While Marvel may be dominating the box office as of now, #DC Comics managed to create a successful box office hit decades before Marvel. I ranked every single Marvel Comics movie a while back and now that we have a promising (but slightly disjointed) slate of upcoming DC movies, let's rank every movie from the 1977 Superman to the present.
Note: This list will be updated with new DC movies every time they come out. Given that, make sure to come back here to see how upcoming movies such as Justice League, Aquaman and more!
Release Date: July 19th, 1984
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Cast: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Hart Bochner
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7%
If you aren't a fan of the #Supergirl TV series, you should never watch this movie. There are many awful DC movies, but Supergirl is worse than the "it's so bad, it's funny" status. This movie doesn't even have a real plot as it follows Supergirl who travels to Earth for a short period of time where she goes to school and fights a villain for reasons unknown. The acting is atrocious and the whole movie just doesn't line up.
The visual effects look like they were made in Microsoft Paint and not only do you not care about any of the characters, but you have no idea what is going on. To be completely honest, Supergirl is easily the worst DC movie ever made and furthermore, it's one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.
26. 'Superman IV: The Quest For Peace'
Release Date: July 24th, 1987
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Cast: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Mark Pillow, Mariel Hemingway, Jon Cryer
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%
Cannon Films, the studio that brought you almost every single crappy '80's action movie you have ever seen, presents their take on a #Superman movie: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Originally budgeted at $35 million (which is still not enough for a Superman movie), this film had its funding cut by a whopping $20 million. The movie was unable to gather enough money or talent and it definitely shows. This resulted in disastrous special effects and a storyline with more plot holes than you can count.
The worst part is that this movie relies very heavily on special effects, so it was destined to fail since Day 1. This is a prime example of a desperate studio whose producers have no idea what a comic book is write, produce and somehow publish a movie so bad that after watching it, you'll want to crawl into Superman's net and be thrown into the sun.
25. 'Batman and Robin'
Release Date: June 20th, 1997
Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alicia Silverstone
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 11%
Out of all the bad comic book movies (and there are plenty of them), #BatmanAndRobin has to be the most infamous one. From surfing in the air, to bat-nipples, to the ice puns, Batman and Robin has plenty of facepalm moments. George Clooney plays George Clooney in a Batman suit while the rest of the actors are way too over-the-top. DC Comics should've turned this into "Batman and Robin: On Ice" and it would be a lot more entertaining.
Instead, we can't help but wonder how this movie got approved but "Superman Lives" with Nicolas Cage and James Cameron's "Spider-Man" movie never saw the light of day. Fortunately, the Batman character is so popular that he was able to make a pop-culture comeback years later, but director Joel Schumacher made a good attempt at sinking the Dark Knight's popularity down the drain.
24. 'Jonah Hex'
Release Date: June 17th, 2010
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Cast: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%
#JonahHex is so bad that you probably forgot it even existed as it has become completely irrelevant. This movie decided that the minor character that is Jonah Hex should receive a live-action adaptation before other iconic heroes such as Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern or Aquaman. As a result, not even Josh Brolin and his awesome one-liners can save this movie from its impending doom.
This movie is so choppy and poorly edited that it makes me want to hand Suicide Squad a second Academy Award for Best Film Editing. Also, this is one of the lowest points in Megan Fox's career as she truly shows she does not know how to act (or talk in a Southern accent). In the end, most of these movies on the lower end of the spectrum can at least be laughed at while watching, but watching Jonah Hex is like pouring acid in your eyes.
Release Date: August 15th, 1997
Director: Kenny Johnson
Cast: Shaquille O'Neil, Annabeth Gish, Richard Roundtree, Irma P. Hall
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 12%
During the height of his NBA career, All-Star Shaquille O'Neil manages to add on to the pile of crap filled with awful blockbusters made in the back-half of the 1990's. Not only did #Steel cause Shaquille O'Neil's Hollywood career to crash and burn but Hollywood shied away from starring athletes in big blockbusters for years. From the cringe-worthy basketball references, to the corny lines, to the worst-looking superhero costume in comic book movie history, Steel is nothing more than a movie made to increase Shaq's popularity with the younger audience.
