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

The DC Films shared universe franchise, most 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, The Flash and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in 2022, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods in 2023, and there are other DCEU film projects, such as Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Zatanna, 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 in 2022.


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]




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 & David S. Goyer Charles Roven & Deborah Snyder
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 David Ayer Charles Roven & 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 and Joss Whedon Chris Terrio & 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 & Will Beall James Wan & Geoff Johns Peter Safran & Rob Cowan
Shazam! April 5, 2019 David F. Sandberg Henry Gayden Henry Gayden & 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, Sue Kroll
Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020 Patty Jenkins Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns and 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


Film US release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Status
Black Adam July 29, 2022[9] Jaume Collet-Serra Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines,[10] and Sohrab Noshirvani[10] Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, Beau Flynn, and Scott Sheldon Post-production
The Flash November 4, 2022[11] Andy Muschietti Christina Hodson Michael Disco & Barbara Muschietti
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom December 16, 2022[12] James Wan[12] David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Jason Momoa[12] James Wan & Peter Safran
Batgirl 2022 Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah Christina Hodson Kristin Burr Filming
Shazam! Fury of the Gods June 2, 2023[11] David F. Sandberg Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan[13] Peter Safran Post-production
Blue Beetle August 18, 2023[14] Angel Manuel Soto[15] Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer[16] Zev Foreman and John Rickard Pre-production


Main article: Unrealized and other DCEU projects
Film US release date Director(s) Written by Producer(s) Status
The Amazons[17] TBA[18] In development
Wonder Woman 3 TBA[19] Patty Jenkins[20] Patty Jenkins TBA
Zatanna[21] TBA TBA Emerald Fennell[21] TBA
Black Canary[22] TBA TBA Misha Green[22] Sue Kroll

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

Short films






Companion books

Art books





Video games


Theme park attractions



  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, 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. From @TheRock. A disruptive and unstoppable force of a message from the man in black himself. BLACK ADAM is coming July 29, 2022. The hierarchy of power in the DC Universe is about to change.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Aldis Hodge to Play Hawkman in DC Films’ ‘Black Adam’
  11. 11.0 11.1 "'The Batman' Delayed to 2022; Warner Bros. Shifts 'The Matrix 4', 'The Flash' and More" - Collider
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 ‘Aquaman 2’ Gets December 2022 Release Date" - Variety
  13. Rachel Zegler, 'West Side Story' Star, Nabs Key Role in 'Shazam: Fury of the Gods'
  14. #BlueBeetle is no longer an HBO Max film — it is getting a THEATRICAL release on 08/18/23
  15. - Angel Manuel Soto's Announcement
  16. "Jaime Reyes 'Blue Beetle' Latino Superhero Movie in Development at DC and Warner Bros (Exclusive) - The Wrap
  17. "HBO Max and the Future of DC's Extended Universe" - The Hollywood Reporter
  18. "Jenkins Developing Wonder Woman Spin-Off for the Amazons" - Newsarama
  19. "Director Patty Jenkins: ‘Wonder Woman 3‘ Will Be a ‘Contemporary Story‘" - The Hollywood Reporter
  20. "‘Wonder Woman 3’ in the Works With Director Patty Jenkins" - Variety
  21. 21.0 21.1 DC Films Taps ‘Promising Young Woman’ Director Emerald Fennell to Write Zatanna Superhero Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
  22. 22.0 22.1 'Black Canary' Movie in the Works at HBO Max From Misha Green; Jurnee Smollett to Reprise Role

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