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The DC Extended Universe movies, ranked – including The Suicide Squad



The DC Extended Universe movies, ranked – including The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad

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Thanks to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, interlinking superhero franchises are all the rage right now. Their closest competitor is Warner Bros’ DC Extended Universe, but in reality it’s not that close. There have been more lows than highs for Superman and company on the big screen in recent times, and it’s undeniable that the DCEU is a lot messier than it should be 11 films in. 

The upcoming Flash movie – which will reportedly be adapting elements from the popular Flashpoint comic book arc that reset the universe – may help remedy that. But with The Suicide Squad having recently landed in theaters, now is as good a time as any to look back on the bad, the good, and the great of DC’s live action offerings over the past eight years. 

11. Suicide Squad

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in David Ayer's Suicide Squad

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The jury is still out on whether or not we’ll get to see David Ayer’s purported cut of Suicide Squad (though it seems unlikely). But the movie that was released in 2016 was a terrible, badly edited mess. The reason for the squad assembling in the first place is nonsensical, the villains-become-family arc is unearned, and the performances by Jared Leto as The Joker and Cara Delevigne as The Enchantress are among the worst in the genre. 

The lone saving grace is in the casting of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, two characters who show up in the sequel. But not even they, along with the charisma machine that is Will Smith, can save this one. 

10. Justice League (2017)

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The biggest problem with 2017’s Justice League is that it’s the product of two different visions colliding. When Zack Snyder left the project due to personal tragedy, WB brought in Joss Whedon to finish the project. The results weren’t pretty, from humor that felt forced and at times inappropriate to visuals that looked flat-out ugly. 

The audience were left unsatisfied, and it’s become clearer and clearer in recent times that the actors who worked on the movie weren’t happy either, with Cyborg actor Ray Fisher accusing Whedon of “gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable” conduct. Gal Gadot shared her own story about the experience, too. The first live action team-up of DC’s most iconic heroes deserved much better. 

8. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is what you get when the writers and director don’t understand what makes their titular characters special. Doubling down on the broody Superman established in Man of Steel is bad enough. But turning Batman into a killing machine is a choice so incompatible with the character that it breaks the world of the film (why would Commissioner Gordon still light the Bat-signal if Gotham’s famous vigilante was dropping bodies? He should be hunting him down).

One of the few bright spots in all the doom and gloom is the introduction of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, who makes a fun splash in the final battle against Doomsday.

8. Wonder Woman 1984

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The first 20 minutes of Wonder Woman 1984 – in which we see a young Diana compete in a Themyscirian Olympics, and then watch as Gal Gadot’s lasso-wielding heroine take down a group of robbers in 1984 – are incredible. Unfortunately, the rest of the film is a bit middling. With the hunt for a MacGuffin, two villains, and the return of Steve Trevor (under icky circumstances that are never really examined), there are ultimately too many spinning plates for this sequel to satisfyingly service. 

Still, there is plenty to like here. Chris Pine and Gadot remain a charming double act, and Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig both acquit themselves well as Maxwell Lord and Barbara Minerva/Cheetah respectively. And as heavy-handed and cheesy as it is, the earnestness of the movie is hard to dislike. 

7. Zack Snyder’s Justice League

Zack Snyder's Justice League

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League benefits from a unified vision that the 2017 cut didn’t have. For one thing, character decisions make more sense and the chemistry between the team is more pronounced. For another, the beefed up Cyborg storyline is complex and emotional. 

But some of the problems when it comes to Snyder’s vision for these characters still remain, and there’s at least 20 minutes of unnecessary footage that could and should have been excised from this four-hour cut. No one needs to hear an extended Icelandic ballad in a Justice League movie. 

6. Man of Steel

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in Man of Steel.

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There is so much about Man of Steel that works. Superman’s first flight sequence is an all-timer, and his suit looks great. Hans Zimmer’s score is markedly different from John Williams’ standard setting work in the 1970s, but no less stunning. We can even get on board with the 20 minute prologue in which Russell Crowe’s Jor-El rides a lizard with dragonfly wings. But this counts for little if you don’t get the core tenets of Kal-El right. 

And even before the Man of Steel snaps Zod’s neck in the final battle, there are signs that the filmmakers behind this interpretation of Superman weren’t nailing the simple things (for one thing, if your name isn’t Lois Lane, you’re probably not getting saved in this movie). It’s a shame, because with the right script Henry Cavill could have really done something special with this character. But he, and we, are still waiting for it. 

