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The DC Cinematic Universe is a combined setting produced by Creator/DCComics (as the unofficial name suggests). It is distributed by Creator/WarnerBros, the company that owns the rights to all DC franchises. As you might have guessed from the name, [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent this setting was created as a way for DC to]] [[DuelingMovies compete against]] Creator/{{Marvel}}'s own [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse shared movie universe]].

The 2011 movie ''Film/GreenLantern'', starring Creator/RyanReynolds and directed by Creator/MartinCampbell, was supposed to be the start of the franchise, but this plan was cancelled once the film got mostly negative reviews from both critics and audiences and [[BoxOfficeBomb bombed at the box office]]. The franchise truly began in 2013 with ''Film/ManOfSteel'', a ContinuityReboot of the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' film series, starring Creator/HenryCavill and directed by Creator/ZackSnyder. It became one of the most successful movies of the year, and it still got more positive reviews than ''Green Lantern'' in spite of receiving an odd mixture of both a BrokenBase and CriticalDissonance. During post-production of ''Man of Steel'', Warner Bros. took note of the success of ''Film/TheAvengers'' and began to work toward creating a shared universe over the course of several films (which was already set in motion by alluding to [=LexCorp=] and Wayne Industries in the form of Easter Eggs).

Thus, Zack Snyder was signed on to direct both the quasi-sequel, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (originally slated for a 2015 release), and later ''Justice League'' (originally slated for a 2018 release). Creator/BenAffleck was cast as Franchise/{{Batman}}, and later [[Franchise/TheFastAndTheFurious Gal Gadot]] was cast as ComicBook/WonderWoman. ''Batman v. Superman''[='s=] release date was then moved up to May 6, 2016, the same date as ''Captain America 3'', and then down to March 25 of the same year. Warner Brothers had also [[http://www.deadline.com/2014/08/batman-v-superman-new-release-date-warner-bros-dc/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter announced]] [[http://www.thewrap.com/warner-bros-blinks-in-marvel-showdown-batman-v-superman-avoids-captain-america-3/ plans]] for ''ten'' films for release between 2016 and early 2020, including ''Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'' and ''Justice League'' somewhere along the line. There are also rumors of several ''Justice League'' sequels after Part One and Part Two, as well as more stand-alone movies featuring members of the Justice League and new properties entirely.

So far, Zack Snyder seems to be the leading creative force behind the universe, having been assigned to four movies in total. ''Suicide Squad'' is being helmed by David Ayer, fresh off of ''Fury''. ''Wonder Woman'' will be directed by ''Series/BreakingBad'' director Michelle [=MacLaren=], which (like having a female-led superhero film) would be an exception to most of the superhero movies currently on the market. A hypothetical sequel to this film is rumored to be in discussion. Two scripts for the ''Aquaman'' movie [[http://screenrant.com/aquaman-movie-2-scripts/ are being written]] by Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad, with the better one being utilized and the lesser one having some degree of an impact on the other script. Standalone movies starring Batman and Superman are also on the way, with currently unknown placement at this time.

Before the multi-film announcement in August 2014 and the subsequent bits of news regarding ''Shazam'', ''Wonder Woman'', and ''Aquaman'', a June 2014 leak revealed that Warner Bros. was planning films would not just feature ''Superman'' and ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' characters, but characters from the ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}''[[note]]a movie was rumored to be released in July 2016[[/note]], ''ComicBook/TheSandman''[[note]]a movie was rumored to be released in December 2016[[/note]], ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}''[[note]]a movie was rumored to be released in May 2017[[/note]], ''Franchise/WonderWoman''[[note]]a movie was rumored to be released in July 2017[[/note]], ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', and ''Franchise/TheFlash'' comic series[[note]]the last two characters were slated to get a crossover film akin to ''Dawn Of Justice'' to be released in December 2017[[/note]]. The rumor also stated that Superman would be getting another standalone movie in 2018, and that Batman would get his first standalone title in this series in 2019. Though the three-films-per-year format has been abandoned for what appears to be a more modest two-films-per-year schedule, and that some projects seem to have been shelved in favor of others (for the time being), the rumor did provide some insight on what's on the horizon for the setting.[[note]]The schedule was as follows: ''Shazam'' (July 2016), ''The Sandman'' (December 2016), ''Justice League'' (May 2017), ''Wonder Woman'' (July 2017), ''Green Lantern/The Flash'' (December 2017), and ''Man of Steel 2''; ''The Batman'' (2019) was added to the list at a later point in time.[[/note]]

