With DC Fandome around the corner, it’s time to look at the DCEU characters we have seen in CBMs so far. We have seen great acting and casting in most Warner Bros. and DC Comics films, which has been one of the bright spots of the DCEU (or whatever they choose to call it these days).
With most lists, deserving characters left off and people will agree and disagree. That’s a given. Just know there’s around 20 solid castings, but this is about a Top 10 based on the eight DC films shown so far. With the great movies expected to come out in the next few years, this list is definitely subject to change.
We tried to give everyone a fair chance here. We got some heroes, villains, and even a few side characters. Trying to have a taste of all kinds. With that being said, let’s get into the list!
Here are the Top 10 DCEU Characters…
10. Doctor Sivana (Mark Strong)
I love Shazam every time I watch it. The tone of DC movies was finally changed, giving this more fun and a comedic vibe. In fact, most of the movie was kept light. Don’t get me wrong, it was also one of the most heartfelt movies centered around family. Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer carried the comedic side of Shazam, but it also needed to be balanced out to get a really solid movie.
Insert Mark Strong.
As Doctor Sivana, this is one of the DCEU characters that gave us exactly what was needed to sell a real superhero movie. He was a determined villain with a real purpose. Ever since he was a kid, Doctor Sivana’s purpose was proving he was worthy of power.
Ultimately, he fell to the dark side of power. Possessing the power of the Seven Deadly Sins, his first move was to get back at the tormentors of his childhood. He absolutely merked his brother and had his father absolutely shook. Strong’s presence in that scene flew over the bar on the intimidation factor.
Throughout the movie, he beat down Shazam a few times convincingly, kidnapped Freddy (Grazer, more on him later), and really showed the cutthroat side of the character. His lines were very strong, never cringy. He sold a real threat of a villain, and was the perfect evil compliment to Shazam’s little kid-to-superhero persona.
9. The Flash (Ezra Miller)
I’m a huge Grant Gustin fan and love The Flash on CW. I even went into Josstice League waiting for my first moment to not like Ezra Miller’s Flash portrayal. It never came. The tone of Josstice League was very serious without much room for witty banter. Marvel loves to slip that in through RDJ and Chris Hemsworth. Hopefully, DC can work in some of that in the future.
Any comedy in Justice League ran solely through Ezra. You first see him on screen with Bruce Wayne in his lair. That’s where we get some cockiness, which shook me a little. One hilarious moment was when he figures out Bruce is the Batman. He brought it right out the gate, and only gets better. Ezra makes The Flash one of the underrated DCEU characters.
I also loved his “mini rivalry” with Superman. The funniest part of their scenes was when the Justice League was “fighting” Superman. Flash hits a quick burst of his lightning speed, then you see the pure shock, and horror on his face to see Superman be able to keep up with him. That part has me on the floor every time. His comedic relief was one of the few bright spots of Josstice League. And Ezra could definitely move up the list after the Flashpoint movie.
8. Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer)
Move over Samwise Gamgee and Ned Leeds because there’s a new sidekick great in town. Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman tears it up as Shazam’s best friend and eventual number two when he gains superpowers of his own. He is the one who molds Shazam into a superhero.
When Billy went all “stranger danger” on him for the first time as Shazam popping up in the kitchen window, he didn’t call the police. Freddy instantly believed him. He even helps figure out most of Shazam’s powers. When Shazam saves a school bus full of people, and thinks he’s all that, Freddy is the one that brings him down to earth. He loudly reminds him that he was also the one that almost killed everyone, which is not hero material. He made his biggest impact of Shazam when he agreed that he wished he had Shazam’s power because he would do it right, and wouldn’t be a show off like him.
Not only was he a great sidekick and one of the best DCEU characters, Freddy helped carry the movie comedically. He was the heart and soul of their family unit. He’s a straight up ride-or-die best friend, and worthy of this list.
7. Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner)
Imagine your alien dad is Russell Crowe and your earth dad being Kevin Costner. Somehow I think that every time I watch Man Of Steel. Jor El (Russell Crowe) was awesome in it, but Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) made the biggest impact on Superman, making him what he is today. Jonathan Kent’s impact as one of the DCEU characters can’t be measured. Almost all the decisions Superman makes are to his memory and everything he taught him.
The way Costner delivers his infinite wisdom comes off genuine, almost as if he knows whats to come. He could’ve been greedy. He could’ve had Clark use his powers to make him and their family money. Nope, he showed Clark what it meant to really be a hero. The man even sacrificed himself so Clark wouldn’t have to reveal himself. Knowing when it did, it would change the world forever. I believe he waved Clark off because dad knew that Clark wasn’t ready yet.
Without Jonathan Kent, there’s no Superman. Without his guidance, it could’ve been more of a Brightburn scenario. Maybe even side with Zod when the time came. Luckily, his morality is completely tied to Jonathan Kent’s wisdom and guidance.
6. Deadshot (Will Smith)
Suicide Squad was a disaster. One of the few bright spots was Will Smith as Deadshot. His portrayal was so good that it deserved a solo movie. (There’s still a chance that could happen because in The Suicide Squad film directed by James Gunn). He will turn that movie around, and it’ll attract Smith back.
Will Smith was so good as Deadshot mostly due to his emotional ties to his daughter. Everything he did was so he could somehow be able to see and eventually be with her. He wasn’t reckless. He was a relatable antihero–an assassin who only did what he needed to do.
Given the opportunity, he could do something great and did exactly that in Suicide Squad. Smith’s acting was great as usual, and the emotion he conveys without talking is second-to-none. Just a shame that he isn’t back for the remake.
