Best DC Movies

Here are our picks for the best movie based on DC Comics!

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Honorable Mention: V for Vendetta

Honorable Mention: V for Vendetta

In this dystopian story of revolution, V is a vigilante who plots to overthrow the totalitarian regime that has taken control of Great Britain. When he rescues a young woman named Evelyn the two get caught up in a web of intrigue as they learn more about one another and the power of idealism. V for Vedetta features two great performances by Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving who carry us through the film by connecting us to them emotionally. It's got some good action too, but keeps the attention on the characters and their harrowing journey toward freedom.

10. The LEGO Batman Movie

10. The LEGO Batman Movie

A hilarious and surprisingly emotional adventure, The LEGO Batman Movie is the most fun film of the past decade. There are tons of references to previous Batman movies and TV series which fans will enjoy, but this story focuses on Batman's loneliness and his deep and important connection to his surrogate family. It's got plenty of funny jokes, frantic action, and brilliant music, but all of the comedy is balanced with heart.

9. Watchmen

9. Watchmen

This magnificent adaptation of the popular graphic novel takes place in an alternate 1985 where superheros have won the Vietnam War and are now being hunted by a mysterious killer. The cast is fantastic and the filmmakers handle the wild material very well with Zack Snyder putting his unique, stylish approach on full display. There are so many startling moments in this epic film, lots of brutal action sequences, and an important and shocking story that never ceases to amaze.

8. Batman Returns

8. Batman Returns

In Tim Burton's sequel, he takes the action and special effects to the next level while also diving deeper in the psyche of Batman by further exploring his villains Catwoman and Penguin who are dark mirrors of Bruce Wayne himself. It's an exiting film with some very violent moments and it thankfully retains the gothic feel of the '89 film which fits Gotham City perfectly. This one expands on everything we liked in the first movie and brings us two awesome villains played flawlessly by Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer.

7. Man of Steel

7. Man of Steel

Man of Steel is a masterpiece of filmmaking from it's excellent visual effects to the emotional score by Hans Zimmer. Henry Cavill gives a great performance as Kal-El/Clark Kent with an astonishing supporting cast including Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Shannon. The film is a first contact story and an alien invasion film that has a gritty quality to it and features outstanding action scenes and yet remains a character-centric film.

6. Batman

6. Batman

In 1989 Tim Burton delivered a dark and fun take on The Dark Knight with this action-packed and surprisingly romantic film. Casting Michael Keaton was a stroke of genius as he plays both Bruce Wayne and Batman with fervor, but the coup of getting Jack Nicholson to play Joker was a wonderful addition. Nicholson plays a dangerous and unhinged gangster making him the complete opposite of Batman who keeps everything serious and strikes fear into the criminals of the corrupt Gotham City. They do a great job with the highly stylized production design that fits with Burton's take on this world.

5. Superman II

5. Superman II

The sequel to the original Superman movie, Superman II is still the ultimate sequel as it takes the ideas of the first film and expands on it by crafting bigger and better action sequences and goes further into the characters by discovering their deepest desires and greatest fears. Terence Stamp is brilliant as General Zod forcing Superman into his most desperate battle yet as he looks to take over the planet. The relationship between Superman and Lois Lane gets serious and remains the heart of this thrilling story.

4. The Dark Knight

4. The Dark Knight

With Christopher Nolan's second outing featuring the character of Batman, he crafts an intense crime drama featuring The Dark Knight's most dangerous and desperate villains. In the role of The Joker, Heath Ledger plays an anarchist who creates a hell on earth for Batman as he turns the criminal underworld of the Gotham City upside down. Christian Bale is also phenomenal in the role of Bruce Wayne giving him an unstoppable determination and unquenchable thirst for justice. The rest of the cast is also great with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, and Aaron Eckhart all delivering astonishing performances. It's got great, visceral action, inventive musical score, and a thematic story of morality.

3. Wonder Woman

3. Wonder Woman

Audiences were finally treated to one of the most popular characters in history on the big screen in last year's Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins and actress Gal Gadot teamed up for this journey of discovery as Diana leaves the secret island of Themyscira to help fight the evils of World War I. Every scene in the film is poignant as it never loses sight of the main character and story of truth, justice, and honor. Chris Pine is wonderful in the role of Steve Trevor who teaches Diana about the outside world and also learns many things from her making their romance work on every level. It's got some astonishing moments of action on the battlefields of WWI, situational and character-based humor, and intimate drama.

2. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

2. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Batman has never been better on screen than he was in Batman: The Animated Series by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini in the 1990s. So when they got to make a theatrical animated film it instantly became a classic. This is still the best version of The Caped Crusader as we find him at his most physically damaged and emotionally confused when he comes into contact with his former flame and a deadly new enemy. It's full of beautifully animated action scenes, has well-written dialogue, and a brilliant voice cast including Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Dana Delany.

1. Superman

1. Superman

The best DC movie is Superman. This one revolutionized film-making, introduced comic book movies, and made us believe a man could fly. It's all thanks to Richard Donner and his catchphrase while making the movie: verisimilitude. Since everyone who worked on the movie held to this motto and did everything with truth, it made the audience completely buy into it. The intimate scenes of dialogue between the characters help you suspend disbelief for the more fantastical elements such as alien planets and superpowers. Christopher Reeve simply is Superman as his do-gooder sensibility and joyful attitude shine through his breakout performance, Margot Kidder is spunky and passionate as Lois Lane, and Gene Hackman is an arrogant and amoral Lex Luthor. Filling out this world are some amazing actors and actresses like Valerie Perrine, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, and Marlon Brando. This film remains the best of the genre thanks to it's earnest, character-centered story, unabashed romantic focus, and outstanding effects that makes us believe in the power of good.

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