Excellent! Had to see it twice!
Good movie with a few flaws.
Not bad, but not great.
I’d watch it once if I was bored enough.
So bad it’s kind of good.
18. Batman Begins (2005) ****
Hell yes. This was a movie Batman as we always wanted to see him. Not the neurotic guy with all the gadgets, but the kind of guy who could kick your ass. The scarecrow is awesome here.
19. V for Vendetta (2005) ***
Great film, made by the Wachowskis of Matrix fame. Hugo Weaving is fantastic, and even if they dumbed down the source material it's still worth your time.
20. Superman Returns (2006) **
Not as bad as some people make it out to be. Yeah, Superman does come off as a stalker, and I don't know why they had to do so many of his flying scenes in CGI, but the part where Kevin Spacy and co. deliver a beatdown is excellent.
21. The Dark Knight (2008) ****
Still hands-down the best superhero movie ever made. And yes, I liked The Avengers. The plot is complex, the performances are amazing, and the direction is first-rate. How could Nolan have ever topped this one?
22. The Spirit (2008)
Fuck this movie is bad. I saw Sin City so many times I had the lines memorized, and with The Spirit I was hoping for something similarly classic. Unfortunately, Frank Miller isn't quite as good in the absence of Robert Rodriguez.
23. Watchmen (2009) ***
Two problems with this movie: the actors are too pretty, and way too much kung fu fighting. Aside from these two problems, it is faithful to the comic book and works on many levels. Snyder might have bungled Sucker Punch, but this movie gave me hope for Man of Steel.
24. Jonah Hex (2010) *
Josh Brolin stars as an ex-confederate soldier who can talk to dead people. John Malkovich is the villain. It was almost a good movie, but the soundtrack ruins the better moments and it gets pretty corny near the end.
25. Green Lantern (2011)
The movie had everything going for it. I'm not even a big fan of Green Lantern, but when I heard about the director and the cast I got really excited. Unfortunately the road to Green Lantern is paved with good intentions.
26. The Dark Knight Rises (2012) **
This movie just bored me. It's over three hours long, and Bane is unintentionally hilarious at times. Anne Hathaway makes a great Catwoman, but that's all I can say in favor of this film.
27. Man of Steel (2013) **
Half of a great movie, and half of a Michael Bay movie. It starts out well, even though some of the details surrounding Krypton don't bear thinking about. Henry Cavill is a great Superman, but Zack Snyder was trying too hard to please too large an audience.
28. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ***1/2
I don't care what the critics say - this is a great f*&king movie. I was unimpressed by Man of Steel - but this? This is the one I've been waiting for. Probably a bit slow - or even too dark - for some, but I loved it. The extra 1/2 star is for the Ultimate Edition, which improves upon the theatrical cut. This is DC done well.
29. Suicide Squad (2016)*
I was disappointed by this one. There is WAY too much backstory, and many of the characters are underdeveloped. Harley Quinn seems entirely too sane to have earned her reputation, and as a character Deadshot is unconvincing. Joel Kinnaman does a valiant job of keeping the whole thing together, Viola Davis and Jared Leto give memorable (if brief) performances, but there's just not enough to hang a whole movie on.
30. Wonder Woman (2017)**
The Good News: 1) It's better than Suicide Squad, and 2) Gal Gadot is a good enough actress to carry this movie. The Bad News: 1) There are moments where this movie stops dead in its tracks, 2) the villain is completely undeveloped, and 3) parts of this movie bear an unfortunate resemblance to Captain America: the First Avenger. The best bits are those in which the characters reflect on the differences between our world and Diana's. I'm sad to say, however, that these moments are sandwiched between two halves of an action movie that doesn't quite work.
On the Way
31. Justice League (2017)
Having set up the general premise in Batman v. Superman, Warner Bros. will introduce this superhero team to the big screen. Confirmed members are Batman, Superman (?), Wonder Woman, Cyborg, the Flash, and Aquaman. Zack Snyder has recently stepped down as director, and Joss Whedon (!) is conducting reshoots.
32. The Flash (?)
Ezra Miller will play the Flash. He's already appeared briefly in both Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad (and also the Justice League footage). This movie has been in developmental limbo for a while now, and the 2018 release date is doubtful.
33. Aquaman (2018)
Jason Momoa will play Aquaman. James Wan is directing. He has stated that it will be more "fun" than Batman v. Superman.
34. Shazam (2019?)
The Rock (OK, Dwayne Johnson) has already been cast as Black Adam.
35. Justice League Part 2 (?)
...so not only are we getting the second Avengers film, but we're also getting a second Justice League film in the same year. It boggles the mind. The date of this film was pushed back to accommodate The Batman.
36. Cyborg (2020)
Ray Fisher has already been cast as Cyborg. He appears in Batman v. Superman for a moment. A scientist creates him with the aid of a Mother Box.
37. Green Lantern Corps (2020)
Some conceptual art for this film appeared at the SDCC. As for the rest, your guess is as good as mine!
38. Justice League Dark (?)
Doug Liman dropped out as director. As of now they're still writing the script.
39. The Batman (?)
Ben Affleck is still on board, though the studio is taking their time with it. An appearance by Deathstroke seems likely.
40. Other Projects
Superman/Man of Steel II, a Suicide Squad sequel, Gotham City Sirens, Black Adam, Nightwing, and Batgirl have all been discussed at one time or another. At the time of writing Batgirl seems most likely to happen, given that Joss Whedon is actively involved with Justice League.