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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, popularly referred to as the DC Extended Universe[1][2] (DCEU), the DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU), and also as the Snyderverse, is a collection of interconnected films and other media based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics. The universe largely spans films, though many tie-in media have been produced, such as comics, novels, guidebooks, short films, and video games.

Etymology history

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," 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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," and demanded for more stories in this anthology with the hashtag #RestoreTheSnyderVerse on social media.

Films

Released films

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 & 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 and 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

Future films

Film US release date Director(s) Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s) Status
The Suicide Squad August 6, 2021[6] James Gunn[6] Michael De Luca, Charles Roven and Peter Safran Awaiting release
Black Adam July 29, 2022[7] Jaume Collet-Serra Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines,[8] and Sohrab Noshirvani[8] Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, Beau Flynn, and Scott Sheldon Filming
The Flash November 4, 2022[9] Andy Muschietti Christina Hodson Michael Disco & Barbara Muschietti
Aquaman 2[10] December 16, 2022[10] James Wan[10] David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Jason Momoa[10][11] James Wan & Peter Safran Pre-production
Shazam! Fury of the Gods[12] June 2, 2023[9] David F. Sandberg Henry Gayden and Chris Morgan[13] Peter Safran

Other films

Main article: Unrealized and other DCEU projects
Film US release date Director(s) Written by Status
The Amazons[14] TBA[15] In development
Blue Beetle TBA Angel Manuel Soto[16] Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer[17]
Wonder Woman 3 TBA[18] Patty Jenkins[19] Patty Jenkins
Zatanna[20] TBA TBA Emerald Fennell[20]

TV series

Future TV series

TV series Season(s) Episodes Originally released Showrunner(s) Status
First released Last released Network
Peacemaker 1 8 January 2022[21] TBA HBO Max James Gunn Filming

Short films

Comics

Books

Novels

Companion books

Art books

Soundtracks

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. First look at 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' on EW's cover - Entertainment Weekly
  4. 'Batman V Superman' Empire Cover Revealed; Zack Snyder on the DCEU - Screen Rant
  5. DC Extended Universe Isn't the Official Name of DC's Movie Universe - Screen Rant
  6. 6.0 6.1 "As We Told You: James Gunn In Talks To Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2’" - Deadline
  7. 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.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Aldis Hodge to Play Hawkman in DC Films’ ‘Black Adam’
  9. 9.0 9.1 "'The Batman' Delayed to 2022; Warner Bros. Shifts 'The Matrix 4', 'The Flash' and More" - Collider
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "‘Aquaman 2’ Gets December 2022 Release Date" - Variety
  11. "Jason Momoa has already pitched his plan for Aquaman 2 to Warner Bros." - Syfy Wire
  12. David F. Sandberg (@ponysmasher) - Twitter
  13. Rachel Zegler, 'West Side Story' Star, Nabs Key Role in 'Shazam: Fury of the Gods'
  14. "HBO Max and the Future of DC's Extended Universe" - The Hollywood Reporter
  15. "Jenkins Developing Wonder Woman Spin-Off for the Amazons" - Newsarama
  16. - Angel Manuel Soto's Announcement
  17. [1]
  18. "Director Patty Jenkins: ‘Wonder Woman 3‘ Will Be a ‘Contemporary Story‘" - The Hollywood Reporter
  19. "‘Wonder Woman 3’ in the Works With Director Patty Jenkins" - Variety
  20. 20.0 20.1 DC Films Taps ‘Promising Young Woman’ Director Emerald Fennell to Write Zatanna Superhero Movie (EXCLUSIVE)
  21. "HBO and HBO Max Chief Details 'Game of Thrones' Expansion Plans" - The Hollywood Reporter
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