History Franchise / TheDCU

22nd Aug '17 1:17:00 PM StFan
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* Comicbook/AnimalMan
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}

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* Comicbook/BlackLightning

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* Comicbook/GreenLantern

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* ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'' (Failed {{pilot}})

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* ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}'' (Failed {{pilot}})



* ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' (1990 live action series, 1991 cartoon, plus movies made [[Film/SwampThing in 1982]] and [[Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing 1989]])

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* ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' (1990 live action series, 1991 cartoon, plus movies made [[Film/SwampThing in 1982]] and [[Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing 1989]])



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' (The last season is full of the same mix, albeit focusing on the ''TT'' and ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' characters. This may or may not also be in continuity with the DCAU below, despite its very different look and style, and fan debates over this continue as the WordOfGod has been lacking, instead giving what amounts to the continuity version of a ShipTease.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' (The last season is full of the same mix, albeit focusing on the ''TT'' and ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' characters. This may or may not also be in continuity with the DCAU below, despite its very different look and style, and fan debates over this continue as the WordOfGod has been lacking, instead giving what amounts to the continuity version of a ShipTease.)



** The characters of Quality Comics, such as ComicBook/PlasticMan, Kid Eternity, and the Comicbook/FreedomFighters.
** The characters of Charlton Comics, such as Comicbook/CaptainAtom, ComicBook/BlueBeetle, and The Question.
** The characters of Creator/MilestoneComics, such as Comicbook/{{Static}}, Comicbook/{{Hardware}} and ComicBook/{{Icon}} & Rocket.

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** The characters of Quality Comics, such as ComicBook/PlasticMan, Kid Eternity, and the Comicbook/FreedomFighters.
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** The characters of Charlton Comics, such as Comicbook/CaptainAtom, ComicBook/CaptainAtom, ComicBook/BlueBeetle, and The Question.
** The characters of Creator/MilestoneComics, such as Comicbook/{{Static}}, Comicbook/{{Hardware}} ComicBook/{{Static}}, ComicBook/{{Hardware}} and ComicBook/{{Icon}} & Rocket.



*** Speaking of California, they inverted the usual DC practice of fictional adventure towns based on real places, by taking a real place (San Diego) and ''sinking it into the ocean,'' transforming its inhabitants into merpeople in the process. Thus it became the fictional underwater city of "Sub Diego," which Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} protected, natch.

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*** Speaking of California, they inverted the usual DC practice of fictional adventure towns based on real places, by taking a real place (San Diego) and ''sinking it into the ocean,'' transforming its inhabitants into merpeople in the process. Thus it became the fictional underwater city of "Sub Diego," which Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} protected, natch.



** Lampshaded in James Robinson's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'', where the Red Bee is seriously PISSED OFF during a Thanksgiving with dead superheroes.

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** Lampshaded in James Robinson's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'', where the Red Bee is seriously PISSED OFF during a Thanksgiving with dead superheroes.



* {{Flanderization}}: In 1983, Batman quit the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and created a new team called the Outsiders after Superman saying he would not lead the League in saving Lucius Fox from being a hostage in a far away country for diplomatic reasons, and this lead to a dynamic within the DC Multiverse wherein Batman would be portrayed as a maverick and Superman a boy scout. While they patched things up later that year, 1986's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' (which took place in a possible future) made Batman the ultimate outlaw anti-hero, and Superman a tool for the UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan of every political cartoon of the '80s. In the revised DC Universe, DC ran with this dynamic of Superman and Batman being at odds for about a decade before it just kind-of ran out of steam, though the recent ''Batman/Superman'' title and other Comicbook/{{New 52}} material revisited it.

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* {{Flanderization}}: In 1983, Batman quit the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and created a new team called the Outsiders after Superman saying he would not lead the League in saving Lucius Fox from being a hostage in a far away country for diplomatic reasons, and this lead to a dynamic within the DC Multiverse wherein Batman would be portrayed as a maverick and Superman a boy scout. While they patched things up later that year, 1986's ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' (which took place in a possible future) made Batman the ultimate outlaw anti-hero, and Superman a tool for the UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan of every political cartoon of the '80s. In the revised DC Universe, DC ran with this dynamic of Superman and Batman being at odds for about a decade before it just kind-of ran out of steam, though the recent ''Batman/Superman'' title and other Comicbook/{{New 52}} ComicBook/New52 material revisited it.



** ''Comicbook/{{Batman}}'' villain Firefly is this, possessing a jetpack and an arsenal of incendiary weapons.

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** ''Comicbook/{{Batman}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' villain Firefly is this, possessing a jetpack and an arsenal of incendiary weapons.