The possibility of creating a movie based on ''The Sandman'' seems to be much more likely after years of DevelopmentHell, and the project currently has Creator/JosephGordonLevitt attached. A number of other Vertigo works are also in discussion to make potential films, including ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' and ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''. Creator/GuillermoDelToro [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Guillermo-del-Toro-Confirms-Dark-Universe-Movie-Talks-DC-Cinematic-Universe-34969.html has also said]] he's developing a film tentatively titled ''Dark Universe'', featuring ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' characters such as [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]], ComicBook/TheSpectre, ComicBook/SwampThing, ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} the Demon, and ComicBook/{{Deadman}}. The news broke months before ''Man of Steel'' even premiered, and it's likely that it will be part of the same setting once officially announced by Warner Bros.[[note]]Which may not be for some time as Del Toro is known for his ''many'' projects in development, like an adaptation of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'', a ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' TV series and now a ''Film/PacificRim'' sequel.[[/note]] As of 2014 Del Toro [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Guillermo-Del-Toro-Willing-Use-NBC-Constantine-Justice-League-Dark-66707.html has said]] ''Dark Universe'' will not conflict with the upcoming ''Series/{{Constantine}}'' TV series on Creator/{{NBC}}, and he's open to sharing continuity with it or at least using the same lead actor.

Creator/GeoffJohns [[http://screenrant.com/dc-comics-movies-tv-shows-multiverse/ has confirmed that]] the influx of DC shows that are airing on television will take place in their own AlternateContinuity, but he also mentioned the possibility of eventual crossovers between the shows and films. Creator/NeilGaiman [[http://screenrant.com/sandman-warner-bros-dc-vertigo-upcoming-list/ also confirmed]] that any movies based on works published by Creator/VertigoComics are being treated as their own thing, although the possibility of a ''Justice League Dark'' movie could lead to some sort of crossover.

'''Released films in this setting:'''
[[index]]
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (June 14, 2013)
[[/index]]

'''Films officially in-development:'''
[[index]]
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (March 25, 2016)
* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' (August 5th, 2016)
* ''Wonder Woman'' (June 23rd, 2017)
* ''The Justice League Part One'' (November 17th, 2017)
* ''The Flash'' (March 23rd, 2018)
* ''Aquaman'' (July 27th, 2018)
* ''Shazam'' (April 5th, 2019)
* ''The Justice League Part Two'' (June 14th, 2019)
* ''Cyborg'' (April 3rd, 2020)
* ''Green Lantern'' (June 19th, 2020)
* ''Superman'' (TBA)
* ''The Batman'' (TBA)
* ''Justice League Dark'' (TBA)
[[/index]]

