DC Movies in Order: Chronological & Release Date

Even though full of potential, the track record of DCEU(DC Extended Universe) hasn’t been too good when it comes to live-action movies. One of the downsides that DC Studios has is the lack of a continuation in their series of events, resulting in a shattered and here-and-there movie universe. In spite of this fact, DC movies do have a certain chronology to them, and as James Gunn has already stated, he is working in full force to make DC live-action movie storylines as good as their animated universe storyline, you might want to catch up on what has been happening in the DCEU so far before the new rebooted DCU comes knocking on our doors with the Blue Beetle movie.

So in this article let me help you out to navigate through all the DC movies in Order!

DC Movies in Release Date Order

First, let’s see how to watch DC movies in release date order based on when DC movies were released.

MoviesRelease Date
Man of SteelJune 14, 2013
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of JusticeMarch 25, 2016
Suicide SquadAugust 5, 2016
Wonder WomanJune 2, 2017
AquamanDecember 21, 2018
Shazam!April 5, 2019
Birds of PreyFebruary 7, 2020
Wonder Woman 1984December 25, 2020
Zack Snyder’s Justice LeagueMarch 18, 2021
The Suicide SquadAugust 6, 2021
Black AdamOctober 21, 2022
Shazam! Fury of GodsMarch 17, 2023
The FlashJune 16, 2023
Blue BeetleAugust 18, 2023

DC Movies in Chronological Order

Now that you know how to watch DC movies in order of release date, here is another order to watch all DC movies – in chronological order.

1. Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman

Even though Gal Gadot’s wonder woman made her first appearance in Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, her second appearance in her standalone Wonder Woman movie is set during the World War era making her the first Demi-God in the current DCEU, as well as the first superhero to appear in DCEU if we look at it chronologically.

Wonder Woman revolves around Diana who lives on an uncharted and hidden island named Themyscera along with her tribe of warrior women called the Amazons. Steve Trevor, a US spy accidentally crash-landed on Themyscera followed by German soldiers causing a huge standoff between Amazons and Germans. These events are followed by Diana and Steve going to London on a mission to stop the World War.

  • Release Date: June 2, 2017
  • Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Lynda Carter, Connie Nielson, David Thewlis
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 21 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.4/ 93%

2. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 is a period piece set in the year 1984 where Diana is still recovering from the loss of Steve. We see the origin of one of Wonder Woman’s greatest enemies, Cheetah, along with Maxwell Lord. This movie is set before any other DC Extended Universe superhero hence its prequel falls before any other DC movie when you set all the DC movies in order

  • Release Date: December 25, 2020
  • Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Lynda Carter, Connie Nielson, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 31 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5.4/58%

3. Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel

Man of Steel was the movie that kickstarted the DC Extended Universe with the introduction of one of the most loved superheroes out there, Superman. This movie introduced Henry Cavill as Superman along with some of the most iconic Superman characters like Lois Lane and General Zod. Man of Steel starts off with the destruction of Krypton, Superman’s home planet, after which he was raised by the Kents. We see the character development of Clark Kent as a human being and Superman’s development of becoming a symbol of hope for the people of Earth.

  • Release Date: June 14, 2013
  • Cast: Henry Cavill, Russel Crowe, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diana Lane, Kevin Costner
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 23 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.1/56%

4. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman vs. Superman drew inspiration from the comic run of The Dark Knight Returns and Death of Superman where Batman and Superman battle each other over a conflict of ideas in the former comic title and Superman dies in the latter one. If we look at all the DC movies in order, this movie takes place eighteen months after the events of Man of Steel, and Bruce Wayne, or Batman is not in favor of being a superhero as powerful as Superman roaming free across the world.

This movie also introduces us to some of the most well-known characters in DC comics. We are introduced to The Flash played by Ezra Miller, Wonder Woman played by Gal Gadot, Aquaman played by Jason Momoa, and Cyborg played by Ray Fisher. We also meet Alfred Pennyworth played by Jeremy Irons, Batman’s trustworthy butler and the only family he has left. DC fans are also shown the live-action adaptation of Doomsday, the monster who kills Superman.

