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->''"It's the [[WeirdnessMagnet DC Universe.]] The [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed end of the world]] isn't even [[SeenItAll an excuse]] for [[CityOfAdventure getting off work]] [[GenreSavvy anymore."]]''
-->-- '''Linkara''', ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall''

The DC Universe is the SharedUniverse belonging to Creator/DCComics, established in 1934 and now the oldest major [[ComicBooks comic book]] publishing company. This is mostly used as a vehicle for their extensive SuperHero mythos, although the [[FantasyKitchenSink nature]] of the universe allows for almost unlimited storytelling potential in many different genres.

The DC Universe is primarily responsible for establishing the concept of the super-hero in popular culture, with Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman as some of their oldest and most popular characters. Their introduction of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was also the first real super-hero team book, using the [[CrossOver cross-over]] to establish the first shared universe in comics history. Their massive early popularity was stunted by the invention of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode which nearly killed the industry, and many of the [[{{Bowdlerise}} bowdlerised]] stories from this era are responsible for several negative stereotypes about the medium. There was a revival in the late fifties and early sixties with the creation of newer more imaginative updates of characters like Franchise/GreenLantern and Franchise/TheFlash, leading to DC's biggest characters forming the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]. To explain the difference in continuity, they established a {{Multiverse}} with the different versions of the heroes occupying different worlds. The popularity of this team book also inspired Creator/MarvelComics to publish their own team book ComicBook/FantasticFour, leading into an era of more maturely written super-hero stories dealing with the development of characters and more serious problems.

One of their most controversial moves was the epic storyline ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' during the eighties, an effort to untangle their years of ContinuitySnarl by destroying the Multiverse and establishing one linear continuity for all of the characters to co-exist in. This included revising much of the universe's history and updating the origins of many characters. The Multiverse was brought back during ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis, although the mainstream continuity has only been changed in minor ways reflecting the story-telling needs of the writers. There was a second, much more widespread reboot of the DC Universe in September 2011 with all titles being restarted back to number 1, with these titles referred to as the "ComicBook/{{New 52}}".

