Is Batman DC or Marvel
DC Movies and Series: The Right Order of Superman and Co.
In addition to Marvel, there is a second major comic book publisher in the US that has been publishing superhero stories for decades. DC's portfolio (short for "Detective Comics") includes well-known characters such as Superman, Batman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern.
The film rights to the characters have always been with Warner, who have brought several very successful films to the cinema, e.g. 1978 "Superman" with Christopher Reeve, 1989 "Batman" by director Tim Burton or 2008 "The Dark Knight" by Christopher Nolan to name only the greatest hits.
But these films or film series do not yet belong to today's DC film universe, as they each tell stories that are independent of one another. The individual heroes do not yet meet each other and their environment is not connected either. So it doesn't matter whether you watch a Superman movie from the 70s first or "Batman Returns" from 1992.
This only changed in 2013 with "Man of Steel" by director Zack Snyder.
The connected DC universe in the cinema
Even if there were always plans for a cinema crossover of the DC characters (especially the figureheads Batman and Superman), it was probably only the huge success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that led to the project finally becoming concrete has been tackled.
In the meantime, nine films have been published whose stories take place in the same fictional world, today's DC Universe (unofficially also known as: DC Extended Universe, or DCEU for short). The most recent DCEU production "Wonder Woman 1984" has recently started, but only via the American streaming service HBO Max. A cinema release is currently pending in Germany See Sky Ticket.
After films like "Suicide Squad" and "Justice League" were literally torn apart by the critics and many comic fans barely let a good hair down on these DCEU flicks, DC / Warner was in a tight spot. Now they want to have found a solution to the problem: In the future there will be two different DC universes that should put a different focus on the films that appear in them.
The "DC Films Multiverse" is supposed to produce individual films that will not influence the other projects of the Multiverse. This includes, for example, "Joker" or "The Batman" planned for March 2022. The "DC Extended Universe", however, will continue to try to follow in the MCU's footsteps and create a continuous film universe with interdependent storylines. These include the two Wonder Woman films or the Justice League.
In the following we will treat the two film universes separately; from our point of view, mixing the two makes little sense. First you will find a list of the films and series of the continuous "DC Extended Universe" that have already been released. Then we list the individual films of the "DC Films Multiverse". Finally, you will find further planned projects for the coming years, as well as their classification in one of the two film universes.
DC Extended Universe - Movies by Release Date
In the following we list all films of the DC Extended Universe that have been released so far in the correct order. In brackets after that you will find a link to various streaming providers, provided that the title is available from one of these services as part of a flat rate.
- Man of Steel (2013) - Netflix
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Netflix, Joyn PLUS +
- Suicide Squad (2016) - Netflix, Joyn PLUS +
- Wonder Woman (2017) - Netflix
- Justice League (2017) - rent or buy digitally on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Sky
- Aquaman (2018) - Netflix
- Shazam! (2019) - Netflix
- Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn (2020) - Sky Ticket
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) - Sky Ticket
Also appeared in March 2021 "Zack Snyder's Justice League". This is a film version of the 2017 "Justice League", as planned by the original director of the film, Zack Snyder. Since March 18, the film, as well as Wonder Woman 1984, can be viewed on Sky Ticket. Snyder's version is canonically not part of the Extended Universe and should not have any influence on other films.
DC Films Multiverse - Films by release date
In addition to the DC Extended Universe, in which all films build on and influence each other, there is also the DC Films Multiverse. The focus here is on individual films that do not have to fit into the framework of a larger story and can differ so greatly in tone and genre. The films can be viewed without reference to one another and in any order.
So far, only one film has been released that is included in the film multiverse. However, other projects are already in progress.
- joker (2019) - borrow digitally on Sky Ticket
Chronology: These DC movies and series are coming next
The following DC titles have already been announced for the next few years, with postponements due to the coronavirus pandemic and the associated cinema closings and production stops (as of May 17, 2021):
- DC Extended Universe
- The Suicide Squad (August 06, 2021)
- Peacemaker, season 1 (January 2022) on HBO Max
- Black Adam (July 29, 2022)
- The Flash (November 04, 2022)
- Aquaman 2 (December 16, 2022)
- Green Lantern, Season 1 (2022)
- Batgirl (2022 at the earliest)
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods (June 02, 2023)
- Blue Beetle (2023 at the earliest)
- Hourman (2023 at the earliest)
- Supergirl (2024 at the earliest)
- Wonder Woman 3 (previously without date)
- DC Films Multiverse
- The Batman (March 04, 2022)
- Gotham PD, Season 1 (2023 at the earliest)
- Affiliation currently unknown
- Static shock (2023 at the earliest)
Other projects Warner is rumored to be working on include films and series about Nightwing, the Amazonians, Plastic Man, Lobo, and Superman.
There will also be series about Deadshot, the Justice League Dark Universe and the Gotham City Sirens, which are supposed to run on HBO Max. How the series will then be distributed in Germany is not yet known.
Why this order of DC films?
If you want to catch up on all previous films in the DC cinema universe, you should ideally do so in the order in which they were released.
Sorting according to the telling time makes little sense at this point in time. The "Wonder Woman" films are the only prequels so far whose framework story also begins chronologically correctly. This means that the DCEU has so far produced a uniformly narrated story.
"Aquaman" tells the story of the origin of the maritime hero and seems to ignore all previous films, so that at first glance the impression of a prequel could arise. But in one scene it is clearly stated that the events from "Justice League" should have happened before - the film "Aquaman", as a classic sequel, is located later in chronological order.
"Shazam!" renounced all too clear allusions to the previously established DC cosmos, but it is obvious that the story (with the exception of the flashbacks) takes place after the previous film plot.
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The plot of "Birds of Prey" also takes place quite regularly according to the previous stories. The main character Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) makes several references to the events of the previous films, above all "Suicide Squad".
"Wonder Woman 1984" then occurs again in the past, namely in 1984, the year that gave the title.
Should other films in production also tell stories that do not contradict the previous DCEU, there would be the possibility of an alternative sequence. We will take this into account in future updates of this article.
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