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The League stands victorious - ZSJL

The Justice League and its heroes and villains were what the main stories that the DC Extended Universe centered around.

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

Starting with Man of Steel, the franchise is comprised mainly of films, that are primarily set within this same universe, expanding into TV series with season 1 of Peacemaker.

The DC Extended Universe was largely rebooted with the DC Universe, ushering in a new era for the main continuity of DC films. The new universe will officially launch with the release of Creature Commandos, arriving in 2024, with the first live-action film, Superman, arriving in 2025.


While widely accepted as the name of the film franchise that started with Man of Steel in 2013, the name "DC Extended Universe" 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 Max. However, HBO Max has since pulled the name from their platform for unknown reasons.

In 2021, James Gunn confirmed that the 'DCEU' label was still being used internally.[7] Various official articles for DC Comics have since continued to use the label to refer to the interconnected film universe.[8]



Film U.S. 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 Joss Whedon 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 Geoff Johns & James Wan 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
Black Adam October 21, 2022 Jaume Collet-Serra Adam Sztykiel Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani Beau Flynn, Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, and Dany Garcia
Shazam! Fury of the Gods March 17, 2023 David F. Sandberg Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan Peter Safran
The Flash June 16, 2023 Andy Muschietti Christina Hodson John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Joby Harold Barbara Muschietti and Michael Disco
Blue Beetle August 18, 2023 Angel Manuel Soto Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer Peter Safran and John Rickard
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom December 22, 2023 James Wan David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick James Wan & David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Jason Momoa & Thomas Pa'a Sibbett James Wan and Peter Safran


Main article: Unrealized and other DCEU projects

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 Max James Gunn Released

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