5. General Zod (Michael Shannon)
Hands down, Zod is the best villain so far and one of the best DCEU characters to date.
Michael Shannon as General Zod was the absolute perfect villain opposite Superman in his coming-out party. Ties to his past, super strong, and intentions make you question how bad he actually is. He was even considered good at one point working side-by-side with Jor El on Krypton.
Zod did try to save Krypton before annihilation because of their leaders’ decisions. He even stated that everything he did was for Krypton, and it was what he was bred to do. Makes you wonder if there was still some good in him.
Michael Shannon brings it too. His anger toward the council of Krypton is intense and he doubles down when he tells Lara that he’s going to find her son and kill him. You can see it in here eyes how cold and serious he is.
It sent a shiver down my spine. The speeches Zod gives are top notch throughout the movie too. Almost made me to want him to succeed rebuilding Krypton, just not on Earth. All in all, Michael Shannon as General Zod has the right built, fight skills, drive, and intensity for a great villain. He has yet to be topped.
4. Batman / Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck)
Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy is the best Batman series ever. And it’s not even close. But Batfleck has been the best Batman to date. A different type of guy was needed for the role in this universe. Someone who can be Bruce Wayne; yet, look strong enough to actually take on Superman, and villains, that exist in this universe.
I do not believe for a second that Christian Bale‘s or Michael Keaton‘s Batman would last a second against Superman. They were twigs compared to Ben Affleck and would have been snapped in half. They can stick to human villains.
Ben Affleck took this role and ran with it. He beat Superman…and it was believable. He had some swag as Bruce Wayne, and it felt as if he was born to play swole Bruce Wayne in this universe. His Batman did a great job of learning throughout the films too.
He began feeling like he was the one man who could bring balance to the world by eliminating Superman. Then, he became a leader and recruiter. Finally, he was the inspiration for a team to come together. He went from the lone wolf to the leader of a family. His impact on the franchise is immeasurable. It’s a travesty that his own directed Batman movie never happened. It would have been one of the greats.
3. Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn
I have to admit, I was going back and forth with the top three on this list. If you argued Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn should be number one, I wouldn’t argue with you. She was the perfect casting for Harley with her look, mannerisms, and the overall crazy. (I mean that in a good way.)
You have to have some crazy in you to really make the part your own, and she did that. Her charisma and charm worked perfectly. It must have since Warner Bros. gave her a solo movie (even though Suicide Squad was trash). That tells you how good she was.
As good as she was in Suicide Squad, the real reason why she’s so high up on this list is from her performance in Birds Of Prey. She started off as this lovesick puppy who just broke up with “Mr. J”. She was lost without a care in the world besides herself. Harley Quinn starts to redeem herself by saving Cassandra Cain from the evil Black Mask. And she goes through hell to save own her as well. By the end of the movie she’s a bonafide antihero, and you still get that crazy charm flowing. It’s as good as it gets.
2. Superman / Clark Kent (Henry Cavill)
For the modern Superman, Henry Cavill is exactly the casting that was needed. In this version, we see the boy that turned into a man. You can see the struggle he battles through all the movies, but mostly through Man Of Steel and Batman V. Superman. What is the right thing to do? How do to just that? It’s a hard question, and even though he tries to stick to the principles his father taught him, it’s never that cut and dry in practical terms.
It’s almost every scene he’s in too. He has powers beyond this world, but has to use it in the scope of the law. He could do whatever he wants and no one could stop him. That’s the reality. Cavill’s actions, facial expressions, and mannerisms guide you through his daily struggle.
Cavill absolutely rips it as Superman though emotions displayed. And no other Superman can even compare to his physique, and to my liking, his overall corniness. That’s Superman. The man of good. DC’s mirror image of Captain America. Cavill plays it perfectly, and I don’t see him ever dropping out of the top five.
1. Wonder Woman / Diana Prince (Gal Gadot)
The best one of the DCEU characters (so far) has been Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I’ve never wavered on that one. Ever since Wonder Woman’s first scene in Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has been the perfect DCEU character in every sense. She has the look, the fight ability thanks to her time in the Israel Defense Force, and her acting is top notch.
I’ve watched her movies since Fast & Furious so maybe I’m a little biased, but I’m sure most will tend to agree with me.
You’ve seen the character growth from her naivete at the beginning of Wonder Woman to being a full blown leader of the team in Josstice League. I loved her character the most in Wonder Woman because she had no idea of decorum or what normal life was outside of Themyscira. Her awkward moments with Steve Trevor made for a good comedic balance with the serious nature of her opening movie, and eventual fight with Ares.
Her fight scenes are also believable, which is hard because you can’t just take anyone off the street, throw some CGI in there, and call it a day. You have to know what you’re doing. All of her fight scenes felt fluid, and that’s a credit to her.
This version of Diana gives her the freedom to play with the character, and she showcased a spy side that was very cool to see. She’s not just this brute force character. There’s almost a Catwoman vibe to her. She can pretty much do it all, and the best part of her character to me is her morals. She always tries to do the right thing, and she isn’t afraid to against what she thinks is wrong. Just ask Bruce Wayne. So when it comes to DCEU characters, she takes the cake!
So there you have it. That’s our top ten cast DCEU characters so far, and I know there are many great ones. Lets us know who should’ve been on, or left off, or who we should consider for the next one. Just remember that within the next few years, we’re going to get a lot of new characters, and the ones we know will be building up their resume so stay tuned for the next one!