1. The Dark Knight (2008), 2. Wonder Woman (2017), 3. Arrow (2012), 4. V/Vendetta (2006), 5. Man of Steel (2013), 6. Joker (2019), 7. The Flash (2014),.8.Watchmen(’09) 9. Batman: TAS (1991), 10. JL: TAS (2003), 11. Superman: The Movie (1978), 12. Titans (2018), 13. Aquaman (2018), 14. Doom Patrol (2019), 15. Shazam! (2019), 16. Batman Begins (2005), 17. TDKR (2012), 18. Batman (1989), 19. Wonder Woman (1975), 20. Smallville (2001)
CLC’s All-Time DC Films Ranking
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A bone-chilling masterpiece/descent into madness with hypnotic blue-tinted cinematography, ultra-dark sociopathological tone, thunderous scoring, white-knuckled existential dissertation, & one of history’s greatest performances: Ledger’s Joker. One of the greatest films of All-Time. 10/10.
With stunning cinematography, jaw-dropping adventure, and an iconic + hopeful portrayal not seen since Reeve changing the industry & inspiring millions of girls, WW is the film DC’s 75-year old hero deserves (and why I love superheroes). 9.7/10.
One of the most politically-provocative & powerful dystopian films of the 21st century, DC/Vertigo’s V For Vendetta is a symphony of screenwriting and cinematic intellectualism – voraciously-volatile with visceral action sequences, volitional philosophical discourse, virtuosic performances/characterization, and virile anarchic chaos. 9.6/10.
With breathtaking cinematography, action sequences, and a sophisticated modernization of the first + greatest superhero, Man of Steel is a work of art. Adjusted ~9.5/10.
An ultra-dark sociopathological study steeped in deep nihilistic psychology with chilling realism & wildly-violent social commentary, Joker is A Clockwork Orange x Taxi Driver x RFAD with a career performance by Joaquin Phoenix on supervillains’ origins. 9.3/10.
Bold, nihilistic, & one of the most gorgeously cinematographed projects ever, Watchmen is a higher class of comic book film & Snyder’s pièce de resistance. 9.2/10.
The original superhero movie that started it all & got golden-age comic-book Superman with perfection in Reeves’ dual-portrayal, immaculate hope-driven tone, and gamechanging stuntwork, Donner’s 1978 Superman made you believe a man could fly as one of the most important & game-changing blockbusters *ever* made. 8.9/10.
A bonkers, wildly imaginative Kaiju-esque sci-fi/fantasy film with striking cinematography, massive scale, big emotion, epic villains in Black Manta/Ocean Master, & badass Polynesian reinvention of DC’s sea-hero fueled by Momoa’s burly charm & Wan’s fresh direction. 8.7/10.
A brilliant cocktail of coming-of-age story, superhero origin, Christmas movie, and hilarious comedy with a lifetime-casting in Zachary Levi, dark villain in Dr. Silvana, & nostalgic heart expertly handling the Seven Deadly Sins mythos. Adjusted ~8.7/10.
10. Batman Begins (2005)
A groundbreaking achievement that set a new, realism-centric bar for comic book films, Nolan’s reimagine of the Caped Crusader for the new millennium is cinematic, dark, nihilistic, beautifully-acted, characterization-heavy, and a perfect showcase for why Batman is one of, if not THE greatest superhero ever. 8.5/10.
A phenomenal (though bizarre-looking) Bane by Tom Hardy, sneaky syblline Catwoman by Anne Hathaway, and broken hero narrative plunging Gotham into even more political chaos after Ledger’s Joker, Nolan caps off a definitive Batman trilogy with TDKR – although the ending itself lacked gravitas & the sheer magnitude of 2008’s masterpiece The Dark Knight. 8.4/10.
12. Superman II: The Donner Cut
13. Batman (1989)
The film that changed the world defining in classic Tim Burton-imaginative glory the world-building & dark-toned mythology of what would become the world’s most popular superhero – and greatest villain – as well as the comic book film genre with its companion piece: Donner’s Superman. 8.2/10.