5. Aquaman


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How to stop people thinking that Aquaman is a joke? Step 1: Cast Jason Momoa. The once and former Khal Drogo brings his unique energy to the role, and it works a treat. Whether he’s taking down villains on a submarine or bouncing off of Amber Heard’s Mera, he’s always fun to watch. Step 2 is hiring James Wan. 

When Aquaman leans into its fantasy elements, the visuals are often spectacular. The film loses points for not utilizing Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta enough, and a few more for some really strange soundtrack choices that feel like they belong in another movie. But overall, we’re definitely laughing with the King of the Seas rather than at him. Bring on Aquaman 2

4. Shazam!

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In its best moments, Shazam! has an excellent balance of humor and heart. The central conflict of blood family vs. foster family is given the right amount of weight, and the film gets a lot of mileage out of the idea that a teenager can transform into a muscle-clad superhero with just one word. 

David F. Sandberg’s movie can also lay claim to having the best joke in the entirety of the DCEU to date, in which Mark Strong’s villain try to monologue to a hero who can’t hear him. At times it feels a bit too lighthearted, with jokes that undercut genuine emotion at the wrong times. But with fun performances, a great message, and an exciting setup for the sequel, this film set the stage for characters I can’t wait to see more of.  

3. Wonder Woman

Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman.

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After the back-to-back-to-back disappointments of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, the DCEU desperately needed a win, and thanks to director Patty Jenkins they got it with Wonder Woman. 

The No Man’s Land sequence – in which Diana strides confidently across the battlefield deflecting bullets while Rupert Gregson-Williams’ score soars – is still the best 2 minutes of the DCEU to date. Add that to a beautifully visualised first act that focuses on the warrior women of Themyscira and the instantly winning chemistry between Gadot and Pine’s Steve Trevor, and only some third act problems hold it back from a higher placing on this list. 

2. Birds of Prey: The Fabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn

Margot Robbie in Birds of Prey.

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There are no such third act issues with Birds of Prey – in fact, it might be the best thing about a movie, a riotous action sequence in which a hair clip is exchanged mid-battle proving to be one of many highlights. There’s lots to like before that inevitable throw-down too, much of it do to Margot Robbie’s pitch-perfect performance of Harley Quinn. 

Freed from Jared Leto and The Joker, she truly makes the character her own with this movie, from Quinn’s mannerisms to her attitude. Throw in a fantastic Daniel Pemberton score and a supporting cast who do a lot with a little (Mary Elizabeth Winstead is especially fun here as The Huntress), and you have one of the DCEU’s best films.

1. The Suicide Squad

Bloodsport, Ratcatcher 2, Polka-Dot Man and Peacemaker in The Suicide Squad

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The Suicide Squad debacle of 2016 didn’t exactly have people hankering for more movies focused on Task Force X. That all changed when James Gunn got hired to write and direct a sequel. 

Having made two movies about the MCU’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn had form when it came to making us fall in love with a group of rogues, and he proves it again here. There’s just the right balance of humor, character, and action, with multiple third act payoffs and a body count that remembers what the title of the movie is. Put simply… he understood the assignment. 

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The best Nintendo Switch shooter games



The best Nintendo Switch shooter games

Nintendo was never known for creating consoles that were home to some of the best shooters, but the company has turned that around with Switch games — offering a robust lineup of shooting games in 2D, 3D, first-person, and third-person, with a little something for everyone. You’ll find indie shooters on the system, some from AAA third parties, and even one from Nintendo itself. While the Switch doesn’t stand toe to toe with the PC, Xbox One, or PS4 shooter games, it has enough variety to make it a solid choice when playing games of that genre.

In this list, we’ll go through the best shooters on the platform — while highlighting what makes them so great. Let’s hope the Nintendo Switch keeps the momentum going as a great system for shooters for years to come.

Below are the best shooter games on the Nintendo Switch, including some free FPS games worth playing.


Id Software and Bethesda surprised just about everyone when 2016’s Doom reboot managed to not only be worthy of the series’ name, but was miles better than we assumed it would be. The smooth action and brutal Glory Kills system were impressive on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, but the Nintendo Switch port managed to make the kill perfectly playable on a handheld as well. Despite lower resolutions and some muddy textures, Doom runs like a dream on Switch. Its sequel, Doom Eternal, is available on Switch as well, though it’s largely regarded as a downgrade from the first entry.

Read our full Doom review

Metroid Dread

Samus holding cube in Metroid Dread.

