Disney

(Photo by Warner Bros/ Everett Collection)

DCEU Ranked: DC Movies By Tomatometer

After a long-running Superman series with Christopher Reeve in the iconic tights and cape (and one more with Brandon Routh), and compelling takes on Batman on both sides of the millennium, Warner Bros. put the reset on their DC Comics movies and created the DC Extended Universe. The first in this new constellation of comic book cinema was 2013’s Man of Steel, which took audiences back through the beefy boy from Krypton’s origins and his blossoming into the protector of mankind. The super-serious tone and dismissal of some of Superman’s key characteristics put off some, but this new take was bold enough to keep modern cynical audiences intrigued.

Inevitably, comparisons were incessant to the rival Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially as director Zack Snyder doubled down on the dourness with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In this day and age, fans on the internet expect an all-access pass on the production of their favorite properties, including leaks, rumors, and sneaky on-set photos. The publicly aired dirty laundry of the troubled Suicide Squad shoot colored audience perception of the film before it even released. It also wasn’t very good.

Wonder Woman, with its fleet touch and storytelling pizzazz, would become the first beacon of light for the DCEU, and its first Certified Fresh hit. Justice League followed that year, cramming huge characters into a truncated runtime (not to mention tonally inconsistent reshoots by Joss Whedon, and Henry Cavill’s phantom mustache), leading to rallying cries online of a fabled “Snyder Cut” of the movie.

It’d be more than a year later for the next DCEU entry: 2018’s Aquaman. Directed by James Wan, if the film wasn’t exactly drowning in critical praise, it at last was enough to keep the audiences worldwide satisfied and optimistic for the future. That paid off with Shazam!, a superhero comedy in the more classic vein, one that doesn’t bend over backwards to connect with the larger DC Universe. It worked there and looks like it’s working for Birds of Prey, featuring Margot Robbie and her squad in this Suicide Squad spinoff. See where it lands as we rank all DC Extended Universe movies!

#8

Suicide Squad (2016)
26%

#8
Adjusted Score: 41.261%
Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.
Synopsis: From director David Ayer ("Fury," "End of Watch") comes "Suicide Squad," starring Oscar nominee Will Smith ("Ali," "The Pursuit of... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer

#7
Adjusted Score: 45.149%
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Synopsis: Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) share the screen in this Warner Bros./DC Entertainment co-production penned by David S.... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#6

Justice League (2017)
40%

#6
Adjusted Score: 57.141%
Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#5

Man of Steel (2013)
56%

#5
Adjusted Score: 69.467%
Critics Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.
Synopsis: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

#4

Aquaman (2018)
65%

#4
Adjusted Score: 82.539%
Critics Consensus: Aquaman swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun.
Synopsis: From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#3
Adjusted Score: 98.369%
Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Synopsis: You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? "Birds of Prey (And... [More]
Directed By: Cathy Yan

#2

Shazam! (2019)
90%

#2
Adjusted Score: 107.98%
Critics Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.
Synopsis: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg

#1

Wonder Woman (2017)
93%

#1
Adjusted Score: 113.08%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.
Synopsis: An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

