More than 30 theatrical films have been produced based on the works of DC Comics, movies that have earned a combined total of more than $8 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2017 alone, DC released blockbusters “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League.” Despite DC’s success with moviegoers, critics have been mixed. Click through our photo gallery above to see how film critics at Rotten Tomatoes ranked the Top 20 best DC films from worst to best.
Batman and Superman — the two DC characters featured most prominently on film — were also the first characters in the canon that appeared on film. Beginning in the 1940s, both characters were featured in a number of live-action and animated serials. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that a DC character headlined a full-length feature: in this case, an extension of the 1966 “Batman” television series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo. This was followed more than a decade later by the first feature-length “Superman” film, starring the late Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel.
2017 gave us two new films in the DC universe. This summer saw the release of the hugely successful “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot as the titular Amazonian princess. The film earned more than $800 million worldwide and was one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, even garnering a spot on the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 best films of the year.
And November brought the release of “Justice League,” the first live-action film featuring DC’s all-star roster of superheroes. While critical reviews for the film have been mixed, “Justice League” has still earned more than $625 million at the worldwide box office.
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