Their distinguished competition is the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, published by Creator/MarvelComics. The two lines appear similar at first glance, but there are some very subtle differences between the two. While there are many exceptions, the main difference is that the super-hero community tends to have a stricter sense of [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black-and-white morality]] at DC. This is written as a mature philosophical stand-point, dealing with the heroic archetype and their place as trusted members of society; in the DCU the general public tend to have greater respect for their heroes and treat them with higher esteem. In turn, the heroes of the DCU must undergo the trials of having to keep their respect and morality, even when it goes under fire.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[MajorLeagueSoccer DC United.]]
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!!The defining characteristics of The DCU:
* BigGood: {{Franchise/Superman}} is traditionally the chairman (and often acknowledged as the most powerful member) of the Justice League, and when not acting in his capacity as a Leaguer most other heroes tend to defer to his authority and judgment if only out of respect. Sometimes generalized to the "Big Three" where Superman, {{Franchise/Batman}}, and Franchise/WonderWoman collectively comprise the Big Good of the JLA. The JLA ''itself'' is in a sense the Big Good of DCU superteams and/or the metahuman community in general.
** Explicitly shown in the ''Trinity'' maxi-series, to the point where the three become gods.
** In any story involving the entire Bat Family, Batman will be this even more so than Superman. [[TheManBehindTheMan Alfred Pennyworth]] [[BattleButler is a kind of this]] even more than Batman.
** In a similar capacity, [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is often treated like this, even in comparison to Superman, possibly due to ChildrenAreInnocent. It's explicitly stated in the comics that Billy Batson would be Marvel full-time to help people, if not for the wizard Shazam insisting that Batson himself deserves some happiness in his life, too.
** The Guardians of the Universe in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' used to be this for the [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]] but [[DependingOnTheWriter the more cynical modern take on them]] has them acting aloof and manipulative instead.
** As of the ''Blackest Night'' arc, the Big Good for the DC Universe is The Entity, the embodiment of the Light (as in "let there be") that created the universe.
*** LightIsNotGood as it turns out -- the Entity's unforgiving of deviation from its plan.
* CanonInvasion: DC has quite a few character who initially belonged to other companies prior to being bought out. Examples include:
** Back in the GoldenAge, DC was formed from three nominally separate companies: Detective Comics, All-American Comics, and National Publications.
** The characters of Fawcett Comics, such as [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] and the Marvel Family.
** 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 MilestoneComics, such as Comicbook/{{Static}}, Comicbook/{{Hardware}} and ComicBook/{{Icon}} & Rocket.
** The characters of the Red Circle (formerly owned by Franchise/ArchieComics) such as the Mighty Crusaders, the Shield and the Web.
** The characters of Creator/{{Wildstorm}} Comics, such as ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}, Grifter, ComicBook/TheAuthority and the ComicBook/WildCATs, who have joined the mainstream continuity (along with the people in the Creator/VertigoComics line) as of the ComicBook/{{New 52}}.
* CityOfAdventure: To each hero his own.
** WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Perhaps each hero has his own city because he can't locate anyone else's.
*** This is being averted in modern days, where it's been established that Gotham is in New Jersey and Metropolis is in Delaware.
*** Gateway City (where Wonder Woman used to hang out before she moved to Washington) is in California.
*** So is Coast City (Green Lantern Hal Jordan's town.)
*** Keystone City (home of Golden Age and modern-day The Flashes) is in Ohio, according to JSA #15.
*** However, it's since been retconned as being located in Kansas, like Smallville, but near the border with Missouri (where Central City, home of the Silver Age Flash, is located), as per Flash vol.2 #188 (published in 2002), in which Wally West builds a bridge between the two cities.
*** 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.
* ContinuityNod
* ContinuitySnarl: To the extent that at times it feels like the whole purpose of DC's output is trying to resolve its own continuity problems.
* CrisisCrossover
* CrossoverCosmology
* DemotedToExtra: Practically every [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] character save for the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica's core team has either been killed off as CListFodder or relegated to the team's reserves. It's hard to imagine that the Red Bee once had his own backup series.
** Lampshaded in James Robinson's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'', where the Red Bee is seriously PISSED OFF during a Thanksgiving with dead superheroes.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: People who say "DC Comics" are really saying "Detective Comics Comics".
** Debatable. "Detective Comics" could be considered the adjective. Effectively, it'd be "The comics of Detective Comic."
*** This could be "Detective Comics' Comics", but that isn't obvious from just "DC Comics".
* {{Descriptiveville}}: Major offender, a lot of cities have rather bland names.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The DC Universe has a species of giant space critters called Sun Eaters, who do just that.
* EasilyConqueredWorld: Alien invasions Tuesday, underground monsters Thursday, and evil masterminds on Friday. If you're looking for an excuse to get off from work, you damn well better have lost your entire city, and even then, you're lucky.
* EasyRoadToHell: In both the [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] and [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Marvel]] 'verses there have been examples of people getting sent to Hell with magic, rather than through any fault of their own. Granted, in most such cases they were able to get out later.
* {{Elseworld}}: The TropeNamer. During the '90s and early '00s, DC's {{Elseworld}}s imprint showcased a great many "what if" tales that carried on the tradition of SilverAge "imaginary stories"; the best-known was ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Since TheMultiverse was brought back, many of these have become full-fledged {{Alternate Universe}}s.
* {{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 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.
* InNameOnly:
** DC Comics created several characters during {{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. The [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] 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.
*** Though in this case, things were [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] twice. The first time, it had been revealed that the Golden Age characters lived on [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]], while {{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} characters lived on Earth-1.\\\
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}}.
*** This often leads to the point where a story tries to [[ArcWelding reconcile these different incarnations somehow]].
* {{Irony}}: Superboy Prime was initially DC Comics' way of making fun of fanboys (a StrawFan). Recently the explanation for any inconsistencies in the DC Universe is that Superboy-Prime punched reality so hard that it ''[[CosmicRetcon changed history]]'' (seriously). So the one character they made to make fun of the stupidity of fanboys is now the answer to those same fanboys' questions about continuity problems. It's like giving the keys of a circus to a monkey.
** Which seems to sum up RunningTheAsylum right there, whether or not that counts as irony.
* 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]], [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers)]], TheQuestion [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo (Charles Victor Szasz)]], the ComicBook/ElongatedMan (Ralph Dibny), Eclipso (Jean Loring), [[TheFlash Mirror Master I (Samuel Joseph Scudder)]], [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica Doctor Mid-Nite I (Charles M. McNider), Sandman (Wesley Dodds), Mister Terrific I (Terry Sloane), Damage (Grant Emerson)]], [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Kal-L (Earth 2)]], and many more not listed here.
** Kobra, a longtime BigBad in Franchise/TheDCU, ''seems'' to have been Killed Off For Real (having your heart ripped clean out of your chest by BlackAdam will do that). However, since his minions recently resurrected his brother (who was killed off waaaaaaay back in 1978) to become the new head of their ReligionOfEvil, all bets are off.
* LeotardOfPower
* TheMultiverse: Franchise/TheDCU has a long tradition, recently revived, of having numerous alternate universes.
** Pre-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]], Earth-1 represented contemporary[=/=]SilverAge continuity whereas the alternate Earth-2 represented the GoldenAge (with some minor {{retcon}}s to introduce more differences).
** The main DCU is known as New Earth or Earth-0, due to the changes made to the timeline during ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis.
** 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.
** ''We'' are ostensibly a part of the DC multiverse, Earth-Prime. Except between 1985 and 2005, when we didn't actually exist.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: The aforementioned [[CityOfAdventure Cities Of Adventure]].
* PresentDay: Mostly. TimeTravel is common, as are series set in TheWildWest, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, or TheFuture.
* 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 [[JusticeSocietyOfAmerica JSA]].
* RhymesOnADime: Mr. Bones, originally; it's been quietly disposed of since then.
* SealedEvilInACan:
** The PhantomZone is essentially an other-dimensional prison that holds numerous Kryptonian criminals. As such, there many stories where the prisoners escape and the heroes have to fight to throw them back into the Zone.
** The Source Wall is a huge cosmic barrier between the Source (the source of power behind existence itself) and the rest of creation. The Wall is decorated with the bodies and visages of all of the would be conquerors who have sought to claim the power of the Source for themselves, imprisoning them for all eternity. The Wall is one of the more effective Cans in fiction and only three people have ever escaped it. One of them, Yuga Khan (the father of {{Darkseid}}), managed to summon just enough power to free himself from the Wall...only to get himself imprisoned in it again in another bid to obtain the Source, this time for good. The second one was Darkseid himself, and he needed the help of the one who imprisoned him in the first place ({{Superman}}) to do it. The third was Superman, who was trapped by Darkseid and required the help of every variation of Supergirl from the last twenty years to break free.
* ShoutOut
* SuperHero: Of course.
* UnderwearOfPower: TropeMaker, really. (Although they are technically exercise trunks, not underwear.)
** As of the 2011 reboot, this has been eliminated from the uniforms of the heroes that still wore them (Superman and Batman being the foremost examples).
* WeaponizedBall: The villain Sportsmaster sometimes uses shot-puts and other balls as bludgeoning weapons, as well as using trick versions that explode.
* WretchedHive: While New Earth as a whole is a much better place to live than [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Earth-616]], there are a lot of cities where it sucks to live. [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] is the most iconic, with its sister city Bludhaven being so bad that Gothamites look upon it with disdain. [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Star City]] has gone to hell following ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', as it had the misfortune of occurring so close to the ComicBook/BlackestNight. But the single worse place to live in the DCU is [[ComicBook/TheQuestion Hub City]].

