In the 1950’s, Hollywood offered movie goers a ton of Western-themed movies, because people at the time really liked cowboys for some reason. And in the 1980’s, the bulk of movies being released were steeped in the action genre and featured a lot of gunfights. We are now in 2017, though; and for more than a decade, Hollywood has been dishing out one superhero movie after another, a trend that has earned the industry billions at the worldwide Box Office. These superhero movies do not feature original characters, though. Instead, each and every one is simply a live-action film featuring characters who have already been well-established in comic books; and quite a few of those movies have featured characters from DC Comics.
DC is one of the world’s two largest comic book publishers, and it has been in business for 83 years now, where in that time, it has created some of the most popular characters in storytelling history. For decades, DC has had a long standing rivalry with Marvel, another big publisher who has released a ton of movies that take place in the same cinematic universe, a successful venture that DC is now trying to duplicate with its own films. Although DC has given us good movies like The Dark Knight trilogy and the recently released Wonder Woman, most of their movies have been met with a lot of criticism from both critics and fans alike. Whether the movies were good or not, there is one thing that many of us can agree upon, and that would be that they do offer audiences with some great moments, moments that have to be paused in order to be fully enjoyed. The purpose of this list is to identify the 15 most paused moments in DC’s movies.
15. Steppenwolf In Batman V Superman
There are a lot of people who did not enjoy Batman V Superman for numerous reasons. But despite all the negativity it continues to receive, there are still many who really liked what they saw. Those who did enjoy it ended up watching it several times, and they even went out of their way to see the extended edition when it became available; and thanks to that edition, we get our first entry on this list. By now, we all know that Lex Luthor’s final scene in the movie saw him in prison, but in the extended edition, we see that he appeared in another scene right after Superman sacrificed himself to stop Doomsday. In that scene, Lex walks into a pool of blood and briefly meets and communicates with the villain, Steppenwolf, who appears to have three Mother Boxes in his possession. Steppenwolf is Darkseid’s uncle, as well as one of his generals, and his presence in the movie gave viewers a clear look at what to expect from the highly anticipated Justice League films.
14. The Omega Symbol
One of the good things about Batman V Superman was the fact that the studio basically used it as a launching pad to set up its future movies; and in the process, the movie made it quite clear that Darkseid will be the big villain that our group of heroes will have to defeat. Now, Darkseid is the ruler of the planet Apokolips, where he is sort of considered to be a god-like being, which is completely understandable considering just how strong he actually is. As far as DC villains go, Darkseid is fairly iconic, with his grey skin and blue armor, but there are other things that are unique to him as well, such as his Omega Beams and his Omega symbol. The symbol is basically his calling card and looks exactly like the Omega found in the Greek alphabet, and in BVS, during Batman’s “dream” sequence, we get to see the symbol clear as day when you pause the film, as well as all the destruction that Darkseid and his minions have caused on Earth.
13. Zack Snyder’s Cameo In Wonder Woman
Last month, Wonder Woman was released globally, and although it did have some problems, it is by far the best movie currently in DC’s cinematic universe, a universe that started with the release of Man of Steel in 2013. That movie was directed by Zack Snyder, the same man who gave us Batman V Superman. And although both those films have been met with a lot of harsh criticism, he is still the one responsible for bringing the Justice League to the big screen for DC and comic book fans. Now, Snyder may have not directed Wonder Woman, but he still produced and helped to write it, which is why the movie’s director decided to include him in a scene. When Wonder Woman and her team liberate a town from the Germans, they come together to take the picture we see in BVS, and while they are posing for the picture, if you pause the movie, you can see Snyder standing in the background as a soldier.
12. Harley With Her Mallet
Batman has been around for nearly 80 years now, and of all the villains he has fought over the decades, The Joker is still his most iconic and popular nemesis simply because of how psychotic he is. As we all know, Harley Quinn is a villain who is frequently portrayed as the Joker’s accomplice and lover, so you would think that she has been around for quite some time, but in truth, she is still rather new, having made her first appearance in 1999. Despite not being around that long, Harley has seen her look change several times over the years, with most people now recognizing her based on Margot Robbie‘s appearance in last year’s Suicide Squad. When the character first debuted, she carried around a mallet which she would use while fighting, and the movie incorporated Harley’s signature weapon into the film during the scene in which the squad is getting their gear.
