The DC Extended Universe (DCEU; early known as the DC Cinematic Universe) is a major media franchise and shared fictional universe that is the setting of many superhero films independently produced by DC Films, based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics. The shared universe of the films, much like the DC Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.
The first film to be released in the DC Extended Universe was Man of Steel (2013), followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017) and Justice League (2017). Numerous upcoming films are slated for release in the following years.
The films within the DC Extended Universe have received both critical and commercial success, and the franchise as a whole currently ranks as the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. Outside of feature films, the franchise has expanded into comic books, games, novels and others.
|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||Released|
| Batman v Superman:|
Dawn of Justice
|March 25, 2016||David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio||Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder|
|Suicide Squad||August 5, 2016||David Ayer||Charles Roven and Richard Suckle|
|Wonder Woman||June 2, 2017||Patty Jenkins||Geoff Johns and 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 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||Post-production|
|Shazam!||April 5, 2019||David F. Sandberg||Henry Gayden||Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke||Peter Safran|
|Wonder Woman 1984||November 1, 2019||Patty Jenkins||Development|
|Birds of Prey||February 7, 2020||Cathy Yan|
Comics that are set in the DC Extended Universe but are not regarded as canon.
Man of Steel (2013)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Justice League (2017)
Recurring cast and characters
Box office performance
|Box office gross||All-time Ranking||Budget||Ref(s)|
|U.S. and Canada||Other territories||Worldwide||U.S. and Canada||Worldwide|
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||March 25, 2016||$330,360,194||$543,274,725||$873,634,919||53||$250 million|
|Suicide Squad||August 5, 2016||$325,100,054||$421,746,840||$746,846,894||56||$175 million|
|Wonder Woman||June 2, 2017||$412,563,408||$409,283,604||$821,847,012||21||$149 million|
|Justice League||November 17, 2017||$229,024,295||$429,900,000||$658,924,295||140||$300 million|
|Man of Steel||55%||55||A-|
|Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice||27% (385 reviews)||44 (51 critics)||B|
|Suicide Squad||28% (341 reviews)||40 (53 critics)||B+|
|Wonder Woman||93% (395 reviews)||76 (50 critics)||A|
|Justice League||40% (321 reviews)||45 (52 critics)||B+|