(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!


Suicide Squad (2016)

Adjusted Score: 41.34%
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

Adjusted Score: 45.18%
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


Justice League (2017)

Adjusted Score: 57.247%
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


Man of Steel (2013)

Adjusted Score: 69.488%
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


Aquaman (2018)

Adjusted Score: 82.592%
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

Adjusted Score: 97.669%
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


Shazam! (2019)

Adjusted Score: 108%
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


Wonder Woman (2017)

Adjusted Score: 113.135%
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

theme song ESPN Film PlayStation what to watch Vudu Amazon Captain marvel Crunchyroll comic toronto CMT Musicals Pixar cults YouTube Red cops IFC Films hist FOX AMC San Diego Comic-Con Trivia boxoffice based on movie Disney Plus toy story Cartoon Network Ellie Kemper Teen The Purge indie Superheroe CNN Certified Fresh SXSW doctor who independent remakes USA LGBT diversity festival Tomatazos sitcom Logo The Witch mission: impossible VICE MSNBC Pop TV stop motion Marathons docudrama Tarantino adaptation Rock laika Interview politics TCA Awards ratings Animation franchise nature zombie game show best Star Wars chucky WGN Red Carpet rotten movies we love blaxploitation adventure Hulu die hard Nat Geo Horror Syfy cars canceled BBC One Cosplay Super Bowl Creative Arts Emmys Heroines 71st Emmy Awards Family aliens Shondaland canceled TV shows stand-up comedy Fox Searchlight reboot dragons Turner Classic Movies zero dark thirty Apple TV+ Ghostbusters Lifetime Christmas TCA mutant festivals Alien disaster Television Critics Association football zombies Star Trek fast and furious dark stoner Sundance TCA Winter 2020 series science fiction rt archives Action Mary poppins NYCC Walt Disney Pictures President Kids & Family Set visit CBS All Access police drama Showtime MCU obituary films game of thrones worst Polls and Games Summer Infographic fresh criterion romantic comedy Lucasfilm Holiday Pride Month transformers 2019 dceu archives PBS Rocketman war christmas movies deadpool Pet Sematary Marvel Studios Nickelodeon RT21 Apple kids south america IFC CW Seed technology Writers Guild of America Mindy Kaling streaming E3 hispanic Winners james bond Photos Oscars Turner miniseries Drama breaking bad Apple TV Plus Black Mirror Ovation Video Games versus Watching Series Toys Emmys GoT period drama WarnerMedia HBO psycho Elton John all-time travel emmy awards television natural history 45 spy thriller Disney streaming service cancelled TV shows National Geographic reviews Sundance Now black RT History french video facebook joker Fantasy Trophy Talk Countdown Binge Guide TV Land 2018 australia ABC Family GIFs robots crime drama X-Men Brie Larson elevated horror supernatural screenings See It Skip It Sci-Fi ID serial killer Columbia Pictures name the review news SundanceTV child's play APB nfl 2020 sequel Comedy Baby Yoda VH1 blockbuster medical drama boxing TCA 2017 teaser First Reviews USA Network venice Universal Extras First Look Best and Worst talk show LGBTQ Netflix Christmas movies TBS Amazon Studios FXX Superheroes Comics on TV 21st Century Fox foreign New York Comic Con Amazon Prime Video TV renewals Classic Film Fall TV Reality Disney romance Dark Horse Comics CBS tv talk TCM historical drama Country Awards Tour ghosts Winter TV Endgame cancelled TV series thriller History Hear Us Out Spectrum Originals Calendar animated Awards concert hollywood spain universal monsters Esquire El Rey Marvel Sneak Peek halloween tv HBO Go Bravo worst movies Freeform anime harry potter Crackle Paramount Year in Review spider-man space Masterpiece Sony Pictures comiccon Netflix Spike Film Festival Western dc superhero Box Office Character Guide crime Tubi Grammys BET Sundance TV Quiz Music scorecard ITV Stephen King VOD Peacock American Society of Cinematographers Britbox political drama sag awards binge Starz singing competition Adult Swim award winner documentaries cooking indiana jones directors Thanksgiving 20th Century Fox video on demand Women's History Month Paramount Network renewed TV shows unscripted slashers Marvel Television a nightmare on elm street TV 2015 rotten green book Amazon Prime Shudder 24 frames 99% FX A24 screen actors guild cinemax Election jamie lee curtis The Academy Spring TV Tumblr OWN critics YouTube Premium A&E justice league finale documentary mockumentary Television Academy BBC America Disney Channel classics Reality Competition revenge Nominations Valentine's Day witnail biography The Walking Dead DGA SDCC Mudbound cancelled television Hallmark Christmas movies Martial Arts parents Biopics DC Comics BAFTA Lifetime Christmas movies movies werewolf Musical YouTube nbcuniversal Pirates casting Warner Bros. vampires Rom-Com cancelled children's TV TLC latino sports Academy Awards scary movies cartoon golden globes Podcast anthology Rocky 2016 YA TNT strong female leads MTV free movies The CW Discovery Channel crime thriller The Arrangement OneApp Food Network Song of Ice and Fire batman NBC Chernobyl Emmy Nominations Cannes sequels japanese Lionsgate Schedule FX on Hulu Avengers Comic Book DirecTV richard e. Grant comic books DC Universe dogs Fox News italian ABC movie Premiere Dates Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt DC streaming service Pop Holidays PaleyFest crossover Funimation Black History Month GLAAD Travel Channel Arrowverse 007 4/20 spanish Acorn TV true crime twilight Comedy Central social media composers comedies discovery 72 Emmy Awards asian-american Disney+ Disney Plus Opinion Mystery Hallmark E! satire Trailer psychological thriller Anna Paquin BBC halloween Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cats Epix TIFF Mary Tyler Moore book spanish language spinoff comics 2017 TruTV BET Awards HBO Max dramedy Mary Poppins Returns quibi