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The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on a series of superhero films based on characters that appeared in American comic books by DC Comics, produced by DC Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The franchise also includes comic books, short films, novels, and video games. The DCEU, much like the original DC Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.


Warner Bros. had plans to bring various DC Comics superheroes together in films since 2002, when Wolfgang Petersen was set to direct a crossover of the Batman and Superman film franchises. After a planned Justice League film was put on hold and the success of The Dark Knight in 2008, Warner Bros. decided to focus on individual franchises but began to start building a shared universe to compete with Marvel Studios' Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2011. The DCEU was originally planned to center around five films directed by Zack Snyder, but by 2018 DC Films downplayed the shared nature of the universe in order to allow greater autonomy for the individual filmmakers.

The first DCEU film is Man of Steel (2013), a reboot of the Superman film series, followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), which served as a reboot of the Batman film series. These films were followed by Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Shazam! (2019), Birds of Prey (2020), and Wonder Woman 1984 (2020). The franchise will continue with The Suicide Squad in 2021, Black Adam , The Flash , Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in 2022, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods in 2023. Additionally, the DCEU expanded to exclusive releases on the streaming service HBO Max with Zack Snyder's Justice League in 2021, and will continue with the television series Peacemaker in 2022.

The DCEU is the eleventh-highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over $5.6 billion at the global box office. Its highest-grossing film, Aquaman, earned over $1.15 billion worldwide and became the highest-grossing DC Comics-based film to date. The DCEU has received a generally mixed critical response.


Upon announcement of the film series, the universe was commonly called the "DC Cinematic Universe" by fans and the media, in keeping with the naming convention of the already established Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). [1] [2] [3] Keith Staskiewicz, writing for Entertainment Weekly , jokingly coined the term "DC Extended Universe™" in an article about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on July 1, 2015. [4] [5] This term and the abbreviation DCEU quickly spread among the press and fans thinking of it as the official name of the franchise over the following years. [6] [7] According to Vulture writer Abraham Riesman, DC confirmed to him in September 2017 that the term was not used internally and they did not consider it official. [5] In 2016, as part of DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League, both Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith referred to the franchise's name as being the "Justice League Universe". [8] During the DC Films panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, a video banner displayed the words "Welcome to the Worlds of DC", after showcasing some upcoming films. As a result, some media outlets interpreted this as DC officially naming their shared film universe as the "Worlds of DC". [9] [10] However, in March 2020, Jim Lee referred to the franchise as the DC Extended Universe at C2E2. [11] The franchise was officially titled DC Extended Universe when the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max launched the following May. [12]



In 2002, Wolfgang Petersen was set to direct a Batman vs. Superman film from a script by Akiva Goldsman. [13] Warner Bros. canceled development to focus on individual Superman and Batman projects after J. J. Abrams submitted another draft for Superman: Flyby. [14] [15] In February 2007, Warner Bros. hired husband and wife duo Michele and Kieran Mulroney to write a script for a Justice League film. [16] Christian Bale, who starred as Batman in Batman Begins (2005), was not approached to reprise the role, [17] nor was Brandon Routh, who starred as Superman in Superman Returns (2006). [18] George Miller was hired to direct the film, [19] reportedly titled Justice League Mortal, [20] with Armie Hammer cast as Batman, D. J. Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as Flash, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Common as Green Lantern, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter and Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord. [21] The project was put on indefinite hold in January 2008, after failing to secure tax breaks for filming in Australia, as well as the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike preventing progress on the script. [22]

In 2013, a reboot of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel , was set to lay the groundwork for future DC films. [23] The film contained references to other characters in the DC Universe, so if it were a success, it could launch a shared universe. [24] [25] Days before Man of Steel's release in June, it was reported that director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer would be returning for a sequel, which was being fast-tracked by Warner Bros. [26] In July, at San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that the sequel would include Batman in a main role, establishing the shared universe. [27] [28] In October 2014, Warner Bros. announced a slate of ten DC films. [29]

Geoff Johns has served in various positions in DC Films, and for the DCEU. Geoff Johns by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Geoff Johns has served in various positions in DC Films, and for the DCEU.

While the rival Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) includes television productions, DC's crossover series is a shared continuity for films. Several television series featuring DC characters and storylines have their own shared continuity, known as the Arrowverse. [30] DC's chief creative officer Geoff Johns explained DC's difference in approach to Marvel Studios and their cinematic universe, saying, "We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it's about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through ... It's just a different approach." [31] In June 2015, Warner Bros. president of creative development Greg Silverman expanded on DC's approach to their cinematic universe, saying, "We ... take these beloved characters and put them in the hands of master filmmakers and make sure they all coordinate with each other. You'll see the difference when you see ... the things that we are working on." [32]

In May 2016, following criticism of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice , Warner Bros. established a DC Films division with Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. executive vice president Jon Berg as its heads, [33] which oversees production to form a cohesive creative direction for the franchise. [34] [35] DC Films would not be fully autonomous, as Johns reported to DC president Diane Nelson and Berg reported to Silverman. [34] Charles Roven was also moved from his day-by-day producer role on future DC films, which he had served since 2005's Batman Begins, to an administrative executive producer role. [36] In December, Silverman was ousted from his role in Warner Bros., and Toby Emmerich was promoted to president and chief content officer, in his place. [37] By January 2017, Johns and Berg reported to Emmerich. [38] Following the financial and critical success of Wonder Woman in June 2017, Johns stated that moving forward the films will focus on the heart, humor, hope, heroics, and optimism of the characters. [39] As a result of Justice League's underperformance at the box office, Berg was fired in January 2018 and became a production partner with Roy Lee. [40] [41] DC also sought to deemphasize the shared nature of their films, with Diane Nelson stating, "Our intention, certainly, moving forward is using the continuity to help make sure nothing is diverging in a way that doesn't make sense, but there's no insistence upon an overall storyline or interconnectivity in that universe... Moving forward, you'll see the DC movie universe being a universe, but one that comes from the heart of the filmmaker who's creating them." [42]

In January 2018, Walter Hamada was appointed the President of DC Films and co-runner of the DCEU, replacing Berg. [41] The following month, Chantal Nong was named Vice President of DC Films. [43] The pair were hired to oversee the franchise with Johns, as the key production team managers. [41] However, Johns was fired from his executive roles at DC in June 2018. He created a production company, Mad Ghost Productions, to have a greater hands-on role in various DC media as a writer and producer. [44] After the financial success of Aquaman, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said the upcoming slate of DC films would be focused on individual character stories instead of interconnectivity. [45] In 2021, WarnerMedia reversed course and announced that future films would once again be interconnected. [46] [47]



In August 2020, following the conclusion of the Arrowverse's sixth annual crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths , Hamada revealed prior to "Crisis", DC had been structured in a way that the television division had to clear the use of characters with the film division. Now, the company could "really lean into this idea of [the multiverse] and acknowledge the fact there can be a Flash on TV and one in the movies, and you don't have to pick one or the other, and they both exist in this multiverse". Berlanti agreed, feeling that "moving forward, there's more opportunity to do more things like this". [48]


In May 2020, a new streaming service named HBO Max, launched with partnerships with WarnerMedia, DC Films, and The CW. In September, HBO-Max ordered an eight-episode series titled Peacemaker with James Gunn and Peter Safran set to executive produce the series and John Cena reprising his role as the titular character from The Suicide Squad . [49] In January 2021, Gunn said he was open to producing more spin-offs to The Suicide Squad beyond Peacemaker. [50]

In February, HBO Max began developing various series based on the individual team members of the Justice League Dark. The streaming service's plan is to do so in a similar fashion to Marvel Television/Netflix released individual shows centered around The Defenders, and culminated with the team up miniseries. The first series will center around John Constantine, and will feature the character at a younger age, [51] while the studios are looking for a “non-white” actor to portray the character. [52] In June 2021, a series centred around Madame Xanadu entered development from Angela Robinson and Abrams. [53]


