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"
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DWAYNE JOHNSON as Black Adam in New Line Cinema’s action adventure “BLACK ADAM,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. /

30. Black Adam

Black Adam might be part of the DCEU, but it was actually one of the longest-gestating DC movies ever made. Originally planned for release much earlier than the shared universe's existence, it was a labor of love for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who finally brought Teth Adam to life in the 2022 movie.

The results were mixed. Johnson delivered a performance worth waiting for, capturing the ruthlessness of the character while also leading the ensemble cast well. There were also some pretty epic set pieces which featured some of the DCEU's strongest special effects in years. However, a rather uneven script and lacklustre story prevented it from reaching the heights it should have.

It was fine for what it was, but it was far from the hierarchy-reset that Johnson hoped it would be.

Superman III
Photo: Superman III.. Image Courtesy Warner Bros. / DC Universe /

29. Superman III

Sometimes success can go to a franchise's head, and that unfortunately was the case with the classic Superman film series. The first movie was a revelation, the second a strong follow-up, but the third was where the cracks started to show. It all had to do with the film's unnecessary shift towards a sillier, campier tone. This was partially down to the fact that legendary comedian Richard Pryor had joined the cast in a main role.

While the movie has lived on through internet memes, it's easy to see why it was considered so inferior to the previous two Superman movies. Not only did Superman III disrespectfully sideline Lois Lane, it robbed the franchise of the earnest, heartfelt tone it was known for, replacing it with a narrative that nearly descended into complete parody.

The great Christopher Reeve, however, remained its silver lining.