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?
|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
|Man of Steel Prequel||1||May 18, 2013||David S. Goyer, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder (story) with Sterling Gates (script)||Jerry Ordway|