- Release Date: July 23rd, 2004
- Director: Pitof
- Cast: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 9%
After reading this article, you will realize that DC and Warner Bros have released a surmountable amount of really crappy movies. You can't get much lower than #Catwoman, which is truthfully one of the worst films of the 21st century. Halle Berry is the one thing preventing this movie from being an even larger disaster as everything else about this movie from its plot, to its dialogue and even its atrocious CGI. In the end, Catwoman is unintentionally hilarious and at the same time hilarious to the point where we are all coughing up our own fur balls.
21. 'Green Lantern'
Release Date: June 17th, 2011
Director: Martin Campbell
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%
#GreenLantern was supposed to be the movie to kickstart the DC Extended Universe - and the only thing the movie did was disgust the fanbase. This movie is a punch in the face to all fans of the Green Lantern character as this was his first movie adaptation and to have regular moviegoers have this iteration of Hal Jordan in their heads is an appalling thought.
Ryan Reynolds stars as the extensive CGI version of Green Lantern, which was so bad that Reynolds himself has trashed his performance more than anyone else in his more recent movies such as Deadpool. The movie is filled with noisy visuals (even though the film had a whopping 200 million dollar budget) that fail to cover up the incoherent script and dialogue. We can only hope that the DCEU introduces a better incarnation of the iconic DC Comics hero.
20. 'Superman III'
Release Date: June 17th, 1983
Director: Richard Lester
Cast: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Richard Pryor
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%
#SupermanIII follows the success of the first two Superman films and removes director Richard Donner from the equation. As a result, we get a Superman movie that's so campy, it makes Richard Pryor (one of the funniest comedians at the time) look foolish. There is so much forced slap-stick comedy and plot holes that makes this movie an unwatchable mess. This film has such a strong campy 1980's feel, but not the good kind that we actually enjoy.
The only redeemable part of the entire movie is when good Clark Kent fights the evil Superman. Christopher Reeve continues to shine throughout these movies (despite the goofy dialogue and script) and does a convincingly great job as evil Superman. If only this element was discovered more and we got less of Lester's ridiculous and campy tone, perhaps this movie could have been a bit better.
19. 'The Return of Swamp Thing'
- Release Date: May 12th, 1989
- Director: Jim Wynorski
- Cast: Dick Durock, Heather Locklear, Sarah Douglas
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 33%
This movie is just plain ridiculous on so many levels, but it is not bad on the same level as previous installments on this list as this movie is a guilty pleasure to many movie fans who grew up with the movie and it's understandable why. In fact, the movie is getting a refined Blu-Ray edition that enhances the visuals of the movie (or at least they tried).
This movie is about a scientist's daughter who develops sexual love for Swamp Thing. Why is this a thing, you ask? According to #TheReturnOfSwampThing movie logic, it's because she's a vegetarian. There is some really odd things that occur in this movie that makes me scratch my head and imagine how this wasn't cut on the writing room floor.
- Release Date: February 18th, 2005
- Director: Francis Lawrence
- Cast: Keanu Reeves, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Weisz, Max Baker, Shia LaBeouf
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 46%
At this point in the list, we move on past the movies that want to make us drill holes through our eyes. However, we still have quite a few rough ones to go through. #Constantine could've been a great movie, but ultimately, the movie was horribly executed and it is "decent" at best. It feels weird putting Constantine on this list as it's barely a comic book movie based off of Constantine as Lawrence's vision seems to be very jumbled.
In other words, it almost appears as if Warner Bros was making this movie and mid-way through production, they decided to slap Constantine's name on it to capture the attention of comic book fans. This movie did an awful job following the source material, and if it just flushed the Constantine part down the drain, we could have received a brilliant movie. The only redeeming parts of the movie is when the horror aspects really begin to kick in, but besides that, we couldn't stop thinking about what a horrible casting Keanu Reeves was as Constantine (even when he put his best into the role).
