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How to watch the DC Extended Universe movies in order

The Justice League (Gal Gadaot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher).
(Image credit: Warner Brothers)

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 DC Extended Universe in chronological order

  • Wonder Woman
  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • Man of Steel
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Suicide Squad
  • Justice League
  • The Snyder Cut
  • Aquaman
  • Shazam
  • Birds of Prey
  • The Suicide Squad

How to watch the DC Extended Universe 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) 
  • The Batman (2022)

What does the future of the DC Extended Universe 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. 

  • Black Adam, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, releasing  July 29, 2022
  • The Flash, directed by Andy Muschietti, releasing 2023
  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, directed by James Wan, releasing 2023
  • 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 is an entertainment Streaming Editor at IGN, which means she spends a lot of time analyzing and editing stories on things like Loki, Peacemaker, and The Witcher. In addition to her features and editorial work, she’s also a member of both the Television Critics Association and Critics Choice. A deep love of film and television has kept her happily in the entertainment industry for 7 years.