FilmU.S. release dateDirector(s)Screenwriter(s)Story byProducer(s)
Man of Steel June 14, 2013 Zack Snyder David S. Goyer David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice March 25, 2016 Chris Terrio and David S. GoyerCharles Roven and Deborah Snyder
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 David Ayer Charles Roven and Richard Suckle
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 Patty Jenkins Allan Heinberg Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg and Jason Fuchs Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder and Richard Suckle
Justice League November 17, 2017Zack Snyder [lower-alpha 1] Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon Chris Terrio & Zack SnyderCharles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns
Aquaman December 21, 2018 James Wan David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall Geoff Johns & James Wan and Will Beall Peter Safran and Rob Cowan
Shazam! April 5, 2019 David F. Sandberg Henry Gayden Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke Peter Safran
Birds of Prey February 7, 2020 Cathy Yan Christina Hodson Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless and Sue Kroll
Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020Patty JenkinsPatty Jenkins & Geoff Johns
and David Callaham [54]
Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns [54] Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Stephen Jones [55]
Zack Snyder's Justice League [lower-alpha 2] March 18, 2021Zack SnyderChris TerrioChris Terrio & Zack Snyder and Will BeallCharles Roven and Deborah Snyder

Man of Steel (2013)

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Zack Snyder: the director of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and co-story writer/director of Justice League

Kal-El / Clark Kent, who arrived on Earth years ago as an infant from Krypton, struggles with why he was sent to Earth. Raised by his adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent, Clark adopts the persona "Superman", and learns if his abilities are meant to maintain peace or conquer the world. [56]

During story discussions for The Dark Knight Rises , David S. Goyer told Christopher Nolan his idea regarding how to present Superman in a modern context. [57] Impressed with Goyer's concept, Nolan pitched the idea to the studio, [58] who hired Nolan to produce and Goyer to write based on the financial and critical success of The Dark Knight . [59] [60] Zack Snyder was hired in October 2010 to direct the film. [61] In January 2011, Henry Cavill was cast as Clark Kent / Superman. [62] Other cast members included Amy Adams as Lois Lane, [63] Michael Shannon as the villain General Zod, [64] Diane Lane as Martha Kent, [65] Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, [66] Russell Crowe as Jor-El, [67] and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. [68] Principal photography began on August 1, 2011. [69] Man of Steel released in North America on June 14, 2013. [70]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Gotham City-based vigilante Batman travels to Metropolis to preemptively combat Superman, fearing what would happen if the latter is kept unchecked, while another threat endangers humankind. [71]

In June 2013, it was reported that Snyder and Goyer would be returning for a sequel to Man of Steel, which was being fast-tracked by Warner Bros. [26] Nolan was involved in an advisory role as executive producer. [72] In July, at the San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. announced that Superman and Batman would meet for the first time in a cinematic format in the film, which would be the follow-up to Man of Steel and a reboot of the Batman film series. [27] [28] According to Snyder, the film took inspiration from the comic The Dark Knight Returns . [73] Cavill, Adams, Lane, and Fishburne reprised their roles. [74] In August, Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne / Batman. [75] In December, Gal Gadot was cast as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, marking the character's first appearance in a live-action theatrical film. [76] Later in the month, Chris Terrio was hired to rewrite Goyer's script. [77] In January 2014, the film was delayed from its July 17, 2015, release date to May 6, 2016, to give the filmmakers "time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story". [78] Later that month, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons joined the cast as Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively. [79] In May 2014, the film's title was revealed to be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. [80] Initial filming occurred on October 19, 2013, at East Los Angeles College, [81] before full principal photography began on May 21, 2014, in Detroit. [82] Production also took place in Illinois, New Mexico, Africa and the South Pacific. [82] [83] After another date change, the film was released in North America on March 25, 2016. [84]

The film is set 18 months after the events of Man of Steel. [85] Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced Ezra Miller as Barry Allen / The Flash, [86] Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman, [74] Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg, [87] and Joe Morton as Dr. Silas Stone. [88] The film also introduced Steppenwolf, who served as the main antagonist in Justice League, through a brief scene. The scene was not included in the film's theatrical release, but instead was revealed online by Warner Bros. on March 28, [89] before being included in the Ultimate Edition home video release. [90]

Suicide Squad (2016)

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David Ayer: the writer/director of Suicide Squad

After the death of Superman, a secret government agency recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions and rescue the world from a powerful threat, in exchange for clemency. [91]

In February 2009, prior to the development of the DCEU, Warner Bros. was developing a Suicide Squad film, with Dan Lin producing and Justin Marks writing the script. [92] In October 2014, Suicide Squad was announced by Warner Bros., with David Ayer confirmed as director. [29] In December, it was revealed that Ayer would also be writing the screenplay. [93] The main cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag. [94] Tom Hardy was originally cast as Rick Flag, but dropped out due to scheduling issues with his film The Revenant . [95] Principal photography commenced April 13, 2015, [96] and took place in and around Toronto. [97] Filming concluded August 28, 2015. [98] Suicide Squad underwent reshoots to give the film a more lighthearted and comedic element akin to the trailers for the film, especially following the box office and critical failure of the more serious Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice . Suicide Squad was released in North America on August 5, 2016. [99]

The film is set after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. [100] Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman and Miller as Barry Allen / The Flash made appearances in the film. [100] In a mid-credits scene, Waller meets Wayne in a restaurant and hands him a dossier containing information on future members of the Justice League. [101]

Wonder Woman (2017)

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Patty Jenkins: the director of Wonder Woman and the co-writer/director of Wonder Woman 1984

Diana of Themyscira, an Amazon warrior who also is the demigoddess daughter of the god Zeus, uses her talents and abilities in order to help humanity during World War I.

Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot was cast as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in December 2013 and signed a three-picture deal which included a solo film. [76] [102] In October 2014, Wonder Woman was announced by Warner Bros. [29] In November, Michelle MacLaren was confirmed to direct the film from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs. [103] [104] In April 2015, MacLaren left the project due to creative differences. [105] Later that month, Patty Jenkins was announced as the new director of the film. [106] In July, Chris Pine was cast as Steve Trevor. [107] Other cast members include Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as Erich Ludendorff, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and David Thewlis as Ares. [108] [109] Filming began in November 2015, and was shot in the United Kingdom, France and Italy. [110] Wonder Woman was released in North America on June 2, 2017. [99]

Justice League (2017)

Motivated by Superman's death at the hands of Doomsday, Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team of metahumans to stop the threat of Steppenwolf, who is in search of three Mother Boxes scattered across Earth. [111]

In June 2013, it was reported that Goyer would be writing Justice League as part of a three-film deal he signed for Man of Steel. [26] In April 2014, it was announced that Snyder would return as director. [112] The film was announced in October as Justice League Part One. [29] In March 2016, it was confirmed that Chris Terrio had written the script, who said that the film would not be as tonally dark as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. [113] In June, Geoff Johns announced that the title had been changed to simply Justice League. [114] Affleck, Cavill, Gadot, Momoa, Miller, Fisher, Irons, Lane, Adams, Eisenberg, Nielsen, Wright, and Morton reprised their respective roles from previous films. [115] [116] [117] Ciarán Hinds provides the voice and performance capture for Steppenwolf. [118] Beginning on April 11, 2016, filming took place at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, in England, as well as locations around London and in Iceland. [119] Filming concluded in October 2016. [120] In May 2017, Snyder stepped down from his duties on the film due to his daughter's death; Joss Whedon filled his position on post-production, with additional scenes being written and directed by him. [121] Though Whedon was not officially credited for his role as post-production director, he completed enough additional work for a screenwriting credit on the film. [122] Justice League was released worldwide on November 17, 2017. [119]

Justice League introduced various characters, including J. K. Simmons as James Gordon, [123] Amber Heard as Mera, [124] and Billy Crudup as Henry Allen. [125] Additionally, Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke was also introduced in a post-credits scene, teasing an alliance between him, Lex Luthor, [126] and possibly the Legion of Doom. Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko were to be introduced but their scenes were ultimately cut from the film. [127] [128]

Aquaman (2018)

James Wan: the co-story writer/director of Aquaman, and director of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. James Wan at the 2016 San Diego Comic Con (27976781713) (1).jpg
James Wan: the co-story writer/director of Aquaman, and director of Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Arthur Curry, a half-Atlantean assistant lighthouse keeper, sets out to lead the underwater kingdom of Atlantis against his half-brother, King Orm, who seeks to unite the seven underwater kingdoms against the surface world.

