DC Comics Movies, Ranked

James Gunn's bonkers DCEU entry is here. See where "The Suicide Squad" falls as we rank all the movies spun from the pages of DC Comics.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

DC Comics Movies Ranked - "The Suicide Squad"

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From "Superman" and "The Dark Knight" to "Wonder Woman" and "Joker" – plus, all the DC Comic imprint adaptations in between – we rank all the movies ripped from the pages of DC.

  • 43Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
    Christopher Reeve, Mark Pillow in "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace."

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    Absolutely one of the worst movies ever, and definitely the most terrible DC movie on record. The plot? Something about the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) taking on Lex Luthor's (Gene Hackman) buddy, a He-Man wannabe named Nuclear Man. Does it matter? No. No, it doesn't.

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    Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

    Action / 1987 / PG

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  • 42Catwoman
    Halle Berry in "Catwoman."

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    Halle Berry may look great as a loner artist who acquires super strength and agility and transforms into Catwoman. Unfortunately for her, the look's about the only thing happening for this rotten superhero movie. The film went on to earn Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Actress, Worst Picture, Worst Director, and Worst Screenplay. One of the worst movies of all time? Take a look and see...or don't.

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    Catwoman

    Action / 2004 / PG-13

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  • 41Steel
    Shaquille O'Neal in "Steel."

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    In some universe, the story of an Army scientist (played by ex-pro basketball player Shaquille O'Neal) who fights bad guys in a steel suit is likely a formula for box office success...this is not that universe.

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    Steel

    Action / 1997 / PG-13

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  • 40The Spirit
    Gabriel Macht in "The Spirit."

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    Having a hard time remembering "The Spirit," an adaptation of a DC comic about a risen-from-the-dead police officer (Gabriel Macht) who fights crime in Central City? That's o.k. No one else remembers it, either.

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    The Spirit

    Action / 2008 / PG-13

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  • 39Jonah Hex
    Josh Brolin in "Jonah Hex."

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    Before he was Thanos, he was supernatural gunfighter Jonah Hex. However, Josh Brolin would probably like to snap his finger and make all memories of this genre stinker disappear from the universe. Accompanying him on this failed superhero ride? Respected actor John Malkovich and blockbuster bombshell of the era Megan Fox.

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    Jonah Hex

    Action / 2010 / PG-13

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  • 38Batman & Robin
    George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell in "Batman & Robin."

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    After this Batman movie, Warner Bros. would go on a long hiatus before attempting another one. Blame it on the batnips on George Clooney's costume. Or director Joel Schumacher's over-emphasized camp. Or Arnold Schwarzenegger's ill-advised take on Mr. Freeze. Whatever the reasons, this movie exists as a prime example of how not to produce a mega-budgeted Batman movie.

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    Batman & Robin

    Action / 1997 / PG-13

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  • 37The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    Sean Connery in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

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    No offense to the original cinematic James Bond, but the concept of important adventurers from literature led by Sean Connery uniting to stop a mad bomber was always going to have limited appeal. This isn't exactly the buff heroes of the MCU coming to the rescue. To the surprise of perhaps few but the studio executives who greenlit this DC project, "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" bombed in extraordinary fashion.

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    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

    Action / 2003 / PG-13

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  • 36Green Lantern
    Ryan Reynolds in "Green Lantern."

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    So unremarkable and overlong that star Ryan Reynolds would later on have no shame at all in making fun of the movie and himself in the title role. It helps that Reynolds found his own true superhero calling later on as Deadpool (in the title movie, as opposed to Reynolds' Deadpool version in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"). Hopefully, someone will revisit this character some day with better success.

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    Green Lantern

    Action / 2011 / PG-13

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  • 35Batman
    Burt Ward, Adam West in "Batman (1966)."

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    This version of Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) taking on all of their greatest hits villains is intentionally campy, corny...and honestly, not very good.

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    Batman

    Action / 1966 / PG

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  • 34Batman Forever
    Val Kilmer and Nicole Kidman in "Batman Forever."

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    This is where the resurgence of "Batman" movies in the late '80s to mid '90s started to go off the rails. Val Kilmer actually makes a decent Batman, and comic book movie fans could do worse than the supporting cast of Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face, Jim Carrey as the Riddler and Nicole Kidman as Dr. Chase Meridian. Chris O'Donnell's Robin is definitely a little suspect, though, and Joel Schumacher's direction is way over the top.

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    Batman Forever

    Action / 1995 / PG-13

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  • 33Superman III
    Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor in "Superman III."

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    The third "Superman" in the Christopher Reeve series featured our hero alongside comedian Richard Pryor. It was funny in a way, but not nearly funny enough. Moreover, the less said about Robert Vaughn's villainous tycoon, the better. While it isn't quite as bad as the horrid "Superman IV," it's not good.

