January 18, 2022

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DCEU Chronological Order

Brining order to chaos…hopefully

With the imminent release of the supposedly universe resetting film, The Flash it may prove to be important, although difficult to understand the convoluted timeline of the DC Extended Universe.

For this list we will be focusing on the major film releases, spin off material such as HBO Max’s Peacemaker series are not currently reflected.

Wonder Woman

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Prologue and Epilogue set after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Wonder Woman 1984

Diana must contend with a work colleague and businessman, whose desire for extreme wealth sends the world down a path of destruction, after an ancient artifact that grants wishes goes missing

Man of Steel

An alien child is evacuated from his dying world and sent to Earth to live among humans. His peace is threatened, when other survivors of his home planet invade Earth.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Epilogue is lead in to both Suicide Squad and Justice League

Suicide Squad

A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse

Birds of Prey

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroines Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

Justice League

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his new-found ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

As of now the 2017 version of the film is considered to be DCEU canon. The Snyder Cut is a standalone version unless explicitly stated by Warner Media

Aquaman

Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

Shazam!

A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected super powers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

The Suicide Squad

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese

The Flash

Little is currently known about this film’s plot, it will feature Ezra Miller as the titular hero as well as Sasha Calle as a version of Supergirl. Michael Keaton will also reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman

What if…

It’s been rumored of late that DC may be moving away, to an unknown degree, from both Superman and Batman in large scale appearances. Favoring instead to focus on legacy characters such as Supergirl, who is slated to appear in The Flash and Batgirl, who currently has a film in production in which Keaton is reprising his role once again.

DC seems to be looking backward in order to move forward, which begs the question : Whatever happened to the Man of Steel?

What if, as with Keaton and Batman, the answer to course correcting Superman lay in his past films? Below is a proposed DC Cinematic universe that canonizes the Donnerverse Superman while leaving room for another actor *cough* Brandon Routh* cough* to walk into the role of an already established Man of Tomorrow.

  • Black Adam
  • Wonder Woman

Superman: The Movie

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero.

Superman II

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Superman III

Synthetic Kryptonite splits Superman into two versions of himself: a good Clark Kent, and a dark, twisted version of the Man of Steel

  • Wonder Woman 1984

Superman IV: The Quest For Peace

The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor’s latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Batman

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Batman Returns

While Batman deals with a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaking havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman, a female employee of the latter becomes the Catwoman with her own vendetta

It remains to be seen if Keaton’s reprisal will be a sequel to Batman Forever / Batman & Robin or if it will retcon the Schumacher era of Batman

  • Aquaman
  • Shazam!
  • Shazam: Fury of the Gods
  • Aquaman: The Lost Kingdom
  • Batgirl (currently in production)
  • Blue Beetle
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