In June 2014, Jason Momoa was cast as Arthur Curry / Aquaman. [74] By August, Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad were writing competing scripts for the character's solo film. [129] Aquaman was announced in October. [29] In June 2015, James Wan was hired as director, as well as to oversee the screenplay by Johnstad. [130] In November 2015, David Leslie Johnson was hired to write a new script. [131] In July 2016, Beall returned to write the script, based on a story treatment by Wan and Geoff Johns. [132] Johnson worked on a rewrite of Beall's script with Wan and producer Peter Safran. [133] In December 2016, Patrick Wilson was cast as Orm / Ocean Master, the half-brother of Aquaman and the main antagonist of the film. [134] [135] In January 2017, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was cast in the role of villain Black Manta. [136] Heard reprised her role as Mera from Justice League. [137] Other cast members include Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, [138] Temuera Morrison as Aquaman's father Tom Curry, [137] Nicole Kidman as Aquaman's mother Queen Atlanna, [139] and Dolph Lundgren as King Nereus. [140] Principal photography began on May 2, 2017, in Queensland, Australia, [137] and wrapped on October 21, 2017. [141] Aquaman was released in North America on December 21, 2018. [142]

The film is set after the events of Justice League, though critics have noticed numerous inconsistencies between the two theatrically released films. [143] Furthermore, Momoa claimed that the film takes place after "Zack's cut", with the ending of that version of the film directly tying into the events of Aquaman. [144]

Shazam! (2019)

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David F. Sandberg: the director of Shazam! and its sequel

By speaking "Shazam", Billy Batson, a 14-year-old foster child, can turn into an adult superhero, courtesy of an ancient wizard. He attempts to master his powers and defeat the evil forces controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. [145]

In August 2014, Dwayne Johnson announced his attachment to a project about the superhero Shazam, formerly known as Captain Marvel. [146] In September, Johnson was revealed to be portraying the antihero Black Adam, Shazam's nemesis in the film, with Darren Lemke set to write the script. [147] In October, Warner Bros. announced Shazam as a film in its upcoming slate. [29] By January 2017, Henry Gayden was working on the script. [148] In July, it was confirmed that David F. Sandberg would direct Shazam!, [149] and that Johnson would no longer appear, instead starring in a Black Adam solo film. [150] Pre-production began in August. [151] By October, Zachary Levi was cast as Shazam, [152] and in November, Asher Angel was cast as Shazam's child-age alter ego, Billy Batson. [153] The film's primary villain is Doctor Sivana, with Mark Strong in the role. [154] [155] Other cast members include Jack Dylan Grazer, Grace Fulton, Jovan Armand, Ian Chen, and Faithe Herman as Batson's foster siblings, [156] [157] [158] [159] Cooper Andrews and Marta Milans as Batson's foster parents, [160] [161] and Djimon Hounsou as the wizard Shazam, who gives Batson his powers. [162] The film began principal photography in Toronto on January 29, 2018, and wrapped on May 11, 2018, [163] [164] [165] with most of the filming taking place at Pinewood Toronto Studios, among other locations around the city. [166] Shazam! was released in North America on April 5, 2019. [167]

The film is set after the events of Justice League. [168] The villain Mister Mind is introduced in a mid-credits scene. [169]

Birds of Prey (2020)

Since the events of Suicide Squad , Harley Quinn has left the Joker. When Cassandra Cain, a young girl, comes across a diamond belonging to crime lord Black Mask, Harley joins forces with Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to help protect her. [170] [171]

By November 2016, Birds of Prey, based on the female superhero team of the same name, was in development with Christina Hodson signed on as screenwriter. [172] By April 2018, Warner Bros. selected Cathy Yan as director, with Margot Robbie, Sue Kroll, and Bryan Unkless serving as producers. Robbie reprised her role as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. [173] The film is the first theatrical R-rated installment in the franchise and has a smaller budget than most of the other films. [174] In addition to Robbie's starring role, the team roster also includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ella Jay Basco as Huntress, Black Canary, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain, respectively. [175] [176] [177] Black Mask serves as the film's primary antagonist with Ewan McGregor portraying the character, and Chris Messina portraying Victor Zsasz. [178] [179] [180] The film began pre-production in late July 2018. [181] Principal photography commenced on January 15, 2019, in Los Angeles, and lasted until April 15, 2019. [182] [183] [184] In November 2018, Robbie revealed the full title of the film as Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). [185] Birds of Prey held its world premiere in London on January 29, 2020, and was released on February 7, 2020. [186] A week into its release, the title of the film was changed to Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey to give "moviegoers a better understanding of what Birds of Prey is about." [187]

The film is set after the events of Suicide Squad. [188]

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Diana Prince comes into conflict with the Soviet Union during the Cold War in the 1980s and finds two formidable foes in the form of the Cheetah and Maxwell Lord. [189]

By June 2017, Geoff Johns and Patty Jenkins had begun work on the story treatment for a Wonder Woman sequel. [190] By July, Johns was working on the script. [191] That same month, the sequel was officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con. [192] Gadot reprised her role as Wonder Woman. [192] By September, Jenkins signed a deal to return as director, [193] and brought on David Callaham to pen the script with her and Johns. [54] The film takes place in the 1980s during the Cold War. [194] [195] [196] Jenkins said the film, like its predecessor, would be a love story, but with a new love interest. [197] Pre-production had begun by early December 2017. [198] [199] In March 2018, Kristen Wiig was cast to portray the film's primary antagonist, Barbara Ann Minerva / Cheetah, [200] [201] and Pedro Pascal was cast as Maxwell Lord. [202] [203] Production began on June 13, 2018, around the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. [55] Other filming locations include the Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in the United Kingdom and the islands of Tenerife and Fuerteventura in Spain. [204] [205] [206] Wonder Woman 1984 was released on December 25, 2020, after its release was delayed twice from an original June 5, 2020 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic [207] and it premiered on HBO Max and theaters simultaneously.

