There have been many iterations of DC Media universes, some more coherent than others, but in recent years the DCAMU (DC Animated Movie Universe) has shown itself to be one of the stronger outings, striking a balance between classic comic moments, new storylines and genre pushing art design. The 15-film series is a must watch for anyone who wants to see what DC Comics truly have to offer in terms of media adaptations.
Below is the correct viewing order for the film universe. Enjoy
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Taking it’s premise from the universe altering Flash storyline, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a fairly consistent adaptation of the monumental tale. Of particular note are the performances of Justin Chambers, C. Thomas Howell and Kevin McKidd as Barry Allen, Eobard Thawne and Thomas Wayne respectively.
What makes Flashpoint Paradox a success is that it manages to introduce a pre-reset Justice League that instantly feels familiar before wiping it from existence in a flash. The film does not shy away from the comic’s darkness, and the audience can’t help but get sucked into the dire stakes. Even if you know what happens, you’re still glued to the edge of your seat waiting to see it play out.
Justice League: War
Adapting the first story arc of the New 52’s Justice League title, Justice League: War focuses on the first meetings of the Justice League as they unite to battle Darkseid and his parademons.
Notably the film departs from the source material by integrating the Zero Year Shazam! Storyline into the group’s origin in order to replace Aquaman
Son of Batman
Batman learns he has a violent, unruly pre-teen son, secretly raised by the terrorist group the League of Assassins.
You know you’re in for trouble when your kid’s grandfather is Ra’s Al Ghul and Deathsroke was his babysitter.
Justice League: The Throne of Atlantis
When Atlantean troops assault Metropolis as revenge for the death of their king, the Queen seeks help from the Justice League to find her son who has gone missing during the madness.
Loosely based on the Aquaman/Justice League crossover of the same name, this film’s interpretation of Arthur Curry even informed the James Wan live action adaption for the DCEU
Batman vs. Robin
While Damian Wayne struggles to cope with Batman’s no-killing rule, he soon starts to believe that his destiny lies within a secret society known as The Court of Owls.
The Court Of Owls have a very tangled history with the Wayne family, so to see them making moves to turn Damian to their side hit especially hard.
Batman: Bad Blood
Bruce Wayne is missing. Alfred covers for him while Nightwing and Robin patrol Gotham City in his stead. And a new player, Batwoman, investigates Batman’s disappearance. Meanwhile, Talia Al Ghul plots to bend Bruce to her will
Justice League vs Teen Titans
Robin is sent to work with the Teen Titans after his volatile behavior botches a Justice League mission. The Titans must then face Trigon after he possesses the League and threatens to conquer the world.
Justice League: Dark
Beings with supernatural powers join together to fight against supernatural villains. This team of supernatural beings include John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood also known as the demon Etrigan
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
The Teen Titans assemble to take on a mysterious cult with bent on world domination but the greatest threat comes from one of their own.
Based on Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s story of the same name, The Judas Contract is a seminal moment in the lives of DCs Teen Heroes. Definitely worth both a read and a watch
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay
Taskforce X is assembled to steal a mystical item with power beyond their imagination, but all is not as it seems in this pseudo-sequel to The Flashpoint Paradox
Death of Superman
Just as his lives as Superman and Clark Kent begin to collide, The Man of Steel must face his greatest challenge yet.
There have been many attempts to adapt the Death of Superman in various forms (Superman: Doomsday, Smallville Season 8, etc) but this has been the most faithful and riveting attempt thus far.
Reign of the Supermen
In the wake of Superman’s fall, the City of Metropolis cries out for a new guardian. Pretenders vie for the role of The Man of Tomorrow
When threads from Batman’s past begin to unravel, the race is on for him to crack Hush’s deadly game. Strange alliances will form and shattering secrets will be revealed when Hush’s silence is finally broken
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
Wonder Woman tries to help a troubled young girl, Vanessa, who has fallen in with a deadly organization known as Villainy Inc. headed by Dr. Cyber.
Justice League: Apokolips War
It’s all lead to this. The Justice League takes the fight to Darkseid in an epic battle to decide the fate of reality.
This movie is every bit the film that DC fans deserve and that the Snyder-Cut wanted to be. If you want to witness the power and prestige that the DCU has to offer, grab some popcorn and check this flick out.
Joe Anderson is a husband, father and lifelong comicbook fan. An avid reader, Joe brings decades of comicbook and fandom knowledge to the table along with his trademark humor and genuine love for the material. He now splits his time between writing, hosting his podcasts and introducing his daughter to the fandoms that helped shape him into the man he is today.