Rank the DC Films


Oct 9, 2010
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Pardon me if a thread of this has been made before, but I haven't been able to find it in this section of DC films, so here it is....rank the DC films. I know, it's gonna be a tough one because there are a lot of pretty bad films under the DC logo, lol, but give it a shot from best to worst :up:

I'll set up my list later, because I'm having trouble on thinking which film is worse than another.
OK, I'm restricting my list to only DC live-action theatrically-released films, from worst to best:

25. Jonah Hex
24. Steel
23. Batman & Robin
22. Superman IV - the Quest for Peace
21. Return of Swamp Thing
20. Green Lantern
19. Catwoman
18. Supergirl
17. Swamp Thing (1988)
16. Constantine
15. The Losers
14. Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
13. Batman the Movie (1966)
12. Superman Returns
11. Superman III
10. Batman Forever
09. Batman Returns
08. Watchmen
07. V for Vendetta
06. The Dark Knight Rises
05. Batman (1989)
04. Superman II
03. Batman Begins
02. Superman the Movie (1978)
01. The Dark Knight

00. Man of Steel*

* - as of this post, not yet released, but fingers crossed: this could be the best of them all!
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The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman Begins
Superman: The Movie
V for Vendetta
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
Batman (1989)
Superman II
Batman Returns
Batman: The Movie
Superman Returns
Batman Forever
Green Lantern
Superman III
Batman & Robin
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Those are the ones I've seen.
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Superman - 5/5
Batman 89 - 5/5
The Dark Knight - 5/5
Superman II - 4.5/5
V for Vendetta - 4/5
Superman Returns - 4/5
Batman Begins - 3.5/5
Batman Returns - 3.5/5
The Dark Knight Rises - 3.5/5
Watchmen - 3/5
Batman Forever - 2.5/5
Superman III - 2/5
Superman IV - 1/5
Supergirl - 1/5
Batman & Robin - 0/5
I foresee it changing once I watch Man of Steel, but here is my list so far:

1.) The Dark Knight Rises
2.) The Dark Knight
3.) Batman Begins
4.) Watchmen
5.) Superman: The Movie
6.) Batman ('89)
7.) Superman II
8.) V For Vendetta
9.) A History of Violence
10.) RED
11.) Road to Perdition
12.) Batman Returns
13.) Swamp Thing
14.) Batman Forever
15.) Constantine
16.) Stardust
17.) Superman Returns
18.) Batman & Robin
19.) Superman III
20.) The Losers
21.) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
22.) The Spirit
23.) Batman ('66)
24.) Steel
25.) Supergirl
26.) The Return of Swamp Thing
27.) Superman IV: The Quest For Peace
28.) Green Lantern
29.) Jonah Hex
30.) Catwoman
Yeah, I'm curious about how high MoS will rank into everyone's list.

So far, it looks awesome.

My late father took me to see Superman the movie when I was a child. He passed away 5 years ago. I wish I could take him to see this new version. :(
1.) The Dark Knight
2.) The Dark Knight Rises
3.) Batman Begins
4.) Batman ('89)
5.) Watchmen
6.) Superman II
7.) Superman: The Movie
8.) Batman Returns
9.) Green Lantern
10.) Batman Forever
11.) Superman Returns
12.) Batman & Robin
13.) Superman III
14.) The Losers
15.) RED
16.) The Spirit
17.) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
18.) Jonah Hex
19.) Catwoman

I imagine I'll have Green Lantern higher than most. I didn't hate it like the rest of the world.
1 Superman II
2 Superman
3 Batman Begins
4 The Dark Knight
5 The Dark Knight Rises
6 Batman Forever
7 Superman IV
8 Green Lantern
9 Batman 66
10 Batman & Robin
11 Superman III
12 Batman Returns
13 Batman 89
14 Superman Returns
15 Supergirl
16 Jonah Hex

I think that's all the films I've seen from DC.I saw some of Watchmen,but I wasn't really into it.It's been decades since I saw Swamp Thing,so I'd have to see it again to rank it properly.