The Dreamstone—a gem associated with the characters Doctor Destiny and Dream of the Endless in the comics—plays a significant role in the film. [208] [209]

Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021)

The divisive reaction towards the final highlighted cut of Justice League , with Zack Snyder leaving directorial duties and the final cut of the film in the hands of Joss Whedon, had led to an argument comparing the situation to the one Richard Donner experienced with the film Superman II. Both Justice League and Superman II feature a director that was replaced, for different reasons, before completion of a film, which led to a second director coming in and making substantial changes to the tone of each film. Although the reasoning behind each director's departure differs, Richard Donner was able to complete his Superman II cut ( Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut ) in 2006. [210] In the belief that Snyder had shot enough material for a finished film, a campaign for a "Snyder Cut" was started to allow Snyder to receive a similar treatment to Donner. Arguments were made that Snyder's vision would be more cohesive to the previous films than the actual theatrical cut, which Snyder has refused to see. Warner Bros. initially remained silent regarding any intention of making a "Snyder Cut". [211]

In March 2019, Snyder confirmed his original cut does exist, and stated that it is up to Warner Bros. to release it. [212] Despite this, in November, Variety reported that Warner Bros. was unlikely to release Snyder's version of Justice League in theaters or on HBO Max, calling it a "pipe dream". [213] In December, however, Snyder posted a photo in his Vero account, which showed boxes with tapes labeled "Z.S. J.L Director's cut", and with the caption "Is it real? Does it exist? Of course it does." [214] On May 20, 2020, Snyder officially announced that HBO Max will be releasing his cut of Justice League on their service on March 18, 2021. [215] [216] The cut will reportedly cost $70+ million to complete the special effects, musical score, and editing, and will be presented in aspect ratios of 1.33:1 on streaming & 1.43:1 for a limited IMAX theatrical release. [217] [218] [219] Snyder stated this version is intended to not affect the future of the DCEU continuity, but that it takes place in a slightly alternate universe. [220] Despite previous reports describing it as a mini-series, Snyder described his cut as being a four-hour movie to be viewed in "one shot." [221] [222] Affleck, Miller, Fisher, Heard, and Manganiello returned to their respective roles for additional photography, in order to finish the project. [223] [224] In January 2021, Snyder officially confirmed on his Vero account that work on the cut had been completed. [225] Actors from the DCEU who did not appear in the theatrical cut have appeared in this version, such as Harry Lennix as Calvin Swanwick (revealed to be Martian Manhunter in disguise), Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, and Jared Leto as the Joker. [226] Characters who were intended to debut in Snyder's original version of the film before their scenes were cut also appear, such as Darkseid (portrayed by Ray Porter), DeSaad (portrayed Peter Guinness), Iris West (portrayed by Kiersey Clemons), Ryan Choi (portrayed by Zheng Kai), several Green Lanterns, as well as Granny Goodness. [227] [228] [229] [230]

Future films

FilmU.S. release dateDirector(s)Screenwriter(s)Story byProducer(s)Status
The Suicide Squad August 5, 2021 [lower-alpha 3] James Gunn Charles Roven and Peter Safran Awaiting release
Black Adam July 29, 2022 [231] Jaume Collet-Serra [232] Adam Sztykiel
and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani [233] [234]
Adam Sztykiel Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia and Beau Flynn [232] Post-Production
The Flash November 4, 2022 [235] Andy Muschietti [236] Christina Hodson [236] Michael Disco and Barbara Muschietti [236] Filming
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom December 16, 2022 [237] James Wan [238] David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick [239] Jason Momoa
& David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and James Wan [240]
James Wan and Peter Safran [239]
Shazam! Fury of the Gods June 2, 2023 [235] David F. Sandberg [241] Henry Gayden [242] Peter Safran

The Suicide Squad (2021)

James Gunn: the writer/director of The Suicide Squad James Gunn (28557194032) (cropped).jpg
James Gunn: the writer/director of The Suicide Squad

Waller sends a new Task Force X, consisting of both old and new members, on a mission to destroy a Nazi-era laboratory containing experiments.

In March 2016, a Suicide Squad sequel was announced to be in development, with Ayer returning as director. [243] Adam Cozad was hired to write the script by March 2017. [244] By July 2017, a new story treatment was written by Zak Penn. [245] In September 2017, Gavin O'Connor was hired as director after Ayer dropped out, as well as co-screenwriter with David Bar Katz and Todd Stashwick. [246] [247] [248] The final draft of the script was completed by September 2018. [249] The next month, O'Connor left the project as Warner Bros. believed the script was too similar to Birds of Prey. [250] Mel Gibson was briefly considered for a replacement, but he never officially signed on as director. In January 2019, the film was re-titled The Suicide Squad, with James Gunn directing, from a new script he wrote. [251] Gunn chose the project over various other films Warner Bros. had in development, including a Superman film. [252] In March, Idris Elba joined the cast. He was initially hired to replace Smith as Deadshot, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, but it was later decided that Elba would play a new character so Smith could return in the future. [253] [254] Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, and Viola Davis will reprise their roles from the first film, while David Dastmalchian, Steve Agee, Michael Rooker, Peter Capaldi, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Flula Borg, John Cena, and Joaquín Cosío, among others, will join the cast. [255] [256] Production began on September 20, 2019, at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Atlanta, with additional filming following in Panama. [257] [258] [259] The Suicide Squad is set to be released on August 6, 2021 both theatrically and on the streaming platform HBO Max. [260]

Black Adam (2022)

Jaume Collet-Serra: the director of Black Adam Jaume Collet-Serra (cropped).jpg
Jaume Collet-Serra: the director of Black Adam

In September 2014, after being considered to play Shazam and Lobo, Dwayne Johnson was cast as Black Adam. [147] [261] The character was intended to be introduced in Shazam! , but by January 2017 the film's production studios had chosen to divide the narrative to focus on Black Adam's origin. [148] Johnson, who is also attached as producer, has stated the two characters will cross paths in a future film. [262] Other DC characters, including the Justice Society of America, will factor into the plot of Black Adam. [263] [264] In October 2017, Adam Sztykiel was hired to write the script. [233] Co-producer Hiram Garcia stated the film will be gritty and violent, similar to the comics. [265] In June 2019, Jaume Collet-Serra was announced as director for the film, with Beau Flynn, Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, and Scott Sheldon attached as producers. [232] [266] The Justice Society of America will appear in the film, with Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Quintessa Swindell and Pierce Brosnan cast as Atom Smasher, [267] Hawkman, [234] [268] Cyclone [269] and Doctor Fate, [270] respectively. By that September, Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani had written a new draft of the script. [234] In February 2021, Marwan Kenzari was cast in an undisclosed role. [271] Filming began on April 10, 2021, [272] [273] [274] and wrapped on July 15, 2021 [275] for a scheduled release date of July 29, 2022. [276]

The Flash (2022)

Andy Muschietti: the director of The Flash Andres Muschietti.jpg
Andy Muschietti: the director of The Flash

Barry Allen attempts to go back in time to prevent his mother's murder which brings unintentional consequences to his timeline. [277]

By July 2013, Greg Berlanti was developing a film that centered around Barry Allen / The Flash. [278] In October 2014, The Flash was announced with a scheduled 2018 release date. [29] [86] The initial script was drafted by Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Chris Brancato, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim. [279] By April 2015, a story treatment was being written by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. [280] Over the next two years, Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa had individually dropped out as director due to creative differences with the studio. [281] [282] In January 2017, Joby Harold was hired to do a page-one rewrite of the script, which previously had drafts written by Grahame-Smith and Famuyiwa. [283] In July 2017, the title for the film was changed to Flashpoint, [192] based on the comic book storyline, of the same name. [284] Dan Mazeau was brought on as co-writer. [285] In March 2018, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired to co-direct. [286] [287] The tone of the film is expected to be similar to Back to the Future . [288] Ezra Miller revealed that the plot will involve the Speed Force multiverse. [289] In March 2019, following creative differences with the co-directors' work on the script, Miller was hired to co-write a new draft in collaboration with Grant Morrison. [290] By July 2019, Daley and Goldstein had left the project, while Andy Muschietti and Christina Hodson were hired to replace them as director and screenwriter, respectively. Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco will serve as producers. [236] In January 2020, Muschietti reaffirmed the film will include elements from the Flashpoint comic book arc. [291] In June 2020, it was reported that Michael Keaton had entered early negotiations to portray an alternate-universe version of Bruce Wayne / Batman. [292] In August, Keaton officially signed on, with Ben Affleck also announced to reprise his role as the DCEU version of the character. [293] In September 2020, producer Barbara Muschietti revealed the film would include multiple superheroes and "reset" the DCEU. [294] In October 2020, Billy Crudup officially entered negotiations to rejoin the project as Henry Allen, due to him leaving following several shifts in writers and directors. [295] In February 2021, Sasha Calle had been cast as Supergirl. [296] In March 2021, Kiersey Clemons was confirmed to be reprising her role as Iris West in the film. [297] Later that month, Maribel Verdú and Ron Livingston had been cast to portray Nora Allen and Henry Allen, respectively; the latter after Crudup had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. [298] [299] Ray Fisher was due to perform 2 weeks of filming for the film before his removal [300] and said it would be a "bummer" if his character couldn't appear in the film. [301] Filming began on April 19, 2021 [302] at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Hertfordshire, England, [303] with additional production taking place in London, [277] for a scheduled release date of November 4, 2022. [235]

