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"I want all the other directors of the other films to be able to stretch their legs and do what they want, but at the same time there is a big interconnected universe."
Zack Snyder in a 2015 interview[src]

The DC logo, which is used for the branding of the DC Extended Universe.

The Justice League and its heroes and villains are the main stories that the DC Extended Universe centers around.

The DC Films shared universe franchise, popularly referred to as the DC Extended Universe[1][2] (DCEU) or the Snyderverse and designated as the reality Earth-1 within the multiverse system,[3] is a collection of interconnected films and other media based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics, produced by Warner Bros. and DC Films. The universe largely spans films, though many tie-in media have been produced, such as comics, novels, guidebooks, short films, and video games.

The DCEU was launched with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel in 2013, which was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), Shazam! (2019), Birds of Prey (2020), Wonder Woman 1984 (2020), and The Suicide Squad (2021). The main film franchise will continue with Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and Batgirl in 2022, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, The Flash and Blue Beetle in 2023, and there are other DCEU film projects, such as Zatanna, The Amazons, Wonder Woman 3, and Black Canary in various stages of development. The DCEU expanded outside of major theatrical releases in 2021 with the release of Zack Snyder's Justice League on HBO Max, and the television series Peacemaker, a spin-off of The Suicide Squad, premiered on the streaming service in January 2022.

Etymology

The name "DC Extended Universe," while widely accepted as the name of the film franchise that started with Man of Steel in 2013, has had a strange and often inconsistent history in how it is used by fans, the media, and the filmmakers behind actual DCEU content.

When it was announced that Man of Steel would be the start of a new cinematic universe for DC Entertainment, this new universe was popularly referred to by fans and the media as the "DC Cinematic Universe" (DCCU), keeping with the naming convention of the already established Marvel Cinematic Universe. On July 1, 2015, the term "DC Extended Universe™" was jokingly coined by Entertainment Weekly writer Keith Staskiewicz in an article detailing EW's first look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[4] This term and the abbreviation "DCEU" quickly spread among the media and fans, thinking of it as the official name of the franchise. Later that July, Zack Snyder himself would refer to the franchise as the DC Extended Universe when commenting about future plans for an interconnected universe with different filmmakers helming projects.[5] In September 2017, officials at Warner Bros. and DC confirmed to Vulture writer Abraham Reisman that the term was not used internally and was not considered official.[6] In 2016, the franchise was called the "Justice League universe" by Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith in the TV special DC Films Presents: The Dawn of the Justice League.

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 of the studio's upcoming films. As a result of this, some media outlets and fans interpreted this as DC officially naming their shared universe "Worlds of DC," however this would not hold true.

In March 2020 during a panel at C2E2, DC Comics publisher Jim Lee officially referred to the franchise as the DC Extended Universe, and the name was seemingly set in stone when a "DC Extended Universe" category was included with the launch of HBO Max. However, HBO Max has since pulled the name from their platform for unknown reasons.

Around the release of Zack Snyder's Justice League, fans and cast and crew widely began referring to Zack Snyder's main Justice League story within the DC Extended Universe as the "Snyderverse" (alternatively spelled SnyderVerse) and demanded for more stories in this anthology with the hashtag #RestoreTheSnyderVerse on social media.[7]

In 2021, James Gunn confirmed that the 'DCEU' label was still being used internally.[8] Various official articles for DC Comics have since continued to use the label to refer to the interconnected film universe.[9]

Films

Released

Film

US release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(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. Goyer Charles 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, 2017 Zack Snyder[10] Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns
Aquaman December 21, 2018 James Wan David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall James Wan & Geoff Johns 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
(And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
February 7, 2020 Cathy Yan Christina Hodson Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless and Sue Kroll
Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020 Patty Jenkins Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns & Dave Callaham Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot and Stephen Jones
Zack Snyder's Justice League March 18, 2021 Zack Snyder Chris Terrio Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder and Will Beall Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder
The Suicide Squad August 5, 2021 James Gunn Charles Roven and Peter Safran

