The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is a series of superhero films based on the characters of DC Comics. The films are produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, in conjunction with DC Entertainment and RatPac-Dune Entertainment. So far, there have been four films released in the DCEU: Man of Steel (2013), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), and wonder Woman (2017).
Aquaman, which is set for release in December 2018, will be the fifth film in the DCEU. In March 2016, it was announced that a stand-alone Batman film was in development and that Cavill would appear in the Justice League film. Plans for a Flash film were announced in October 2014, and a Green Lantern Corps film was announced in February 2017. In August 2017, it was reported that a Man of Steel sequel was being developed.
The following is a list of the ten greatest films of the DC Extended Universe, based on critical opinion.
Shazam! is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by New Line Cinema, it is set to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is intended to be the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU).
The film is being directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden, and will star Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi as Shazam, Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Djimon Hounsou as The Wizard, Grace Fulton as Mary Bromfield, Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, Ian Chen as Eugene Choi, Jovan Armand as Pedro Peña, and Faithe Herman as Darla Dudley.
9. Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film based on the DC Comics supervillain team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the third installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film was written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne.
In Suicide Squad, a secret government agency recruits imprisoned super-villains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. The film received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized its plot, characters, direction, lack of humor, and editing. However, Robbie’s performance received critical acclaim and the cast was praised overall. Suicide Squad grossed $746.8 million worldwide, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2016.
Aquaman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by James Wan, with a screenplay by Will Beall, from a story by Wan and Geoff Johns. It stars Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta and Nicole Kidman as Atlanna.
In Aquaman, Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and protect the world from his half-brother, Orm / Ocean Master, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.
7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics characters Batman and Superman. It is the second installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), following 2013’s Man of Steel. The film was written by Chris Terrio, from a story by Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, and directed by Snyder.
It stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Holly Hunter as Senator Finch.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received mixed reviews from critics; while the performances of Affleck and Cavill were praised, the film was criticized for its dark tone, inconsistent writing, and poor editing. The film grossed $873.3 million worldwide, making it the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2016.
6. Man of Steel
Man of Steel is a 2013 American superhero film featuring the DC Comics character Superman. It is a reboot of the Superman film series, and the first installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film was produced by Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer, and Charles Roven, and directed by Zack Snyder. It stars Henry Cavill in the title role, with Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, and Russell Crowe appearing in supporting roles.
In Man of Steel, Clark Kent learns that he is a superpowered alien from the planet Krypton and must become the superhero Superman to protect the people of Earth. Development began in 2008 after Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights to produce a reboot of the original 1978 film Superman. Snyder was hired as director in 2010; filming began in 2012 in Plano, Texas. The film was released in theaters on June 14, 2013, grossing $668 million worldwide.
5. Batman Begins
Batman Begins is a 2005 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman, directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Nolan and David S. Goyer. It stars Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman. The film tells the story of Bruce Wayne’s initial fear of the criminal underworld, his training to become Batman, and his fight against Ra’s al Ghul’s plot to destroy Gotham City.
Batman Begins opened on June 15, 2005 in the United States and Canada in 3,858 theaters. It grossed $48 million in its opening weekend in North America, eventually earning over $374 million worldwide. The critical consensus is that it is “a great improvement on previous installments, thanks to tighter scripting and more focused direction”.
4. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, produced by DC Entertainment in association with RatPac Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment. It is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and a story by Heinberg, Zack Snyder, and Jason Fuchs, from a story by Snyder. It stars Gal Gadot in the title role, with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya in supporting roles. Wonder Woman is the first live action film to feature the character since she made her debut in 1941.
Wonder Woman premiered in London on May 25, 2017 and was released in the United States on June 2, 2017, grossing $821 million worldwide. It received largely positive reviews, with praise for its direction, acting, visuals, action sequences, and musical score, although the portrayal of its villains received some criticism. The film set several box office records during its opening weekend including the biggest opening for a female director, the biggest DC Comics release without Batman or Superman, and the sixth-biggest domestic opening overall.
Aquaman is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is intended to be the sixth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is being directed by James Wan, with Jason Momoa set to star as the title character. Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman are also set to star in supporting roles.
Development of Aquaman began in 2014 after the release of Man of Steel. Wan was hired to direct in April 2015 and the film’s title was announced in October 2017. Principal photography began in Australia in May 2018 and ended in October 2018. The film is set to be released on December 21, 2018.
2. The Dark Knight Rises
The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan, and the story with David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as John Blake. It is the sequel to Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008), and the third and final installment in Nolan’s Batman film series.
Nolan filmed the movie primarily in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, London, England and New York City. The Dark Knight Rises premiered in New York City on July 16, 2012. It was released in the United States on July 20, 2012. The film grossed over $1.085 billion worldwide, making it the 18th-highest-grossing film of all time.
1. The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Heath Ledger as The Joker, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes.
Nolan’s inspiration for the film was the Joker’s comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, and Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman. The Dark Knight was filmed primarily in Chicago, as well as in other locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong.
The Dark Knight premiered on July 14, 2008 in London. It was released in the United States on July 18, 2008. With over $1 billion in revenue worldwide, it is the 26th-highest-grossing film of all time (out of 30), unadjusted for inflation. The critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes calls it “the best superhero movie ever made”.
The Dark Knight was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, winning two: Best Supporting Actor for Ledger and Best Sound Editing. It also won two BAFTAs, four Golden Globes, and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. The Dark Knight Rises, the final film in the trilogy, was released on July 20, 2012.
These are just a few of the great DC movies that have been released over the years. With great acting, amazing visual effects, and fantastic stories