If you’re looking for one of the best Metroidvania games on Switch, this is it. Metroid Dread picks up where Fusion left off narratively, but it’s a much more mechanically modern title comparatively. As a shooter, it has the vibe of an old-school 2D Metroid game with some difficult fights. You get access to weapon upgrades, suite upgrades, and a whole suite of abilities to play around with. Dread also ups the series’ horror tendencies as Samus must escape from the robotic E.M.M.I., which stalk her like Alien‘s xenomorphs. It all comes together to form one of the scariest, toughest, and most stylish games Nintendo has made in a very long time. Take a look at our Metroid Dread beginner’s guide to get started.

Read our full Metroid Dread review

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Bethesda’s other major first-person shooter franchise went in a very different direction with the 2014 soft-reboot, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and its sequel Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which is available in full on Nintendo Switch. Set primarily in an alternate-history United States taken over by Nazi Germany, the game’s story sees legendary hero BJ Blazkowicz slaughter fascists in even more entertaining ways and even offers information on his childhood and parents. It’s backed up by excellent first-person shooting gameplay with plenty of challenge, too, letting you play as either a one-man wrecking crew or as a stealthier agent who takes out his enemies from a distance. If you’re a fan of Doom and Doom Eternal, you might like Wolfenstein II. Check out more Bethesda games if you want to go even further.

Read our full Wolfenstein II review


It took a few years, but Overwatch finally released for Nintendo Switch in 2019, and despite some lower-resolution textures and a few loading issues, it’s a perfectly fine way to play the online shooter. The same characters, maps, and modes are intact, and with a Wi-Fi connection when you’re out and about, it’s the perfect way to keep playing and leveling up your account. The game’s blend of tactical team-based objective gameplay with all-out action never gets old, and the continued release of new characters and events has kept players on other platforms coming back for years. There are few games that have been able to pull that off, even as a mountain of imitators have attempted to steal Blizzard’s thunder. Be on the lookout for Overwatch 2 if you like this one.

Read our full Overwatch review


Few shooter games are as creative as Superhot, and even fewer are able to execute on their ideas as well. Set in a cyberpunk-infused world with a user-interface similar to The Matrix, you battle against faceless enemies and are killed instantly if you take one hit. The twist in Superhot, however, is that time only moves when you move, so you can plan every step and attack in advance to take down your targets efficiently. It’s a simple gimmick that manages to be extremely effective, and the story that unfolds in between each stage had us invested and frequently laughing from beginning to the very end. It’s definitely one of the coolest Nintendo Switch games out there.


A first-person shooter that plays as an exaggerated parody of other first-person shooters, People Can Fly’s Bulletstorm didn’t make much of a splash when it initially released on last-generation consoles. That’s a shame, because the game’s irreverence, ridiculous story, and Skillshot system make it a breath of fresh air compared to all the gray-and-brown military shooters that have become so popular. The Switch version even includes the option to play as Duke Nukem for the entire game, if you’re into that, and you’ll definitely be saying the game’s dumb one-liners after you stop playing.


Even 13 years after its original release, BioShock remains one of the best first-person shooters of all time — and thankfully, we can now play it on the go on Nintendo Switch. Its visual style is designed in such a way that it still looks great and will likely remain timeless. The underwater city of Rapture oozes with environmental storytelling, and its inhabitants are just as creepy as ever. We arguably don’t get enough good survival horror games (or many at all), but BioShock is up there with the greats like Resident Evil and Dead Space. When you’re finished with the first one, you can play its follow-ups, BioShock 2 and BioShock: Infinite, as part of the collection on Switch.

Borderlands 2

We also don’t get enough shooter RPGs, but thankfully, the fan-favorite Borderlands 2 is available on Switch. It sends you on an insane quest for loot, with over-the-top weapons and a gameplay loop that will likely sink its teeth into you. It’s important for a game to feel good to play, and Borderlands 2 absolutely hits it out of the park in that department. Unlike a lot of shooters that focus on dark and realistic tones, Borderlands always has emphasized silly themes and sticks out due to its beautiful cel-shaded visuals. You can play the original Borderlands, The Pre-Sequel, and Borderlands 2, along with all of their DLC, on Nintendo Switch. Borderlands 2 is easily one of the best FPS games of all time and it’s now available on Switch!

Splatoon 2

The only game developed by Nintendo itself on this list, Splatoon 2, is exactly what a Splatoon sequel needed to be: more Splatoon. The multiplayer gameplay remains fast-paced and intense as you destroy your enemies with ink blasters while also trying to cover the map in as much ink as possible, and the game’s multiplayer progression system and customization options keep you engaged despite matches playing out similarly each time. It also offers another creative and platforming-filled campaign mode filled with plenty of fish puns, as well as a new cooperative Salmon Run mode that will put your abilities to the test. We also have Splatoon 3 to look forward to, which is planned to launch in 2022!