'''Properties being discussed for potential films:'''
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' ([[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/teen-titans-growing-up-at-137584 source]])
* ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' ([[http://www.mtv.com/news/1592718/green-arrow-plans-jail-break-with-help-from-joker-lex-luthor-in-upcoming-film/ source]])
* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}'' ([[http://deadline.com/2012/04/warner-bros-sets-brad-peyton-to-helm-lobo-the-dc-comics-alien-bounty-hunter-259476/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'' ([[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/05/hawkman-movie-plans-revealed-a-bit-like-these-other-popular-movies/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' ([[http://www.vulture.com/2012/06/barry-sonnenfelds-secret-comic-book-movie-is.html?mid=twitter_vulture source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}'' ([[http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/david-goyer-developing-dc-comics-films-like-suicide-squad-more/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'' ([[http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/david-goyer-developing-dc-comics-films-like-suicide-squad-more/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' ([[http://screenrant.com/sandman-movie-script-update-gaiman/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' ([[http://screenrant.com/fables-comic-book-movie-adaptation/ source]])
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!!Tropes present across the various movies:
* AlternateContinuity:
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', although critically-acclaimed and financially successful, is not a part of this franchise - in part due to the glaring continuity problems that introducing fantastic elements into a largely-grounded continuity would create. As such, Batman was recast. Creator/ChristianBale has indicated that he prefers to have a new actor playing Batman for the DCCU.
** As mentioned above, 2011's ''Film/GreenLantern'' '''was''' supposed to be the start of this film series, but has since been thrown into CanonDiscontinuity by its own financial and critical disappointment.
** The TV shows ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' do take place in the same continuity as each other, but it has been confirmed to be in a separate continuity to the films by DC's Creator/GeoffJohns. However, since Johns used the term "{{multiverse}}" to describe the TV shows and the films, it has been speculated that they will eventually cross over.
* BigBad: ''Man of Steel'' had Zod. ''Dawn of Justice'' will have Lex Luthor. ''Justice League'' is rumored to have [[spoiler:Brainiac]] take this role.
* ContinuityOverlap:
** Initially, it was said that Warner Bros. executives hadn't decided if all of the movies they have planned will fit into the same continuity, though it's likely that they will to generate interest through {{Crossover}}s. Nonetheless, it is highly likely that films featuring key members of the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and others) will take place in the same universe that ''Man of Steel'' is set in. It now appears that ''all'' of the movies will share a continuity, though it will not be connected to any of DC's television shows (unlike Marvel's recent actions to cross their cinematic universe over with their TV/Netflix shows).
** However, ''[[http://uproxx.com/gammasquad/2014/09/shazam-may-not-tie-into-justice-league-movie/ Shazam]]'' seems to be an interesting case - the movie does not seem to tie in with ''Justice League'' officially, but it's still a part of Warner Bros.'s planned 9 films. It has yet to be confirmed if it will share the universe that the other films are setting up.
** Another point of note is that this film series will {{def|ied Trope}}y the problem of [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal trouble between franchises]] that Marvel has had (with major franchises split between [[Creator/{{Disney}} three]] [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox major]] [[Creator/{{Sony}} companies]]) - Warner Bros. owns all of the properties, giving them a potential edge over their competition.
* CrisisCrossover: ''Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'' and ''Justice League'' are two confirmed titles to feature a major crossover, with more ''Justice League'' sequels likely to come along the way.
* DarkerAndEdgier: More along the lines of "more serious and more grounded" than previous movies featuring these characters.
* FollowTheLeader: As mentioned above, this is DC's AlternateCompanyEquivalent to the MCU.
** Part of the reason the ''Justice League'' movie even got off the ground was due to the massive success of ''Film/TheAvengers''.
** Ditto for the ''Suicide Squad'' movie, since it's a lesser-known property about a ragtag group of anti-heroes forced to work for the good guys. [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Sound familiar?]]
* PeriodPiece: The ''Wonder Woman'' movie is rumored to be set in the 1920s, and a rumored follow-up would take place in the 1940s.
* RaceLift: Done in part for AbilityOverAppearance and to appeal to a wider audience.
** In the comics, Perry White is, well, White. Starting with ''Man of Steel'', he's played by Black actor Creator/LaurenceFishburne.
** In the comics, Aquaman is White. In these movies, he's played by Jason Momoa, a person of Pacific Islander and Native American descent ([[ButNotTooForeign with some White heritage on his mother's side]]).
** Mercy Graves, a white blonde woman in the comics and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', is played by Japanese actress Tao Okamoto.
** Deadshot, a white guy in the comics, is played by WillSmith.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Surprisingly averted with Batman, who has been known to appear prominently in most DC adaptations (often at the expense of other characters). He has only been confirmed to appear in three movies so far (''Dawn of Justice'' and both parts of the ''Justice League'' duology), where he serves as a {{Deuteragonist}} and a part of an ensemble of heroes respectively. This may be part of an effort to try and phase out the public's overfamilarity with the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan movies]] before truly establishing anything standalone with the character. A solo movie with the character is planned for an unspecified time, but it will most likely come out after the release of ''The Justice League Part One''.
* ThrowTheDogABone: On a meta level, these movies have been helpful to actors and characters.
** Henry Cavill was '''[[ButtMonkey infamous]]''' from getting snubbed on getting major roles from various studios in favor of other actors, most notably by Creator/RobertPattinson for the role as Edward Cullen in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' film series (which even surprised series creator Creator/StephenieMeyer, who initially thought that Cavill fit the bill better). That all changed when Zack Snyder hired him to play Superman.
** Wonder Woman ''finally'' getting to appear in a live-action film after years of the movie project going nowhere - especially considering that Warner Bros. executives were on the fence about letting her have a movie, leading to the now infamous Tweet from Brett White about how DC didn't want to do Wonder Woman because it was too confusing, while Marvel was working on ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which has a racoon using machine guns. Taken even further once it was confirmed that she would be getting a standalone film ''before'' Marvel could release a female-led movie.[[note]]Marvel announced a [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] movie starring [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]], though it is due to be released after the Wonder Woman film[[/note]]
* TheUnmasquedWorld: The events of ''Man of Steel'' completely and utterly obliterated the {{Masquerade}} with the Battle of Metropolis - and as such, more super-powered individuals and vigilantes are making their presence more known as a result.
* UrbanLegend: What Batman apparently is in this continuity, at least before the events of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. This could potentially apply to other characters, particularly Wonder Woman and Aquaman, given that the {{Masquerade}} was apparently in effect.
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The DC Cinematic Universe is a combined setting produced by Creator/DCComics (as the unofficial name suggests). It is distributed by Creator/WarnerBros, the company that owns the rights to all DC franchises. As you might have guessed from the name, [[AlternateCompanyEquivalent this setting was created as a way for DC to]] [[DuelingMovies compete against]] Creator/{{Marvel}}'s own [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse shared movie universe]].

