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DC Extended Universe
DC Extended Universe DCEU.jpg
DC Films logo
Based onCharacters published
by DC Comics
StarringSee below
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
CountryUnited States
BudgetTotal (7 films):
$1.359-1.399 billion
Box officeTotal (7 films):
$5.281 billion

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is an American media franchise and shared universe that is centered on a series of superhero movies, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics.


The shared universe, much like the original DC Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters. The movies have been in production since 2011 and in that time Warner Bros. has distributed four movies with more than ten in various stages of production. The series has grossed over $3 billion at the global box office, currently making it the seventeenth highest-grossing movie franchise.

The movies are written and directed by a variety of screenwriters and feature large, often ensemble, casts. Several actors, including Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher, are set to appear in numerous movies.

In May 2016, DC's chief creative officer Geoff Johns and Warner Bros. executive vice president Jon Berg were appointed to co-run the DC Films division and oversee creative decisions, production and story-arcs in order to create a cohesive overarching plot within the movies.


The first movie in the DCEU was Man of Steel (2013), which was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018) and Shazam! (2019) Birds of Prey (2020), future movies include Wonder Woman 1984 (2020),Zack Snyder's Justice League,The Batman (2021) and The Suicide Squad (2021).

Other projects are also in many stages of development, including Justice League Dark, Flashpoint, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, a Justice League sequel, a second Superman solo movie, a solo Batman movie and untitled solo movies for Black Adam and Nightwing.

Box office money made

Film U.S. release date Box office gross All-time Ranking Budget Ref(s)
U.S. and Canada Other territories Worldwide U.S. and Canada Worldwide
Man of Steel June 14, 2013 $291,045,518 $377,000,000 $668,045,518 92 124 $225 million [2]
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice March 25, 2016 $330,360,194 $543,274,275 $873,634,919 62 64 $250 million [3]
Suicide Squad August 5, 2016 $325,100,054 $421,746,840 $746,846,894 65 101 $175 million [4]
Wonder Woman June 2, 2017 $412,563,408 $409,283,604 $821,847,012 27 76 $149 million [5]
Justice League November 17, 2017 $229,024,295 $428,900,000 $657,924,295 151 127 $300 million [6]
Aquaman December 21, 2018 $335,061,807 $813,100,000 $1,148,161,807 57 21 $160-200 million [7]
Shazam! April 5, 2019 $140,371,656 $224,200,000 $364,571,656 409 341 $100 million [8]
Birds of prey January 29,2020 $201,900,000 $90 million Total $Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Gapnum' not found. $Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Gapnum' not found. $Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Gapnum' not found. 17 17 $1.359-1.399 billion [9]


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