Power Rankings: DCEU - Best Characters
Most of the DCEU movies leave a lot to be desired, but that doesn't mean they haven't produced any great characters. Some will continue in future movies, while others are already done. This is our list of the 10 best characters in the DCEU.
Character: Cyborg (Victor Stone)
Bio: Victor Stone is a former college athlete and football star. Following an horrific accident, Victor was gravely injured and was about to die. His father, Silas Stone, was able to save him with the use of a Mother Box that crafted cybernetics onto him. Victor then became known as the superhero Cyborg.
Why We Love Them: A character we haven't gotten to know too well yet, but we got to see some of what Cyborg is capable of in Justice League. Hopefully we will get that Cyborg solo movie at some point and will be able to move him up this list.
Best Moment: At least they shoved one scene of backstory for this major part of the Justice League in the Justice League movie...
Character: Steve Trevor
Bio: Captain Steve Trevor was a United States Air Service officer working for the UK military as a spy, as well as an ally of Wonder Woman, being the first man she ever met. He helped thwart the plans of General Ludendorff, Dr. Poison, and Ares himself, while seemingly sacrificing his life in the process.
Why We Love Them: The best supporting character in the best DCEU movie. Steve helped Diana acclimate to the rest of the world and proudly followed her in her quest to save the world. He even sacrificed himself for the cause. Steve is such a beloved character that he had to reemerge in the Wonder Woman 1984 trailer, although we aren't certain yet what that really means.
Best Moment: "I can save today, you can save the world."
Character: Deadshot (Floyd Lawton)
Bio: Floyd Lawton, also known as Deadshot, is considered the most wanted hitman in the world. After his capture by Batman, Lawton was imprisoned in Belle Reve, where he was later recruited by Amanda Waller to join the government-sanctioned Suicide Squad. While on a mission in Midway City, Lawton was tasked with the defeat of Enchantress, who built a doomsday device in the city, and her brother Incubus. His success served to reduce his prison sentence and allowed Lawton to visit his daughter.
Why We Love Them: Floyd's love for his daughter made him a sympathetic "bad guy" and earned himself the respect of Rick Flag. Will Smith brought plenty of charisma to this role and was the only redeeming aspect of Suicide Squad other than Harley Quinn. We hope to see more of this impressive marksman in the future.
Best Moment: "Y'all jokers must be crazy!"
Character: The Flash (Barry Allen)
Bio: Barry Allen is a student at Central City University who was struck by lightning, gaining the ability to think and move at incredible superhuman speeds. Using these powers, he became the Flash. He was eventually discovered by Lex Luthor and recruited by Bruce Wayne to be a member of the Justice League in order to help defend Earth after the death of Superman.
Why We Love Them: You may want to check back in on this list after this Flash gets his own solo movie in July of 2022. For now, Barry showed great potential in Justice League even though the movie itself was trash. The suit looks cool, he has some funny lines, and the visuals of his super speed are awesome.
Best Moment: He does VERY competitive ice dancing.
Character: Shazam (Billy Batson)
Bio: Billy Batson, also known as Shazam in his champion form, is an orphan chosen by the wizard Shazam to be his champion, granting him immense power to defend the innocent from evil.
Why We Love Them: Finally something that's purely fun in the DCEU. Billy has a good heart, but he is still just a kid, which brings something different and creates some hilarious moments when Zachary Levi gets to play a character with the immaturity of a child.
Best Moment: We can't wait to see more of the Shazam Family.
Character: Superman (Clark Kent)
Bio: Clark Kent, born with the Kryptonian name Kal-El, is an incredibly powerful alien superhero, one of the few survivors of the destruction of Krypton, and an investigative reporter of the Daily Planet. In addition, Kal-El is the first Kryptonian of natural birth in centuries and the host of the Growth Codex and the leader of the Justice League.
Why We Love Them: Even though this DC universe was always set out to be a bit darker, we would have liked Superman to be a bit brighter. However, relative to everyone else in this franchise, he is the beacon of hope in many ways...except for that time he came back from the dead and was evil. We still wouldn't mind seeing a Man of Steel 2 someday.
Best Moment: "I'm only one call away. I'll be there to save the day. Superman got nothing on me." -Charlie Puth
Character: Harley Quinn
Bio: Doctor Harleen Quinzel is a former psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum and a known associate of the Joker, operating under the alias Harley Quinn. After assisting in the Joker's escape from Arkham, Harleen was submerged in a silo of chemicals at Ace Chemicals, re-emerging as the Joker's right hand woman. Over the years, Harley has become a nemesis of Batman, growing to become known as the queen of Gotham City. Quinn was later imprisoned in Belle Reve after her arrest by Batman and recruited into the Suicide Squad.
Why We Love Them: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn quickly became a fan favorite casting that is true to the character. Harley and Deadshot were the bright spots in Suicide Squad and Harley deservedly got to lead Birds of Prey.
Best Moment: The voices told us to include this video.
Character: Batman (Bruce Wayne)
Bio: Bruce Wayne is the CEO of Wayne Enterprises and the main vigilante operating in Gotham City known as the Batman. After witnessing the murder of his parents at the hands of a mugger as a child, Bruce waged a war on crime in Gotham for over 20 years before the Battle of Metropolis. He also mentored Jason Todd to aid him as Robin, though Todd was eventually kidnapped, tortured and killed by the Joker and Harley Quinn. After the death of Robin, Bruce became an increasingly ruthless guardian of Gotham, as criminals grew wary of his now brutal reputation.
Why We Love Them: Haters be damned, Ben Affleck turned out to be a great Batman. Batfleck was a spot-on portrayal of an older, hardened Bruce Wayne, clearly tortured and exhausted from his prior experiences. It's a shame that the material he was given to work with didn't turn out better and we won't see anymore of this iteration because of it. This Batman is hardcore and took the lead on putting together the Justice League.
Best Moment: What's that? Batman doesn't kill? Who cares, this scene is awesome.
Character: Aquaman (Arthur Curry)
Bio: Arthur Curry is the King of Atlantis, as well as a superhero which became known as the Aquaman. While initially reserved and content with his isolation from the surface world, Aquaman would eventually be recruited by Batman to join the Justice League in order to help defend Earth against the forces of Steppenwolf and his Parademon army.
Why We Love Them: How do you get people to take an orange suit-wearing guy who swims around and talks to fish seriously? Cast island bro Jason Momoa and have him do Jason Momoa things. This character is fun, he drinks, he's a badass, and he brings some humor to the DCEU.
Best Moment: Thor has his hammer, King Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, and Aquaman has his trident.
Character: Wonder Woman (Diana)
Bio: Princess Diana of Themyscira is an Amazonian warrior princess and one of the world's first superheroes, known as Wonder Woman. She is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and Zeus, king of the Olympians. Born on Themyscira, Diana was raised in paradise, hearing tales of her the Amazons' great task of defeating the God of War, Ares, and bringing peace to the world. Upon coming of age, Diana began pursuing the life of a warrior, despite her mother's rejections. Determined to serve, she ultimately enticed her aunt Antipoe to train her in secret. This, however, was soon discovered by her mother. Begrudgingly, the queen accepted Diana as a warrior, and ordered Antiope to train her better than any other Amazon.
Why We Love Them: Let's face it, Wonder Woman is the single biggest reason we aren't getting a complete reboot of the recent DCEU. While a reset is for the best in many aspects with respect to the DCEU, we are thrilled this version of Wonder Woman is able to continue. Her solo movie was outstanding and Gal Gadot gives a worthy performance of one of the most powerful heroes that girls and boys can look up to.
Best Moment: We are lucky to have this mighty Amazon looking out for us puny humans.