Some of these are razor close though.Superman I & II are sort of one movie to me.B&R and SM III are equally laughable so the order might change on any given day.I dislike Batman 89 & Batman Returns equally,but as much as I hate the Burton Penguin,Catwoman was better than Vicky and Keaton had a bit stronger showing as Batman (at least IMO).
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The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Batman Returns
Batman Begins
Superman 2
Batman Forever
Superman Returns
Batman and Robin
Green Lantern
Superman 3
Superman IV
Top Ten:

1. Dark Knight 9/10
2. Batman Begins 8/10
3. Superman: The Movie 8/10
4. Man of Steel 8/10
5. Batman Returns 7/10
6. Superman II 6/10
7. Batman 6/10
8. Dark Knight Rises 5/10
9. Watchman 5/10
10. Green Lantern 4/10

Don't think comparing non-superhero titles is appropriate, although I will add that I didn't particularly care for V for Vendetta or Constantine even though they still might have ranked higher than Lantern or Watchman.
1a.) Superman: The Movie
1b.) Batman ('89)
2.) Watchmen
3.) V For Vendetta
4.) The Dark Knight Rises
5.) Batman Returns
6.) Batman Begins
7.) Superman II
8.) Superman Returns
9.) The Dark Knight
10.) Batman & Robin
11.) Batman Forever
12.) Constantine
13.) Green Lantern
14.) Superman IV: The Quest For Peace
15.) Batman ('66)
16.) Superman III
17.) Steel
18.) Supergirl

1,000,000,000.) Catwoman

B&R's enjoyability aside, the chasm between the good DC flicks and the bad ones is astonishing.
Of the films I've seen:

1. Superman: The Movie - The Dark Knight (tie)
3. Batman (1989)
4. Batman Begins
5. Supeman II
6. The Dark Knight Rises
7. Batman Returns
8. Batman (1966)
9. Road to Perdition
10. Watchmen
11. V For Vendetta
12. Superman Returns
13. Superman And The Mole Men
14. Constantine
15. Batman Forever
16. Swamp Thing
17. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
18. Green Lantern
19. Superman IV
20. Superman III
21. Supergirl
22. The Return of Swamp Thing
23. Steel
24. Batman & Robin
25. The Spirit
26. Jonah Hex
27. Catwoman

Honestly a lot of these could switch around and flip flop tomorrow and while some films I ENJOY more than others I tired to be honest and rank them fairly. For example: I'd much rather watch Superman III and IV and even Batman Forever before I watch Green Lantern again but being objective Green Lantern is the better put together film so I tried to rank it higher. But any of the Reeve Superman films have more heart and fun than Green Lantern and there was really no exccuse for such a mediocre film to be released in 2011 when by that point WB had years of quality and crap to learn from. That and while I think Reynolds wasn't God awful he wasn't great either and he was miscast IMO. And he certainly couldn't carry Reeve's cape. The role was such sceond nature to him by the last two films that he could do a far better job in his bad films than Reynolds could in Green Lantern.

There's a lot of that with my list. Some of the films I ranked lower I actually enjoy more and have a soft spot for.
I'm only ranking the films that came out starting in 2004

1. The Dark Knight
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. Batman Begins
4. V for Vendetta
5. Superman Returns/Watchmen
7. Man of Steel
8. Green Lantern
9. Catwoman
10. The Spirit
11. Jonah Hex
Having seen Man of Steel, I'm not sure if I like it more than Batman Begins or less, so I'll update my list whenever I get my answer(by watching BB soon, hopefully tonight...but I do prefer TDKR and TDK over MOS).
Updated list:

1. The Dark Knight
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. Batman Begins
4. Man of Steel
5. Superman: The Movie
6. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
7. V for Vendetta
8. Watchmen
9. Batman (1989)
10. Superman II
11. Batman Returns
12. Batman: The Movie
13. Superman Returns
14. RED
15. Batman Forever
16. Constatine
17. Green Lantern
18. Superman III
19. Batman & Robin
20. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
21. Supergirl
22. Catwoman
I really couldn't even name all of them, but here are my top 5. I may have a pretty unpopular list with MoS knocking off the batfilms, but the tiebreaker was that I'm a bigger Superman fan.