The 2011 movie ''Film/GreenLantern'', starring Creator/RyanReynolds and directed by Creator/MartinCampbell, was supposed to be the start of the franchise, but this plan was cancelled once the film got mostly negative reviews from both critics and audiences and [[BoxOfficeBomb bombed at the box office]]. The franchise truly began in 2013 with ''Film/ManOfSteel'', a ContinuityReboot of the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' film series, starring Creator/HenryCavill and directed by Creator/ZackSnyder. It became one of the most successful movies of the year, and it still got more positive reviews than ''Green Lantern'' in spite of receiving an odd mixture of both a BrokenBase and CriticalDissonance. During post-production of ''Man of Steel'', Warner Bros. took note of the success of ''Film/TheAvengers'' and began to work toward creating a shared universe over the course of several films (which was already set in motion by alluding to [=LexCorp=] and Wayne Industries in the form of Easter Eggs).

Thus, Zack Snyder was signed on to direct both the quasi-sequel, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (originally slated for a 2015 release), and later ''Justice League'' (originally slated for a 2018 release). Creator/BenAffleck was cast as Franchise/{{Batman}}, and later [[Franchise/TheFastAndTheFurious Gal Gadot]] was cast as ComicBook/WonderWoman. ''Batman v. Superman''[='s=] release date was then moved up to May 6, 2016, the same date as ''Captain America 3'', and then down to March 25 of the same year. Warner Brothers had also [[http://www.deadline.com/2014/08/batman-v-superman-new-release-date-warner-bros-dc/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter announced]] [[http://www.thewrap.com/warner-bros-blinks-in-marvel-showdown-batman-v-superman-avoids-captain-america-3/ plans]] for ''ten'' films for release between 2016 and early 2020, including ''Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice'' and ''Justice League'' somewhere along the line. There are also rumors of several ''Justice League'' sequels after Part One and Part Two, as well as more stand-alone movies featuring members of the Justice League and new properties entirely.

So far, Zack Snyder seems to be the leading creative force behind the universe, having been assigned to four movies in total. ''Suicide Squad'' is being helmed by David Ayer, fresh off of ''Fury''. ''Wonder Woman'' will be directed by ''Series/BreakingBad'' director Michelle [=MacLaren=], which (like having a female-led superhero film) would be an exception to most of the superhero movies currently on the market. A hypothetical sequel to this film is rumored to be in discussion. Two scripts for the ''Aquaman'' movie [[http://screenrant.com/aquaman-movie-2-scripts/ are being written]] by Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad, with the better one being utilized and the lesser one having some degree of an impact on the other script. Standalone movies starring Batman and Superman are also on the way, with currently unknown placement at this time.

Before the multi-film announcement in August 2014 and the subsequent bits of news regarding ''Shazam'', ''Wonder Woman'', and ''Aquaman'', a June 2014 leak revealed that Warner Bros. was planning films would not just feature ''Superman'' and ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' characters, but characters from the ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}''[[note]]a movie was rumored to be released in July 2016[[/note]], ''ComicBook/TheSandman''[[note]]a movie was rumored to be released in December 2016[[/note]], ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}''[[note]]a movie was rumored to be released in May 2017[[/note]], ''Franchise/WonderWoman''[[note]]a movie was rumored to be released in July 2017[[/note]], ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', and ''Franchise/TheFlash'' comic series[[note]]the last two characters were slated to get a crossover film akin to ''Dawn Of Justice'' to be released in December 2017[[/note]]. The rumor also stated that Superman would be getting another standalone movie in 2018, and that Batman would get his first standalone title in this series in 2019. Though the three-films-per-year format has been abandoned for what appears to be a more modest two-films-per-year schedule, and that some projects seem to have been shelved in favor of others (for the time being), the rumor did provide some insight on what's on the horizon for the setting.[[note]]The schedule was as follows: ''Shazam'' (July 2016), ''The Sandman'' (December 2016), ''Justice League'' (May 2017), ''Wonder Woman'' (July 2017), ''Green Lantern/The Flash'' (December 2017), and ''Man of Steel 2''; ''The Batman'' (2019) was added to the list at a later point in time.[[/note]]

