• Steppenwolf was able to hold his own until Superman’s resurrection.
  • Doomsday was a Lex Luthor creation rather than an old Kryptonian monster, he still had a lot of power.
  • Demonstrating that the God of War was a force to be reckoned with.


There are many well-known villains in the DC Extended Universe. Some are low-level criminals who would rather concentrate their efforts on small-scale crimes against Batman. Others are world-ending threats, villains who need the Justice League’s attention. While the DC films haven’t always been as successful as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some have been good films that established the basis for villains that fans have been waiting years to see on the big screen. Even though Batman v. Justice League: Dawn of Justice had mixed reviews, it was still fun to see Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman go up against Lex Luthor and Doomsday. But who are the strongest villains?(Diaz, 2021)



What qualities do you look for in a villain? Is it because of the outfit? What is the driving force behind this? Some villains live on in the minds of fans just as much as their heroic counterparts. The villains are what make the hero’s deeds worthwhile. What would be the point of our beloved superheroes if they didn’t have villainous counterparts? However, some villains soar above the others. Some present threats that necessitate the hero’s whole arsenal, making for an exciting picture. The five most powerful DC villains of all time are listed below.


Ares (5)

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman was a welcome addition to the DC Cinematic Universe. Although longtime fans may remember Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot and Jenkins brilliantly brought the Amazonian to life on the big screen for the first time. This wasn’t a low-budget disco party; this Wonder Woman film received the same treatment that Batman had over the course of numerous features.

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Wonder Woman has battled a variety of foes over the years, but none has been as powerful as Ares. Ares, played by David Thewlis, first appears as an ally named Sir Patrick before revealing himself as God of War and Wonder Woman’s brother in the third act.Ares’ wicked objective, rather than arguing for peace as he pretended, was to bring about the extinction of humanity through an all-out extinction-level cataclysm in the form of the First World War. Ares’ scheme may not have been as well-thought-out as others, but his titanic confrontation with Wonder Woman was one of the film’s highlights, demonstrating that the God of War was a force to be reckoned with.


Bane (4)

Batman is frequently tested intellectually by adversaries who are unable to compete physically with him. Bane, on the other hand, is a villain who can match Batman on both a mental and physical level. In Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Bane’s might was on display when he battled the Caped Crusader. As he set out to destroy Gotham once and for all, Bane, played by Tom Hardy, gave Batman a fight for his money. While carrying out his master plan, Bane broke the back of Batman while carrying out his terrible moment straight out of the comics, as Bane used his deadly knee to break Batman’s back.

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For a brief moment, everything looked lost. Bane had Batman beat, even going so far as to kidnap the entire city of Gotham. Naturally, the Bat got the last laugh in their rematch, beating Bane to a pulp. Despite this, Bane remains one of Batman’s and the DC Universe’s most formidable foes.


General Zod (3)

Man of Steel introduced a more dynamic Superman, one whose otherworldly superpowers could finally be displayed on the big screen in a way that had previously only been seen in cartoon form.This Superman needed a foe that could take a punch and retaliate with intensity, unlike any other enemy. General Zod was the villain. Zod was a Kryptonian general who was hellbent on reclaiming his homeworld in the Man of Steel universe.

General Zod, as portrayed by Zack Snyder, illustrated how grandiose modern superhero flicks can be. His confrontation with Superman across the ruined cityscape of Metropolis is still regarded as one of the best superhero films ever made. Despite the controversy surrounding the massive destruction caused by the two battling Kryptonians, watching them battle it out was still a sight to behold.


Doomsday (2)

To assassinate Superman is no easy task. In Doomsday they were able to accomplish this in a single film. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice had a number of firsts: it was the first film to feature both Batman and Superman, as well as Wonder Woman and Doomsday in a feature film. Doomsday was an unexpected addition to a film full of incredible moments.

Audiences expected a fight between Batman and Superman, but many were surprised to learn that Superman would die at the hands of Doomsday. In depicting the film’s climax, Snyder drew influence from the legendary Death of Superman comic. Despite the fact that this version of Doomsday was a Lex Luthor creation rather than an old Kryptonian monster, he still had a lot of power.

Steppenwolf (1)

It takes a major threat to unite the Justice League as a whole. Steppenwolf posed a significant threat. In their debut screen adaption, the Justice League was pitted against the mighty New God, Steppenwolf. The enemy from the horrible world of Apokolips came to Earth to reclaim the mighty Motherboxes, but he was met with Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman. Despite the heroes’ combined forces, Steppenwolf was able to hold his own until Superman’s resurrection.

There were two separate versions of Steppenwolf on screen, of course. The first was Joss Whedon’s theatrical adaptation of the character, widely panned due to poor CGI and compelling background. Despite his weaknesses, this portrayal was nonetheless a strong adversary who could stand up to a pantheon of DC heroes. Zack Snyder’s finished version, on the other hand, was a monster. He smashed the Amazonians spectacularly and was terrifying as he rampaged through the Atlanteans and the Justice League until he was defeated. Fans learnt more about Snyder’s version of the narrative as he set out to achieve his quest (Diaz, 2021).



DIAZ, J. E. (2021, December 1). The 5 Most Powerful DC Villains Of All Time. MovieWeb.