It’s Friday, and if you have yet to see Wonder Woman, you should. It’s a breath of fresh air in a DC Extended Universe that needed life.
The Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic scores have surprised many moviegoers and critics, alike, but I’m curious: How does Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman stack up against the rest of the DC films?
For the sake of this analysis piece, I’m using the RT/Metacrtic scores from each film’s release date. And, because we have the technology, I’m using the Wayback Machine to figure out these past scores.
Here’s how DC films from the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy and beyond rank on their release days.
- Batman Begins: 82%
- The Dark Knight: 94%
- The Dark Knight Rises: 86%
- Man of Steel: 59%
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: 40%
- Suicide Squad: 26%
- Wonder Woman: 93%
Analysis: If you go by percentages, Wonder Woman truly is the best DC film since The Dark Knight … Man of Steel, for what it’s worth, is a film I enjoyed, but I recognize its flaws. So does Rotten Tomatoes, as it’s score currently dropped 19 percent since the release date … Nolan Batman films reign supreme and show the disparity between them and, well, the rest of the pack …
Metacritic (out of 100)
(NOTE: Metacritic, unfortunately, wasn’t snapshotted on certain films’ release days, so I took the earliest snapshot Wayback Machine provided)
- Wonder Woman: 76
- Batman Begins: 70
- The Dark Knight: 82
- The Dark Knight Rises: 78
- Man of Steel: 55
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: 44
- Suicide Squad: 41
Analysis: I tend to agree a bit more with Metacritic’s scoring, but here, it’s not as kind to Diana with Wonder Woman being the third-best DC film since the Nolan trilogy … The bottom of the pack isn’t even close to what Nolan and Jenkins have put out, which is something I’m sure Warner Bros. has noticed … C’mon, Man of Steel is at least a 65 (anyone? anyone?) …
Well, I’ll let the numbers speak for themselves, but I think this proves that Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman have given the DC Extended Universe a pulse. There’s much more ground to cover, however, with Justice League now having to live up to Wonder Woman‘s success. If you were to ask me a month ago, I would’ve called you crazy if someone told me WW has over a 90 percent and hoists a 76 on Metacritic.