A visionary horror-take on Superman, James Gunn spins an innovative avant-garde subversion of the lore with a child-bullying/outcast narrative, stylistic flair in (*brutal*) slasher sequences, small-town Kansas feel, and twisted coming-of-age origin that could spark a new genre division: superhero horror. 8/10.
15. Birds Of Prey (& The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)
A glittery, bonkers hard-R ‘90’s indie that doubles as a comic book-antihero comedy, BOP brings together the iconic female gang in one of the funniest, most violent, & boldly-original CBM’s – despite a miscast Black Canary/C.Cain & not enough Sionis. 7.9/10.
16. Superman Returns (2006)
High art in the guise of a blockbuster movie, but with slow pacing and scarce action, Superman Returns is stunning but doesn’t pack enough of a punch.`7.6/10.
Flawed & nihilistic with a rushed doom-and-gloom heavy narrative, yet visually crisp &, at times, brilliant with the best Batman portrayal ever, BvS pits the two most iconic heroes against each other to mixed results. Theatrical: 6/10. / U.E.: 7.6/10.
Comic book-like in visuals, strong in team action, & well-cast & characterized, but flawed in rushed production, inconsistent tone, a horrific choice in villain, Green Lantern’s exclusion, & WB meddling, JL doesn’t do the most storied superhero team enough justice. 6.5/10.
19. Batman (1966 Film)
Buoyed by Adam West & Burt Ward’s effortless charisma/hysterics as the Dynamic Duo, set against a backdrop of multi-Batman rogues, this silver-to-big-screen comedy ride is okay but sadly restrained by an awful screenplay/plot. 6/10.
20. Constantine (2005)
21. Swamp Thing (1982)
22. Batman Returns (1991)
A chilly, unmistakably-Tim Burton film with fittingly-brooding atmospherics led by Keaton’s return as the Dark Knight & a great Penguin by Danny Devito, despite an overdone performance in Pfeiffer’s Catwoman, Batman Returns is still a classic. 6/10.
23. Jonah Hex (2010)
24. Green Lantern (2011)
Definitively answering the question “What if DC made movies like the MCU?” once and for all showing it won’t work for heroes THIS legendary, GL, despite Reynolds’ charisma, is wonky in CGI, terrible in suit, & fundamentally misguided choosing Parallax as villain. 5.6/10.
25. Suicide Squad (2016)
Funny yet thinly written, badly CGI’d, and disappointingly executed, Suicide Squad is a muddled attempt to bring the original villains-turned-heroes team to life. 4/10.
26. Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)
27. Supergirl (1984)
28. The Return Of Swamp Thing (1989)
29. Catwoman (2004)
30. Batman Forever (1997)
31. Superman III (1983)
32. Batman & Robin (1995)
33. Steel (1992)
CLC’s All-Time DC TV Series Ranking
S1 – 10/10 / S2 – 9.7/10 / S3 – 8/10 / S4 – 4/10 / S5 – 9.2/10 / S6 – 6/10 / S7 – 8.7/10 / S8 – 9.5/10 /// Series Review: Dark, cinematic, beautifully-choreographed, vigilantism-complex, epic in orchestral score, & rich in character development with a brilliant island dual-plot motif and career performance by Stephen Amell as the Billionaire-Turned-Emerald-Archer, DC Comics’ 2012 Arrow is one of the greatest & most revolutionary TV Series post-2000 – proof-of-concepting Blockbuster Franchises (& The Streaming Boom) on Television. 9.6/10.
S1 – 10/10 / S2 – 9.3/10 / S3 – 7.1/10 / S4 – 8/10 / S5 – 9.2/10 /// Series Review: Lightning-fast, visually-stunning in game-changing VFX, full of heart, pure-comic book tone, and proficient handling of the sacred speedster lore with legendary villains, diversity in cast, and perfect geeky-CSI Barry Allen casting in Grant Gustin, The Flash gets one of DC’s most famous (and difficult) heroes near-perfectly in glorious live-action what once was only possible in animation. 9.5/10.