** DC Comics created several characters during UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfComicBooks}}, but by the end of WWII the interest in superheroes died down, and most titles (except Superman and Batman) were closed or moved to other genres. UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} began with the relaunch of Flash... besides the name and the speed, Barry Allen had nothing in common with Jay Garrick. The same thing was done with Franchise/GreenLantern, Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, and others. But the prize goes to Comicbook/TheAtom, who went from a rough-and-tumble boxer who was kinda short to a physicist who could shrink to subatomic size.

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** DC Comics created several characters during UsefulNotes/{{the Golden Age|OfComicBooks}}, but by the end of WWII the interest in superheroes died down, and most titles (except Superman and Batman) were closed or moved to other genres. UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} began with the relaunch of Flash... besides the name and the speed, Barry Allen had nothing in common with Jay Garrick. The same thing was done with Franchise/GreenLantern, Comicbook/{{Hawkman}}, ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}, and others. But the prize goes to Comicbook/TheAtom, ComicBook/TheAtom, who went from a rough-and-tumble boxer who was kinda short to a physicist who could shrink to subatomic size.



The second time it was retconned to fit into the new continuity created by Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths. Alan Scott, for instance, was revealed to have received his power from the Starheart, an artifact created by the Guardians of the Universe (i.e., the same guys who made the Franchise/GreenLantern rings), and Jay Garrick and Barry Allen were later revealed to both have received their power from the "speed force".
** Since DC's business theory (such as it is) is about hanging onto trademarks as long as possible, they have a long history of reusing names in some odd fashion or another. Such as the 1940's superhero Johnny Thunder, the 1950's cowboy Johnny Thunder, and the 1980's noir detective Jonni Thunder. Or all those unrelated characters named Comicbook/{{Starman}}.

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The second time it was retconned to fit into the new continuity created by Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths.''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. Alan Scott, for instance, was revealed to have received his power from the Starheart, an artifact created by the Guardians of the Universe (i.e., the same guys who made the Franchise/GreenLantern rings), and Jay Garrick and Barry Allen were later revealed to both have received their power from the "speed force".
** Since DC's business theory (such as it is) is about hanging onto trademarks as long as possible, they have a long history of reusing names in some odd fashion or another. Such as the 1940's superhero Johnny Thunder, the 1950's cowboy Johnny Thunder, and the 1980's noir detective Jonni Thunder. Or all those unrelated characters named Comicbook/{{Starman}}.ComicBook/{{Starman}}.



* KilledOffForReal: Many DC characters that have died were thought to come back after ''Comicbook/BlackestNight''. While [[ComicBook/BrightestDay 12 random people were brought back to life]], many more stayed dead. Examples are [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis Sue Dibny]], [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)]], ComicBook/TheQuestion [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo (Charles Victor Szasz)]], the ComicBook/ElongatedMan (Ralph Dibny), Eclipso (Jean Loring), [[TheFlash Mirror Master I (Samuel Joseph Scudder)]], [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Doctor Mid-Nite I (Charles M. McNider), Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Mister Terrific I (Terry Sloane), Damage (Grant Emerson)]], [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Kal-L (Earth 2)]], and many more not listed here.

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* KilledOffForReal: Many DC characters that have died were thought to come back after ''Comicbook/BlackestNight''.''ComicBook/BlackestNight''. While [[ComicBook/BrightestDay 12 random people were brought back to life]], many more stayed dead. Examples are [[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis Sue Dibny]], [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)]], ComicBook/TheQuestion [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo (Charles Victor Szasz)]], the ComicBook/ElongatedMan (Ralph Dibny), Eclipso (Jean Loring), [[TheFlash Mirror Master I (Samuel Joseph Scudder)]], [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Doctor Mid-Nite I (Charles M. McNider), Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Mister Terrific I (Terry Sloane), Damage (Grant Emerson)]], [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Kal-L (Earth 2)]], and many more not listed here.



** The Creator/{{Wildstorm}} universe has nominally been part of the DC Multiverse since the company was bought by DC, though crossovers are rare. With Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}, however, many Wildstorm characters have shown up as part of the main DCU.
** ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' and ''TangentComics'' are perhaps the most famous of numerous works detailing specific {{Alternate Universe}}s.
** Occasionally mention will be made of the [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo Universe]], but Vertigo's recurring characters (ComicBook/TheSandman, Comicbook/SwampThing, Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}, etc.) really take place in their own little corners of Franchise/TheDCU that [[ExiledFromContinuity no longer interact with the rest of the universe]] due to ExecutiveMeddling. Up until 2011, anyway, when they made a comeback.

