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Every DC Extended Universe Movie Ranked from Worst to Best

To put it lightly, the DC Extended Universe has had its bumps and bruises since its inception with Man of Steel back in 2013.  That being said, it’s still home to some of our greatest heroes, and a bizarre CGI-face that hides a certain mustache.  But how does each film in the universe rank in comparison to each other?

#5: 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.

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*To read my full review of Suicide Squad, please click here.

 

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image via Variety

#4: 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.

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*To read my full review of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, please click here.

 

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#3: Justice League (2017)

Justice League ditches the gloomy, grim feel of previous DC films for something a tad lighter and fun.  But, that doesn’t mean that the film doesn’t have its problems.  The film had numerous issues during production, inlcuding switching directors halfway through.

Originally planned to be a two-hour, forty-five minute epic, Justice League was cut down to a mere two hours, making everything feel incredibly rushed.  There’s no depth to this movie.  Rather than develop characters with intriguing flaws, JL feels like a cartoon, hoping that watching superheroes do superhero-y things will be enough for most audiences.

Justice League also includes one of the most generic villains ever conceived in Steppenwolf.  He wants to destroy the world because…reasons.  Not to mention he looks like a cut scene from a 2007 video game.

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*To read my full review of Justice League, 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.

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*To read my full review of Man of Steel, please click here.

 

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image via HBO.com

#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.

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*To read my full review of Wonder Woman, please click here.

 

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image via USA Today

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12 Responses

  1. Nerd-Feed says:

    Completely agree with your list! Wonder Woman is easily the best so far but I do really like Man of Steel as well.

  2. Pratip says:

    I wonder hasn’t DC already came up with many other movies in their Extended Universe before as individual movies which wasn’t planned to move forward into an untied movie? Green Lantern, Superman Returns, different batman movies, Swamp thing movie, Supergirl movie?

  3. Bookwraiths says:

    I totally agree with you about WW: best of the bunch by a long way. I personally like Dawn of Justice more than Man of Steel, but I did prefer Zod to Lex though. 🙂

  4. Jason says:

    I think #1 is a no-brainer….haha!

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