  • Release Date: March 25, 2016
  • Cast: Ben Afflick, Henry Cavill, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Runtime: 3 Hours 3 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.4/ 29%

5. Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad

The first Suicide Squad movie was set almost after a year of Batman vs. Superman in a world where Superman is dead. The movie also features a cameo by Ben Affleck’s Batman. The Suicide Squad revolves around a group of dangerous criminals and supervillains recruited by Amanda Waller played by Viola Davis, officially named the Task Force X, to undertake seemingly impossible missions.

The Suicide Squad features an all-star cast with Will Smith playing Deadshot, Margot Robbie making her first-ever appearance on screen as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, and Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang. This movie also introduces us to Jared Leto’s take on the iconic role of the Joker.

  • Release Date: August 5, 2016
  • Cast: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Will Smith, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Ben Affleck, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara
  • Director: David Ayer
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 14 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5.9/26%

6. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

Zack Snyder's Justice League

The first take on the most renowned superhero team of DC, the Justice League, first came in 2017 but suffered a heavy flashback due to excessive missing scenes in the movie as well as poor CGI. After a massive online campaign, in the year 2021, the original concept of the Justice League, which is essentially how Zack Snyder wanted the Justice League to be made, was released under the title of Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

This movie contains an all-star cast which was shown to us in Batman vs. Superman, we once again see Batman played by Ben Afflick, Superman played by Henry Cavill, The Flash played by Ezra Miller, Wonder Woman played by Gal Gadot, Aquaman played by Jason Momoa, and Cyborg played by Ray Fisher along with Alfred Pennyworth played by Jeremy Irons. In this movie, we see Batman assembling a team of superheroes to stand against an imminent threat in the face of Steppenwolf and his Parademons. We also get a look at Darkside, DC’s ultimate supervillain.

The movie is a whopping 4 hours and 2 minutes long but every second of it is worth the watch. The visually stunning sets as well as Zack Snyder’s signature cinematic style makes this movie an experience in itself.

  • Release Date: March 18, 2021
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Connie Nielsen
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Runtime: 4 Hours 2 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.9/72%

7. Aquaman (2018)


Aquaman is the first-ever solo movie done by Jason Momoa as Aquaman. If we look at DC movies in order, the events of Aquaman take place after a year of the events of Justice League and give us a deeper look and understanding of Aquaman’s origin. This movie revolves around the story of Aquaman’s rise as the king of Atlantis as well as his attempt to protect Atlantis. We also get to see one of the most iconic Aquaman villains who is also his arch-nemesis, Black Manta.

  • Release Date: December 21, 2018
  • Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Dolph Lundgren,Temura Morrison, Ludi Lin
  • Director: James Wan
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 23 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.8/65%

8. Shazam! (2019)


One of the few characters in DC who wield the power of magic is Shazam. Shazam is an orphaned child named Billy Batson who is chosen by an ancient wizard to be his champion, granting him mystical powers whenever Billy says the word ” Shazam”. In the comics, when Billy says the word and turns into an adult superhero, he takes up the appearance of his late father. This is because the spell that turns Billy into a superhero, gives him the form of the person he adores the most.

Shazam is mostly a standalone movie but does contain certain references to other DC superheroes and a faceless cameo of Superman by the end of the movie, referencing the friendship between Superman and Shazam in DC comics.

  • Release Date: April 5, 2019
  • Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, Jack Dylan Grazer
  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 21 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7/ 90%

9. Birds of Prey (2020)

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is another standalone film from DCEU. This movie takes place almost after 4 years of the events of Suicide Squad and revolves around Harley Quinn dealing with her breakup with the Joker. While still in her struggle of moving on from the Joker, she crosses paths with Roman Sionis, a crime lord. She is seen standing against Sionis to protect a young pickpocket named Cassandra Caine while forming an alliance with a disgraced cop named Renne Montoya, a vigilante who calls herself the Huntress, and Dinah Lance also known as Black Canary.

  • Release Date: February 7, 2020
  • Cast: Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett, Ella Jay Basco
  • Director: Cathy Yan
  • Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.1/78%
DC Movies in Order: Chronological & Release Date

10. Shazam! Fury of Gods (2023)

Shazam! Fury of Gods

Shazam! Fury of Gods is a direct continuation of the first installment of the movie. This movie takes place after 2 years when the Batson siblings, who now have mystical powers are eventually growing up and Billy is bothered by the thought of them being separated from him. We see him trying to hold the family together but constantly failing to do so. Meanwhile, a new threat starts to surface against Billy and his siblings where three goddesses are trying to drain them of their powers and take over the planet Earth. As of now, it’s uncertain if Zachery Levi’s take on Shazam will make it to the newly rebooted DCU.