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** The Creator/{{Wildstorm}} universe has nominally been part of the DC Multiverse since the company was bought by DC, though crossovers are rare. With Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}, ''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'', however, many Wildstorm characters have shown up as part of the main DCU.
** ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' and ''TangentComics'' ''Creator/TangentComics'' are perhaps the most famous of numerous works detailing specific {{Alternate Universe}}s.
** Occasionally mention will be made of the [[Creator/VertigoComics Vertigo Universe]], but Vertigo's recurring characters (ComicBook/TheSandman, Comicbook/SwampThing, Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}, ComicBook/SwampThing, ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}, etc.) really take place in their own little corners of Franchise/TheDCU that [[ExiledFromContinuity no longer interact with the rest of the universe]] due to ExecutiveMeddling. Up until 2011, anyway, when they made a comeback.
20th Aug '17 7:16:22 AM StFan
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* Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}

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* Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}

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* Comicbook/BlackOrchid

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* Comicbook/CaptainAtom

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* Comicbook/DialHForHero

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* Comicbook/DoomsdayClock

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* Comicbook/EnemyAce

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* Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}

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* Comicbook/FreedomFighters

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* Comicbook/GreenLantern
* Comicbook/HarleyQuinn
* Comicbook/TheHauntedTank

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13th Aug '17 1:38:55 PM StFan
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* Comicbook/SwampThing

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8th Aug '17 10:29:37 AM Basara-kun
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* IntraFranchiseCrossover:
** Of all {{Crisis Crossover}}s DC Comics had in its history, the most fitted to this trope is during ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', especially when Franchise/{{Superman}} goes into the [[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Multiverse]] in ''Superman Beyond'' tie-in and meet a lot of his alter-egos in parallel universes, with a lot of known Supermen like the [[ComicBook/SupermanRedSon Red Son]], as well new versions of him, like Overman (a Nazi-Aryan Superman) and President Calvin Ellis (basically UsefulNotes/BarackObama as the Son of Krypton). All of them worked together to stop Darkseid and end the Crisis.
** A first genesis of this was with ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', in which Superman met his Earth-2 and later [[ComicBook/SuperboyPrime Earth-Prime]] counterparts, which became a major part of the plot of its sequel ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.
** And going even more backward, all starts with ''[[Franchise/TheFlash Flash Of Two Worlds]]'', in which Earth-1 Flash (Barry Allen) first encounters with Earth-2 Flash (Jay Garrick) after both discovered the existence of the other since Barry accidentally crossed the "vibration barrier" between [[AlternateUniverse dimensions]]. This was just the start of the CrisisCrossover events DC would have during all its history.
7th Aug '17 6:40:35 AM thelastdoor666
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** Yuga Khan, Darkseid's father, is this.
30th Jul '17 2:04:40 PM StFan
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* TangentComics

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26th Jul '17 7:43:07 PM eaglescorch
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*** Green Arrow ended up in an unusual situation with regards to this during the New 52 and Rebirth era. Traditionally he is from the fictional Star City, but during the New 52 they made him the protector of real life city Seattle. Then as part of Rebirth's return to the status quo, a group of villains blew up Seattle, ''bought the land'', and built Star City on its ashes. So yeah... That happened.
24th Jul '17 6:19:30 AM moloch
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* Comicbook/TheHauntedTank
19th Jul '17 5:48:07 PM ecuvulle6267
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* FlyingFirepower:
** ''Comicbook/{{Batman}}'' villain Firefly is this, possessing a jetpack and an arsenal of incendiary weapons.
** ''ComicBook/GlobalGuardians'': Fire, a Brazilian woman who has ''[[TechnicolorFire green]]'' WreathedInFlames and flies around. Later joined the ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational, creating a solid career for herself.
19th Jul '17 1:00:44 PM SeptimusHeap
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* RememberTheNewGuy: DC Comics had several heroes that were created in the 70's and 80's, but were established as having been active during the 40's. Among them were Amazing-Man (chronologically, one of the earliest black superheroes) and [[{{Steel}} Commander Steel]], both of whom were established as having fought alongside the members of the [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]].

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* RememberTheNewGuy: DC Comics had several heroes that were created in the 70's and 80's, but were established as having been active during the 40's. Among them were Amazing-Man (chronologically, one of the earliest black superheroes) and [[{{Steel}} [[ComicBook/{{Steel}} Commander Steel]], both of whom were established as having fought alongside the members of the [[ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]].
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