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022)

In October 2018, James Wan stated that Aquaman intentionally left room for a followup. [304] By December, high pre-release ticket sales and positive reception for Aquaman had convinced Warner Bros. to begin developing a sequel. [305] In January 2019, Warner Bros. confirmed development, with intentions for Wan to return as director. [306] Jason Momoa has a larger creative role for the sequel having written the story while on the set of the first film, pitched the project to Warner Bros. Pictures, and co-wrote the first draft of the script with his writing-partner. [240] [304] [307] In February of the same month, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick signed on as screenwriter. [239] Alongside Wan, Johnson-McGoldrick contributed to and completed the script. [240] In March, Safran stated that the film will explore the other Seven Kingdoms of Atlantis. [308] Patrick Wilson and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will reprise their roles as Orm Marius / Ocean Master and David Kane / Black Manta, respectively. [309] [310] In April 2021, Pilou Asbæk joined the film in an undisclosed role. [311] In June 2021, the official title was announced as Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. [312] Filming began on June 28, 2021, [313] for a scheduled released date of December 16, 2022. [237]

Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)

A sequel to Shazam! entered development in April 2019, with Henry Gayden returning as screenwriter. Director David F. Sandberg and producer Peter Safran are also expected to return. [241] Zachary Levi will reprise his role as the titular superhero. [314] At DC FanDome, the film's title was announced as, Shazam!: Fury of the Gods. [315] In February 2021, Rachel Zegler was cast in an undisclosed key role. [316] In March 2021, Helen Mirren joined the cast playing the villain Hespera. [317] In April 2021, Lucy Liu joined the cast as the character Kalypso. [318] In May 2021, Ross Butler confirmed that he will reprise his role as the Shazam-form of Eugene Choi. [319] Filming began on May 26, 2021, [320] for a scheduled release date of June 2, 2023. [235]

Other films in development

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films have a variety of DC films in varying stages of development:


A new streaming service known as HBO Max launched in partnership with WarnerMedia, DC Films, and The CW on May 27, 2020. In December, DC Films president Walter Hamada stated that DC Films was interested in producing spin-off series for every film in the DCEU slate for HBO Max. [330]

SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally released Showrunner Status
First releasedLast releasedNetwork
Peacemaker 18 [397] January 2022 (2022-01) [398] TBA HBO Max James Gunn Post-production


In September 2020, James Gunn announced that a television series spin-off of The Suicide Squad (2021) centered on Christopher Smith / Peacemaker was in development for HBO Max, with its eight episodes written by Gunn who will direct several of them, and serves as an executive producer alongside Peter Safran. [399] [397] The series will star John Cena, Steve Agee, and Jennifer Holland, who reprise their respective roles as Peacemaker, John Economos, and Emilia Harcourt from the film, [397] [400] [401] alongside Danielle Brooks as Leota Adebayo, [402] Robert Patrick as Auggie Smith, [401] and Freddie Stroma as Adrian Chase / The Vigilante. [403] Filming began in Vancouver, Canada in January 2021, and concluded in July 2021. [404] [405] Peacemaker is scheduled for release in January 2022. [398]

Other series in development

Canceled and reworked projects

In addition, the 2011 film Green Lantern was originally meant to be the first film in what would become the DCEU. However, its planned sequels were canceled and the film was retconned due to the film's critical and financial disappointment. Despite this, Sinestro actor Mark Strong still referred to it as "part of the DCEU" in February 2019. [482] [483] The television series Krypton was also connected to Man of Steel by October 2015, but these connections were dropped by the series' release. Executive Producer Cameron Welsh would later describe the series as "adjacent" to both the DCEU and the Arrowverse. [484] [485]

Expanded setting

In October 2014, Geoff Johns explained that DC's approach to their films and television series would be different to Marvel Studios' cinematic universe, stating that their film universe and TV universes would be kept separate within a multiverse to allow "everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world." [486] Johns and Jon Berg were appointed by the studio to co-run the DC Films division and oversee creative decisions, production and story arcs in order to create a cohesive overarching plot within the films. Johns left his position in June 2018 to start his own studio where he will take on a greater hands-on role with film media as a producer and screenwriter. However, he remained with the studio as a co-chairman. Berg was replaced by Walter Hamada as the president of DC Films in January 2018. [487] After the successful release of Wonder Woman (2017), DC Films decided to deemphasize the shared nature of the franchise. [42] In August 2020 however, Hamada announced plans to develop a multiverse inspired by the comics. In doing so, the studio also stated that all past, present, and future projects are a part of the same unified multiverse. [488] [489] [330]


The DC Extended Universe was retroactively established to have connections to The CW's Arrowverse continuity via the concept of a multiverse, during Part 4 of the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover. Ezra Miller reprised his role as Barry Allen in a cameo appearance alongside Grant Gustin's version of the same character. During their conversation, Miller's Barry Allen gets the idea to call himself "The Flash" from his alternate self and even mentions "Victor". [490] However, despite their cameo, the episode does not confirm the designated Earth for the DCEU characters. [491] [492]

Miller's cameo opened up more possibilities for crossovers between the DC films and Arrowverse. Hamada revealed prior to "Crisis on Infinite Earths", DC had been structured in a way that the television division had to clear the use of characters with the film division. Now, the company could "really lean into this idea of [the multiverse] and acknowledge the fact there can be a Flash on TV and one in the movies, and you don't have to pick one or the other, and they both exist in this multiverse." [493] Arrowverse creator and executive producer Greg Berlanti agreed, feeling that "moving forward, there’s more opportunity to do more things like this", [494] and was open to more film characters appearing in the Arrowverse. [493] In September 2020, the TV universe was rebranded as The CWverse following the consolidation of various alternate realities in various DC Television productions into one continuity with the "Crisis" episode. [495]

Other DC films

In August 2020, Hamada revealed various DC adaptations compose the cinematic DC Multiverse. Hamada stated that Joker (2019) and The Batman (2022) existed on separate Earths from each other as well as the DCEU, where Justice League takes place. [488] Andy Muschietti, director for The Flash (2022), further explained that all previous adaptations of DC Comics are a part of the multiverse, stating: "...all the cinematic iterations that we've seen before are valid...all that you've seen exists, and everything that you will see exists, in the same unified multiverse." [489]

In December, Hamada further announced the studio's plan for the franchise will more greatly explore the DC Multiverse adapting various realities with multiple incarnations of the same character being developed and released. The President of DC Films noted, "I don't think anyone else has ever attempted this." Hamada would also describe the main DCEU as being set on one Earth, while The Batman (2022) would be set on a different Earth. [330]


In the DCEU, most events of the film never explicitly make their exact years known. [496] Man of Steel takes place after the events of Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, which are set in 1918 and 1984, respectively. The events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice occur 18 months after the events of Man of Steel, which follows the consequences and the emergence of aliens and metahumans such as Superman. [85] The film concludes with the death of Superman, which is emphasized in the following ensemble films, Suicide Squad and Justice League, taking place approximately one and two years later, respectively. [497]

Jason Momoa confirmed that Aquaman takes place right after Zack Snyder's Justice League. [144] Aquaman is followed by Shazam!, which occurs during the Christmas season of 2018. [498] Afterwards, the events of Birds of Prey are set in 2020, [499] followed by The Suicide Squad, confirmed to take place in 2021. [500]

Recurring cast and characters

List indicator(s)

This section shows characters who will appear or have appeared in three or more films in the series.

