cast surrounding Pattinson, who is as good as their pedigree would have you believe. He acts like David Fincher’s greatest hits, especially Colin Farrell’s wicked, outrageous Penguin. The excitement of The Batman comes from what comes after spin-off TV shows, a sequel, and the appearance of more villains in this soggy, contradictory world of Gotham. This is true even though the film looks inward for an intriguing portrait of what it means to be the city’s protector and the fine line between hero and monster.

    8. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice


      Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the second movie in Zack Snyder’s loose trilogy of DC movies, is the turning point in the DC Extended Universe. Although Batman v Superman received negative reviews from critics, fans of director Zack Snyder’s visual aesthetic hold it in high regard. The film’s ratings on the website Rotten Tomatoes best demonstrate the discrepancy in opinions; it has a Critic Score of just 28% compared to an Audience Score of 63%.

      Few would disagree that Batman v Superman has issues; it even falls short of the anticipated fight between DC’s two most recognizable heroes. The battle is planned, but it ends quickly and in a way that, to be honest, feels like it came out of the left field (Martha remains infamous). Then it switches to a different movie that kills Superman in a daring but dubious move.

      But it’s possible to criticize Batman v. Superman too harshly. The film’s undeniable greatest strength is the depth of imagery and symbolism that director Zack Snyder wove into it, with Superman depicted as a complex and conflicted Christ figure set against a modern backdrop. One of the highlights is when Gal Gadot is first introduced as Wonder Woman; Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer created an iconic and unforgettable score for the scene.

    9. Man of Steel


      In Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Superman is reimagined as a superhero for the twenty-first century who is both feared and despised by society. The auteur filmmaker continues Christopher Nolan’s work in The Dark Knight Trilogy by crafting a stunning and dramatic retelling of Kal-origin El’s story, devoting more time than any other Superman film to exploring the planet of Krypton. Although Cavill’s somber portrayal differs significantly from Christopher Reeves’, it complements the style and tone of the DCEU’s infancy.

      Contrary to what would happen, controversy centered more on the action than the concepts, particularly the final battle, which uses a lot of CGI and results in shocking amounts of destruction due to Superman and Zod’s fight. Man of Steel was thrilling as a stand-alone movie; in fact, it could have been the ideal opener for a loose series of Superman movies in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. Unfortunately, it evolved into much more; it served as the model for all subsequent DCEU films, transforming Zack Snyder’s Superman, who is admittedly “Elseworlds”-Esque, into the popular perception of the superhero.

    10. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)


      I wish I had liked Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) more. There are many positive aspects to it. The color scheme is vibrant and fun. With Margot Robbie taking on the role of Harley Quinn, the movie purports to be about female emancipation. In this narrative, Harley Quinn isn’t the only woman seeking liberation. This theme connects the stories of Renee Montoya, Black Canary, and Huntress. Additionally, all of the performances are a lot of fun.

      Birds of Prey’s identity crisis stems from its tendency to veer between Tarantino parodies and Deadpool impersonations. It’s a movie with some powerful, unapologetically feminist moments that are contrasted by what appears to be a studio directive to make it more resemble films with a male-dominated cast. Although schizophrenia may oddly complement Harley Quinn’s irrationality, how it is depicted on screen makes the movie feel disjointed and hazy. There are four plotlines, and it seems they are fighting each other. We’re left wondering whether Harley Quinn alone, the Birds of Prey, or Quinn paired with antagonists like Poison Ivy and Catwoman rather than heroic characters would have made Birds of Prey stronger.

      The most annoying aspect of Birds of Prey is that it’s not a particularly good overall film. It’s much better than Suicide Squad and genuinely seems to be thinking about something. You can’t help but feel that Harley Quinn and her fellow DC characters deserved better in how it was carried out.


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