Comics series and characters set in Franchise/TheDCU:

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* ComicBook/AdamStrange
* ComicBook/AmbushBug
* ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld
* ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe
* Comicbook/AnimalMan
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}
* ComicBook/TheAtom
* ComicBook/{{Azrael}}
* ComicBook/{{Aztek}}
* Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}
* Franchise/{{Batman}}
* Comicbook/{{Batwoman}}
* ComicBook/BlackCanary
* ComicBook/BlackestNight
* ComicBook/{{Blackhawk}}
* Comicbook/BlackLightning
* Comicbook/BlackOrchid
* ComicBook/BlueBeetle
* ComicBook/BlueDevil
* ComicBook/BoosterGold
* ComicBook/BrightestDay
* Comicbook/CaptainAtom
* ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}
* ComicBook/{{Checkmate}}
* ComicBook/TheCreeper
* ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths
* ComicBook/{{Deadman}}
* ComicBook/DemonKnights
* Comicbook/DialHForHero
* ComicBook/DoctorFate
* ComicBook/DoomPatrol
* ComicBook/ElongatedMan
* Comicbook/EnemyAce
* ComicBook/{{Etrigan}}
* ComicBook/FinalCrisis
* ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}
* Franchise/TheFlash
* Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}
* ComicBook/FlexMentallo
* Comicbook/FreedomFighters
* ComicBook/GlobalGuardians
* ComicBook/GreenArrow
* Comicbook/GreenLantern
* Comicbook/HarleyQuinn
* ComicBook/{{Hawkman}}
* {{Hourman}}
* ComicBook/{{Huntress}}
* ComicBook/IdentityCrisis
* ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen
* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]]
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker
* ComicBook/JonahHex
* Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica
* ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica
* ComicBook/KingdomCome
* KryptoTheSuperdog
* ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}}
* ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}, prior to receiving his own series
* ComicBook/MadameXanadu
* ComicBook/{{Manhunter}}
* ComicBook/MartianManhunter
* ComicBook/TheNewGuardians
* ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}
* ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger
* ComicBook/PlasticMan
* ComicBook/PowerGirl
* ComicBook/TheQuestion
* ComicBook/RedTornado
* ResurrectionMan
* ComicBook/{{Robin}}
* ComicBook/TheSandman
* ComicBook/ScareTactics
* ComicBook/SecretSix
* ComicBook/SgtRock
* ComicBook/{{Shadowpact}}
* ComicBook/TheSpectre
* ComicBook/{{Starman}}
* ComicBook/{{Static}}
* ComicBook/{{Steel}}
* ComicBook/SuicideSquad
* ComicBook/{{Superboy}}
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}
* Franchise/{{Superman}}
* Comicbook/SwampThing
* TangentComics
* ComicBook/TeenTitans
* ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}
* ComicBook/UnknownSoldier
* ComicBook/{{Vixen}}
* ComicBook/TheWarlord
* ComicBook/WonderGirl
* The ComicBook/WonderTwins
* Franchise/WonderWoman
* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}
[[/index]]

