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The Best DC Films of the 21st Century

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Are you a diehard DC fan? Have you always been more drawn to the DC characters – both the heroes and villains? If so, there’s no doubt you’re probably up-to-date on all the latest DC films, but have you ever stopped to think about which were the best? Which ones stood out and managed to capture the story the way it was meant to be told? To answer that question, let’s take a look at the best of the best. Here are the best DC films of the 21st century.

Wonder Woman

Here’s a movie that many hoped would be a hit but most probably didn’t foresee the movement it would create. Wonder Woman was not only an exciting DC film; it managed to provide an origin story that was very much needed and done spectacularly. Much of the movie’s success hinged on the casting – as it seems Gal Gadot embodies all that Wonder Woman is. It was also exciting to see a female lead, something that is in short supply in the superhero universe. It’s hard to find any faults with this film, and that’s why it ranks so high.

For those who haven’t yet seen the sequel (Wonder Woman 1984), it has its moments but it’s nowhere near as good as the first one.

Justice League

We can’t have a ranking list without also including Justice League, another huge DC hit. In this movie, you get to see a bunch of your favorite heroes team up (Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Superman), and it’s got that dark ominous feel that you would expect. It’s ideal for those who either don’t like the solo hero movies or just want a chance to see everyone on the same screen.

The movie sparked all-new interest in the franchise in general. Merchandise became available, and even online casino games played into the Justice League popularity. It just makes for a fun theme.

Despite the fact this one was a fun film to watch, many fans were left wanting more, which leaves the door open for a sequel or a reboot in the future.

Suicide Squad

Then we’ve got another iconic DC offering which is The Suicide Squad, the 2021 version. This is not to be confused with the 2016 edition, which got panned by a lot of critics and didn’t do particularly well with audiences either. In the latest film, the storytelling goes back to the roots – the very essence of the Suicide Squad as seen in the comic books.

Call this one a reboot or a re-do if you will. Even though all the characters are villains, the very nature of The Suicide Squad, audiences connect with them and end up cheering for them. While it’s packed full of non-stop action and a lot of gore, there is also a lot of humor and even some great emotional connections between the characters. If you were holding off on seeing this one based on the 2016 version, it’s time to clear the slate and go in with a fresh outlook. The two are nothing alike.

Other Notable Mentions

These three films aren’t the only movies worth mentioning in the DC film universe, since there have been plenty of others. Notable mentions include:

Aquaman
Man of Steel
Superman: The Movie (1978)
Batman Returns
Birds of Prey
The LEGO Batman Movie

So, if you haven’t yet worked your way through each of these DC films, it’s time to settle down on the sofa and start binge-watching. You may even have a few other favorites to add to the list.

Author: Laura Mizrahi

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