  • Release Date: March 17, 2023
  • Cast: Rachel Zegler, Gracy Caroline Currey, Marta Milans, Zachery Levi, Lucy Liu, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Meagan Good, Ross Butler, Helen Miller, D.J Cotrona, Djimon Hounsou, Jovan Armand, Faithe Herman
  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 10 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6/49%

11. The Suicide Squad (2021)

The Suicide Squad

A loosely tied sequel to the earlier Suicide Squad, this version of the franchise is a new take on Task Force X and is directed by James Gunn. This DC movie does include certain characters that were previously seen in the franchise like Amanda Waller, Captain Boomerang, and Harley Quinn but the general storyline revolves mostly around Bloodsport and Peacemaker.

Even though the movie is largely disconnected from the ongoing storyline of the DCU it does contain a major easter egg in the form of the main villain of the movie, Starro the Conqueror. He is an intergalactic mind-controlling alien who was the first ever villain the Justice League fought in the original comic-book series.

  • Release Date: August 6, 2021
  • Cast: Margot Robbie, Daniela Melchior, John Cena, Idris Elba, Pete Davidson, Jennifer Holland, Joel Kinnaman, Storm Reid, Sean Gunn, David Dastmalchian, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 12 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.2/ 90%

12. Black Adam (2022)

Black Adam

Black Adam was meant to introduce a brand new set of superheroes into the DCU but sadly, was unable to perform that well and also received a lot of negative reviews all over the world. Also, the fact that now James Gunn has taken over the direction of the upcoming DCU, it is highly unlikely that we will get to see Dwyane Johnson as Black Adam again. Now, if we talk about where Black Adam fits in if we put DC movies in order of their timeline, the events of Black Adam take place after Justice League and Suicide Squad.

  • Release Date: October 21, 2022
  • Cast: Dwane Johnson, Sarah Shahi, Pierce Brosnan, Noah Centineo, Quintessa Swindell, Aldis Hodge, Jeniffer Holland, Odelya Halevi, Marwan Kenzari
  • Director: Jaume Collet- Serra
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 5 Minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating:6.3/ 38%

13. The Flash (2023)

The Flash

The Flash is the last project of DC under the banner of DC Extended Universe which follows Barry Allen, who while using his superspeed, discovers that he can travel back in time by tapping into the speed force. Barry uses his powers to go back in time and save his mom from dying but because of this small change in the series of events, everything changes in the world and now it’s up to Barry to fix the timeline.

In this movie we see Ezra Miller returning for his role as the Flash, even after the controversies surrounding him. We also witness a historical moment where Michael Keaton reprises his role of Batman and Sasha Callie takes up the role of Super Girl.

  • Release Date: June 16, 2023
  • Cast: Ezra Miller, Ben Affleck, Michael Keaton, Sasha Calle, Kiersey Clemons, Michale Shannon, Maribel Verdú, Ron Livingston
  • Director: Andy Muschietti 
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 24 minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.9/ 64%

14. Blue Beetle (2023)

Blue Beetle

Kickstarting the brand new DCU under James Gunn’s wing, Blue Beetle is going to be the first superhero of DCU. Blue Beetle revolves around a freshly graduated young boy named Jaime Reyes who stumbles upon an ancient symbiotic bioweapon called the Scarab. The Scarab, chooses Jaime as its host and binds itself to his nervous system granting him an indestructible suit of armor and powers beyond compare. This movie explores themes that are new to DC movies like light heartedness, family, and humor.

  • Release Date: August 18, 2023
  • Cast: Xolo Maridueña, Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, Raoul Trujillo, Becky G
  • Director: Ángel Manuel Soto
  • Runtime: 2 Hours 7 minutes
  • IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.9/ 83%

If you found this article interesting you might also want to check out our another article covering the chronology of the complete Marvel Universe! Here’s how to watch Marvel Movies in Order .

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