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    Superman III

    Action / 1983 / PG

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  • 32Red 2
    Helen Mirren in "Red 2."

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    The second time for the veteran "Red" crew was not the charm. The all-star cast still seems to be having fun, but most of this spy thriller is going through the motions. It's a bit long in the tooth - pun intended.

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    Red 2

    Action / 2013 / PG-13

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  • 31The Kitchen
    Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss in "The Kitchen."

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    The big news is that this 2019 picture, based on the Vertigo comic book series from DC, stars A-list talents Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. And...that's about it. Everything else about this adaptation is executed poorly. The story of wives taking over their husbands' corrupt business was covered much better a year earlier in the Steve McQueen film "Widows." See that instead.

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    The Kitchen

    Crime Drama / 2019 / R

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  • 30Suicide Squad
    Will Smith, Margot Robbie in "Suicide Squad."

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    Was it studio meddling or the idea of giving final edits to the marketing team behind the successful trailers? Whatever it was, the film ended up being a jumbled mess. The saving grace, if there was one? Margot Robbie's delightfully psychotic Harley Quinn. She continued to delight as she took charge in "Birds of Prey." We can't wait to soon see where her character goes in James Gunn's pseudo-sequel/pseudo-reboot "The Suicide Squad."

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    Suicide Squad

    Action / 2016 / PG-13

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  • 29The Losers
    Idris Elba, Oscar Jaenada, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, Zoe Saldana in "The Losers."

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    The 2010 action ensemble "The Losers" had plenty of potential. Future "Captain America" star Chris Evans? Check. Future "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Zoe Saldana? Check. Future "Thor" and "The Suicide Squad" star Idris Elba? Check. Then-recent "Watchmen" star Jeffrey Dean Morgan? Check. Somehow though, this story of a special-ops team hunting down the person who tried to have them killed never quite comes together. It's subpar in the same way that both of Evans' "Fantastic Four" films also underwhelmed.

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    The Losers

    Action / 2010 / PG-13

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  • 28Justice League
    Ray Fisher, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa in "Justice League."

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    When tragedy struck, Zack Snyder left the reigns to one of the most iconic superhero supergroups of all time in the hands of Joss Whedon. After all, he was the man who successfully brought to the screen a similar supergroup in another comic universe (i.e. "The Avengers" in the MCU). However, where things worked in that space, it didn't seem to stick in DC. Marvel might have had the right formula all along -- give each member their stand-alone adventure first, and then get them all together.

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    Justice League

    Action / 2017 / PG-13

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  • 27Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    Henry Cavill in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

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    Zack Snyder's bloated opus tried to be two movies in one, philosophizing on how a super-man with super-strength can fit into our world, while also attempting to set up a larger universe filled with other supers. The end result was a mess that left critics and fans scratching their heads, though we can't help but feel that there is a great movie in there somewhere. Of course, the film did introduce us to Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman. So there's that...

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    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Action / 2016 / PG-13

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  • 26Superman Returns
    Brandon Routh in "Superman Returns."

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    Bryan Singer left Fox's X-Men franchise for a chance to bring the Man of Steel back to the big screen (years prior to Zack Snyder's attempt). While it was great to catch up with Superman and his rousing theme after 20 years, instead of carrying the legendary character forward, the movie became too beholden to the films of the past.

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    Superman Returns

    Action / 2006 / PG-13

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  • 25Constantine
    Keanu Reeves in "Constantine."

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    One of Keanu Reeves' more underrated genre flicks is this one based on the DC comic book character Constantine. He's a man who can see the demons that plague our human world. Along with his sidekick Chas (a young but eager Shia LaBeouf), Constantine attempts to help a policewoman (Rachel Weisz) investigating the death of her twin sister.

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    Constantine

    Horror / 2005 / R

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  • 24Red
    Helen Mirren, John Malkovich in "Red."

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    Based on another limited-run DC comic series, this all-star affair is novel mostly because it features an older ensemble as retired CIA agents back on the job. Here, they reunite for an action-packed adventure that's normally reserved for stars half their age. It's fun stuff. Amongst the veteran players are Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren.

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    Red

    Action / 2010 / PG-13

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  • 23Teen Titans GO! to the Movies
    A scene from "Teen Titans GO! to the Movies."

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    DC Comics breaks the fourth wall with this rousing animated adventure that follows on from their successful Cartoon Network series. If you liked the TV show, there's plenty more to like here.

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    Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

    Animated / 2018 / PG

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  • 22Wonder Woman 1984
    Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman 1984."

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    Gal Gadot reprises her popular role as superheroine Wonder Woman, stepping into the 1980s to battle evil villainess Cheetah and sleazy businessman Max Lord, who has the power to fulfill anyone's wildest dreams. In spite of its many flaws, we have to give credit to writer and director Patty Jenkins, who tried to do something different with the superhero formula.

