DC Movies Keep Getting Better and So Do the Performances
Marvel might still be the big dog, but with Justice League coming DC movies might start to give them a run for their money. True, fans have had their issues with many of the DCU films that have hit theaters recently, but I’m not here to argue about whether they’re any good or not (I’ll get to that some other time). Instead, I want to take a look at some of the best performances we’ve seen in DC movies to date. For this list, I decided to stick to their live-action films, another wise I would just list Kevin Conroy‘s name ten times (Batman from The Animated Series). That being said, this was actually much harder to narrow down than I thought, especially because I tried not to list the same character multiple times because then there would be three Alfred Pennyworths. The most exciting part of this list is that I’m sure it’s going to change dramatically over the next few years as DC movies get better and better.
10. Michael Shannon- General Zod
A lot of people had issues with The Man of Steel, but I think Michael Shannon was the best part of it, because for the first time on the big screen Superman actually had a villain worthy of him. Previous DC movies treated us to watered down versions of Lex Luthor, a Sean Connery-esque General Zod, and whatever the hell a Nuclear Man is. This Zod though was a fanatic, someone who truly believed in his cause and didn’t care what stood in his way. It was clear from the whole movie that he was barely holding it all together, and in the end, he lost it and made Superman pay in a grandiose way.
9. Billy Crudup– Dr. Manhattan
Zod made this list because of the raw emotion he embodied, Dr. Manhattan though is on this list because of the exact opposite reason. Billy Crudup played a god-like character in a world where no other heroes had powers. The result of which leads to him transcending his “human limitations” or in other words his emotional attachment to, well, anything. Crudup’s apathy though places him in a position where he sees humans as more trouble than they’re worth. Watchmen might not have been perfect, but the actors they chose really did justice to the characters making it one of the more interesting of the DC movies.
8. Jackie Earle Haley– Rorschach
Good things come in small packages and at 5’5” Jackie Earle Haley is about as small as you get. Still, when it comes to vicious vigilantes, Rorschach is the most intense one we’ve seen in DC movies. Haley plays the role of a man whose psyche was fractured at a young age and now grasps to his own moral code to find justice in the world. The only problem is that Rorschach can only see the world as a cesspool constantly spewing forth evil. Jackie plays him as a lone wolf type that pushes all those around him away because he can’t let evil in any form stand. The moment that he really stole our hearts was the infamous “None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with *ME*! “ scene.