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The DC Extended Universe watch timeline

An organized linear list of DC's movie universe.

The world of DC Comics is an increasingly complex place. New characters are created annually and stories upon stories have captured the imaginations of fans the world over. The same can be said for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), the cinematic basis for the world of DC.

Since “Man of Steel” premiered in 2013, a growing onslaught of entertaining films have followed in Superman’s wake. An interesting reflection of DC Comics itself. As time went on, stories expanded and the timeline grew progressively complicated. Even though release dates reflect a different time sequence, we’ve decisively composed a watch time-line that follows a smoother transition. The time-line we’ve generated bellow will be updated frequently.

Revised Feb. 10, 2021

Movies

Shorts

  • 1918 –– Wonder Woman

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny. Even though this is technically a flashback sequence after “Batman vs. Superman,” most of the movie takes place in 1918 during the First World War.

    Streamable on HBO Max

  • 1984 –– Wonder Woman 1984

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Diana Prince lives quietly among mortals in the vibrant, sleek 1980s –– an era of excess driven by the pursuit of having it all. Though she’s come into her full powers, she maintains a low profile by curating ancient artifacts, and only performing heroic acts incognito. But soon, Diana will have to muster all of her strength, wisdom and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), a villain who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

    No longer streamable.

  • 2013 –– Man of Steel

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    With the imminent destruction of Krypton, their home planet, Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and his wife seek to preserve their race by sending their infant son to Earth. The child’s spacecraft lands at the farm of Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, who name him Clark and raise him as their own son. Though his extraordinary abilities have led to the adult Clark (Henry Cavill) living on the fringe of society, he finds he must become a hero to save those he loves from a dire threat. Along the way he meets new allies, including the love of his life, Lois Lane (Amy Adams).

    Streamable on HBO Max

  • 2013 –– Krypton Documentary

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

    With the world now recovering from General Zod’s attack, this documentary (Directed by Zack Snyder) explores recent discoveries of the Planet Krypton and its lost ancestry.

    Special “Man of Steel” feature. Available with BluRay or digital purchase wherever movies are sold.

  • 2015 –– Fly to Gotham

    Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • 2015 –– Fly to Metropolis

    Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • 2015 –– Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Rating: 5 out of 5.

    It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.

    Streamable on HBO Max

  • 2016 –– Suicide Squad

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer (Viola Davis) decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.

    Streamable on HBO Max

  • 2017 –– Zack Snyder’s Justice League

    Following the death of Superman (Henry Cavill) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit the Flash (Ezra Miller, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to form the Justice League and protect the world from Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons, who seek the three Mother Boxes for Darkseid.

    Streamable on HBO Max starting March 18, 2021

  • 2018 –– Aquaman

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, the city of Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm (Patrick Wilson). With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people –– and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Aquaman, Orm’s half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne. With help from royal counselor Vulko (Willem Defoe) and Princess Mera (Amber Herd), Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan and embrace his destiny as protector of the deep.

    Streamable on HBO Max.

  • 2019 –– Shazam

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    We all have a superhero inside of us –– it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam (Zachary Levi). Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in the new version of himself by doing what any other teen would do –– have fun while testing out his newfound powers. But he’ll need to master them quickly before the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) can get his hands on Shazam’s magical abilities.

    Streamable on HBO Max.

  • 2020 –– Birds of Prey

    Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

    It’s open season on Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz (Chris Messina), and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women –– Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett) and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez).

    Streamable on HBO Max

Movie release dates: Man of Steel (2013), Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Aquaman (2018), Shazam (2019), Birds of Prey (2020), Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Revised Feb. 10, 2021

Zack Benz

Zack Benz has been a fan of the Daily Planet since he was eight years old. The Daily Planet has always been a beacon of hope for him and it’s his life’s mission to make it shine in a similar light to so many around the world. Zack graduated with a degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2019.

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