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    Wonder Woman 1984

    Action / 2020 / PG-13

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  • 21Man of Steel
    Henry Cavill in "Man of Steel."

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    Zack Snyder's re-telling of the "Superman" origin style is in nearly every way inferior to the Richard Donner '78 version. It's also a lot darker, which doesn't fit as well as it did with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. There are things to enjoy. Henry Cavill is entirely credible as the Man of Steel and Clark Kent, and he earns a lot of empathy. Likewise, both Diane Lane and Kevin Costner are effective as Kent's adopted parents on Earth. And, while many may view Hans Zimmer's score as too bombastic, we think it's a nice follow-up and something different from what John Williams provided for the original. Considering the true bombast of the other Snyder-directed DC films, this one's mostly a keeper.

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    Man of Steel

    Action / 2013 / PG-13

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  • 20Stardust
    Charlie Cox in "Stardust."

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    Most won't recall this 2007 movie as a DC Comics film, but it is based on a Neil Gaiman graphic fantasy novel published by DC, and it's an underrated tale all about a young gentleman (Charlie Cox) who embarks on a journey to retrieve a fallen star (Claire Danes). Veteran thespians Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer lend support to the whimsical adventure.

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    Stardust

    Fantasy / 2007 / PG-13

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  • 19Batman Returns
    Michael Keaton in "Batman Returns."

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    While not as influential as Tim Burton's first Batman movie, the director's follow-up is still handsomely made and quirky enough to fit the bill. Plus, both Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and Danny DeVito as Penguin are memorable in the roles, while Keaton further enshrines himself as a fine, slightly off-kilter dark knight.

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    Batman Returns

    Action / 1992 / PG-13

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  • 18Aquaman
    Jason Momoa in "Aquaman."

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    Remember when "Aquaman" the motion picture was just an imaginary project envisioned for the imaginary movie star Vincent Chase on the Hollywood wish-fulfillment HBO series "Entourage"? This one doesn't star Vince and it's not directed by James Cameron. But it does feature an enthusiastically game (and appropriately yolked) real-life movie star, Jason Momoa, and it's ably directed by former "Fast & Furious" guru James Wan. It's a little bit campy and a little bit "Star Wars." And it's not half bad.

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    Aquaman

    Action / 2018 / PG-13

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  • 17Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
    Ella Jay Basco, Margot Robbie in "Birds of Prey."

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    The ladies take the charge in this follow-up to the much-maligned "Suicide Squad." Stripping away Jared Leto's way too method Joker, and turning the focus on Margot Robbie's delightfully quirky and wonderfully psychotic Harley Quinn, "Birds of Prey" does well enough to stand on its own. More, however, could have been done to give each "bird of prey" some proper character development. But, well-deserved props must be given to WB for handing the reigns to director Cathy Yan, as this is one of the very few DC comic movies to be helmed by a female director.

  • 16Shazam!
    Jack Dylan Grazer, Zachary Levi in "Shazam!"

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    This surprising 2019 kids movie basically takes the DC comics "Shazam" legend and turns it into a modern-day, comic book movie take on Tom Hanks' '80s body-swap blockbuster "Big." Star Zachary Levi has a similar breakout performance in this one, playing a teenager trapped in the muscle-bound thirtysomething body of a superhero.

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    Action / 2019 / PG-13

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  • 15V for Vendetta
    Natalie Portman in "V for Vendetta."

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    Years before jumping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, future "Thor" Natalie Portman starred in this well-made dystopian political thriller based on a DC Comics limited series. The highly stylized action film involves a vigilante named V who fights for right in a futuristic, post-war London. "Matrix" villain Hugo Weaving plays the hero this time around, in a film scripted by his "Matrix" collaborators The Wachowskis.

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    V for Vendetta

    Action / 2006 / R

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  • 14Watchmen
    Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley in "Watchmen."

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    For all its faults, filmmaker Zack Snyder should be commended for doing what was long thought impossible, and that's creating a film out of a comic book series that many regarded as "unfilmable." The results were mixed, but fans still appreciated the effort -- there's no denying that Snyder is a true fan of the comics. And, in our opinion, the film does have one of the best opening sequences of the past 10 years.

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    Watchmen

    Action / 2009 / R

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  • 13The LEGO Batman Movie
    Batman (voice: Will Arnett) in "The LEGO Batman Movie."

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    WB had a hit out of the gate with "The LEGO Movie," and audiences loved Will Arnett's gravelly-voiced take on the Caped Crusader, who aids hero Emmet in his mission. Following the success of the main movie, Arnett's Batman was spun off with his own equally successful and charming adventure. The film keeps the tone of the previous LEGO movie, while honoring the "Batmen" of the past.