Tag Cloud

Awards Tour Masterpiece DGA superhero Black Mirror The Walking Dead USA American Society of Cinematographers Thanksgiving Pixar true crime 007 south america werewolf romance FXX supernatural name the review Fantasy The Arrangement festivals Nominations 2016 Year in Review Star Wars Academy Awards mutant YouTube Red Rock obituary Sundance TV BET Awards cancelled television nbcuniversal Sony Pictures green book LGBTQ BBC One Drama Sneak Peek MTV rotten movies we love Premiere Dates Mary poppins MCU DC Universe Red Carpet Super Bowl Amazon 21st Century Fox Emmys kids 4/20 blaxploitation Video Games crossover anime venice singing competition Apple rotten Musicals Disney Universal DC Comics spanish language festival Writers Guild of America Elton John quibi Endgame Superheroe Watching Series Pirates Comedy binge cooking independent adaptation Comedy Central Ellie Kemper Lionsgate docudrama Trophy Talk First Reviews Pop National Geographic Disney+ Disney Plus foreign movies Columbia Pictures Creative Arts Emmys sitcom australia nature Epix Valentine's Day Animation Starz Funimation game show ghosts Spectrum Originals The CW Adult Swim CBS All Access CBS stand-up comedy serial killer Fox News breaking bad TBS Apple TV+ zero dark thirty comic 2017 psycho Superheroes Tarantino unscripted Shondaland CW Seed miniseries Biopics X-Men Avengers 2015 GoT robots Travel Channel PBS spanish Best and Worst thriller stop motion GIFs golden globes ITV RT21 YouTube Premium PlayStation 20th Century Fox aliens twilight CNN award winner a nightmare on elm street Family Britbox what to watch dc cancelled LGBT Bravo game of thrones Vudu APB halloween tv El Rey ESPN Dark Horse Comics comics news VH1 critics Arrowverse Comic Book Horror Polls and Games YouTube worst Freeform comiccon ABC Hallmark Christmas movies Mary Tyler Moore Infographic Trivia psychological thriller DirecTV BBC dragons Amazon Prime cinemax FX on Hulu comedies cars book Discovery Channel sequels Awards indiana jones PaleyFest spy thriller adventure child's play TCA Countdown Turner Rocky Esquire BBC America war zombies Marathons documentary cancelled TV series YA Martial Arts boxoffice canceled Film video on demand Sundance Now A&E Spring TV sequel emmy awards joker sports richard e. Grant Holiday Tomatazos films Acorn TV AMC Pet Sematary Marvel Television Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt The Purge Anna Paquin dogs cats Shudder diversity italian parents transformers The Witch 2019 historical drama Paramount NBC Disney streaming service mockumentary Binge Guide batman teaser Character Guide mission: impossible TruTV strong female leads period drama romantic comedy 24 frames reviews Cartoon Network based on movie RT History Summer TCA 2017 Photos Black History Month fast and furious spider-man cartoon Fall TV HBO dramedy Spike nfl Netflix First Look VOD laika HBO Max Stephen King SXSW Paramount Network TNT Christmas Music french medical drama Lifetime witnail disaster MSNBC TV renewals Food Network talk show TV Disney Channel Television Critics Association Reality japanese crime thriller die hard Lifetime Christmas movies Western political drama Brie Larson FX crime Song of Ice and Fire casting asian-american Crackle satire USA Network 2020 Baby Yoda Election travel Fox Searchlight Podcast SDCC TCM Certified Fresh FOX Oscars Reality Competition Nat Geo space cops cancelled TV shows spain zombie Peacock dceu Sundance halloween children's TV 45 Winners DC streaming service Extras History Cosplay franchise Winter TV Captain marvel SundanceTV See It Skip It scorecard Kids & Family OneApp technology Grammys 2018 natural history crime drama TCA Winter 2020 scary movies Action BET reboot San Diego Comic-Con social media The Academy video screenings Star Trek Hulu IFC IFC Films composers Apple TV Plus stoner latino christmas movies Mystery slashers screen actors guild concert Netflix Christmas movies E3 TV Land Trailer Pride Month WGN Hallmark Box Office best tv talk New York Comic Con doctor who harry potter Tubi Rocketman sag awards blockbuster Warner Bros. Marvel Studios Syfy TCA Awards Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Schedule 71st Emmy Awards vampires Comics on TV toronto ratings theme song BAFTA Mindy Kaling Crunchyroll Pop TV versus elevated horror facebook GLAAD Lucasfilm series archives ABC Family documentaries A24 justice league movie hist E! HBO Go hispanic Calendar worst movies discovery 72 Emmy Awards Sci-Fi CMT Hear Us Out Classic Film football science fiction Interview Women's History Month criterion TIFF remakes hollywood Logo television anthology streaming classics Rom-Com Quiz Cannes canceled TV shows spinoff Heroines Tumblr VICE biography TLC chucky finale Amazon Studios Mudbound Television Academy universal monsters Opinion Holidays politics police drama Country Ghostbusters renewed TV shows NYCC Turner Classic Movies Set visit free movies Nickelodeon Toys Film Festival Amazon Prime Video directors Marvel Mary Poppins Returns Teen Chernobyl OWN Walt Disney Pictures toy story all-time cults Ovation Disney Plus Showtime Emmy Nominations WarnerMedia animated President indie jamie lee curtis revenge Musical dark