3. Batman: The Animated Series (1990)
The definitive portrayal of The Dark Knight that revolutionized TV animation and brought to life the Caped Crusader’s lore & Rogues’ Gallery in a way never thought possible – by way of Kevin Conroy’s iconic performance and Timm’s noir world-building. A dark, rich character study decades ahead of its time (only slightly given lower placement due to precedence following suit of Batman 1989’s establishing tone/feel of Batman, plus animation’s easier than live-action). 9.4/10.
4. Justice League: The Series (2003)
The ultimate Saturday morning cartoon for cereal-filled escapism, JL: TAS immaculately captures the childlike wonder of superheroicism with intricacy in bringing to life (in gorgeous sunset-silhouetted majesty) the storied history of the world’s greatest superhero team. 9.3/10.
A bold, dark new take on the team for mature audiences, Titans is an addictive Netflix-like binge with chilled mise-en-scene, near-perfect castings (except Starfire), and phenomenal indie crowd-pleaser cameos like Hawk & Dove/Wonder Girl/Doom Patrol. 9.3/10.
The original mutants/misfts before Marvel copied them for X-Men, DC’s strangest hero team Doom Patrol get a masterful character study, with delightfully weird tone, majestic scoring, crass R-humor, psychotic/omniscient villain, & extreme comic-accuracy. Adjusted ~9.1/10.
7. Batman (1966)
A dramatically-different, lighter, comedic version of the Caped Crusader – but one that played *major* role in popularizing him (& the comic book genre) to eventually become the biggest superhero & blockbuster type in the world, ’66 is FAR from the night-stalking vigilante badass noir-vision of the character but charming, clean Saturday morning/pajama-clad, Golden Age-comic book fun that endeared Adam West & Burt Ward’s iconic buddy-duo to millions of kids & innovated what was possible on the silver screen. 8.7/10.
8. Wonder Woman (1975)
9. Teen Titans (2003)
10. Smallville (2001)
12. Young Justice (2010)
13. Batwoman (2019)
Richly-noir in Gotham City world-building with a badass lead casting in Ruby Rose (though a bit ~rough around the edges acting-wise), vital legacy in the first LGBTQ superhero with important relevant social commentary, & one of The Bat’s trippiest villains in Mad Hatter/Hush. 7.6/10.
14. Black Lightning (2018)
S1- Great cinematography and action sequences, star-making performance by Cress Williams, and intriguing gang villain in The 100. Fresh & electrifying. 7.5/10.
14. Supergirl (2015)
Full of heart in classic-Kryptonian tonal mix wholly understanding its titular hero’s lore with *perfection* in lead-casting the bubbly, gorgeous, hope-bursting Melissa Benoist, solid VFX, & storied villains – despite politicization & inconsistent writing. 7.2/10.
15. Gotham (2014)
With splendid acting, good characterization, and fine overall direction, Gotham is a serviceable Batman prequel but, like Smallville, just isn’t engrossing enough without the presence of its titular hero to anchor it. 7.2/10.
16. Constantine (2003)
17. Birds of Prey (1990)
18. Legends of Tomorrow (2016)
S1 – 6/10. Ok, weighed down by some poor choices in team members / S2 – 7.6/10. Much better, discovered what show is and Legion of Doom. Overall Rating: 6/10.
19. Krypton (2018)
Shoddily acted & another Superman show without Superman.. but with good cinematography & finally a live-action Brainiac, Krypton yields mixed results. 5.6/10.
20. The Flash (1990)
Jon Wesley Shipp certainly tries and gives his all in this overall-unfocused and comic-inaccurate TV series that has its highs plus a good Flash costume and fine FX for the time, but is overall mediocre & unmemorable. 5.2/10.
21. Powerless (2017)
Although Vanessa Anne Hudgens of HSM/Disney fame tries her hardest and exudes charisma as central actress rivaling the similarly-gem Alan Tudryk, this potentially-clever sitcom originally on insurance companies in the world of DC (far better concept) changed to tech angle ends up a cheesy joke fest with lame alternate actors & plotlines. 2.5/10.