DC Comics has a long history of creating iconic superheroes that have captivated audiences for generations. From Superman to Batman to Wonder Woman, DC has created a vast universe of heroes and villains that have been adapted into various forms of media, including movies.
Over the years, DC has released numerous movies, and while not all of them have been critical or commercial successes, there have been some that have made a significant impact at the box office. Here are the top 10 highest grossing DC movies of all time.
10. Justice League (Gross: $657.9 M)
Released in 2017, Justice League brought together DC’s most iconic heroes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, to save the world from an alien threat. Despite being highly anticipated, the movie received mixed reviews from critics and fans, and its box office performance was below expectations.
9. Man of Steel (Gross: $668 M)
Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Man of Steel was a reboot of the Superman franchise that explored the character’s origins and his struggle to find his place in the world. The movie received mixed reviews but performed well at the box office.
8. Suicide Squad (Gross: $746.8 M)
Released in 2016, Suicide Squad brought together a team of DC villains, including Harley Quinn, Joker, and Deadshot, to carry out a dangerous mission for the government. Despite being panned by critics, the movie performed well at the box office and won an Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
7. The Batman (Gross: $770.8 M)
Released in 2022, The Batman is a gritty and dark take on the iconic superhero, starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader. The movie has received critical acclaim for its performance and visual style. The success of The Batman was particularly noteworthy as it managed to perform well at the box office during a time when the movie industry was still recuperating from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
6. Wonder Woman (Gross: $821.8 M)
Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as the titular hero, Wonder Woman tells the origin story of the Amazonian warrior princess and her journey to stop World War I. The movie received critical acclaim and was a box office success, becoming the highest-grossing movie directed by a woman at the time of its release.
5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Gross: $873.6 M)
Pitting two of DC’s most iconic heroes against each other, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice brought together Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman in a battle for justice. Despite being heavily criticized by fans and critics, the movie performed well at the box office.
4. The Dark Knight (Gross: $1.006 B)
Considered by many to be one of the greatest superhero movies of all time, The Dark Knight stars Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as the Joker in a dark and gritty take on the Batman franchise. The movie received critical acclaim and won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Ledger’s performance.
3. Joker (Gross: $1.074 B)
Starring Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic Batman villain, Joker tells the origin story of the Joker and his descent into madness. The movie received critical acclaim and won multiple Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Phoenix’s performance.
2. The Dark Knight Rises (Gross: $1.081 B)
The final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises sees Batman return to Gotham to stop Bane from destroying the city. The movie received positive reviews and was a box office success, earning over $1 billion worldwide.
1. Aquaman (Gross: $1.148 B)
Starring Jason Momoa as the underwater superhero, Aquaman tells the story of Arthur Curry’s journey to claim his rightful place as king of Atlantis and save the world from a devastating war. The movie received mixed reviews from critics but was a commercial success, becoming the highest-grossing DC movie of all time.
These are the top 10 highest grossing DC movies of all time, and while some have been critically acclaimed, others have been divisive among fans and critics alike. Despite the mixed reactions, DC’s superhero movies continue to draw in audiences and capture the imagination of viewers around the world. Let’s wait and watch what the future holds as James Gunn has taken over the DC Studios.
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