7 worst CGI moments in the DCEU, ranked from bad to worst

Let's take a look at seven iconically bad CGI moments that ruined some of the biggest DCEU moments.

Ray Fisher (Cyborg / Victor Stone), Ezra Miller (The Flash / Barry Allen), Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Henry Cavill (Superman / Clark Kent), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman / Arthur Curry) in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO Max
Ray Fisher (Cyborg / Victor Stone), Ezra Miller (The Flash / Barry Allen), Ben Affleck (Batman / Bruce Wayne), Henry Cavill (Superman / Clark Kent), Gal Gadot (Diana Prince / Wonder Woman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman / Arthur Curry) in Zack Snyder's Justice League. Photograph by Courtesy of HBO Max /
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6. Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

I remember the excitement bubbling up as we were about to see Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman throw down with one of their most formidable foes, Doomsday, in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I also remember the collective letdown when what stomps onto the screen looks like it escaped from an early 2000s video game, not the epic, modern cinematic universe we'd all been geeking out over.

Doomsday, a villain who should inspire fear and awe, instead prompted a mix of confusion and disappointment. Why? Because the CGI used to bring him to life was a bit on the undercooked side. Instead of being this menacing figure capable of going toe-to-toe with our favorite caped heroes, he ended up resembling a cross between a generic video game boss and a gray, angry turtle without a shell.

Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of why this CGI mishap sticks out like a sore thumb in the otherwise visually stunning DCEU. In a universe where heroes zip across the sky and aliens invade from distant worlds, you'd expect a titan like Doomsday to drop jaws with his sheer presence and power. But what we got was a creature that lacked the detailed textures, shading, and lifelike movements that make CGI characters blend seamlessly with their live-action counterparts. It was as if Doomsday's design was never quite finished, like he was rushed through the digital beauty salon and shoved out the door with his hair still in curlers.

This visual stumble wasn't just a minor hiccup - it was a missed opportunity to visually dazzle viewers and give the heroes a run for their money in one of the DCEU's most climactic showdowns.

7. Superman's face in Justice League (2017)

Imagine you're watching Justice League, excited to see Superman fly, punch bad guys, and just be his super self. But wait, what's going on with my Henry's usually stunningly beautiful face? It looks... weird.

Henry Cavill, the handsome actor who plays Superman, had a mustache he needed for another movie role, but Superman doesn't have a mustache. The solution? Use CGI to erase it! Sounds simple, right? Well, not exactly, apparently. The end result was like a bad Snapchat filter gone rogue. Instead of focusing on Superman saving the day, viewers were left scratching their heads, wondering if Superman had decided to experiment with some new facial cream that didn't quite agree with him.

This digital shave job turned into one of the DCEU's most talked-about oopsies for a reason. Instead of the Man of Steel, we got the Man of CGI - and not the good kind. It's like when you try to erase something in a photo using a drawing app - you know what you're aiming for, but it just doesn't look right. The CGI mustache removal made Superman's upper lip look stiff and unnatural, distracting fans from the action and drama. It became the elephant in the room every time he was on screen. This wasn't just a minor oversight in a low-budget scene - it was Superman, the face of the DCEU, looking like he'd been zapped by a wonky version of his own heat vision.

While we await more movies and reboots in the DC franchise, here's to hoping their CGI budget and skills have had time to develop and do justice (no pun intended) to these incredible superheroes.

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