Read our full Splatoon 2 review


Fortnite Chapter 2

The biggest video game in the world can be played in your living room or while you’re sitting on the toilet. Fortnite: Battle Royale took the basic formula established in titles like The Culling and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and mixed in a structure-building element that lets you turn any location into a defendable fortress. Its goofy art style and continuous updates have changed the game drastically over time, and as a cross-play game, it is supported across all systems. This means a Switch player can enjoy the battle royale game with his friends on Xbox, PS4, or even their mobile phone, so no one has to ever play by themselves again. As one of the best free games on Switch, it also comes at no cost to you.

Read our full Fortnite review

The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds Ellie

Fans of the Fallout series will be right at home, as The Outer Worlds gives players dozens the choices to make, weapons to wield, and locations to explore, all while navigating a satirical storyline. A few concessions had to be made due to technical limitations, and the graphics leave a bit to be desired, but anyone looking for an FPS fix will be happy this gem found a home on the Switch. You can also keep an eye out for The Outer Worlds 2 which will come out at some point in the future.

Read our full The Outer Worlds review for Nintendo Switch


You can’t play Destiny 2 on Nintendo Switch, but you can play a game that millions of players seem to prefer: Warframe. The free-to-play science-fiction game blends elements of shooters and third-person action together, with a ton of content and customization options. It’s a free-to-play game done well, never feeling like it’s asking for your money before you can do well, and developer Digital Extremes even includes enormous ships you can fly through space to take on roaming enemies. You have very little to lose by trying it out, except the time you’ll spend playing it if it manages to get its hooks in you — especially with it being a free game.

Resident Evil 4

Sure, Resident Evil 4 often is categorized as a survival horror game, but c’mon — it’s a shooter, too. Many consider it to be the best Resident Evil game in the series, and while we like to lean more toward the newer entries like Resident Evil 7 and the recent remakes, Resident Evil 4 is a must-play. It masterfully treads the line between a shooter and horror game, with tons of campy characters and scary monsters to fall in love with. This Switch game especially satisfying to acquire new upgrades to make the main character, Leon Kennedy, even stronger. Even if this game has some outdated things like the depiction of its damsel in distress, Ashley, there’s still a lot to love in RE4. Word on the street is that it will be getting a remake treatment, due out in the next few years, so survival horror fans might have that to look forward to.

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+

What a bizarre and wild game. The Binding of Isaac is a rougelike that we’re honestly surprised is even available on the Nintendo Switch, due to its heavy religious themes. It just goes to show how Nintendo — and video games as a whole — have evolved over time. In this Nintendo Switch game, you play as a naked baby named Isaac, who shoots horrifying enemies with his tears (no, we aren’t joking). It plays a lot like a dungeon crawler but features procedurally generated levels, in which no two runs are the same. But this also feels like a horror game at times. Random drops will help (or hurt) your character as he climbs through each floor in this top-down shooter. It’s grotesque, difficult, and funny — and there isn’t anything else like it.


One of the best modern shoot-‘em-up and bullet hell games available on any platform, Switch included, Ikaruga is absolutely perfect for the platform. The game only makes use of a few buttons, with your ship able to fire projectiles and switch its polarity to deal damage against certain enemies while absorbing attacks from others. The game served as the main source of inspiration for Nier: Automata, and while we wait for that game to finally release on the console, you can get a taste of its aesthetic and intensity here. Just don’t get too upset if you find yourself struggling to make it more than a few minutes in without dying.


First released in 2011 as Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony, the alternate-history vertical shooter came to Switch in 2019 as Jamestown+. The game is set on Mars hundreds of years in the past and sees colonizing forces battling it out with an array of advanced weaponry. It has the classic intense feedback you want from a vertical shooter, and it uses a gold-collecting system to power special “Vaunt” abilities that give you momentary shielding and increased damage. Jamestown+ is so much more than meets the eye, and its soundtrack is a bizarre blend of golden gaming age nostalgia and frontier-era music that we’ve never heard before.

Nuclear Throne

Rogue-like games and shooters don’t usually mix, but no one told that to Vlambeer. The developer’s take on the top-down shooter lets you augment yourself with abilities via the nuclear wasteland, and backs it up with blistering shooting action as you make your way to the titular Nuclear Throne. You have tons of different weapons and explosives to choose from as you fight your way to your goal, and you’ll need to learn just a little bit more on each run if you want to ever be successful. Even just one slip-up can leave you vulnerable to shot from the game’s bizarre enemies, so never take your safety for granted.