11. The Wayne Satellite In Man Of Steel
In 2013, audiences were given Man of Steel, and prior to its release, fans of the hero were very excited because based on the trailers, it looked like the movie was going to be similar to the Nolan Batman trilogy. In the movie, Superman has to fight General Zod in order to save the planet from the Kryptonians, and regardless of how you felt about the movie as a whole, everyone can admit that the final fight scene was pretty good. During the fight scene, the battle makes its way up to the Earth’s orbit, which as you may know, is filled with satellites, and you do see a satellite in the scene. Now, if you pause it at the right moment, you can see the logo for Wayne Enterprises on it. This is actually very significant because the satellite confirmed the existence of the Wayne family and in extension of Batman in Man of Steel’s world prior to the creation of DC’s cinematic universe.
10. The Riddler Symbol In Batman V Superman
The Joker is indeed Batman’s greatest villain, but because the caped crusader has been around for so long, it means that he has a variety of iconic villains, and The Riddler is indeed one of them. The Riddler has been around since 1948, and he is a criminal mastermind who loves to incorporate riddles and puzzles into his plans, and it is because of his high intellect that he is one of Batman’s most enduring enemies. We have actually seen this villain on the big screen before, when Jim Carrey portrayed him in the atrocious 1995 film, Batman Forever, but we might get a new Riddler in the near future if an easter egg in Batman V Superman pays off. During the fight scene between DC’s most popular heroes, there is a flash of light in the building that they are fighting in, and on one of the pillars, you can see the Riddler’s question mark symbol on it. You will have to pause it at the right time to see it, though, because the symbol will literally disappear in the blink of an eye.
9. The Heat Vision Battle
Superman has existed since 1938, and since the very beginning, he has been viewed as one of the most popular superheroes in the world, and also since the beginning, his powers have always essentially made him appear like a god. Even if someone is not a comic book fan, they know exactly who Superman is; and for the most part, everyone has a basic idea about what his powers are. Now, if you were to ask a group of people to name one of his abilities, many of them will give the same answer—heat vision. Essentially, this means that Superman is capable of shooting laser beams out of his eyes, which is something that every member of his race can do if they find themselves on Earth. In Batman V Superman, the Man of Steel fights Doomsday, who is basically a reanimated and mutated Zod, and at one point in their fight, the two fire their respective heat visions at each other, and when you pause this clash at the right time, you get an image that is truly amazing.
8. Catwoman In The Dark Knight Rises
Thanks to Christopher Nolan, we were given an incredible trilogy of movies that starred Christian Bale as Batman. The movies were in fact so good, that there were those who actually wanted a cinematic universe to take place in that world. The Dark Knight Rises was the trilogy’s final movie, and in it, Batman crosses paths with Selina Kyle, otherwise known as Catwoman. Although she started the movie out as a criminal/thief, she eventually changed sides to help save Gotham from destruction. Catwoman is played by actress, Anne Hathaway, who did a very good job in the role, and she also looked extremely good while in her Catwoman attire, which was not too surprising seeing as the suit was skintight leather. In order to help him, Batman gave her his motorcycle to liberate the captive police force, and in doing so, she leans over in a way that truly deserves a quick pause.
7. The Writing On The Robin Suit
It is true that Batman has some pretty iconic villains in his Rogues Gallery, but every hero needs help sometimes, which is why he also has some pretty well-known allies, like his sidekick, Robin. The character has been by Batman’s side since his original debut in 1940, and since then, there have been four individuals who have put on the costume. In Batman V Superman, there was a scene that proved Robin’s existence in DC’s cinematic universe. Rather early on in the movie, Bruce Wayne can be seen walking through the Bat Cave, and at one point, he stops to look at a display case that is holding a Robin costume which had writing on it, words that many people believe were put there by The Joker. In truth, this moment was one of the most paused moments of the movie’s trailer, and it helped to fuel a theory which speculates that Jason Todd (the third Robin), was ‘killed’ and has now returned as Jared Leto‘s Joker.
