Top 10 is back again to bring you reading pleasure once again. What we do is come up with a topic, come up with our own lists, and combine them to make a consensus Top 10. This week we celebrate the recent news of the Snyder cut of Justice League being announced and we decided to rank the DC movies sine 2013 or the DCEU, whatever they are calling it nowadays. This is a heavily disputed list, but it is definitive so there are no arguments. Let’s get started!
8. Justice League
Usually, when we do these lists the last spot is something we want to praise but that is not the case with Justice League. I remember seeing this for the first time and it opening with Henry Cavill’s weird babyface right up front because he has his mustache CGI’d out. It only got worse from there. I mean just look at the reason why we are doing this list. This film is so bad that they are giving the director another shot to make the film, even though his original vision was taken away from him. I haven’t seen the Snyder cut yet but if I had to bet, I would go all-in on it being better than the cut we got. Not going out on a limb there.
7. Suicide Squad
We continue with the mishandled films on this list with Suicide Squad. You hear that they are making a film starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jared Leto playing characters such as Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Amanda Waller, and the Joker and you think there is no way it can be bad. Boy were we all wrong. This film is just a mess that takes great characters and simply doesn’t know what to do with them. David Ayer also had his film taken away from him, so he hopes to get the chance to redo it as well. Sure, why not?
6. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
One of the most confusingly titled films in recent memory comes up next with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I don’t get it; shouldn’t it be Batman vs Superman since this isn’t about a court case? Anyways, I think this is a film that has good parts that are outweighed by the bad ones. The fight between the two is incredible, Wonder Woman being introduced is electric, and Affleck being introduced as Batman was something great to behold. However, there are so many plot holes and weird decisions that it loses all its favorability. Having this epic fight end because their mothers have the same name has never worked and still bothers me every time I watch this film. You hope it doesn’t happen and then it does. The ultimate cut is better, but not by much.
We go under the sea next with a film I am in the minority in with Aquaman. I do not enjoy this film at all. It is too long, the leads have no chemistry, the plot is very much drawn out, and James Wan was not the right director. Yeah, it looks nice and Mamoa is a dynamic presence, but it can’t ever get out of its own way. I do know many people who love this film for just how fun it is and go back to it, I just am not one of them. I had more I wanted to say, but it got interrupted by an explosion, as did this film’s dramatic moments at least five times.
4. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey
We finally get to the films I rather enjoy starting with the latest film, Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey originally entitled Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. They had to change the name because it confused people. Harley Quinn was the best thing about Suicide Squad, so they immediately wanted to spin her off to her own film. This film is so incredibly fun with these larger than life characters and a strong force of Margot Robbie leading the way. I had a blast watching this film and hope the low box office doesn’t mean we are done seeing more of Margot as Harley.
3. Man of Steel
The first film to start off DC’s shared universe of films is next with Man of Steel. This film is an incredible showing of the character that is Superman going to his more emotional side and deconstructing him to a more relatable level. The knock against the character has always been he is too overpowering and far-fetched to connect with but in this film, we understood him more. To make Superman feel lost in a world that misunderstands him is so fascinating and is the reason why there is such a voice to get this film a sequel, which it deserves.
2. Wonder Woman
It is not hard to understand just how important Wonder Woman was to audiences. It was the first big female-led superhero film to be both popular and well-received. This film gave us a story about a woman who was powerful in her own right and more capable than everyone else in both her actual abilities, but also her draw. Gal Gadot took this character who is also larger than life and made her relatable and vulnerable. Women everywhere saw themselves in Diana Prince which is not something they were able to say with previous superhero films. This film hits so well with every viewing and only gets better.
Finally, at number one is a film you would’ve never expected to be the best when these films got announced, but here we are. That film is Shazam! with that exclamation point to emphasize how awesome it is. Here we see a kid get the powers of someone like a Superman and do what every kid in his position would do – use them to have fun. That is exactly what this film is, a fun ride that also hits those emotional beats necessary to capture the audience. Who would’ve thought a film about a superhero most weren’t familiar with comprised of actors who aren’t big names would be as great as it is?
Well there you have it! The definitive ranking of the DC films since 2013 or the DCEU. People are very passionate about these films whether you love them or hate them. They are not going away any time soon and have gotten much better recently which makes you excited about the future of them. Where will the Snyder cut land? What does your list look like? Let us know below and we will see you next time with another list.