Other notable characters:

[[index]]
* BlackAdam
* ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}
* ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}
* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor
* ComicBook/LoisLane
* ComicBook/TheRiddler
* ComicBook/VandalSavage
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Sinestro}}
[[/index]]

Other single characters:
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}
** Widely-panned [[Film/{{Catwoman}} 2004 movie]], with few links to either the comics or other movie versions.
* Franchise/TheFlash
** ''Series/TheFlash'', 1990-91 series with John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen.
** Series/TheFlash2014, a spinoff of ''Series/{{Arrow}}''.
* ComicBook/GreenArrow
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
* Comicbook/GreenLantern
** [[Film/GreenLantern 2011 film]]
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}
** [[Film/{{Supergirl}} 1984 movie]]
* ComicBook/BlueBeetle

TV series set in (parts of) Franchise/TheDCU:

Franchise/{{Superman}}-based (mostly in Metropolis, but given ol' Kal-El's range all bets are off):
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman''
* ''TheAdventuresOfSuperboy''
* ''Series/LoisAndClark''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' (Obviously, not set in Metropolis. Well, not for the majority of the series. Set mostly there towards the end, though.)
* ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog''

Franchise/{{Batman}}-based (in Gotham City, with rare field trips):
* ''Series/{{Batman}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
* ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' (short-lived series focusing on "Batman Family" members)
* ''WebAnimation/GothamGirls'' (2002 female-centric online cartoon series)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
* ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman''

JusticeLeagueOfAmerica-based:
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' (Along with its many sequels and permutations.)
* ''Legends of the Superheroes'' (A short-lived 1970s series which attempted to bring the campy style of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' to the JLA, and failed miserably.)
* ''Justice League of America'', a failed PilotMovie based around the post-''Justice League International'' incarnation of the team.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' (Crawling with minor and obscure heroes and villains, especially in the ''Unlimited'' seasons.)

Other TV series:
* ''Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'' (Failed {{pilot}})
** Although a successful 1960s cartoon was why he was included in the WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}} to begin with.
* ''Franchise/WonderWoman''
* ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}!'' ([[IAmNotShazam Not actually the hero's name.]] His name is Captain Marvel. The wizard who gave Billy Batson his powers ''is'' named Shazam. However, no series using the character can use the "Captain Marvel" name because Creator/MarvelComics has its own character with that name and regularly publishes comic book series with that name. He was featured in a 1974 live-action series, 1981 cartoon (both produced by Creator/{{Filmation}}), and a planned 2008 cartoon.))
* ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' (1990 live action series, 1991 cartoon, plus movies made [[Film/SwampThing in 1982]] and [[Film/TheReturnOfSwampThing 1989]])
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' (Originally a Milestone title)
* ''ComicBook/{{Isis}}'' (Originally by virtue of crossovers with ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'', though DC [[CanonImmigrant did eventually publish a short-lived Isis comic book]]. More recently, they've added a DCU version of the character as Black Adam's consort and, eventually, wife, though [[spoiler:they killed her off not long after. She's now alive again though]].)
** And she [[spoiler: [[TakenForGranite was a statue]] for a while. Then she came back. Go fig.]]

Other team shows:
* ''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.)
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes''
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' (Though it shares the title of the comic book series it is not a straight up adaptation of it and includes a wide variety of DCU stories, including Teen Titans and Justice League.)

A subset of Franchise/TheDCU is the [[Franchise/{{DCAU}} DC Animated Universe]] (AKA the "Timmverse" or the "Diniverse"), consisting of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and every other series that takes place in the same universe. It has its own {{canon}}, with more than one CrossOver between series, and is best known for its distinctive artstyle, based on the works of Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. This universe has ended with the final season of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''.

Series in the DCAU:
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject''
* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''
* ''WebAnimation/GothamGirls''
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''Justice League Unlimited''

In 2007, DC and Creator/WarnerBrothers began a new series of direct-to-video animated movies called WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies. Mostly they focus on individual characters, including some, like Franchise/WonderWoman, who have never had their own animated series. All movies with the exception of the ''Superman/Batman'' titles (which are loosely related to each other) are standalone stories.

* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday''
* ''[[ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier Justice League: The New Frontier]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanGothamKnight''
* ''WesternAnimation/WonderWoman''
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternFirstFlight''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies''
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanApocalypse''
* ''WesternAnimation/AllStarSuperman''
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternEmeraldKnights''
* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite''
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound''
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueTheFlashpointParadox''
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueWar''
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