Man of Steel Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice
Suicide Squad Wonder Woman Justice League Aquaman Shazam! Birds of Prey Wonder Woman 1984 The Suicide Squad The Flash Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Barry Allen
The Flash
Ezra Miller Ezra Miller C Ezra MillerEzra Miller [lower-alpha 4]
Antiope Robin Wright Robin Wright C Robin Wright
Arthur Curry
Jason Momoa C Jason Momoa P Jason MomoaJason Momoa [lower-alpha 5] Jason Momoa
Kal-El / Clark Kent
Henry Cavill [lower-alpha 6] Henry CavillHenry CavillRyan Hadley C U
George "Digger" Harkness
Captain Boomerang
Jai Courtney Jai Courtney P Jai Courtney
Hippolyta Connie Nielsen Connie Nielsen
Joker Jared Leto Jared Leto E Johnny Goth U C
Jared Leto A
Jonathan Kent Kevin Costner Kevin Costner C Kevin Costner P
Martha Kent Diane Lane Diane Lane
Lois Lane Amy Adams Amy Adams
Mera Amber Heard Amber Heard
Diana Prince
Wonder Woman
Gal Gadot Gal Gadot [lower-alpha 7] Gal GadotGal Gadot [lower-alpha 8]
Harleen Quinzel
Harley Quinn
Margot Robbie Margot RobbieMargot Robbie
Calvin Swanwick
Martian Manhunter
Harry Lennix Harry Lennix E
Steve Trevor Chris Pine P Chris PineChris Pine
Bruce Wayne
Ben Affleck [lower-alpha 9] Ben Affleck U Ben AffleckBen Affleck

Additional crew and production details

Composer(s)CinematographerEditor(s)Production companiesRunning timeRating
Man of Steel Hans Zimmer Amir Mokri David Brenner Syncopy Inc.,
DC Entertainment,
Legendary Pictures
143 minsPG-13
Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice
Junkie XL & Hans Zimmer Larry Fong DC Entertainment,
Atlas Entertainment,
RatPac Entertainment,
Cruel and Unusual Films
152 mins
Ultimate Edition:
182 mins
Ultimate Edition:
Suicide Squad Steven Price Roman Vasyanov John Gilroy DC Films,
Atlas Entertainment,
RatPac Entertainment
123 mins
Extended Cut:
134 mins
Wonder Woman Rupert Gregson-Williams Matthew Jensen Martin Walsh DC Films,
Wanda Pictures,
Tencent Pictures,
Atlas Entertainment,
RatPac Entertainment,
Cruel and Unusual Films
141 mins
Justice League Danny Elfman Jean-Philippe Gossart, Simon Firsht & Fabian Wagner [501] [502] Martin Walsh, David Brenner & Richard Pearson DC Films,
RatPac-Dune Entertainment,
Cruel and Unusual Films,
Access Entertainment, [lower-alpha 10]
Atlas Entertainment
120 mins
Aquaman Rupert Gregson-Williams Don Burgess Kirk M. MorriDC Films,
Warner Bros. Pictures,
Cruel and Unusual Films,
The Safran Company
Mad Ghost Productions
143 mins
Shazam! Benjamin Wallfisch Maxime Alexandre Michel AllerDC Films,
Seven Bucks Productions,
New Line Cinema,
The Safran Company,
Mad Ghost Productions
132 mins
Birds of Prey Daniel Pemberton Matthew Libatique Jay Cassidy & Evan Schiff [504] DC Films,
LuckyChap Entertainment,
Kroll & Co. Entertainment,
Clubhouse Pictures
109 minsR
Wonder Woman 1984 Hans Zimmer [505] Matthew JensenRichard PearsonDC Films,
The Stone Quarry, [506]
Atlas Entertainment
151 minsPG-13
Zack Snyder's
Justice League
Tom Holkenborg Fabian WagnerDavid Brenner, Dody Dorn & Carlos M. Castillón [507] DC Films,
The Stone Quarry,
RatPac-Dune Entertainment,
Access Entertainment, [lower-alpha 11]
Atlas Entertainment
242 minsR
The Suicide Squad John Murphy [508] Henry Braham Fred Raskin & Christian Wagner DC Films,
Atlas Entertainment,
The Safran Company
132 mins
Black Adam TBA Lawrence Sher [509] TBADC Films
New Line Cinema
Seven Bucks Productions
The Flash Benjamin Wallfisch [510] Henry Braham [511] Paul Machliss DC Films
The Disco Factory
Double Dream
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom TBATBATBADC Films,
The Safran Company,
Atomic Monster Productions
Shazam! Fury of the Gods TBAGyula PadosTBADC Films,
New Line Cinema,
The Safran Company,
Mad Ghost Productions


Box office performance

FilmU.S. release dateBox office grossAll-time rankingBudgetRef(s)
U.S. and CanadaOther territoriesWorldwide U.S. and Canada Worldwide
Man of Steel June 14, 2013$291,045,518$377,000,000$668,045,51888120$225 million [512]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice March 25, 2016$330,360,194$543,274,725$873,634,9195860$250 million [513]
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016$325,100,054$421,746,840$746,846,8946198$175 million [514]
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017$412,563,408$409,283,604$821,847,0122573$149 million [515]
Justice League November 17, 2017$229,024,295$428,900,000$657,924,295146123$300 million [516]
Aquaman December 21, 2018$335,061,807$813,424,079$1,148,485,8865523$200 million [517]
Shazam! April 5, 2019$140,371,656$225,600,000$365,971,656410356$100 million [518]
Birds of Prey February 7, 2020$84,158,461$117,700,000$201,858,461919814$85 million [519]
Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020$46,534,027$120,000,000$166,534,027$200 million [520]
Zack Snyder's Justice League March 18, 2021$70 million [lower-alpha 12]
Total$2,194,219,420$3,456,929,248$5,651,148,6681110$1.75 billion [522] [523]

Critical and public response

Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Man of Steel 56% (338 reviews) [524] 55 (47 reviews) [525] A− [526]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 28% (432 reviews) [527] 44 (51 reviews) [528] B [526]
Suicide Squad 26% (386 reviews) [529] 40 (53 reviews) [530] B+ [526]
Wonder Woman 93% (467 reviews) [531] 76 (50 reviews) [532] A [526]
Justice League 40% (403 reviews) [533] 45 (52 reviews) [534] B+ [526]
Aquaman 65% (407 reviews) [535] 55 (50 reviews) [536] A– [526]
Shazam! 90% (409 reviews) [537] 71 (53 reviews) [538] A [526]
Birds of Prey 79% (430 reviews) [539] 60 (59 reviews) [540] B+ [526]
Wonder Woman 1984 59% (433 reviews) [541] 60 (57 reviews) [542] B+ [526]
Zack Snyder's Justice League 71% (297 reviews) [543] 54 (45 reviews) [544]
The Suicide Squad 97% (86 reviews) [545] 77 (26 reviews) [546]



