It’s no secret that the DCEU has struggled to keep up with the MCU’s competition. His attempts to create a shared universe felt rushed and his films, for the most part, underperformed at the box office. With that said, there are still some quality superhero movies released within the DCEU up to this point.
The entire franchise began in 2013 and since then, 10 movies have been released featuring some of the greatest heroes and villains in the entire DC Comics lore. Each of those movies has been reviewed on Screen Rant, some failed, and some were ranked among the best superhero movies.
10 Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2.5 stars)
It will probably be a surprise to find out that the DCEU movie that got the worst Screen Rant review is Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Intended to be more in line with the original vision Snyder had when he directed the 2017 version, this 2021 release was well received by most fans and critics.
Many saw it as an improvement over the original thanks to the bigger roles for Darkseid, Flash, and Cyborg. Unfortunately, SR’s review pointed out that the movie snakes a bit with the long runtime and could be smoother. The review praised the moments and interactions of the characters.
9 Justice League (3 stars)
The whole saga of League of Justice it was one full of unexpected problems. In the end, Joss Whedon replaced Zack Snyder and his end result was apparently nothing close to what Snyder wanted. Characters like Cyborg were barely prominent, while a lot of awkward comedy was added.
That said, the review on Screen Rant had some good things to say about it. They appreciated the jokes, as well as the visual style of Snyder’s work, but found the film lacking thematic substance. The chemistry between the cast members was also considered a highlight.
8 Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice (3 stars)
Zack Snyder was at the forefront of the early days of the DCEU and his style is probably never more apparent than in 2016. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Everything in this movie makes it clear that Snyder was the one behind her, both through the good and the bad.
The review on Screen Rant established it by saying that this kept the dark and gritty style that divided some fans in the previous film. It was said to look great and feature some quality action, but it had a few holes in the plot. While Wonder Woman’s debut was welcomed, part of it felt like she was trying too hard to shape the future.
7 Suicide Squad (3 stars)
Later Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Y Suicide squad, 2016 turned out to be a mediocre year for the DCEU. Reviews for both films were mixed and faced similar issues from critics. That included confusing storylines and disappointing character development.
However, Screen Rant’s review was a bit more positive than most. The film was still considered to have problems with the story and action, but it was considered animated. The highlights were said to have been the performances and the chemistry of the cast, especially Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
6 Shazam! (3.5 stars)
By 2019, the DCEU had changed only a little. There was less focus on trying to connect everything as a shared universe and some of the movies could function primarily as standalone projects. That was the case with Shazam!, which was met with quite strong praise from fans and critics.
The main reason for the positive reception, including the Screen Rant review, was how fun this movie is. Although the villain was seen as mediocre, the efforts of Zachary Levi and the rest of the cast were praised. The review also assessed the origin story.
5 Aquaman (3.5 stars)
After tough 2016, the DCEU had a 2017 with a critical hit and a mistake. At the end of 2018, Aquaman came along and told the story of Arthur Curry after he was featured on League of Justice. With director James Wan at the helm, the film turned out to be a success.
Surpassing $ 1 billion at the box office, Aquaman it did well critically too, even from Screen Rant. The review mentioned that some of the dialogue is clunky and has trouble balancing tones, but appreciated the dynamic action that Wan brought to the table.
4 Man of Steel (4 stars)
This is where it all began for the DCEU. Of 2013 Iron Man Not only was it meant to reboot Superman after his previous movie was disappointing, but it was also the start of this new series of movies starring Henry Cavill. Screen Rant’s review was very positive.
In fact, the review even said that this version deserves to be the most iconic iteration of Superman for a new generation. It was said to have some of the same issues other DCEU movies had, but Snyder’s vision is clear in this one and Cavill’s performance was solid.
3 Wonder Woman 1984 (4 stars)
One of the most intriguing reviews by Screen Rant is that of Wonder Woman 1984. Released in late 2020, this was the highly anticipated sequel to what many believe to be the best DCEU movie ever. However, most of the reviews were mixed at best.
Nevertheless, Wonder Woman 1984 it was rated very good in this review. He was seen as optimistic and with a lot of heart. The aspect that was valued the most was the focus on Diana’s relationship with humanity, while the biggest problem was the execution time.
two Birds Of Prey (4 stars)
While the reception for Suicide squad It wasn’t overwhelmingly positive, there was a constant admiration for Margot Robbie’s work as Harley Quinn. In 2020, he was given his own movie to star in Birds of prey and it turned out to be a perfect star vehicle.
Screen Rant’s review loved the unreliable narrative told by Harley and how it was used to tell a wild story. Even if it is difficult to follow, it is a lot of fun. The fact that the cast is dominated by women and the film is written and directed by women is another great tidbit.
1 Wonder Woman (4 stars)
It really feels like the DCEU is at its best when they put women at the forefront. In 2017, Wonder Woman came in and let Gal Gadot take center stage after she stole the show in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Patty Jenkins was the ideal director to tell this origin story.
One thing that loved the Screen Rant review was how it detailed Diana acclimatizing to the modern world. Taking place in the past allowed this to avoid forced connections to the larger DCEU. Chris Pine’s performance and charisma were also praised in the review.
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