Complete List of DC Cinematic Universe Films and Release Dates

Marvel has got DC beat.  At least for now.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe, worked by Marvel Studios, has done something incredibly remarkable.  They have taken the notion of “continuity,” the ability to create a shared universe for different titles, over to the film world.  This has been a hallmark of comics for decades, where there is a common universe among all Marvel comics.  Now with films like Iron Man, the Avengers, and Ant-Man, there is a common universe where they will all interact.  This has created a web for viewers who will want to stay with this shared cinematic universe, and it really builds on what made the comics special.

DC, on the other hand, is just starting this.  Generally, DC characters have just been helmed in their own stories by different filmmakers.  For example, the Christopher Nolan interpretation of Batman with films like The Dark Knight are done in a cinematic world where the only character that exists is Batman and his “rogues gallery,” and there is certainly no way to work Superman in there.

The first film they began with to develop their DC Cinematic Universe was Man of Steel in 2013, yet we are still waiting for the second.  There is, however, a slate of films coming up, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad being the most visible films in the works.

So what films do we know are out, coming out, or on the slate?

The Films

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Story by Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
Man of Steel June 14, 2013 Zack Snyder David S. Goyer andChristopher Nolan David S. Goyer Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas andDeborah Snyder
Film U.S. release date Director(s) Story by Screenwriter(s) Producer(s) Status
Batman v Superman:
Dawn of Justice
March 25, 2016 Zack Snyder Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven Post-production
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 David Ayer Charles Roven andRichard Suckle Filming
Wonder Woman June 23, 2017 Patty Jenkins Jason Fuchs Geoff Johns, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven Pre-production
Justice League Part One November 17, 2017 Zack Snyder Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer Chris Terrio Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven
The Flash March 23, 2018 TBA Phil Lord and Christopher Miller TBA In development
Aquaman July 27, 2018 James Wan Kurt Johnstad Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven
Shazam April 5, 2019 TBA Darren Lemke TBA
Justice League Part Two June 14, 2019 Zack Snyder Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer Chris Terrio Deborah Snyder and Charles Roven
Cyborg April 3, 2020 TBA
Green Lantern Corps June 19, 2020
Untitled Batman film TBA Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Charles Roven

Comic Book Tie-Ins

Title Issue(s) Publication date(s) Writer(s) Artist(s)
Man of Steel Prequel 1 May 18, 2013 David S. Goyer, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder (story) with Sterling Gates (script)[42] Jerry Ordway[42]
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