1) Man of Steel
2) The Dark Knight Rises
3) The Dark Knight
4) Superman: The Movie
5) Watchman
1. Dark Knight Trilogy
2. Watchmen
3. Superman 1978
4. Batman 1989
5. Man of Steel
Out of the ones I've seen:

1. The Dark Knight
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. Batman Begins
4. Batman (1989)
5. Watchmen
6. Man of Steel
7. Superman: The Movie
8. Superman II
9. Batman Returns
10. Superman Returns
11. V for Vendetta
12. Batman Forever
13. Batman and Robin
14. Green Lantern
15. Superman III
16. The Spirit
17. Jonah Hex
18. Superman IV
1. TDK & Batman 1989
2. Superman: The Movie
3. Man of Steel
5. Batman Begins
6. Superman 2
1. The Dark Knight
2. Batman Begins
3. Superman II
4. Superman
5. Batman Returns
6. V for Vendetta
7. Man of Steel
8. The Dark Knight Rises
9. Watchmen
10. Batman 1989
1. Superman II
2. Watchmen
3. Batman Begins
4. A History of Violence
5. Superman: The Movie
6. The Dark Knight
7. Man of Steel
8. V for Vendetta
9. Constantine
10. Batman Returns
11. Batman
12. Stardust
13. Batman (1966)
14. The Dark Knight Rises
15. The Losers
16. RED
16. Road to Perdition
17. Green Lantern
18. Superman Returns
19. Batman Forever
20. Superman III
21. Jonah Hex
22. The Spirit
23. Swamp Thing
24. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
25. Supergirl
26. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
27. The Return of Swamp Thing
28. Catwoman
29. Steel
30. Batman & Robin
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
Man of Steel
Batman Returns
Superman The Movie
Batman Begins
Superman 2
Batman Forever
Batman and Robin
Green Lantern
Superman Returns
Superman 3
Superman 4
So after watching Batman Begins(as I was contemplating if I liked BB more or less than Man of Steel), this is now my updated list and since I did prefer BB more, I'm just gonna give the #1 spot to The Dark Knight Trilogy as 1-3 are of the three films anyways.

1.) The Dark Knight Trilogy
2.) Man of Steel
3.) Watchmen
4.) Superman: The Movie
5.) Batman ('89)
6.) Superman II
7.) V For Vendetta
8.) A History of Violence
9.) RED
10.) Road to Perdition
11.) Batman Returns
12.) Swamp Thing
13.) Batman Forever
14.) Constantine
15.) Stardust
16.) Superman Returns
17.) Batman & Robin
18.) Superman III
19.) The Losers
20.) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
21.) The Spirit
22.) Batman ('66)
23.) Steel
24.) Supergirl
25.) The Return of Swamp Thing
26.) Superman IV: The Quest For Peace
27.) Green Lantern
28.) Jonah Hex
29.) Catwoman


If a mod wants to combine this thread into the other or just close it all together, they most certainly can :up:
I don't wanna list all, but here is my list of my favorites

1. The Dark Knight Rises (TDK is a better movie, but for me Rises is emotionally richer and therefore not only my favorite DC film, but also, tied with Taxidriver, my favorite film)
2. The Dark Knight (I don't think there is a comicbook movie better than this, when it comes to objectivity. It really is a near perfect movie and for me only a nanosecond behind Rises)
3. The Man of Steel (perfect Superman movie. The Superman movie I wanted, since I read my first comic 1990. For me, Reeve never was my Superman. Now, Cavill is.)
4. Watchmen (I don't think you could've done a better adaptation of the book and I love the book!)
5. Batman Begins (a great start for my favorite trilogy of all time, but compared to the two follow ups, a weaker film, especially in the third act)
6. V for Vendetta (also a great version of an Alan Moore classic. Still, the gap between Begins and this is a big one)
7. A Hystory of Violence (great film, great book, but again a long way behind number 6 for me)
8. Green Lantern (its not a great movie, but an ok one for me. It has a lot of flaws, like almost the whole script, but there are a lot of scenes I really like, which help me appreciate the movie.)

The Reeve Superman movies: Not in the running, since I appreciate them for what they are, but at the same time really dislike them. Fr me its too cheesy and too old school. And yes, I even felt that way way back when I saw them the first time in the early 90s. I know these are still the grail for many people and thats great but I cannot watch the, without getting bored (apart from the first hour of Superman the movie, which is a great start).

Burton Batman: Liked both when I was a child, but even then hated the fact that Batman kills and is so different from the comics. Cannot watch the, today, to be honest.

Most hated: Batman and Robin for obvious reasons and Constantine, because its a horrible adaptation of my second favorite fictional character.

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