The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is an American media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, distributed by Warner Bros. and produced by DC Films, based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics. The shared universe, much like the original DC Universe in comic books, will be established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters. The films are and will be written and directed by a variety of individuals and feature large, often ensemble, casts. Many of the actors, including Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa and Ray Fisher, are set to star in numerous films. The franchise has been in production since 2013, and in that time Warner Bros. has distributed three films with at least more in various stages in production.