The DC Extended Universe Ranked, Including ‘Birds of Prey’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, and Ella Jay Brasco at the

The on-line discourse rages on about director Cathy Yan’s R-rated extravaganza Birds of Prey. The newest entry within the DC Extended Universe has been focused by misogynistic vitriol, (type of) retitled to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, and pitted in opposition to a online game film made for youngsters.

But the place does the movie stack up in opposition to the remainder of the DCEU? Let’s try this web factor and rank all of the franchise’s releases thus far. To make clear, we’re solely together with movies that explicitly share continuity within the DCEU. So movies like The Dark Knight trilogy and Joker don’t qualify.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, and Ella Jay Brasco at the 'Birds of Prey' premiere
Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Margot Robbie, and Ella Jay Brasco on the ‘Birds of Prey’ premiere | Matt Crossick/PA Images through Getty Images

8. ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016)

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The thought of a villain team-up film didn’t really feel like essentially the most pure follow-up to Batman v Superman. Indeed, Suicide Squad feels prefer it’s making an attempt too laborious to be the DCEU’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The movie falls flat on nearly each narrative degree, cramming too many characters right into a poor script.

To be honest, director David Ayer has basically disowned the mission. He misplaced artistic management through the course of, with a lot of his imaginative and prescient left on the chopping room ground. At least the strongest performances in Suicide Squad stay on. After all, the movie launched Margot Robbie’s iconic Harley Quinn.

7. ‘Justice League’ (2017)

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We can solely think about how a lot DC was salivating to get a few of that candy Avengers cash. So a lot, in reality, that the corporate rushed into Justice League after simply two movies. Then, when director Zack Snyder stepped away, the studio introduced Avengers director Joss Whedon on to reshape the mission.

Audiences had barely met two-thirds of the DCEU staff’s line-up when the Justice League hit theaters. Of course, the movie failed to satisfy expectations. The behind-the-scenes drama on Justice League fueled a complete fan motion. We won’t ever see the “Snyder cut,” however we hope it’s higher than this.

6. ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ (2016)

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Batman and Superman are arguably the 2 hottest superheroes of all time. For many years, DC’s two titans had been the one superheroes to earn their very own film franchises. So it was a giant deal Warner Bros. was lastly uniting them on the massive display. We simply want the DCEU constructed as much as the movie correctly. Perhaps then the journey could be value it.

Instead of feeling like an epic cinematic milestone, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is far and wide. The story is convoluted and muddled, however Snyder’s movie nonetheless developed a cult following. The prolonged “ultimate edition” is an unlimited enchancment over the theatrical reduce, for what it’s value.

5. ‘Aquaman’ (2018)

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Want to see Jason Momoa moist and shirtless for a lot of this movie’s 143-minute runtime? How a few bonkers underwater fantasy world full with a drum-playing octopus? Those two audiences are precisely who director James Wan’s joyously over-the-top epic is made for. And it really works.

Aquaman takes a personality who was traditionally a joke and interprets him right into a $1 billion main man. While the movie is part-CGI explosion, it’s additionally a throwback to the goofy journey films of the 1980s. Far from Snyder’s work within the DC Extended Universe, Aquaman doesn’t take itself too severely. But ought to it actually?

4. ‘Man of Steel’ (2013)

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2006’s Superman Returns harkened again to the character’s Richard Donner heyday. But it didn’t spark a complete new period of storytelling as Warner Bros. hoped. Although it doesn’t explicitly kick off the DCEU, Snyder’s Man of Steel re-energized Superman for a brand new technology sufficient to warrant growth.

With its non-linear construction and hovering Hans Zimmer rating, the movie applies producer Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins template to Superman. Some followers balked at Henry Cavill’s brooding interpretation, however considered as an origin, Man of Steel is one of the best Superman movie since Christopher Reeves.

3. ‘Shazam!’ (2019)

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Imagine Big as a superhero film. That’s the rationale behind how Warner Bros. marketed Shazam! The movie is as a lot about household drama as it’s magical talents. And director David F. Sandberg creates one of many freshest, funniest, and most charming DCEU entries within the course of.

Zachary Levi’s efficiency anchors Shazam!, however its ensemble solid and sharp script are the true heroes. Best of all, the movie proves the DC Extended Universe is lastly studying its lesson. Focusing on a single hero with out concern for the bigger universe really ends in a greater movie. Who would have thought?

2. ‘Wonder Woman’ (2017)

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With each female-led film in a male-dominated style, some “fans” will whine and attempt to sabotage its success. Of course, Wonder Woman rose above all that mess to develop into the highest-grossing DCEU movie on the home field workplace. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot created one thing particular.

Wonder Woman‘s compassionate imaginative and prescient of its hero and her residence on Themiscyra created an enormous affect on followers. More than that, it established Gadot as one of many leaders of the DCEU. In an evolving franchise, Wonder Woman guided the remainder of the franchise into the way it might course-correct.

1. ‘Birds of Prey’ (2020)

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In retaining together with her unpredictable nature, Robbie’s Harley Quinn options prominently within the worst and finest the DCEU has to supply. With Birds of Prey, the Oscar-nominated actress lastly explores the character sans-Joker. The result is a go-for-broke efficiency and DC’s finest since The Dark Knight.

For a wide range of causes, Birds of Prey isn’t connecting with audiences like, say, Wonder Woman. But we’re assured the movie will stay on, due to Yan’s trendy course, the superior ensemble solid, and its sensible, wealthy story. Mirroring Harley’s journey, Birds of Prey breaks from the mainstream to forge its personal path and deserves props for a way nicely it pulls that off.

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