Every DC Extended Universe Movie Ranked from Worst to Best
Now that Wonder Woman has been released in theaters, the DC Extended Universe now has four films to its credit. The film franchise is home to some of the best characters ever put in a comic book. But how do the films stack up to each other? Here are the rankings of every DC Extended Movie put to screen thus far:
#4: Suicide Squad (2016)
The film’s production schedule had a ton of studio interference, and the final product clearly shows that.
Suicide Squad had the tough job of introducing many new characters that have never been seen on screen in live-action such as Deadshot and Harley Quinn. While those two characters add a lot of fun to the mix, most of the other characters are hollow cardboard cutouts or racial stereotypes.
The story is another issue altogether as it hardly works as a cohesive unit most likely due to the extensive reshoots on the film.
It appears that the people behind Suicide Squad were more serious about making a music video than a movie.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 25%
Metacritic Score: 40
MovieBabble Score: D
*To read my full review of Suicide Squad, please click here.
#3: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Considered by many to be their most anticipated film of all-time before its release, Batman V Superman was vastly underwhelming. Although the film also incurred studio interference, the vision behind the film was also a bit flawed.
The film’s run time is bloated to about two and half hours, and approximately an hour and a half of that time is spent discussing arbitrary traits of gods while other scenes don’t move the plot forward.
At least Ben Affleck was pretty awesome as Batman. The warehouse scene is the best piece of Batman action that has been on the big screen, and it’ll probably stay that way for awhile.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 27%
Metacritic Score: 44
MovieBabble Score: C-
*To read my full review of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, please click here.
#2: Man of Steel (2013)
Zack Snyder’s first film in the DC Extended Universe was very divisive among fans. Looking to update the Superman character from the beloved, yet somewhat campy Christopher Reeve Superman, Henry Cavill’s version shocked many with its grit and darkness. Many people didn’t care for the overblown ending in which General Zod and Superman demolished Metropolis, either.
However, there’s a lot to like about this film, most notably Michael Shannon’s General Zod. One of best comic book movie villains of recent memory, you understand him and why he does what he does. Plus, Shannon has that evil stare down pat.
As soon as that beautiful Hans Zimmer score begins, a lot of the film’s issues dissolve away and you open up to the film’s scope and epic feel.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 55%
Metacritic Score: 55
MovieBabble Score: B
*To read my full review of Man of Steel, please click here.
#1: Wonder Woman (2017)
This period piece does what the previous DC Extended Universe films failed to do by telling a cohesive story without an ounce of cynicism. Wonder Women is full of heart and emotion to the point where you can’t help but admire its feats.
Although the action is pretty stellar, the best moments of Wonder Woman come from the interactions between characters, especially Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. These two are magnetic as the leads of the film, showing solid chemistry in every single moment of the film.
Above all else, Wonder Woman is an important film from a societal perspective without the need to be preachy. It focuses on being a solid movie that is a ton of fun. Women-led superhero films have come a long way since Supergirl in 1984.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 93%
Metacritic Score: 76
MovieBabble Score: A
*To read my full review of Wonder Woman, please click here.
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