Every bit of news pertaining to the bunch of Suicide Squad’s misfits — which are surfacing at regular intervals in the online media — has been arousing one’s expectation towards the Warner Bros.’ visual extravaganza. With the release of the DC Entertainment’s Suicide Squad around the corner, here is a look at the top five highest-grossing DC comic book movies.
5. Batman: Warner Bros.’ Plunge Into Batman Film Series
Batman was the first installment of Warner Bros.’ initial Batman film series. It was directed by Tim Burton, music composed by Danny Elfman and produced by Jon Peters and Peter Guber. The film had featured Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jack Nicholson as Joker. Michael Keaton was typecast as a comedic actor prior to the release of Batman, but the movie was a revelation for the actor. Michael Keaton could pull off serious roles and his portrayal of Batman was generally praised.
The cast had also included Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough and Jack Palance who had played the roles of Vicki Vale, Alexander Knox, Commisioner Gordon, Harvey Dent, Alfred Pennyworth and Carl Grissom respectively. The film was successful both critically (excluding few quarters for the movie being too dark and too violent) and financially. The movie has been placed at an all-time No. 5 among the among the highest-grossing DC comic book movies by collecting $251,188,924 from 2,201 theaters.
4. Man Of Steel: Convincing Reboot Of The Superman Film Series
This 2013 superhero film, which was a reboot of the Superman film series, had featured Henry Cavill playing the role of Superman. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, written by David S. Goyer, music by Hans Zimmer and co-produced by Christopher Nolan. Alongside Henry Cavill, the movie stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni and Russell Crowe who played Lois Lane, General Zod, Jonathan Kent, Martha Kent, Perry White, Faora Hu-Ul, Lara Lor-Van, Colonel Nathan Hardy and Jor-El respectively.
The movie retells the story about how the Superhero gets to know about his origin and realizes his potential. In spite of this Superman flick getting mixed reviews, it had performed well at box office and did set up a launchpad for the makers to propel the sequel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The movie had garnered $291,045,518 from 4,207 theaters.
3. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice And A Female Superheroine
The film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a sequel to the 2013's Man of Steel directed by Zack Snyder. Musical composition was taken care by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL. Ben Affleck did suit up as Batman for the first time where Henry Cavill had continued to play the role of the Superman, a role he carried over from Man of Steel. Joining these two was an ensemble cast that includes Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. Batman v Superman was the first live-action film to showcase Batman and Superman together as well as the first live-action movie to depict Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash, who were portrayed by Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Ezra Miller.
Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash had made brief appearances, which will lead to their inclusion in the upcoming Justice League, an Avengers-style team-up film. Despite receiving flak from critics, the movie did end up as a profitable venture. The film earned $330,360,194 from 4,256 theaters.
2. The Dark Knight Rises: Fitting Farewell To Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy
Following suit The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises was the final installment in the series of Batman movies that were directed by Christopher Nolan. The plot has been shown taking place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, where Bruce Wayne is forced to tread the path of saving the Gotham City from the atrocities of the ruthless Bane & Co.
Actors who had played principal roles in The Dark Knight continued to do so in The Dark Knight Rises as well. Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were the new additions to this flick where they went on to play Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Bane, Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul and Sgt. John Blake. The film ends with the revelation of Sgt. John Blake’s legal name, Robin John Blake and his rise as Batman’s sidekick, Robin. The movie had grossed $448,139,099 from 4,404 theaters placing it at an all-time No. 2 in the highest grossers list of DC comic book movies.
1. The Dark Knight: A Combative Protagonist Versus A Deadly Antagonist
The Dark Knight was the second installment, after Batman Begins, in The Dark Knight Trilogy co-produced and directed by Christopher Nolan. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman continued to play the roles of Bruce Wayne/Batman, Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, Harvey Dent and Lucius Fox respectively from that of Batman Begins. Whereas Maggie Gyllenhaal took over the role from Katie Holmes who had played the role in the first installment of the trilogy.
Adding to this ensemble cast was the young talented late Heath Ledger who played the legendary character, Joker. Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard were at the helm of the musical department of the entire Dark Knight series and had rendered unpretentious yet an exceptional score to the trilogy. With a remarkable contribution from each of its department, the movie went on to become the highest grosser among the DC comic book movies, earning a gross of $533,345,358 from 4,366 theaters. This record is yet to be surpassed by any other DC comic book movie.
Will Suicide Squad Make Its Way Into The Top 5 Highest-Grossing DC Comic Book Movies?
With the full-fledged promotional activities of the Suicide Squad’s makers having struck a chord with the audience, it is now up to the film to entertain the audience and make a history for itself by plunging into the prestigious top five highest-grossing DC comic book movies. We will have to wait and watch on how the fascinating team of Suicide Squad involving the gadget friendly Batman, the notorious Joker, a rough and tough Deadshot, an insane Harley Quinn, a crazy Boomerang, a fiery El Diablo and the monstrous Killer Croc is going to help the film to enthrall the viewers.
Till the movie releases, all we could do is to just wait for the on-screen spectacle!
Which of these DC movies is your favorite?
[Source: Box Office Mojo for Box Office figures]