TitleU.S. release dateLengthLabel
Man of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack June 11, 2013
  • 87:49
  • 118:18 (Deluxe Edition) [547]
WaterTower Music
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) March 18, 2016
  • 71:35
  • 90:27 (Deluxe Edition)
Suicide Squad: The Album August 5, 2016
  • 50:57
  • 60:49 (Collector Edition)
Suicide Squad: Original Motion Picture Score
  • 72:33
  • 93:38 (Digital Edition)
WaterTower Music
Wonder Woman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack June 2, 201778:38
Justice League: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack November 10, 2017101:22
Aquaman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack December 21, 201865:02
Shazam!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack April 5, 201973:13
Birds of Prey: The Album February 7, 202042:52Atlantic
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – Original Motion Picture Score February 14, 202062:01WaterTower Music
Wonder Woman 1984: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack December 16, 202090:23
Zack Snyder's Justice League (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) March 18, 2021234:09


TitleU.S. release dateLengthArtist(s)LabelFilm
"Heathens"June 16, 20163:15 Twenty One Pilots Atlantic Suicide Squad
"Sucker for Pain"June 24, 20164:03 Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic
and Ty Dolla Sign featuring X Ambassadors
"Purple Lamborghini"July 22, 20163:35 Skrillex and Rick Ross
"Gangsta"August 1, 20162:57 Kehlani
"To Be Human"May 25, 20174:01 Sia featuring Labrinth WaterTower Music Wonder Woman
"Come Together"September 8, 20173:13 Gary Clark Jr. and Junkie XL Justice League
"Everybody Knows"November 10, 20174:26 Sigrid
"Everything I Need"December 14, 20183:16 Skylar Grey Aquaman
"Diamonds"January 10, 20203:19 Megan Thee Stallion and Normani AtlanticBirds of Prey
"Joke's On You"January 17, 20203:04 Charlotte Lawrence
"Boss Bitch"January 24, 20202:14 Doja Cat
"Sway With Me"January 31, 20202:48 Saweetie and GALXARA
"Experiment On Me"February 7, 20203:35 Halsey
"Sway With Me (GALXARA Version)"May 1, 20202:33GALXARA
"Rain"June 22, 20213:56 Grandson and Jessie Reyez The Suicide Squad

Other media


TitlePublication date(s)Writer(s)Note
Man of Steel: The Early Years: Junior NovelApril 30, 2013Frank WhitmanTie-in children's book to Man of Steel [548]
Man of Steel: The Official Movie NovelizationJune 18, 2013Greg CoxNovelization of the film [549]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Cross FireFebruary 16, 2016Michael KoggeTie-in prequel novel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [550]
Suicide Squad: The Official Movie NovelizationAugust 5, 2016Marv WolfmanNovelization of the film [551]
Wonder Woman: The Junior NovelMay 30, 2017Steve Korte [552]
Wonder Woman: The Official Movie NovelizationJune 6, 2017Nancy Holder [553]
Aquaman: The Junior NovelNovember 6, 2018Jim McCann [554]
Aquaman: Arthur's Guide to AtlantisNovember 6, 2018Alexandra WestGuide book [555]
Aquaman: UndertowNovember 6, 2018Steve BehlingTie-in prequel novel to Aquaman [555]
Shazam!: The Junior NovelFebruary 26, 2019Calliope GlassNovelization of the film [556]
Shazam!: Freddy's Guide to Super Hero-ingFebruary 26, 2019Steve BehlingGuide book [557]
Wonder Woman 1984: The Junior NovelJuly 7, 2020Calliope GlassNovelization of the film [558]
Wonder Woman 1984: Truth, Love & WonderJuly 7, 2020Alexandra WestQuotes book [559]


TitleIssue(s)Publication date(s)Writer(s)Artist(s)Notes
Man of Steel - Prequel1May 18, 2013 Sterling Gates Jerry Ordway Promotional digital prequel comic from Walmart [560]
Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice
5January 28, 2016 Christos Gage Joe Bennet Promotional digital prequel comics from Dr Pepper [561]
4February 28, 2016 Jeff Parker, Christos Gage, Marguerite Bennett, and Joshua WilliamsonR. B. Silva, Federico Dallochio, Marcus To, and Eduardo PansicaPromotional prequel mini-comics that appeared in select General Mills cereal [562]
Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice - Upstairs/Downstairs
1February 29, 2016Christos GageJoe BennetPromotional prequel digital comic from Doritos and Walmart [563]
Suicide Squad: Suicide Blonde1June 2, 2016 Tony Bedard Tom Derenick, Juan Albarran, Hi-Fi, and Lori JacksonPromotional prequel comic from Splat Hair Dye [564]
Mercedes-Benz Presents:
Justice League
6October 20 – November 15, 2017Adam SchlagmanJason BadowerPromotional digital comic from Mercedes-Benz [565]
Wonder Woman 1984:
Museum Mayhem
1September 29, 2020Anna Obropta, Louise Simonson, and Steve Pugh Bret Blevins and Marguerite Sauvage One-shot comic featuring a prequel story and a second story unrelated to the DCEU. [566]

Video games

TitleRelease date(s)Publisher(s)Notes
Man of SteelJune 14, 2013Warner Bros. International Enterprises [567]
Kellogg's Man of SteelApril 19, 2013Catapult Marketing [568]
Batman vs Superman – Who Will Win?March 16, 2016Warner Bros. International Enterprises Endless runner [569]
Suicide Squad: Special OpsJuly 19, 2016 First-person shooter [570]
Wonder Woman: Rise of the WarriorMay 23, 2017 Endless runner [571]
Justice League VR: The Complete ExperienceDecember 5, 2017 Virtual reality [572]

See also


  1. While Snyder was the director during principal photography, he was replaced by Joss Whedon during post-production due to the death of Snyder's daughter. While Snyder retained directorial credit for the finished film, reports have indicated Whedon reshot a significant portion of the film; consequently, Snyder released a director's cut in 2021.
  2. The extended director's cut of Justice League (2017).
  3. The Suicide Squad is set to be released both theatrically and on HBO Max.
  4. Barry Allen was portrayed at a younger age by Ian Loh.
  5. Arthur Curry at different younger ages was portrayed by Kekoa Kekumano, Otis Dhanji, Kaan Guldur, Tainu and Tamor Kirkwood, and an uncredited infant.
  6. Kal-El / Clark Kent at different younger ages was portrayed by Dylan Sprayberry, Cooper Timberline, and an uncredited infant.
  7. Diana Prince at different younger ages was portrayed by Emily Carey, and Lilly Aspel.
  8. Diana Prince was portrayed at a younger age by Lilly Aspel.
  9. Bruce Wayne was portrayed at a younger age by Brandon Spink.
  10. In home release, RatPac-Dune Entertainment was replaced with Access Entertainment (RatPac's current owner), following the rape and sexual harassment allegations against RatPac-Dune's CEO, Brett Ratner. [503]
  11. In home release, RatPac-Dune Entertainment was replaced with Access Entertainment (RatPac's current owner), following the rape and sexual harassment allegations against RatPac-Dune's CEO, Brett Ratner. [503]
  12. The theatrical Justice League cost around $300 million to produce. [516] Former WarnerMedia chairman and current head of HBO Max Robert Greenblatt had indicated that the amount required to finish the Snyder Cut would likely cost more than the reported $20–30 million. [217] [218] After the announcement of reshoots to film brand new footage, the estimated cost rose to $70+ million. [521]

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Lego Batman is a theme and product range of the Lego construction toy, introduced in 2006, based on the superhero character Batman, under license from DC Comics. The sets feature vehicles, characters and scenes from the comics and films. The inspirations for the design of these varies widely. For example, the Batmobile retains its basic sleek shape and prominent fins from the Tim Burton films, whereas the "Bat-Tank" seems to be based on the tank-like Batmobile in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. In 2008, a video game based on the theme, Lego Batman: The Videogame, was released, along with four new sets. The theme was relaunched in early 2012 as part of the Lego DC Universe Superheroes line, which is a sub-theme of the Lego Super Heroes line. In total there were seventeen sets, almost all of them including Batman.