Initially only available on Xbox One and PC, Cuphead now is an indie game on Nintendo Switch, and we’re so glad it is. The 2D shooter plays like a classic run-and-gun game mixed with a platformer, and its art style is reminiscent of classic Disney animated films like Steamboat Willie. Don’t let the cute exterior fool you, however, as it’s also one of the hardest games available on Switch. The Cuphead bosses show you no mercy, particularly as you approach the ending, and it will take every ounce of your abilities to make it to the final boss unscathed.

Rolling Gunner

Rolling Gunner is a traditional horizontal shooting game exclusive to Nintendo Switch, and it will appeal to fans of Thunder Cross and Gradius. It’s a challenging game — you’ll need to avoid bullets while attacking enemy ships — but you can customize your difficulty setting if need be. It features a marriage of modern and retro visual styles, with both forefront and hidden enemies. It’s not exactly revolutionary, but it builds on the classic shooter games of the 1990s and early 2000s.

Blazing Chrome

Blazing Chrome blasting enemies

This list doesn’t include Contra: Rogue Corps, even if it’s available on Nintendo Switch. It’s a low-quality Contra game for both consoles and arcade shooters. As an alternative, we suggest Blazing Chrome, which is similar to Contra III and Contra: Hard Corps in all the best ways. You’ll get challenging bosses and enemies and tons of weapon choices, but the best part about Blazing Chrome is its ample checkpoint and continue system. You won’t need to waste time starting from scratch if you’re having trouble with one section.

Sine Mora EX

Similar to Ikaruga, Sine Mora EX puts a fun variation on a standard aerial arcade shooter game by linking your health with the time limit. If your enemies hit you, you won’t instantly die, but your time available to finish the level will decrease. This feature means you don’t have any room for mistakes, and you’ll need to beat the bosses as fast as you can if you want time to finish your objective. The game is set against a dark apocalyptic backdrop with voice acting but also offers a separate arcade mode if you’re purely focused on the shooting. 

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter


Functioning as an enhanced port of the 1997 classic, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is a first-person shooter that — as its name suggests — pits you against deadly dinosaurs. In 1997, 3D worlds were still a novel idea, and this is one of the games that brought 3D to the forefront. In this Nintendo Switch game, you’ll use a large arsenal of weapons (including a grenade launcher, Plasma Pulse Rifel, the Atomic Fusion Cannon, and more) to take out a slew of foes such as the Laser-Guided T-Rex. Expect to navigate through traps and puzzles along the way, as you progress towards defeating the evil overlord known as The Campaigner.

Apex Legends


In terms of value, it doesn’t get much better than Apex Legends, a free-to-play multiplayer Battle Royale shooter that recently launched for Nintendo Switch. This FPS game has been available on other platforms since 2019, but is now playable on the Switch, with cross-play functionality as well. Apex Legends features a slew of characters to choose from, each with their own unique abilities and personalities. This offers a twist on the familiar battle royale formula, giving it elements of hero shooter as well. And thanks to Respawn Entertainments’ continued support, Apex Legends players have no shortage of content to enjoy, with more planned for the future.

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The 60 best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now



The 60 best shows on Amazon Prime Video right now

Amazon Prime Video has tons of great content you can watch, from full legacy series to first seasons and exciting new originals. There’s something new all the time, but the catch is that you need to filter through to find what’s available with a base Amazon Prime subscription and what requires a secondary subscription. We’re making that process easy for you with this curated list of the best shows you can watch on Amazon Prime Video right now with only a base Prime subscription. From horrors and thrillers just in time for Halloween to romantic comedies, dramas, docuseries, sitcoms, and more, there’s something for everyone.

Looking for something else? We’ve also rounded up the best shows on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime Video, and the best movies on Disney+.

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The 91 best movies on HBO Max right now



The 91 best movies on HBO Max right now

If the streaming era is a war between Hollywood superpowers, then HBO Max is well-armed with its greatest asset: Movies! Warner Bros. is one of the most storied film studios in the history of cinema, and that history has given HBO Max access to many of the best films from the last 100 years. HBO Max also has a number of flicks from other studios to further boost its library, as well as a growing number of Max originals to keep fans knee-deep in options. If anything, there’s almost too much to watch. We can make it a lot easier for you because we’ve already done the work. Just check out our updated list of the best movies on HBO Max right now.

Looking for more suggestions? We also have guides to the best movies on Netflix, the best movies on Hulu, the best movies on Amazon Prime Video, and the best movies on Disney+.

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