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DC Extended Universe
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Starring See below
  • DC Films
  • RatPac Entertainment
  • Atlas Entertainment
  • Cruel and Unusual Films
  • Legendary Entertainment
  • Syncopy Inc.
  • Tencent Pictures
  • Wanda Pictures
  • Pearl Street Films
  • New Line Cinema
  • Seven Bucks Productions
  • LuckyChap Entertainment
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) 2013–present
Country United States
Language English
Budget Total (7 films):
$1.359-1.399 billion
Money made Total (7 films):
$5.281 billion

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is an American media franchise and shared universe that is centered on a series of superhero movies, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics.


The shared universe, much like the original DC Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters. The movies have been in production since 2011 and in that time Warner Bros. has distributed four movies with more than ten in various stages of production. The series has grossed over $3 billion at the global box office, currently making it the seventeenth highest-grossing movie franchise.

The movies are written and directed by a variety of screenwriters and feature large, often ensemble, casts. Several actors, including Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher, are set to appear in numerous movies.

In May 2016, DC's chief creative officer Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. executive vice president Jon Berg were appointed to co-run the DC Films division and oversee creative decisions, production and story-arcs in order to create a cohesive overarching plot within the movies.


The first movie in the DCEU was Man of Steel (2013), which was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018) and Shazam! (2019) Birds of Prey (2020), future movies include Wonder Woman 1984 (2020),Zack Snyder's Justice League,The Batman (2021) and The Suicide Squad (2021).

Other projects are also in many stages of development, including Justice League Dark, Flashpoint, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, a Justice League sequel, a second Superman solo movie, a solo Batman movie and untitled solo movies for Black Adam and Nightwing.


Film U.S. release date Director Screenwriter(s) Story by Producer(s)
Man of Steel June 14, 2013 (2013-06-14) 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 (2016-03-25) Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 (2016-08-05) David Ayer Charles Roven and Richard Suckle
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 (2017-06-02) 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 (2017-11-17) Zack Snyder Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns
Aquaman December 21, 2018 (2018-12-21) 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 (2019-04-05) David F. Sandberg Henry Gayden Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke Peter Safran
Birds of Prey February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07) Cathy Yan Christina Hodson Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless and Sue Kroll
Wonder Woman 1984 December 25, 2020 (2020-12-25) Patty Jenkins Patty Jenkins & Geoff Johns
and David 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 (2021-03-18) Zack Snyder Chris Terrio Chris Terrio & Zack Snyder
and Will Beall
Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder
The Suicide Squad August 5, 2021 (2021-08-05) James Gunn Charles Roven and Peter Safran

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