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Franchise: DCAU
aka: The DCAU
Earth's mightiest heroes. No, not those mightiest heroes.

Short for DC Animated Universe, a group of animated series based on DC Comics characters and, unlike other DC adaptations, all sharing the same continuity.

Batman: The Animated Series was doing well but eventually ended in 1995. As well, Superman: The Animated Series started up in 1996 with a similar but streamlined art design and when The New Batman Adventures arrived in 1997 (explicitly a continuation of the prior series) a decision was made to simplify many character designs. This was a controversial move; some characters were redrawn to more closely match their comic counterparts and to correspond to their original intentions of the creators (the Penguin, in particular, returned to his comic book look of a tuxedo-clad-gangster rather than the deformed model inspired by Batman Returns), at the same time other characters lost distinctive and iconic parts of their appearance, like The Joker's red lips and eyes, which the creators later admitted was an artistic mistake. Other character redesigns were more successful however, such as The Scarecrow's nightmare-inducing new look. Supporting characters were also redrawn, including Commissioner Gordon, and his new gaunt look made many fans believe that he was suffering from some sort of debilitating disease.

With a Batman and Superman show airing simultaneously, the inevitable crossover occurred with World's Finest, which teamed Batman and Superman against the Joker and Lex Luthor, and the switch in art style made the cross much easier. A unified artstyle also greatly helped many of the DC Animated Universe shows later, which were either direct spinoffs of existing shows or discreetly and directly tied together.

The DCAU is sometimes referred to as the "Timmverse" (after character designer Bruce Timm) or the "Diniverse" (after writer Paul Dini). Some purists argue that "Timmverse" is more appropriate, as Bruce Timm was a more consistent creative force in the various shows than Paul Dini, who left before the end of it. Rather more to the point, Dini is a writer, not a character designer. Timm, who is a character designer, is the one responsible for the "standard DCAU art style". On the other hand, the writing of the DCAU is as notable as the art, plus the name is catchier (having three syllables and all). On the other hand, Paul Dini was just the foremost of several writers and worked for Alan Burnett, who thus technically had more to do with the managing of the DCAU than Dini did.

The debate continues.

It is generally accepted that the DCAU includes:

Comic Books set in the DCAU include:
  • Adventures in the DC Universenote 
  • Batman Beyondnote 
  • The Batman Adventures
  • The Superman Adventures
  • Justice League Adventures
  • Justice League Beyond
  • Justice League Unlimited

Video Games based on the DCAU:
  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • The Adventures of Batman and Robin
  • Superman 64
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
  • Batman: Chaos in Gotham
  • Batman: Gotham City Racer
  • Batman: Vengeance
  • Superman: Shadows of Apokolips
  • Justice League: Injustice for All
  • Superman: Countdown to Apokolips
  • Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu
  • Justice League: Chronicles

The DCAU has ended production with the final episode of Justice League Unlimited, and at this point no plans are made to do more series in it. However, its influence continues to this day both in Comics and Western Animation, and due to the distinct art style of the 'verse (aka Timm Style) being applied to later animated adaptations of The DCU, other properties are frequently and incorrectly cited as part of the DCAU.

Tropes named or made by the DCAU:

Tropes present in the DCAU shows:


Cosmic Quantum RayCreator/The HubBatman: The Animated Series
BatmanFranchise IndexThe Flash
Cthulhu MythosThe VerseDC Cinematic Universe
Captain Planet and the PlaneteersCreator/Cartoon NetworkBatman: The Animated Series
Science Fiction Western AnimationWestern AnimationDC Comics Animated

alternative title(s): Dini Verse; The DCAU; DC Animated Universe; DCAU
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