22. Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)
The Birds of Prey finally got their chance to shine in a DCEU movie that formed an unlikely alliance between them and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. It made sense given how popularity Harley had proven to be in Suicide Squad so the idea of seeing her headline her own feature film was more than exciting, and the film is a rare example of a DCEU outing that actually exceeded expectations.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) was a lower-stakes movie, casting aside the end-of-world dilemmas and beams in the sky for a more grounded installment that built out the uncharted world of Gotham City quite well. Ewan McGregor delivered his most over the top performance as Black Mask, while Robbie was once again captivating as the Clown Princess of Crime.
The one downside to Birds of Prey is that its title group of heroines are underutilized, living in the shadow of Harley Quinn. It's not exactly fair given that was their movie, but the chemistry between the whole cast did make up for that, and Jurnee Smollett's performance as Black Canary made us long for more of the character in the future.
21. Swamp Thing
Oh they don't make 'em like this anymore.
In what might come as a bit of a shock to you, this 1982 DC film was directed by horror legend Wes Craven. But seeing as Swamp Thing is one of DC's most beloved horror characters, it's a match that makes total sense in retrospect. And you can see Craven's affinity for the darkness of the character come through in spite of Swamp Thing's limited budget and not-so-convincing costumes.
While the movie hasn't aged all that well for those reasons, we do have to remember this was a superhero movie made before Batman imbued the genre with a sense of maturity. So yes, it's a bit more campy by today's standards than horrifying, but Swamp Thing still understood the assignment and was rightfully a big success on home video because of it.