Upcoming

Film US release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Status
Black Adam October 21, 2022[11] Jaume Collet-Serra Adam Sztykiel and Rory Haines[12] & Sohrab Noshirvani[12] Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia Post-production
Shazam! Fury of the Gods December 21, 2022[11] David F. Sandberg Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan[13] Peter Safran
Batgirl December 2022 Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah Christina Hodson Kristin Burr
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom March 17, 2023[11] James Wan[14] David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Jason Momoa[14] James Wan and Peter Safran
The Flash June 23, 2023[11] Andy Muschietti Christina Hodson John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Joby Harold Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco
Blue Beetle August 18, 2023[15] Angel Manuel Soto[16] Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer[17] John Rickard Filming

Other

Main article: Unrealized and other DCEU projects
Film US release date Director(s) Written by Producer(s) Status
The Amazons[18] TBA[19] In development
Wonder Woman 3 TBA[20] Patty Jenkins[21] Patty Jenkins TBA
Zatanna[22] TBA TBA Emerald Fennell[22] TBA
Black Canary[23] TBA TBA Misha Green[23] Sue Kroll
Supergirl[24] TBA TBA Oren Uziel[25] TBA

TV series

TV series Season(s) Episodes Originally released Showrunner(s) Status
First released Last released Network
Peacemaker 1 8 January 13, 2022 February 17, 2022 HBO Max James Gunn Released
2 TBA TBA TBA In development
Untitled The Suicide Squad spinoff series TBA TBA TBA TBA Christal Henry

Short films

Tie-in

Promotional

Comics

Books

Novels

Companion books

Art books

Music

Scores

Soundtracks

Other

Video games

Newspapers

Theme park attractions

Trivia

References

  1. "This Week's Cover: First look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's ultimate superhero showdown" - Entertainment Weekly
  2. "Warner Bros: “DC Extended Universe” isn’t official; term was made up by Entertainment Weekly" - Batman-News
  3. Deibert, Amanda. Serving Up Justice #3, DC Comics, 2021.
  4. First look at 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' on EW's cover - Entertainment Weekly
  5. 'Batman V Superman' Empire Cover Revealed; Zack Snyder on the DCEU - Screen Rant
  6. DC Extended Universe Isn't the Official Name of DC's Movie Universe - Screen Rant
  7. https://www.insider.com/what-is-restorethesnyderverse-zack-snyder-justice-league-2021-4
  8. James Gunn Talking about the DCEU
  9. A Live-Action Wonder Twins Movie is Coming to HBO Max
  10. Although Snyder retains final directorial credit, Joss Whedon reportedly reshot a majority of the theatrical release.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Warner Bros. Shifts Dates for ‘Black Adam,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘Aquaman 2’
  12. 12.0 12.1 Aldis Hodge to Play Hawkman in DC Films’ ‘Black Adam’
  13. Rachel Zegler, 'West Side Story' Star, Nabs Key Role in 'Shazam: Fury of the Gods'
  14. 14.0 14.1 ‘Aquaman 2’ Gets December 2022 Release Date" - Variety
  15. #BlueBeetle is no longer an HBO Max film — it is getting a THEATRICAL release on 08/18/23
  16. - Angel Manuel Soto's Announcement
  17. "Jaime Reyes 'Blue Beetle' Latino Superhero Movie in Development at DC and Warner Bros (Exclusive) - The Wrap
  18. "HBO Max and the Future of DC's Extended Universe" - The Hollywood Reporter
  19. "Jenkins Developing Wonder Woman Spin-Off for the Amazons" - Newsarama
  20. "Director Patty Jenkins: ‘Wonder Woman 3‘ Will Be a ‘Contemporary Story‘" - The Hollywood Reporter
  21. "‘Wonder Woman 3’ in the Works With Director Patty Jenkins" - Variety
  22. 22.0 22.1 DC Films Taps ‘Promising Young Woman’ Director Emerald Fennell to Write Zatanna Superhero Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
  23. 23.0 23.1 'Black Canary' Movie in the Works at HBO Max From Misha Green; Jurnee Smollett to Reprise Role
  24. Ava DuVernay's 'New Gods,' James Wan's 'The Trench' DC Movies Not Moving Forward at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)
  25. "'Supergirl' Movie in the Works With '22 Jump Street' Writer" - The Hollywood Reporter


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