17. 'Batman Forever'
- Release Date: June 16th, 1995
- Director: Joel Schumacher
- Cast: Val Kilmer, Chris O'Donnell, Nicole Kidman, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 40%
After two successful Batman movies, things began to take a dive in terms of quality as the late '90's were dark times for the character, or in this case, things were very campy and goofy. One of the many reasons movies such as Batman and Superman were beloved by the general public and are regarded as instant classics today is because they were the first comic book movies that took themselves seriously. With #BatmanForever, they threw this all out the window - but does that make it a bad movie?
Warner Bros had to make the next Batman movie more family-friendly oriented after the dark and creepy Batman Returns, so we can at least understand why this movie wasn't as great as it should've been. Also, I didn't enjoy Val Kilmer as Batman as much as the next guy and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face never should have happened, but there is still some enjoyment to be found in this movie. I believe Jim Carrey being cast as the Riddler was a genius idea and with a better script, he could have been one of the greatest comic book villains of all-time. However, he still does his best in the role and delivers on entertaining the audience. Overall, this movie gets more flack than it deserves, but it's far from a great Batman movie.
16. 'Suicide Squad'
Release Date: August 5th, 2016
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 25%
I am usually very open about how much I disliked #SuicideSquad. I entered this movie with such high expectations and exited with such disappointment. However, while writing this list, I realized it's not that bad of a film, especially when being compared to some other stinkers.
Some redeeming qualities include Deadshot and Harley Quinn, who were easily the two most developed characters in the movie that the audience really cared about. Besides this, everyone else is practically a throw-away character and could be easily replaced. Obviously, this doesn't mean that they are all "bad" characters, but their are certainly some bad ones in there.
There's a good movie hidden within the final product we saw in theaters, but after Batman v Superman under-performed, Warner Bros chopped up the entire movie and gave us an incoherent movie that irritates most critics such as myself because if they left director David Ayer to work his magic, Suicide Squad could have been placed much higher on this list.
15. 'Swamp Thing'
- Release Date: January 1st, 1982
- Director: Wes Craven
- Cast: Dick Durock, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 64%
This movie may not be directed by Joel Schumacher, but it's still insanely campy. The difference here is that #SwampThing is directed by horror genius Wes Craven, who actually manages to make a decently good and entertaining film despite his low budget and resources.
The movie is about a scientist who gets into a horrible accident and transforms himself into a big, green monster and struggles with his new-self, but in the end, the green monster ends up battling another monster-like enemy who was made in a very similar accident. No - I am not talking about the Hulk here, but Craven does a great job captivating the odd source material and adapting it to the big screen. The horror elements of the film are certainly there and Swamp Thing himself is surprisingly a likable and interesting character.
14. 'Batman' (1966)
Release Date: July 30th, 1966
Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Cesar Romero, Burgess Meredith, Lee Meriweather
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%
I've been ripping apart "campy" movies this entire list, so it may confuse some of you why I'm ranking #BatmanTheMovie is placed so high on this list. First of all, this film is from an entirely different era from every other film and while it is certainly a very goofy movie, Batman embraces it. This movie is based off of the classic 1960's TV series that was beloved by everyone at the time, and even though this movie barely holds itself together in the modern age, we still need to respect this movie.
Believe it or not, the best Batman and Robin live-action adaptation has to be Adam West and Burt Ward. Their cheesy dialogue and comical chemistry is nothing short of nostalgic and memorable. This movie is full of endearing moments, classical gags and and an endless amount of quotable lines. All in all, this movie is a very entertaining movie that will never fail to put a smile on your face.
13. 'Superman Returns'
- Release Date: June 28th, 2006
- Director: Bryan Singer
- Cast: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Frank Langella
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 76%
Instead of returning to the X-Men franchise to give us a compelling third and final film of the trilogy, Singer botched up two superhero movies at once. #SupermanReturns is a Oscar-worthy film when being compared to the third and fourth Superman movies, but this reboot isn't anything special. In fact, practically everything in this film was either 'decent' or 'good'.
