Three Questions about the DC Universe: Best film, Best Superman & Batman and will Justice League save the franchise?

Three big questions persist for the DC Universe

Wonder Woman provided hope for this superhero franchise, but the team at DC has quite a hill to climb to make up for dropping the proverbial ball with these great characters. With the upcoming release of Justice League, three questions persist:

  1. Will this film keep the streak alive after Wonder Woman's marvellous entry into this universe?
  2. What is the best film within this franchise?
  3. Who was the best Batman and Superman?
Question one will be answered on 16 November. There is some hope with Joss Whedon (The Avengers) taking over the helm from Zack Snyder. We will reserve our judgement until then, but there is reserved enthusiasm for this film. 

Second answer: One is a stand out, but the others are anything other than... super. Here is the RRs ranking of the recent DC offerings. 

1. Wonder Woman
2. Aquaman
2. Justice League
2. Man of Steel 
3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition)
4. Suicide Squad 
5. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 

Answer 3: 
The best Batman and Superman

There have been dozens of portrayals of Superman and Batman on film, TV and animation.

Here are some of favourites:


George Reeves: The TV series Adventures of Superman ran from 1952-59.

Christopher Reeve: The late actor starred in four films: Superman: The Movie (1978), 
Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).

Dean Cain – The TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman starred Cain and Teri Hatcher in the title roles.

Tom Welling - Do you remember the Smallville. One of the longest running manifestations of the Kryptionian. (2001-2011)

Brandon Routh – Routh starred in Superman Returns (2006), but the film was considered a box-office disappointment so he was not asked back.

Henry Cavill - The latest incarnation of the Man of Steel. He is the first British Superman, but there are no fake muscles on this guy. (2013-2016)


Adam West: The actor was typecast for life after three seasons of the campy TV series Batman (1966-1968).

Michael Keaton: Director Tim Burton cast Keaton in the feature film Batman (1989) and the pair came back for Batman Returns (1992).

Val Kilmer: Kilmer starred in the feature film Batman Forever (1995) for director Joel Schumacher.

George Clooney: The actor still jokes that his 1997 stint wearing the controversial "bat nipples" costume in Batman & Robin almost killed his career.

Will Arnett: The comedian voiced an hilariously arrogant Lego Batman in the animated film The Lego Movie (2014)

Christian Bale: The British actor partnered with director Chris Nolan for the hugely successful trilogy Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Ben Affleck: He is the oldest Batman, but seems to be holding his own against the man of steel. (2016) 

Russelling Reviews favourites: 
Batman - Christian Bale 
Superman - Christopher Reeve 
(Only in the original Superman)

So, What are your thoughts on the DC Universe? Do you even care? 

Rankings by Russell Matthews @ Russelling Reviews #russellingreviews