It’s taken 57 years, but this weekend we’re finally getting a live-action Justice League movie, featuring fan favorite characters Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg together for the first time on camera. (Maybe some others show up too! But we’ll never tell…) It’s the perfect time to once again take a look back at the history of DC superhero movies, and ponder this new film’s place in the pantheon.
In no uncertain terms, it’s been a weird, wild trip for DC superhero movies, with multiple reboots of popular (and not so popular) characters over the years, and with giant shifts in storytelling ambition and tone across several generations. Their films have been funny, serious, campy and scary, and if we’re being perfectly honest they’ve been some of the best and also some of the worst movies ever made.
So where does Justice League rank against the best and worst DC superhero movies ever released in theaters? Find out below as we take a look back through the decades, and single out the greatest and most ridiculous adaptations so far (and as we decide to let nebulously “superheroic” films like Constantine and The Losers slide into the list, if only for the sake of conversation).
[Editor’s Note: This list has been updated to include Justice League.]
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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on Canceled Too Soon and watch him on the weekly YouTube series What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.