10 Best Superhero Entrances In The DCEU, Ranked

Fans are excited to see Black Adam make an entrance on October 21st with his own movie. Making a grand entrance is often a powerful scene featuring a superhero and the DC Extended Universe is no exception to this idea since the very beginning with movies, like Man Of Steel.

Whether it's the character's first appearance in a movie or they simply enter a certain scene in a way that stands out in some bombastic way, the entrance is perfect for making an audience excited for more.


Note: This list will only be considering scenes within the DC Extended Universe films so Matt Reeves' The Batman and Richard Donner's Superman movies will not count.

Batman Catches Deadshot - Suicide Squad (2016)

Batman confronting Deadshot in an alley in David Ayer's Suicide Squad (2016)

After he was cast, the DCEU seemed to know that Ben Affleck's Batman was something special. They even gave him a number of cameos in David Ayer's Suicide Squad and the first feels straight out of a comic book. From behind, Batman just glides down to attack Deadshot, even delivering a quick quip.

It not only established the rivalry between Deadshot and Batman but also continued to expand upon Ben Affleck's Batman mythos. It furthered the idea that this is a Batman that has been working for twenty years with a plethora of villains.

Gordon Signals For Batman - Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)

Batman standing on a gargoyle with lightning flashing behind him in Zack Snyder's Justice League

It's fascinating that of all the scenes to cut for the 2017 version, Joss Whedon cut a sequence that is as iconic of a Batman image as ever. When J.K. Simmons' version of Commissioner Jim Gordon calls for Batman, the Caped Crusader appears out of nowhere perched on a gargoyle.

With lightning going off in the background, it's very reminiscent of the shot featured in every episode intro of Batman: The Animated Series; it's one of those moments that fits the character and would be seen drawn by artists such as Jim Lee. To make it even better, it becomes a grand entrance for multiple Justice League members: Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Cyborg.

The Shazam Family - Shazam! (2019)

The Shazam Family united as a team in Shazam (2019)

Rather than waiting for a sequel to introduce more heroes, the climax of Shazam! surprised everyone by introducing the Shazam Family. When Billy Batson could not defeat the Seven Deadly Sins on his own, he bestows his power on his newfound brothers and sisters.

It's a fun reveal, with each member of the Shazam family excelling at a certain power of Greek legends. Combined with their individual quirks, the Shazam Family make a quick impact with the adult actors portraying the children in grown bodies rather well. This is why many are excited to see the family return in Shazam!: Fury Of The Gods.

The Flash Meets Iris - Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)

Barry Allen AKA The Flash saving Iris West from a car crash in Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)

Barry Allen in the DCEU is not a famous superhero, he's not even called The Flash yet in Zack Snyder's Justice League. He's just a speedster trying to find a job in Central City and, at first, his introduction seems a little mundane as he interviews for a job at a pet shop. That all changes when a woman is involved in a car accident.

Zack Snyder brought a creative lens to super speed, showing that Barry's so fast that he is able to save Iris West and get a hot dog before the car is even able to flip once. If this is how powerful he is as an inexperienced rookie, it gave an idea as to what he can do as part of the Justice League and in his standalone film.

Superman Returns - Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)

Superman stands in front of Steppenwolf's axe in Zack Snyder's Justice League

The Justice League do manage to hold their own during the final battle without being overshadowed by Superman. That makes Superman's entrance so much more satisfying: all other characters have had a chance to shine so Superman joining the fight is not only a spectacle to watch but also feels like a proper addition to the team.

From his black suit taken out of the comics to the Hans Zimmer theme playing in the background, Henry Cavill's version of Superman making such an epic return after so many years without him made fans cheer since it finished an arc that began all the way in Man Of Steel. It's difficult to not enjoy Superman taking Steppenwolf's axes to the chest, not leaving a single scratch, then continuing to pummel Steppenwolf with ease.

The King Has Risen - Aquaman (2018)

Aquaman commanding the oceans using the Trident Of Poseidon in Aquaman (2018)

Although Arthur Curry's first appearance in the Aquaman movie is a highlight, it pales compared to when he becomes the superhero king of the ocean that he was meant to be. Riding the Karathen, Aquaman joins the war for the oceans commanding legions of sea creatures to take over the battlefield.

He's wielding the Trident Of Poseidon, wearing the classic orange armor from the comics, and is communicating with sea life. These are the things that Aquaman was mocked by audiences for decades since Super Friends happened, but James Wan portrayed it as one of the most epic rises of a hero in the DC franchise as a whole.

Bruce Wayne In Metropolis - Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

Bruce Wayne glaring at Superman in the sky while comforting a child in Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice (2016)

In the majority of movies, Batman is introduced as Batman, but Zack Snyder took a different approach in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Instead, he retells the battle between Superman and Zod's forces from Bruce Wayne's perspective. This prologue shows impressive attention to detail but also shows Batman's heroic side without needing to wear a mask (and is one of Ben Affleck's most iconic moments as Batman).

This Bruce Wayne is willing to drive through a city falling apart because of the final battle from Man Of Steel and when everyone else runs from a collapsing building, Bruce rushes towards it. He saves a child and one of his employees but also sees the destruction caused by the Kryptonians thus giving a logical reason for Batman to hate Superman.

A Wonder Woman In No Man's Land - Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman taking the enemy fire in No Man's Land in Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana Of Themyscira is introduced in the first scene but the reveal of Wonder Woman takes quite a while. The wait is absolutely worth it because when she sees what No Man's Land is like, she does not hesitate to join the fight against the enemy. She disrobes and the viewer finally sees her in her Amazonian armor, taking and deflecting enemy bullets with ease using her vanguard bracers and shield.

This scene from the Wonder Woman solo film helped solidify why the DCEU Wonder Woman is a quintessential portrayal of this iconic character. She is a selfless hero willing to jump into one of the worst battles of World War I to help soldiers and civilians alike; it makes her feel inspirational as a character, especially to little girls who need a role model like Diana in their life.

First Flight Of The Superman - Man Of Steel (2013)

Superman readying to fly for the first time in Man Of Steel (2013)

This is an example of an origin story done well with Clark Kent becoming Superman for the first time in Man Of Steel. His first step out of the Fortress Of Solitude wearing the Kryptonian suit with House Of El crest is already great to see, but it's capped off with a training sequence that is emotionally powerful.

When Superman learns to fly and travels the Earth with his newfound ability, Hans Zimmer's now-famous score is booming yet touches the heart just the right way. When Clark smiles, it's hard to not smile along with him leading to a sequence that is beautiful and puts a unique spin on viewing Superman fly, and it makes the viewer feel that he is truly Superman.

Wonder Woman Joins The DCEU - Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman bringing her braces together in Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice (2016)

It's funny to think that there was a time when everyone doubted Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman but that all changed when she first appears in her superhero attire. Wonder Woman has it all here; she nails a superhero landing, she has an iconic pose, she sends Doomsday back, and she is backed up by a theme song that made audiences applaud.

The song Is She With You? by Hans Zimmer and Tom Holkenborg became so iconic that it not only became her theme song in the DCEU but also what most fans think of when it comes to a Wonder Woman theme. After Gal Gadot stole every scene in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, fans were immediately on board with her getting her own spin-off in the DCEU.

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