Brandon Routh as Superman was fine, but he's certainly a lot more charismatic as Ray Palmer/ The A.T.O.M. on #LegendsOfTomorrow and #Arrow. The visual effects were similar to any other 2006 blockbuster and the conflicts were very bland. Overall, Superman Returns is a very forgettable movie and some words to describe it are 'passable' and 'satisfying enough'.
12. 'Man of Steel'
- Release Date: June 14th, 2013
- Director: Zack Snyder
- Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Russel Crowe
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55%
#ManOfSteel was Warner Bros' second attempt at lying the foundation for a DC cinematic universe and while it isn't the greatest Superman movie ever made, most of us can agree that this was a better starting point than Green Lantern. Following multiple incarnations of the titular hero, Henry Cavill picked up the suit and tried to differentiate himself from the other adaptations of the Superman character. While he does a pretty good job, is it really that difficult for them to throw a smile in the movie here and there?
Besides this, Man of Steel features some amazing action sequences that are far better than any Superman movie before it while introducing some new and interesting takes on the familiar origin story. In the end, Man of Steel is a good movie at the least yet Superman wasn't as charming as many fans hoped he could be for this Hollywood generation.
- Release Date: July 21st, 2009
- Director: Zack Snyder
- Cast: Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earl Haley
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 65%
Before Zack Snyder entered the DCEU, he gave us #Watchmen. While this movie doesn't necessarily make the Top 10, but it is still a great film nonetheless, or at least I believe it is. Based off of Alan Moore's critically-acclaimed graphic novel, Watchmen is set in an alternate universe where a nuclear war is about to erupt between superpowers America and Russia. The Watchmen are a retired superhero team and when one of them is murdered, Rorschach begins to investigate the issue. I won't go too heavily into details as many of you have probably never watched this movie before and I highly recommend that you see it for yourselves.
Zack Snyder had a huge responsibility bringing this famous property to the big screen and overall, I would say that he succeeded and gave us a smart and stylish take on the Watchmen. Sure, the movie does have some issues here and there and it does tend to drag a bit, but Snyder makes up for this with his incredible visuals and unique sense of directing that not many other directors would be able to make. In the end, I truthfully wasn't quite sure what to make of Watchmen after viewing it for the first time, but if one thing was for sure, it's a damn fascinating movie.
10. 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'
- Release Date: March 25th, 2016
- Director: Zack Snyder
- Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27%
I cannot deny that I give #BatmanvSuperman a lot of flack, but in the end, it is actually a pretty entertaining and interesting film. Does the movie have its issues? Of course, the movie had so much potential and failed to live up a good portion of it and is no where near perfect, but when writing this list and comparing this film to some of the lower entries, it makes me appreciate the movie even more.
This movie finally put Batman and Superman on-screen together, and when they fought, it was brief but insanely epic. Zack Snyder may not be the best storyteller in Hollywood, but he sure knows how to deliver on some epic visuals. Batman was truthfully my favorite part of the entire movie as Ben Affleck totally owned the role as the Caped Crusader. The movie also introduced many other classic characters such as Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor.
Some of the messages portrayed in this movie are very controversial and intriguing. For instance, what would the world do if Superman destroyed an entire city? Would they praise him or fear him, and would another hero rise up against him? These are all questions that were answered in a neat fashion and in the end, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has its issues, but it's ultimately an entertaining and intriguing film.
9. 'The Dark Knight Rises'
- Release Date: July 20th, 2012
- Director: Christopher Nolan
- Cast: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 87%
The Dark Knight trilogy isn't just one of the best superhero trilogies of all-time, it is one of the best movie trilogies in general. Having said that, #TheDarkKnightRises was a weak end to the critically-acclaimed trilogy when considering how fantastic the first two movies were. However, this isn't a bad movie by any measure. Christopher Nolan takes some ambitious risks in the third and final chapter, and while some of them don't pay off, there are some pretty cool moments in the movie.
