"Aquaman" is finally here! In celebration of the movie hitting theaters on Dec. 21, 2018, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at our favorite heroes, sidekicks and antiheroes from the DC Universe, starting with Arthur Curry aka Aquaman. The aquatic superhero is one of our all time faves thanks to his supersonic swim speeds, superhuman strength and Atlantis royal connections. Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa, first appeared in 2017's "Justice League," which earned over $657 million. In the upcoming stand-alone film, he struggles to accept his kingdom while also fighting his half-brother Orm, aka Ocean Master. Keep reading to see Harley Quinn, Superman and more of our favorite characters…
Superman is as close to perfect as you can get when it comes to superheroes. The caped wonder, also known as Clark Kent or Kal-El, can basically do it all: super strength, super speed, flying, x-ray vision, super hearing, heat vision and he's bullet proof! He first appeared in the DCEU in 2013's "Man of Steel" followed by 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and 2017's "Justice League." Henry Cavill played Superman in all three films, but is reportedly leaving the series.
Wonder Woman, also known as Diana Prince, may be the DCEU's fiercest superhero. The immortal Amazon warrior goddess has Olympian strength and insane combat skills. She also possess the Lasso of Truth and a pair of indestructible bracelets, proving that she's just as skillful — if not more so — than the boys. Gal Gadot starred as Wonder Woman in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and 2017's "Wonder Woman" and "Justice League." She is set to reprise her role in 2020's "Wonder Woman 1984."
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The Joker may be a sadistic psychopath, but that doesn't mean he isn't one of our fave DC characters! The creepy villain — who utilizes razor-tipped playing cards and deadly joy buzzers — has appeared in several adaptations but it was Heath Ledger's take in 2008's "The Dark Knight" that really made an impact. Heath won a posthumous Oscar for the role and his portrayal is still held as the standard today. The Joker has since been played by Jared Leto in 2016's "Suicide Squad." Joaquin Phoenix will take on the role in 2019's "Joker."
Cyborg is half human, half robot but 100 percent awesome. The robotic superhero, also known as Victor Stone, received genius-level intelligence and cybernetic enhancements after his father transformed him into a cyborg following a car accident. His enhancements include the abilities of flight, variable weaponry and technopathy. Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher, first appeared briefly in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" followed by a main role in 2017's "Justice League." In 2020, Ray will star in a standalone Cyborg film.
Her expert burglary skills, hand-to-hand combat moves and bada– bullwhip make Catwoman, aka Selina Kyle, one of our favorite DC characters. The feline antihero has been played by several actresses, including Eartha Kitt in the 1960s and Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1990s. Anne Hathaway most recently appeared as Catwoman in the 2012 DCU film "The Dark Knight Rises."
Steve Trevor is one of DC's most charming sidekick love interests. The World War I pilot spy introduces Wonder Woman to the "modern" world and helps her defeat evil–all while looking as handsome as ever and sweeping her off her feet. Chris Pine took on the role of Steve in 2017's "Wonder Woman" and he is set to reprise the role in 2020's "Wonder Woman 1984."
Harley Quinn takes loyalty to a whole new level and for that we will always love her. The Gotham psychologist-turned-villain is head over heels for the Joker and frequently uses her fierce combat skills and weaponized props to help him succeed. Margot Robbie absolutely crushed the role in 2016's "Suicide Squad," receiving rave reviews for her performance. She is set to star and produce in an upcoming Harley film.
Brooding billionaire Batman most definitely makes our list thanks to his many accomplishments. He has no actual super powers but uses his insane wealth and peak physical fitness to moonlight as a superhero, possessing impressive gadgets like the Batmobile. Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, has been played by a host of actors including Adam West, George Clooney and Christian Bale. Ben Affleck recently took on the role in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Justice League." A standalone Batman film, produced by Ben, is currently in the works.