The possibility of creating a movie based on ''The Sandman'' seems to be much more likely after years of DevelopmentHell, and the project currently has Creator/JosephGordonLevitt attached. A number of other Vertigo works are also in discussion to make potential films, including ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' and ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''. Creator/GuillermoDelToro [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Guillermo-del-Toro-Confirms-Dark-Universe-Movie-Talks-DC-Cinematic-Universe-34969.html has also said]] he's developing a film tentatively titled ''Dark Universe'', featuring ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' characters such as [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]], ComicBook/TheSpectre, ComicBook/SwampThing, ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}, ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} the Demon, and ComicBook/{{Deadman}}. The news broke months before ''Man of Steel'' even premiered, and it's likely that it will be part of the same setting once officially announced by Warner Bros.[[note]]Which may not be for some time as Del Toro is known for his ''many'' projects in development, like an adaptation of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'', a ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' TV series and now a ''Film/PacificRim'' sequel.[[/note]] As of 2014 Del Toro [[http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Guillermo-Del-Toro-Willing-Use-NBC-Constantine-Justice-League-Dark-66707.html has said]] ''Dark Universe'' will not conflict with the upcoming ''Series/{{Constantine}}'' TV series on Creator/{{NBC}}, and he's open to sharing continuity with it or at least using the same lead actor.

Creator/GeoffJohns [[http://screenrant.com/dc-comics-movies-tv-shows-multiverse/ has confirmed that]] the influx of DC shows that are airing on television will take place in their own AlternateContinuity, but he also mentioned the possibility of eventual crossovers between the shows and films. Creator/NeilGaiman [[http://screenrant.com/sandman-warner-bros-dc-vertigo-upcoming-list/ also confirmed]] that any movies based on works published by Creator/VertigoComics are being treated as their own thing, although the possibility of a ''Justice League Dark'' movie could lead to some sort of crossover.

'''Released films in this setting:'''
[[index]]
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (June 14, 2013)
[[/index]]

'''Films officially in-development:'''
[[index]]
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (March 25, 2016)
* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' (August 5th, 2016)
* ''Wonder Woman'' (June 23rd, 2017)
* ''The Justice League Part One'' (November 17th, 2017)
* ''The Flash'' (March 23rd, 2018)
* ''Aquaman'' (July 27th, 2018)
* ''Shazam'' (April 5th, 2019)
* ''The Justice League Part Two'' (June 14th, 2019)
* ''Cyborg'' (April 3rd, 2020)
* ''Green Lantern'' (June 19th, 2020)
* ''Superman'' (TBA)
* ''The Batman'' (TBA)
* ''Justice League Dark'' (TBA)
[[/index]]