6. The Homage To The Bullet Catch
Wonder Woman has taken the world by storm, and with good reason, because not only does it feature a strong female lead, but because it is also a fairly entertaining movie when you get past its subtle flaws. For those who still have not watched the movie, this entry will offer a bit of spoilers because it takes place more than half an hour into the film, after Diana leaves the island of the Amazons and accompanies Chris Pine‘s character to London in search of the god of war, Ares. While there, the two get assaulted by German spies, which leads to a quick action sequence in which Wonder Woman swiftly defeats most of the assailants. Just prior to the fight, however, one of the Germans shoots at Pine, which prompts Wonder Woman to block it with her bracelet; and if you pause the movie just right, you get a perfect recreation of the classic Superman moment in which he stops a bullet from hitting Lois Lane.
5. The Trio United
When it comes to DC, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are considered to be the company’s Holy Trinity of heroes, partly because they are their three oldest heroes and also because they are the most popular/iconic. With Batman V Superman being the start of the Justice League, it made complete sense to include Wonder Woman in it, although based on the movie’s actual plot, the argument can be made that the heroine did not even need to be in the movie until the final fight with Doomsday. That fight scene turned out to be the real saving grace of the movie because it featured DC’s top trio facing off against a nearly indestructible foe. But just prior to the fight, after Wonder Woman saves Batman, we get a great moment that has been paused quite a bit. The moment shows the trio standing next to each other as a fire rages behind them, and for DC fans, this moment is especially significant because it is the first time that all three characters were on screen at the same time in a live-action setting.
4. Jared Leto’s Smile
When Suicide Squad was released last August, the studio, as well as comic book fans, were both hoping that the movie would turn out to be DC’s version of Guardians of the Galaxy. Although it made money, people REALLY did not like it. The movie provided some decent action sequences, but even that could not overcome the movie’s glaring story problems and uninteresting supporting cast of characters, which included the new Joker played by Jared Leto. Going into the movie, fans were skeptical about this new Joker mainly because the late Heath Ledger won an Oscar when he last portrayed the villain in 2008. In the end, people just did not like the character’s new look, which included a lot of tattoos and grills on his teeth, but he still provided a moment that was paused quite a bit, especially in the trailer; a moment that has the character looking into the camera and smiling maniacally.
3. The Birth Of Two-Face
As mentioned earlier, Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was superb, as it was set in a dark and more grounded universe; and if you ask people what the best movie in the series is, most will say that it is The Dark Knight. As far as Batman movies go, the 2008 film might very well be the best, thanks primarily to Heath Ledger’s Joker. But the psychotic clown was not the only villain to appear in the movie. Actor Aaron Eckhart portrayed Harvey Dent, a district attorney who was viewed as a hero in Gotham, but later on in the movie, after surviving an explosion, he transforms into the villain known as Two-Face. In the comics, Two-Face has one side of his face horribly scarred because of chemicals. But in the movie, his left side gets melted to a hideous degree, and when he reveals his new look for the first time in a hospital bed, we get what is probably the most paused moment of that trilogy.
2. Harley Changing
It has already been stated that Suicide Squad was not well-received by fans and ordinary movie goers, but when you nudge aside all of the movie’s negatives, you can see a small number of positives, with one of them being Harley Quinn. Based on how much screen time she received, the studio could have easily just called the movie “Harley and Friends.” But then again, when you have someone like Margot Robbie portraying the character, the smartest decision would be to have her on screen as much as possible. Robbie has been incredibly popular in Hollywood ever since appearing in The Wolf of Wall Street, a movie in which she literally bared it all, and the studio hoped to capitalize on that popularity by casting her. Much to the delight of male audiences, there is a scene in the movie where Harley is changing out of her prison clothes, and a lot of guys could not help but pause the movie when Harley is putting her shirt on.
1. The Iconic Batman Pose In Batman V Superman
As mentioned earlier, DC has a holy trinity. But of the three, Batman is, and probably always will be, the most popular hero in the publisher’s history, mainly because of his tragic backstory and because he fights crime without the help of any superpowers. Batman V Superman had a lot of things wrong with it, but many people enjoyed Ben Affleck‘s portrayal of the caped crusader, especially since the character was involved in all of the film’s major action sequences, including the final fight with Doomsday. During the fight, Doomsday is basically taking zero damage, while swatting away both Superman and Wonder Woman like they were nothing. At one point, the monster turns his attention to Batman and fires some heat vision his way. This prompts Batman to use his grappling hook to escape the attack, and it is when he sets foot on the side of a building that we get what should be the most paused DC movie moment. The reason for this is simple—in a shot that literally lasts for a split second, we get a perfect homage to Frank Miller‘s acclaimed 1986 graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns.
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