Wonder Woman wouldn't be the superhero she is today without the impact of Hippolyta. The Amazon Queen of Themyscira, Hippolyta is Wonder Woman's mother and a warrior with superhuman strength, speed, durability, and longevity. She first appeared in the DCEU universe in 2017's "Wonder Woman." Connie Nielsen played the part and will reprise her role in "Wonder Woman 1984."
Where would Batman be without Robin? Dick Grayson, better known as Robin, is a former childhood acrobat who becomes Batman's vigilante accomplice, using weapons mastery and skillful combat moves. Robin has been noticeably absent from the DC cinematic universe for quite some time, last played by Chris O'Donnell in 1997's "Batman & Robin." Here's hoping he'll rejoin the DCEU soon!
Barry Allen, better known as The Flash, has all the abilities to ensure a place on our faves list: super-speed, time travel, electricity manipulation and hilarious one-liners. The comic book hero currently has his own show on The CW, where he is played by Grant Gustin, and Ezra Miler plays him in the DCEU. He has appeared in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Suicide Squad" and "Justice League."
Lois Lane is more than just Superman's love interest. She is also an incredibly smart, independent journalist at the Daily Planet who often saves herself. Several actresses have taken on the role of Lois, from Margot Kidder to Kate Bosworth, but Amy Adams is the most recent addition. She played the character in 2013's "Man of Steel," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and "Justice League."
Floyd Lawton, aka Deadshot, is a super villain-turned-antihero who knows how to take down his enemies. An expert marksmen, Deadshot is often considered one of the deadliest assassins in the DC Universe. However, he also knows how to show off his soft side as the father of a little girl. He is portrayed by A-lister Will Smith in 2016's "Suicide Squad."
Poison Ivy is confident, smart, sexy, highly skilled and she loves the environment! The antihero, also known as Pamela Lillian Isley, is a botanist with an immunity to pathogens who can also secrete floral toxins and manipulate plants. Ivy hasn't appeared on film in a while (most recently being played by Uma Thurman in 1997's "Batman & Robin"), but she does pop up on the hit Fox show "Gotham."
Doctor Manhattan has a wide array of abilities — from telekinetic control to total clairvoyance — but it's his tragic heartfelt backstory that will make you love him. Originally known as Dr. Jonathan Osterman, Doctor Manhattan is a nuclear physicist who acquired superpowers after surviving being disintegrated in an Intrinsic Field Subtractor and reconstructing himself. He is then forced to work for years for the U.S. government, leading to a subsequent loss of connection from his wife. Billy Crudup took on the role of Manhattan in 2009's "Watchmen."
Alfred Pennyworth is much more than a sidekick. He is an iconic DC character who helped make "Batman" the franchise it is today. Employed as Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred is a classically trained British actor and an ex-Special Operations Executive operative who is a father figure to Bruce. He has been played by a number of noteworthy actors, including Michael Gough, Michael Caine, Jeremy Irons and Sean Pertwee. Jeremy most recently played him in 2017's "Justice League."
Amanda Waller may not have super powers but she knows how to hold her own against her enemies. She is a government official who uses cunning intelligence, political connections and intimidation to achieve her goals, often in the name of national security. As the director of the Suicide Squad, she is not one to be messed with. Viola Davis took on the role in 2016's "Suicide Squad" and has signed on for three additional films.
As the police commissioner of Gotham City, Jim Gordon is crafty, highly trained and intuitive. He is essential to Batman's vigilante efforts, often sharing information or working with him on a case. Gary Oldman starred as the accomplished policeman in the "Dark Knight" trilogy, while J.K. Simmons took on the role in "Justice League." Ben McKenzie portrays a younger version of the character on the Fox series "Gotham."
Silk Spectre is not one but two different women both committed to fighting crime. The superhero name was originally associated with Sally Jupiter, who passed on the identity to her daughter, Laurie Juspeczyk, after she retired. Both ladies are expert gymnasts and are experts at hand-to-hand combat. Malin Akerman starred as Laurie in 2009's "Watchmen."