'''Properties being discussed for potential films:'''
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' ([[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/teen-titans-growing-up-at-137584 source]])
* ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' ([[http://www.mtv.com/news/1592718/green-arrow-plans-jail-break-with-help-from-joker-lex-luthor-in-upcoming-film/ source]])
* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}'' ([[http://deadline.com/2012/04/warner-bros-sets-brad-peyton-to-helm-lobo-the-dc-comics-alien-bounty-hunter-259476/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'' ([[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/05/hawkman-movie-plans-revealed-a-bit-like-these-other-popular-movies/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' ([[http://www.vulture.com/2012/06/barry-sonnenfelds-secret-comic-book-movie-is.html?mid=twitter_vulture source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}'' ([[http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/david-goyer-developing-dc-comics-films-like-suicide-squad-more/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'' ([[http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/david-goyer-developing-dc-comics-films-like-suicide-squad-more/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' ([[http://screenrant.com/sandman-movie-script-update-gaiman/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' ([[http://screenrant.com/fables-comic-book-movie-adaptation/ source]])
----
!!Tropes present across the various movies:
* AlternateContinuity:
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', although critically-acclaimed and financially successful, is not a part of this franchise - in part due to the glaring continuity problems that introducing fantastic elements into a largely-grounded continuity would create. As such, Batman was recast. Creator/ChristianBale has indicated that he prefers to have a new actor playing Batman for the DCCU.
** As mentioned above, 2011's ''Film/GreenLantern'' '''was''' supposed to be the start of this film series, but has since been thrown into CanonDiscontinuity by its own financial and critical disappointment.
** The TV shows ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' and ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' do take place in the same continuity as each other, but it has been confirmed to be in a separate continuity to the films by DC's Creator/GeoffJohns. However, since Johns used the term "{{multiverse}}" to describe the TV shows and the films, it has been speculated that they will eventually cross over.
* BigBad: ''Man of Steel'' had Zod. ''Dawn of Justice'' will have Lex Luthor. ''Justice League'' is rumored to have [[spoiler:Brainiac]] take this role.
* ContinuityOverlap:
** Initially, it was said that Warner Bros. executives hadn't decided if all of the movies they have planned will fit into the same continuity, though it's likely that they will to generate interest through {{Crossover}}s. Nonetheless, it is highly likely that films featuring key members of the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and others) will take place in the same universe that ''Man of Steel'' is set in. It now appears that ''all'' of the movies will share a continuity, though it will not be connected to any of DC's television shows (unlike Marvel's recent actions to cross their cinematic universe over with their TV/Netflix shows).
** However, ''[[http://uproxx.com/gammasquad/2014/09/shazam-may-not-tie-into-justice-league-movie/ Shazam]]'' seems to be an interesting case - the movie does not seem to tie in with ''Justice League'' officially, but it's still a part of Warner Bros.'s planned 9 films. It has yet to be confirmed if it will share the universe that the other films are setting up.
** Another point of note is that this film series will {{def|ied Trope}}y the problem of [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal trouble between franchises]] that Marvel has had (with major franchises split between [[Creator/{{Disney}} three]] [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox major]] [[Creator/{{Sony}} companies]]) - Warner Bros. owns all of the properties, giving them a potential edge over their competition.
* CrisisCrossover: ''Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'' and ''Justice League'' are two confirmed titles to feature a major crossover, with more ''Justice League'' sequels likely to come along the way.
* DarkerAndEdgier: More along the lines of "more serious and more grounded" than previous movies featuring these characters.
* FollowTheLeader: As mentioned above, this is DC's AlternateCompanyEquivalent to the MCU.
** Part of the reason the ''Justice League'' movie even got off the ground was due to the massive success of ''Film/TheAvengers''.
** Ditto for the ''Suicide Squad'' movie, since it's a lesser-known property about a ragtag group of anti-heroes forced to work for the good guys. [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Sound familiar?]]
* PeriodPiece: The ''Wonder Woman'' movie is rumored to be set in the 1920s, and a rumored follow-up would take place in the 1940s.
* RaceLift: Done in part for AbilityOverAppearance and to appeal to a wider audience.
** In the comics, Perry White is, well, White. Starting with ''Man of Steel'', he's played by Black actor Creator/LaurenceFishburne.
** In the comics, Aquaman is White. In these movies, he's played by Jason Momoa, a person of Pacific Islander and Native American descent ([[ButNotTooForeign with some White heritage on his mother's side]]).
** Mercy Graves, a white blonde woman in the comics and ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', is played by Japanese actress Tao Okamoto.
** Deadshot, a white guy in the comics, is played by WillSmith.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Surprisingly averted with Batman, who has been known to appear prominently in most DC adaptations (often at the expense of other characters). He has only been confirmed to appear in three movies so far (''Dawn of Justice'' and both parts of the ''Justice League'' duology), where he serves as a {{Deuteragonist}} and a part of an ensemble of heroes respectively. This may be part of an effort to try and phase out the public's overfamilarity with the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan movies]] before truly establishing anything standalone with the character. A solo movie with the character is planned for an unspecified time, but it will most likely come out after the release of ''The Justice League Part One''.
* ThrowTheDogABone: On a meta level, these movies have been helpful to actors and characters.
** Henry Cavill was '''[[ButtMonkey infamous]]''' from getting snubbed on getting major roles from various studios in favor of other actors, most notably by Creator/RobertPattinson for the role as Edward Cullen in the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' film series (which even surprised series creator Creator/StephenieMeyer, who initially thought that Cavill fit the bill better). That all changed when Zack Snyder hired him to play Superman.
** Wonder Woman ''finally'' getting to appear in a live-action film after years of the movie project going nowhere - especially considering that Warner Bros. executives were on the fence about letting her have a movie, leading to the now infamous Tweet from Brett White about how DC didn't want to do Wonder Woman because it was too confusing, while Marvel was working on ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which has a racoon using machine guns. Taken even further once it was confirmed that she would be getting a standalone film ''before'' Marvel could release a female-led movie.[[note]]Marvel announced a [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]] movie starring [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]], though it is due to be released after the Wonder Woman film[[/note]]
* TheUnmasquedWorld: The events of ''Man of Steel'' completely and utterly obliterated the {{Masquerade}} with the Battle of Metropolis - and as such, more super-powered individuals and vigilantes are making their presence more known as a result.
* UrbanLegend: What Batman apparently is in this continuity, at least before the events of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''. This could potentially apply to other characters, particularly Wonder Woman and Aquaman, given that the {{Masquerade}} was apparently in effect.
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4th Dec '14 10:10:00 AM Vermont
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* DarkerAndEdgier: More along the lines of "more serious and more grounded" than previous movies featuring these characters. There's even apparently a [[http://comicsalliance.com/warner-bros-no-jokes-dc-comics-movies-superman-justice-league/ "no jokes" policy]], even though ''Man of Steel'' had some occasional bits of comic relief.[[note]]Insiders such as Creator/SethRogen have called bullshit on this, though.[[/note]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: More along the lines of "more serious and more grounded" than previous movies featuring these characters. There's even apparently a [[http://comicsalliance.com/warner-bros-no-jokes-dc-comics-movies-superman-justice-league/ "no jokes" policy]], even though ''Man of Steel'' had some occasional bits of comic relief.[[note]]Insiders such as Creator/SethRogen have called bullshit on this, though.[[/note]]
3rd Dec '14 9:31:31 PM KingClark
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* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' (TBA)