Tom Hardy plays Bane in the movie and he actually does a really good job in the role. Hardy's Bane is actually terrifying and for the first time in the trilogy, Batman is actually going against a worthy candidate in terms in physical strength. Also, the final action sequence in the movie is some of the best action you could ever ask for, even though the movie is stretched out to a whopping 165 minutes long. All in all, The Dark Knight Rises is a long but solid finale to the trilogy.
8. 'Superman II'
- Release Date: June 19th, 1981
- Director: Richard Donner
- Cast: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Terrence Stamp
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%
#Superman2 is a worthy sequel to the original film as it continued the amazing story revolving around Christopher Reeve's Superman. In this film, we are introduced to General Zod, who I thought was a fantastic and worthy antagonist to the Man of Steel. Also, even though a lot of the special effects are very dated, the film makes up for it with its heart and humor.
One of the best parts of the movie was when it dived deeper into Superman's character and revealing his morals. Superman had to discover what it meant to be a hero and watching this journey throughout the movie is simply emblematic. This movie truly captures the essence of Superman's character, something every other movie besides the original film have failed to do.
7. 'The Lego Batman Movie'
Release Date: February 10th, 2017
Director: Chris McKay
Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zack Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
It may bother some of you that a ranked a movie starring Lego Batman this high on the list. However, a lot of us do know that #TheLegoBatmanMovie is a perfect comedy based off the Dark Knight. This animated film surprisingly has an interesting plot that follows a lonely Bruce Wayne and incorporates some very important themes regarding family. Just like #TheLegoMovie, this film also has a strong father-son conflict that shines throughout the film.
Putting that aside, The Lego Batman Movie is such an entertaining movie that is a blast for all Batman fans. There is an endless amount of easter eggs, references and callbacks to the rich history of the Dark Knight, which makes it the perfect gift for a Batman fan. In fact, this movie goes far enough to make fun of their biggest competitors by having Batman say "Iron Man sucks!" In general, this movie reminded everyone that Batman movies can still be fun while avoiding 'corny' territory.
6. 'Batman Returns'
- Release Date: June 16th, 1992
- Director: Tim Burton
- Cast: Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walkin, Michael Gough
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 80%
Following the success of the original Batman movie, Tim Burton wanted to try something different and move the franchise in a new direction. #BatmanReturns is darker and weirder than the original film. While it may not be as fresh and amazing, Batman Returns brings some amazing elements. For example, Tim Burton brings on some magnificent cast members onto the team.
Michelle Pfeiffer truly defined the role of Catwoman with her convincing turn into the feline supervillain. Also, despite his controversial casting, I personally believe Danny DeVito played an interesting Penguin. Even though his character might have not looked or acted exactly like the comic book iteration of the Penguin, he perfectly fit into Tim Burton's brooding Gotham City.
5. 'Batman Begins
- Release Date: June 15th, 2005
- Director: Christopher Nolan
- Cast: Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%
After Batman and Robin and multiple other awful and campy comic book movies almost threw away everything DC Comics built a foundation for the genre since Superman, Christopher Nolan swooped in like a bat and gave DC its first big win in at least a decade with his Dark Knight trilogy. #BatmanBegins is the first of three films in the trilogy and just like Batman, the general audience fell in love with the Dark Knight once again.
The difference with Batman Begins was its execution: this movie was dark, gritty and was not just a great comic book movie; it was an excellent movie. The origin story was so intriguing as viewers followed Bruce Wayne's emotional and bumpy journey to becoming the Caped Crusader. All in all, Batman Begins was a 'rebirth' of the Batman character and it's a movie that still sends chills down our spines.
4. 'Wonder Woman'
- Release Date: June 2nd, 2017
- Director: Patty Jenkins
- Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%
This list was put together celebrating the worldwide release of #WonderWoman, but I never thought I would rank this film among the most classic and critically-acclaimed superhero films. Nevertheless, I am proud to say that Wonder Woman is my fourth favorite DC Comics film as I was absolutely impressed at what a great job Warner Bros did, despite their previous slip-ups in the critical eye.