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    The LEGO Batman Movie

    Animated / 2017 / PG

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  • 12The Suicide Squad
    Joel Kinnaman, Daniela Melchior, King Shark (voice: Sylvester Stallone), Idris Elba, and John Cena in "The Suicide Squad."

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    It might not have been the box office winner DC hoped for, but director James Gunn still delivered one of the wildest rides in cinematic superhero history. We wish this was our first on-screen entry to Task Force X, instead of the jumbled mess that came before it. And please, give us more King Shark!

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    The Suicide Squad

    Action / 2021 / R

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  • 11Zack Snyder's Justice League
    Jason Momoa, Gal Gadot, and Ray Fisher in "Zack Snyder's Justice League."

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    We gotta hand it to director Zack Snyder. Not many directors get a chance at a cinematic redo, but Synder's "Justice League" gives DCEU fans what they've long suspected. There was a decent movie in Joss Whedon's maligned cut. Now, we only wish WB would let Snyder finish his sweeping comic book universe ("Snyderverse?").

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    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Action / 2021 / R

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  • 10Superman II
    Margot Kidder, Christopher Reeve in "Superman II."

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    Filmed directly after the first movie, "Superman II" faced several setbacks including the replacement of original director Richard Donner with Richard Lester. In spite of all this -- and some obvious continuity errors from the re-shoots -- the movie still managed to carry a good story and introduced an iconic villain in General Zod - played with expert menace by Terence Stamp.

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    Superman II

    Action / 1980 / PG

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  • 9Batman
    Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger in "Batman (1989)."

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    The odds were against Tim Burton in 1989, but he took risks -- like casting Beetlejuice as the Bat -- and it paid off. Burton's Batman managed to shake off the campiness from the '60s TV show, bringing the character back to his dark and gothic roots. As well, actors Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson offered fresh -- and ultimately iconic -- takes on Batman and Joker.

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    Batman

    Action / 1989 / PG-13

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  • 8The Dark Knight Rises
    Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises."

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    While Nolan's final Batman entry might not be the most loved of the three, it still manages to conclude the trilogy in the best way possible. While it's easy to point out the plot holes, what remains is a thrilling capper to one of the more unique takes on the Dark Knight.

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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Action / 2012 / PG-13

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  • 7Road to Perdition
    Tom Hanks in "Road to Perdition."

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    Based on a graphic novel by Max Allan Collins, director Sam Mendes' film plays up the themes of fathers and sons and the effects of violence, while Tom Hanks gave us his darkest role yet, as mob enforcer Michael Sullivan.

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    Road to Perdition

    Crime Drama / 2002 / R

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  • 6Batman Begins
    Christian Bale in "Batman Begins."

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    After the camp and spectacle of director Joel Schumacher's turn with the Bat in the '90s ("Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin"), fans were ready for Christopher Nolan to bring the franchise back to its dark and gritty roots. Nolan discarded Batman's cartoonish gadgetry for a more grounded and realistic take on the Caped Crusader.

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    Batman Begins

    Action / 2005 / PG-13

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  • 5A History of Violence
    Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello in "A History of Violence."

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    Director David Cronenberg's character-focused adaptation of John Wagner and Vince Locke's noir-esque graphic novel (published under the imprint of DC Comics), was released to critical acclaim, and earned Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor (William Hurt) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Josh Olson).

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    A History of Violence

    Drama / 2005 / R

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  • 4Joker
    Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker."

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    Star Joaquin Phoenix and filmmaker Todd Phillips put a whole new spin on the Batman villain and the superhero movie genre - basically reinventing them both as a character study in the vein of classic gritty, Martin Scorsese pictures such as "Taxi Driver" and "The King of Comedy." The end results caused all sorts of controversy even before the movie opened, with detractors worrying that the film would incite real-life violence. No matter the sides, one thing is for certain - "Joker" is unlike any other comic book movie.

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    Joker

    Crime Drama / 2019 / R

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  • 3Wonder Woman
    Gal Gadot in "Wonder Woman."

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    Patty Jenkins' entry into DC's shared cinematic universe took the original "Superman" formula and turned it on its head for an ass-kicking adventure through WWI that proved that anything that men can do, women can do better.

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    Wonder Woman

    Action / 2017 / PG-13

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  • 2Superman
    Christopher Reeve in "Superman."

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    Director Richard Donner's 1978 cosmic adventure proved the viability and mega-success of the comic book movie genre. Even after two new cinematic takes on the iconic hero, we still come back to Christopher Reeve, and that inspiring theme music from John Williams.

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    Superman

    Action / 1978 / PG

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  • 1The Dark Knight
    Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight."

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    Christopher Nolan's follow-up to his dark and gritty reboot of Batman was a film that not only helped usher in a new era of superhero cinema, but also gave all franchise owners the idea that going dark, stark, and gritty can work to freshen up longstanding IP (at least some of the time).

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    The Dark Knight

    Action / 2008 / PG-13

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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