If there’s one thing that DC movies are known for getting right in today’s era of superhero films, it’s their villains. From Batman’s rogues and the classic Superman baddies to pretty much the entire Suicide Squad, DC has no boundaries on what they are willing to do with their villains. DC is known for having some of the darkest, most complex villains on the silver screen, and although the beginning of this list isn’t very impressive (DC’s low-tier villains can also be really, really lame—here’s looking at you, Lenny Luthor) the further you go in the more impressive the list becomes.
Despite DC’s recent less-than-stellar Rotten Tomato scores, minus the Dark Knight trilogy, their film’s villains typically don’t receive too much flack from moviegoers (at least in the last 15 years) and they only seem to be getting better. Each time DC has started to set up its own established movie universe, critics have had a field day tearing apart their movies, but for the most part recent villains have remained safe. That wasn’t always the case, as a lot of their older theatrical villains missed the mark entirely.
In this list, you’ll be able to view all of DC’s noteworthy live action villains in order from worst to best. When you’re done, be sure to check out another one of Heroic Hollywood’s epic lists: ALL the DC’s theatrical films ranked from worst to best.
We love our DC comics, and we’re sure you do too! Keep in mind when reading this list that there are a couple animated selections, and they are included because they are from animated films that had a theatrical release.
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