Superhero showdown

All 9 DCEU movies, ranked from worst to best

“What good is power if you got nobody to share it with?”

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While not quite as successful as Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, the DC Cinematic Universe boasts its own interconnected tapestry of origin stories, crossovers, and team-ups. With the Justice League “Snyder Cut” about to arrive, here’s our definitive ranking of all nine DCEU movies.

9. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Grim and gray all around, Dawn of Justice is a tangled web of mind-numbing special effects and half-baked philosophical rants. It doesn’t get worse than this.

8. Suicide Squad (2016)

At least Margot Robbie seems to be having fun as Harley Quinn, because audiences for this deliriously edited, mindless antihero caper didn’t.

7. Justice League (2017)

With the task of introducing new characters and tying them into existing DCEU plotlines amidst a mid-production change of directors, it’s no wonder Justice League feels like a jumbled mess.

6. Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel set the dark tone for most DCEU movies to follow, but its retelling of Superman’s origin is less entertaining than earlier, goofier versions.

5. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Despite a handful of great actors and some fun with ‘80s movie tropes, the Wonder Woman sequel doesn’t come close to the quality of the original.

4. Aquaman (2018)

Aquaman gets a lot of flak for his silly powers, but his standalone movie turned that into a strength, trading the DCEU’s dour tone for an over-the-top under-the-sea adventure.

3. Birds of Prey (2020)

Margot Robbie once again proved herself to be the DCEU’s secret weapon in this frantic, fun Suicide Squad follow-up, though the rest of the crew is underdeveloped.

2. Shazam! (2019)

Without the weight of a household name as its main character, Shazam! was free to be fun and lighthearted while keeping its strong emotional core.

1. Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman’s solo debut made Gal Gadot an action star and showed that DCEU movies can balance fun with gravitas just as well as Marvel.

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