The tweet about is my initial reaction after walking out of my first showing and I believe it is the perfect way to describe the film. Wonder Woman is very similar to Captain America: The First Avenger in the best ways possible. It is hopeful, patriotic and truly has some epic war action sequences. While The First Avenger took place during World War II, Wonder Woman is set in 1917 in the midst of the Great War, which was certainly the perfect time period for the film to be set in. The scene where Wonder Woman is running down No Man's Land is one of the most stunning scenes in any superhero movie ever.
At the same time, Patty Jenkins takes a lot of inspiration from the original Superman movie, which is something none of us could have expected to see from a "gritty DCEU movie" - but that's the beauty of the movie. Throughout the whole movie, I was never thinking I was watching a DC movie or even a superhero movie, but a great film. The film deals with intriguing concepts and ideological ideas that not many other comic book movies are able to achieve, yet Wonder Woman comes out on top.
At the end of the day, Gal Gadot did a magnificent job portraying Wonder Woman on the big screen. Diana was a hopeful and innocent character who was also very naive, and seeing her evolve on this journey is very special. Chris Pine also did a great job playing Steve Trevor and he really sold the chemistry between the two characters. Both Gadot and Pine did such a great job playing off of the other cast members that without them, this movie could have been a mess, but with them, these characters became likable and relatable. Wonder Woman will sit alongside Superman, Batman, X-Men, Iron Man, The Avengers and the other comic book films that transcended the genre and for that reason alone, this movie deserves to sit high up on this list.
- Release Date: December 15th, 1978
- Director: Richard Donner
- Cast: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 93%
Quite possibly the most iconic comic book movie of all-time, #Superman is far better than an entertaining superhero movie. Christopher Reeve plays the Man of Steel and perfectly captures the hope and courage of the character. Unlike some of the later installments in the franchise, Richard Donner perfectly blends in subtle humor while taking itself seriously and enrapturing its audience. All in all, if you love the comic book genre, you can thank director Richard Donner and the movie itself for proving to the world that superhero movies can be taken seriously.
- Release Date: June 19th, 1989
- Director: Tim Burton
- Cast: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72%
Before #Batman came out, most people knew the character because of the Adam West version of the character. Then, Tim Burton blew everyone away with Batman, which still holds up as one of the best comic book movies of all-time, despite contenders being pushed out multiple times a year. Burton mastered the darkness of the character and Gotham City while also mixing in his own outlandish and peculiar elements he was famous for.
The movie stars Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, who both do phenomenal jobs portraying these iconic characters. While the plot of the movie takes some liberties from the source material, especially the Joker being revealed as Bruce Wayne's parents murderer's, the movie still does a great job showing the true Batman on the big screen for the first time.
1. 'The Dark Knight'
Release Date: July 18th, 2008
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhall
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 94%
For the longest time, I believed #TheDarkKnight was over-hyped and didn't deserve the number one spot on this list. However, when I went back to watch the movie once again for this list, something clicked inside me and I began to appreciate this blockbuster gem more than ever before. I am aware it's very cliche to have this as the number one choice, but The Dark Knight is simply a phenomenal movie.
I'm not even going to discuss the one amazing aspect of the movie that everyone raves about, which is obviously Heath Ledger's Joker, to prove that there is so much more to this movie than his performance. For instance, Aaron Eckhart gave Ledger a run for his money as he played a magnificent Harvey Dent. One of the things I've always loved about Two-Face whether it's in the movies, cartoons, comics or even the video games is that Harvey Dent is a very amiable guy and you root for him. The Dark Knight did the same thing with both of its antagonists, which were both spotless and go down as some of the best comic book movie villains ever.
Besides the villains, every other actor puts in their best and makes The Dark Knight one of the best comic book films to date. Personally, I liked Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman, but he's not even my favorite Batman. Even so, this superhero movie does everything right with very few mistakes while also accomplishing something very few comic book films do: make the audience think and spark intelligent conversations. All of the ideas portrayed in this story are extremely intriguing and as a result, The Dark Knight will go down as one of the best movies of the century.