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* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' ''Justice League Dark'' (TBA)
3rd Dec '14 9:30:57 PM KingClark
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* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' (TBA)



* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' ([[http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2014/11/25/exclusive-justice-league-dark-script-in-studio-hands-today/ source]])
3rd Dec '14 8:06:41 AM fusilcontrafusil
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The 2011 movie ''Film/GreenLantern'', starring Creator/RyanReynolds and directed by Creator/MartinCampbell, was supposed to be the start of the franchise, but this plan was cancelled once the film got mostly negative reviews from both critics and audiences and [[BoxOfficeBomb bombed at the box office]]. The franchise truly began in 2013 with ''Film/ManOfSteel'', a ContinuityReboot of the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' film series, starring Creator/HenryCavill and directed by Creator/ZackSnyder. It became one of the most successful movies of the year, and it still got more positive reviews than ''Green Lantern'' in spite of receiving an odd mixture of both a BrokenBase and CriticalDissonance. During post-production of ''Man Of Steel'', Warner Bros. took note of the success of ''Film/TheAvengers'' and began to work toward creating a shared universe over the course of several films (which was already set in motion by alluding to [=LexCorp=] and Wayne Industries in the form of Easter Eggs).

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The 2011 movie ''Film/GreenLantern'', starring Creator/RyanReynolds and directed by Creator/MartinCampbell, was supposed to be the start of the franchise, but this plan was cancelled once the film got mostly negative reviews from both critics and audiences and [[BoxOfficeBomb bombed at the box office]]. The franchise truly began in 2013 with ''Film/ManOfSteel'', a ContinuityReboot of the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' film series, starring Creator/HenryCavill and directed by Creator/ZackSnyder. It became one of the most successful movies of the year, and it still got more positive reviews than ''Green Lantern'' in spite of receiving an odd mixture of both a BrokenBase and CriticalDissonance. During post-production of ''Man Of of Steel'', Warner Bros. took note of the success of ''Film/TheAvengers'' and began to work toward creating a shared universe over the course of several films (which was already set in motion by alluding to [=LexCorp=] and Wayne Industries in the form of Easter Eggs).



* BigBad: ''Man Of Steel'' had Zod. ''Dawn Of Justice'' will have Lex Luthor. ''Justice League'' is rumored to have [[spoiler:Brainiac]] take this role.

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* BigBad: ''Man Of of Steel'' had Zod. ''Dawn Of of Justice'' will have Lex Luthor. ''Justice League'' is rumored to have [[spoiler:Brainiac]] take this role.



* DarkerAndEdgier: More along the lines of "more serious and more grounded" than previous movies featuring these characters. There's even apparently a [[http://comicsalliance.com/warner-bros-no-jokes-dc-comics-movies-superman-justice-league/ "no jokes" policy]], even though ''Man Of Steel'' had some occasional bits of comic relief.[[note]]Insiders such as Creator/SethRogen have called bullshit on this, though.[[/note]]

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* DarkerAndEdgier: More along the lines of "more serious and more grounded" than previous movies featuring these characters. There's even apparently a [[http://comicsalliance.com/warner-bros-no-jokes-dc-comics-movies-superman-justice-league/ "no jokes" policy]], even though ''Man Of of Steel'' had some occasional bits of comic relief.[[note]]Insiders such as Creator/SethRogen have called bullshit on this, though.[[/note]]



* SpotlightStealingSquad: Surprisingly averted with Batman, who has been known to appear prominently in most DC adaptations (often at the expense of other characters). He has only been confirmed to appear in three movies so far (''Dawn Of Justice'' and both parts of the ''Justice League'' duology), where he serves as a {{Deuteragonist}} and a part of an ensemble of heroes respectively. This may be part of an effort to try and phase out the public's overfamilarity with the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan movies]] before truly establishing anything standalone with the character. A solo movie with the character is planned for an unspecified time, but it will most likely come out after the release of ''The Justice League Part One''.

