DC movies are being released as fast as lightning (remind you of anyone?) to compete with Marvel’s jam-packed roster of superhero movies. 2016 saw the release of two DC movies within only a few months of each other. Warner Bros. will release two DC movies in 2017, as well.

I recently created a Marvel movie timeline to help newbies get acquainted with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Here, I’m creating a similar DC movies timeline for the DCEU (DC Extended Universe). I’ll cover what movie is released when, which superheroes are starring in which movies, which ones you can skip, and which DC movies are must-see.

Confused by the guide? Skip to the end for a primer on how to read Media Medusa’s guide to DC movies.

Man of Steel (2013)

 

Man of Steel / Warner Bros. Pictures

Do I need to see any movies before this one? No. It’s the beginning of the timeline.

Which superheroes are in it? Superman

Is there a mid- or post-credits scene? No.

Synopsis: Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.

Read our full review of Man of Steel.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

 

BATMAN v SUPERMAN

Do I need to see any movies before this one? No, but seeing Man of Steel before you see Batman v Superman will make some plot points clearer. You’ll still be able to catch on, if you skip Man of Steel, but it helps.

Which superheroes are in it? Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg

Is there a mid- or post-credits scene? No.

Synopsis: Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Read my full review on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Suicide Squad (2016)

 

Suicide Squad / Warner Bros.

Do I need to see any movies before this one? No. In fact, skip this one.

Which superheroes are in it? More like super-villains. Deadshot, Harley Quinn, The Joker, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Diablo, Enchantress. The Flash and Batman make brief appearances.

Is there a mid- or post-credits scene? Yes. Middle of credits.

Synopsis: A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.

Read our full review of Suicide Squad.

Wonder Woman (2017)

 

Wonder Woman WWI

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Do I need to see any movies before this one? No, but it helps to see Batman v Superman first.

Which superheroes are in it? Wonder Woman

Is there a mid- or post-credits scene? No.

Synopsis: Wonder Woman Wonder Woman is an origin story. Before she was , she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers, and her true destiny.

Read my full review of Wonder Woman.

Justice League (November 17, 2017)

Justice League Poster Comic-Con

Justice League Poster Comic-Con

We can only guess at what Justice League will be about, at this point. Details are thin on the ground. We know who’s starring in it: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Joker, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and Commissioner Gordon, to name a few.

The most recent trailer shows Steppenwolf, the right-hand man of Darkseid, wreaking havoc, which means folks from outer space are coming. It also teases the return of Superman.

Future Movies

DC and Warner Bros. keep shifting the dates and titles for movie releases after Justice League. As recently as the 2017 International Comic-Con in San Diego, more announcements were made. Here’s what we know right now.

  • TBA – July 27th, 2018
  • Aquaman – December 21, 2018
  • Shazam – April 5th, 2019
  • TBA – June 14th, 2019
  • The Flash – TBA
  • TBA – November 1st, 2019
  • TBA – February 14, 2020
  • Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020
  • TBA – June 5th, 2020
  • Green Lantern Corps – July 24th, 2020

In Development

DC and Warner Bros. have announced that movies about these superheroes and villains are in the works. Some are just rumored to be in development. Nothing is certain about any of them.

Frankly, I don’t think DC and Warner Bros. will be able to pull off the same kind of timeline as Marvel. This slate of movies is just too ambitious.

  • Gotham City Sirens
  • Nightwing
  • Batgirl
  • Suicide Squad 2
  • Justice League 2
  • Black Adam
  • Booster Gold
  • Deadshot
  • Lobo
  • Sandman
  • Dark Universe
  • Legion of Super-Heroes
  • How to Read Media Medusa’s DC Movies Guide

Title (Date) Simply the title of the movie and the date it was released.

Star Rating Our opinion of the movie, out of five stars.

Do I need to see… We let you know which Marvel movies to see before the one in question. You might not need to see any Marvel movies before some of them.

Which superheroes… Lists which superheroes or recurring characters are in the movie.

Is there a mid- or post-credits scene? Should you stick around for the credits? Find out whether there is another scene during or after the credits.

Synopsis Some background information, a synopsis and a short review of each movie.

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A breakdown of the DC movies timeline, beginning with Man of Steel.

A breakdown of the DC movies timeline, beginning with Man of Steel.