Every DC Comics movie ever, ranked from worst to best

From Batman to Superman and everything in between, which DC movies stand out as the very best?

On the Set of "Batman"
On the Set of "Batman" / Sunset Boulevard/GettyImages
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Joker, DC
JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Joker in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s “JOKER,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. /

17. Joker

Joker is probably DC's most divisive film. An object of critical acclaim that earned itself Oscar buzz and an eventual nomination (not-to-mention a win for Joaquin Phoenix), fans have disagreed over whether its themes, storyline and character focus on Arthur Fleck are actually worthy of that acclaim (though most do acknowledge its incredible cinematography, and strong performances).

Whether or not you are a fan of Joker is simply down to personal taste. For cinema fans who appreciate its likeness to movies such as Taxi Driver, the Todd Phillips movie is undoubtedly a classic. But to others who appreciate the source material, Joker isn't your typical DC movie, so it's understandable if they didn't enjoy it.

As someone who falls somewhere in between, Joker is a cinematic spectacle, even if it doesn't really feel like a DC movie. It is definitely an acquired taste, but its final act (when it finally begins to embrace its comic book roots) is something else entirely.

Wonder Woman 1984
GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “WONDER WOMAN 1984,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Clay Enos/ ™ & © DC Comics. © 2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

16. Wonder Woman 1984

While Wonder Woman saw something of a consensus among DC fans due to its high standard, its sequel was a much more divisive outing for DCEU viewers. Set almost 60 years after its predecessor, Wonder Woman 1984 saw Diana battle Maxwell Lord and Cheetah in a film that literally brought the notion "be careful what you wish for" to life.

It's not in the same league as its predecessor, so we'll just get that out of the way right now, but there is a charm in the 2020 film that is overlooked far too often. Just as Wonder Woman managed to capture the feel of a period piece, 1984 did the same for its own setting, delivering a cheesy, over-the-top, and triumphant feel as if it were actually made in the 1980s. There was nostalgia everywhere in it, and it showed. It also just featured incredible set pieces and an emotional central storyline. Honestly, we don't appreciate this movie and its charms enough.