Regardless of which side of the fan spectrum you fall on for the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), it's impossible to ignore that it took a little bit to find its footing. Now that it has, you might find yourself wanting to revisit the good, the bad, and the ugly as we head into greener pastures!
As is the case with any comic book franchise, it can be hard to know where to start. That becomes even more true if you're looking to view them in chronological order rather than release. We've got the breakdown on how to watch regardless of which order you're hoping to check them out below!
How to watch the DCEU in chronological order
- Wonder Woman
- Wonder Woman 1984
- Man of Steel
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Suicide Squad
- Justice League
- The Snyder Cut
- Birds of Prey
- The Suicide Squad
How to watch the DCEU in release order
- Man of Steel (2013)
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
- Suicide Squad (2016)
- Wonder Woman (2017)
- Justice League (2017)
- Aquaman (2018)
- Shazam! (2019)
- Birds of Prey (2020)
- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
- The Snyder Cut (2021)
- The Suicide Squad (2021)
What does the future of the DCEU look like?
This is a complicated question depending on who you ask. Now that we've officially closed the Zack Snyder era of the DCEU, filmmakers like James Wan, Patty Jenkins and Jauma Collet-Serra will be at the helm of many of the franchise's future properties.
- The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, releasing March 4, 2022
- Black Adam, directed by Jauma Collet-Serra, releasing July 29, 2022
- The Flash, directed by Andy Muschietti, releasing November 4, 2022
- Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, directed by James Wan, releasing December 16, 2022
- Shazam! Fury of the Gods, directed by David F. Sandberg, releasing June 2, 2023
- Wonder Woman 3, directed by Patty Jenkins, release date TBA
Amelia Emberwing is the Entertainment Editor and lead critic here at What to Watch. She survives on a steady IV of caffeine, rants, pixie dust and fangirling, and will probably sass you. You can find her on Rotten Tomatoes as an individually approved critic. She's also a member of the Television Critics Association and GALECA.
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