The Justice League, also called the Justice League of America or JLA, is a fictional superhero team that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Since their first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #28, various incarnations of the team have appeared in film, television, and video game adaptations.

The fictional superhero Batman, who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics, has appeared in various films since his inception. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, the character first starred in two serial films in the 1940s: Batman and Batman and Robin. The character also appeared in the 1966 film Batman, which was a feature film adaptation of the 1960s Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, who also starred in the film. Toward the end of the 1980s, the Warner Bros. studio began producing a series of feature films starring Batman, beginning with the 1989 film Batman, directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton. Burton and Keaton returned for the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, and in 1995, Joel Schumacher directed Batman Forever with Val Kilmer as Batman. Schumacher also directed the 1997 sequel Batman & Robin, which starred George Clooney. Batman Forever and Batman & Robin were poorly received by both critics and fans, leading to the cancellation of Batman Unchained.

Superman in film Film adaptations of the DC Comics superhero Superman

Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in June 1938, DC Comics' Superman has appeared in various films almost since his inception. He debuted in cinemas in a series of animated shorts beginning in 1941, subsequently starring in two movie serials in 1948 and 1950. An independent studio, Lippert Pictures, released the first Superman feature film, Superman and the Mole Men, starring George Reeves, in 1951. In 1974, the film rights to the Superman character were purchased by Ilya Salkind, Alexander Salkind, and Pierre Spengler. After numerous scripts, Richard Donner was hired as their director, filming Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) simultaneously. Donner had already shot eighty percent of Superman II with Christopher Reeve before it was decided to finish shooting the first film. The Salkinds fired Donner after Superman's release and commissioned Richard Lester as the director to finish Superman II. Lester also returned for Superman III (1983), and the Salkinds further produced the related 1984 spin-off Supergirl before selling the rights to Cannon Films, resulting in the poorly reviewed Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). Ilya Salkind commissioned a fifth Superman script before Warner Bros acquired the rights entirely in 1993.

The DC Universe Animated Original Movies are a series of American direct-to-video superhero animated films based on the DC Comics characters and stories produced primarily by Warner Bros. Animation. The films are usually stand-alone projects that are either adaptations of popular works or original stories. From 2013 to 2021, the DC Animated Movie Universe was a sub-series featuring several movies that took place in a shared universe, influenced predominantly from The New 52. They are usually made for an older audience compared to the DC animated universe and other projects, and also featuring DCAU alumni such as Bruce Timm, who mainly served as executive producer or as producer until Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, before returning since Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

The Stone Quarry American film production company

The Stone Quarry is an American production company established in 2004 by filmmaker Zack Snyder, his wife Deborah Snyder and their producing partner Wesley Coller.

<i>The Flash</i> (film) Upcoming superhero film produced by DC Films

The Flash is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films, The Disco Factory, and Double Dream, and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be the twelfth film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Andy Muschietti from a screenplay by Christina Hodson, and stars Ezra Miller as Barry Allen / The Flash alongside Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle, Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdú, and Ron Livingston. In The Flash, Allen travels back in time to prevent his mother's murder, which brings unintentional consequences.

<i>Shazam!</i> (film) 2019 superhero film produced by DC Films

Shazam! is a 2019 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). It was directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Henry Gayden and a story by Gayden and Darren Lemke. The film stars Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Djimon Hounsou. The plot follows teenager Billy Batson (Angel) as he is chosen by the ancient wizard Shazam (Hounsou) to be his new champion by saying the name "Shazam", allowing him to transform into an adult superhero (Levi) with various superpowers. Billy and his foster brother Freddy Freeman (Grazer) must discover Billy's new powers in order to stop the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong) and the Seven Deadly Sins.

<i>Justice League</i> (film) 2017 superhero film produced by DC Films

Justice League is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. Produced by RatPac-Dune Entertainment, DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, and Cruel and Unusual Films and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and the follow-up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, the film features an ensemble cast including Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds. In the film, Batman and Wonder Woman recruit The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg after Superman's death to save the world from the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.

DC Films American motion picture studio

DC Films is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. through the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, with Warner Bros. owned itself by WarnerMedia, dedicated to the production of films based on characters from DC Entertainment. Walter Hamada is the current president of DC Films.

<i>Black Adam</i> (film) Upcoming superhero film produced by DC Films

Black Adam is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Produced by DC Films, New Line Cinema, Seven Bucks Productions, and FlynnPictureCo., and set for distribution by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is intended to be a spin-off from Shazam! (2019) and the eleventh film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines & Sohrab Noshirvani, the film stars Dwayne Johnson as Teth-Adam / Black Adam alongside Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, and Pierce Brosnan.

The 2017 film Justice League had a troubled production history. Its script and photography underwent major changes before and during production, and there was a change in directors. This resulted in the theatrical release of a version that was reported to be markedly different from how the film had been conceived of during pre-production and principal photography.

<i>Zack Snyders Justice League</i> 2021 American film

Zack Snyder's Justice League, often referred to as the "Snyder Cut", is the 2021 director's cut of the 2017 American superhero film Justice League. It presents Justice League—the fifth film of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and the sequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)—as director Zack Snyder intended it before he left the production. Like the theatrical release, Zack Snyder's Justice League follows DC Comics' Justice League—Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman, and the Flash —as they attempt to save the world from the catastrophic threat of Darkseid, Steppenwolf, and their army of Parademons.

Diana Prince (DC Extended Universe) DC Extended Universe character

Diana of Themyscira, also known by her civilian name Diana Prince or her superhero title Wonder Woman, is a fictional character in the DC Extended Universe, based on the character of the same name created by William Moulton Marston and H. G. Peter. First appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, she is portrayed by Gal Gadot and later plays a major role in the films Wonder Woman,Justice League and its 2021 director's cut, and Wonder Woman 1984, becoming one of the central characters in the DCEU. Gadot's performance as Wonder Woman, the first of the character in live-action cinema, has received critical praise.

Barry Allen (DC Extended Universe) DC Extended Universe character

Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen, also known as The Flash, is a fictional character in the DC Extended Universe. Based on the DC Comics superhero of the same name, he is portrayed by American actor Ezra Miller. The Flash makes his first cinematic appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before having a more prominent role in Justice League and its director's cut. Miller has also reprised the role in other DC Comics media such as the Arrowverse, and is currently slated to star in The Flash, an upcoming film based on the character. The DC Extended Universe marks the first time The Flash has been portrayed in live-action film.

Victor Stone (DC Extended Universe) DC Extended Universe character

Victor Stone, also known as Cyborg, is a fictional character in the DC Extended Universe. Based on the character of the same name, he is portrayed by Ray Fisher, making his cinematic film debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) before playing a prominent role in Justice League (2017). Cyborg's role in the latter film was subject to controversy as his backstory was heavily trimmed down in the theatrical release, in addition to sparking a conflict between Fisher, Joss Whedon, who had replaced Zack Snyder as director, and subsequently DC Films. Nonetheless, the character also appeared in Snyder's director's cut of Justice League (2021) with his original arc restored.

Characters of the DC Extended Universe Wikimedia list article

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on superhero films and other series starring various titular superheroes produced by DC Films, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and based on characters that appear in American comic books published by DC Comics. Despite numerous film series in the past on characters such as Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern, none of those film series were connected. The DCEU debuted in 2013 with Man of Steel, centered on Superman, and has grown to include other characters such as Batman, Wonder Woman, and several others included in this list. The shared universe, much like the original DC Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters, and may cross over with separate timelines from other DC-licensed film series in the future in order to create a "multiverse".