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* SpotlightStealingSquad: Surprisingly averted with Batman, who has been known to appear prominently in most DC adaptations (often at the expense of other characters). He has only been confirmed to appear in three movies so far (''Dawn Of of Justice'' and both parts of the ''Justice League'' duology), where he serves as a {{Deuteragonist}} and a part of an ensemble of heroes respectively. This may be part of an effort to try and phase out the public's overfamilarity with the [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolan movies]] before truly establishing anything standalone with the character. A solo movie with the character is planned for an unspecified time, but it will most likely come out after the release of ''The Justice League Part One''.
2nd Dec '14 10:21:55 PM KingClark
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So far, Zack Snyder seems to be the leading creative force behind the universe, having been assigned to four movies in total. ''Suicide Squad'' is being helmed by David Ayer, fresh off of ''Fury'', and the film is slated to have a team featuring [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad Jaculi]], [[ComicBook/InfinityInc Blockbuster]], [[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} Multiplex]], [[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} Mindboggler]], [[Franchise/TheFlash Captain Boomerang]], ComicBook/{{Vixen}}, and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Deadshot]], with rumors that SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and ComicBook/HarleyQuinn will appear in the film. ''Wonder Woman'' will be directed by ''BreakingBad'' director Michelle [=MacLaren=], which (like having a female-led superhero film) would be an exception to most of the superhero movies currently on the market. A hypothetical sequel to this film is rumored to be in discussion. Two scripts for the ''Aquaman'' movie [[http://screenrant.com/aquaman-movie-2-scripts/ are being written]] by Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad, with the better one being utilized and the lesser one having some degree of an impact on the other script. Standalone movies starring Batman and Superman are also on the way, with currently unknown placement at this time.

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So far, Zack Snyder seems to be the leading creative force behind the universe, having been assigned to four movies in total. ''Suicide Squad'' is being helmed by David Ayer, fresh off of ''Fury'', and the film is slated to have a team featuring [[ComicBook/SuicideSquad Jaculi]], [[ComicBook/InfinityInc Blockbuster]], [[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} Multiplex]], [[ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} Mindboggler]], [[Franchise/TheFlash Captain Boomerang]], ComicBook/{{Vixen}}, and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Deadshot]], with rumors that SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and ComicBook/HarleyQuinn will appear in the film. ''Fury''. ''Wonder Woman'' will be directed by ''BreakingBad'' ''Series/BreakingBad'' director Michelle [=MacLaren=], which (like having a female-led superhero film) would be an exception to most of the superhero movies currently on the market. A hypothetical sequel to this film is rumored to be in discussion. Two scripts for the ''Aquaman'' movie [[http://screenrant.com/aquaman-movie-2-scripts/ are being written]] by Will Beall and Kurt Johnstad, with the better one being utilized and the lesser one having some degree of an impact on the other script. Standalone movies starring Batman and Superman are also on the way, with currently unknown placement at this time.


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'''Properties being discussed for potential films:'''
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' ([[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/teen-titans-growing-up-at-137584 source]])
* ''ComicBook/GreenArrow'' ([[http://www.mtv.com/news/1592718/green-arrow-plans-jail-break-with-help-from-joker-lex-luthor-in-upcoming-film/ source]])
* ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}'' ([[http://deadline.com/2012/04/warner-bros-sets-brad-peyton-to-helm-lobo-the-dc-comics-alien-bounty-hunter-259476/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}'' ([[http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/05/hawkman-movie-plans-revealed-a-bit-like-these-other-popular-movies/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' ([[http://www.vulture.com/2012/06/barry-sonnenfelds-secret-comic-book-movie-is.html?mid=twitter_vulture source]])
* ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'' ([[http://www.forbes.com/sites/markhughes/2014/11/25/exclusive-justice-league-dark-script-in-studio-hands-today/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}'' ([[http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/david-goyer-developing-dc-comics-films-like-suicide-squad-more/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'' ([[http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/david-goyer-developing-dc-comics-films-like-suicide-squad-more/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' ([[http://screenrant.com/sandman-movie-script-update-gaiman/ source]])
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' ([[http://screenrant.com/fables-comic-book-movie-adaptation/ source]])
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* ''Suicide Squad'' (August 5th, 2016)

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* ''Suicide Squad'' ''Film/SuicideSquad'' (August 5th, 2016)
2nd Dec '14 3:26:32 PM comicwriter
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** Deadshot, a white guy in the comics, is played by WillSmith.
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