May 22, 2023

Film & TV

Here's how to watch all DCEU movies in Chronological order

DCEU and the World of DC movies in chronological order, complete timeline explained

By Betty Cruise May 22, 2023
How to Watch all DCEU movies in Chronological Timeline: Understand the World of DC timeline
How to Watch all DCEU movies in Chronological Timeline: Understand the World of DC timeline

Are you a DC fan and struggling to binge-watch or understand the DCEU timeline because you don’t know the chronological order of the World of DC movies? Relax, we have got it all covered.

Hang tight till last to know how to watch all DCEU/ World of DC movies in chronological order.

Under the new leadership of James Gunn and Peter Safran, DC's future is bright, but there are still some vestiges of the old DC universe to be released before that age begins with Superman: Legacy in 2025.

Shazam!, The Flash, Blue Beetle, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will all be released by DC this year after Fury of the Gods. They are anticipated to be the final instalments of the DC Extended Universe or the Worlds of DC, whichever name you preferred.

In Gunn and Safran's new interconnected DC Universe, it's possible that their storylines may be continued, but we think it's just as probable that there will be a soft reboot once the new Superman arrives.

Still, we're here to help with the chronological order if you're feeling nostalgic for a rewatch and want to watch the DCEU in the right order before it all ends. (The Batman and the Joker aren't included because they belong to a different timeline.)

For those who wish to see this list from a completist perspective, they will have to watch Justice League and Suicide Squad once more.

DCEU Timeline – Worlds of DC Movies in Chronological Order

1. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

We travel back a full century to Princess Diana of Themyscira's debut as the titular superhero in Patty Jenkins' critically acclaimed Wonder Woman.

She permanently leaves her all-female paradise home after meeting World War I spy Steve Trevor to fight in the Great War against the god Ares.

After realizing that she cannot solve all of the world's issues on her alone, Wonder Woman retreats into the shadows towards the end of the film, which explains why she was absent when Superman first appeared.

2. Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984
Wonder Woman 1984

As opposed to the original film, Wonder Woman 1984 is entirely set in 1984 when Diana Prince faces off against two new adversaries in the form of Maxwell Lord and Cheetah.

It makes references to Wonder Woman but no other DC movies, thus it's quite standalone in the DC universe. It does, however, manage to close a plot gap from Batman v. Superman, so that's something.

3. Man of Steel

Man of Steel
Man of Steel

The current era of superheroes in the DC Universe's version of Earth began with Clark Kent coming out to the world as Superman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (after everyone inexplicably forgot Wonder Woman beat up all those German soldiers).

The film follows Kal-El's first journey as he battles General Zod and his Kryptonian army, and it concludes with Clark taking over his famous position at Metropolis' Daily Planet.

4. Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Bruce Wayne and Clark begin as enemies but manage to make it up just in time for Superman to be 'killed' by Doomsday.

Diana also resumes her public role as Wonder Woman after Batman catches her attempting to acquire a photograph from World War I in which she appears. Meanwhile, future Justice Leaguers Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash also have brief cameos.

The first encounter between Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's middle-aged Batman is portrayed in Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel, along with some Lex Luthor and Doomsday for good measure.

Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent start out as rivals, but they are able to reconcile moments before Doomsday "kills" Superman.

In addition, Diana returns to her public persona as Wonder Woman when Batman foils her effort to buy a World War I photograph in which she is seen. Future Justice League members Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash also make quick appearances.

5. Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad

Government agent Amanda Waller forms a "Suicide Squad" of criminals in response to the appearance of new metahumans in an effort to give the US a fighting chance against any renegade superheroes. The instantaneous failure of the plot results in the movie's events, directed by David Ayer.

Though largely unrelated to the events of the other DC films, it does include cameos from the Flash (who faces off against Captain Boomerang in what is likely one of his first adventures) and Batman, the latter of whom arranges a tense meeting with Waller to learn more about other metahumans.

6. Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey

Actually, since Suicide Squad doesn't identify a year in which it takes place, you may watch Harley Quinn's standalone film Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) whenever you want after that.

Harley, who is still coping with her breakup from Joker, decides to put her own team together to take on Gotham City crime boss Roman Sionis (also known as Black Mask), yet it feels appropriate coming directly after Suicide Squad.

The Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya are left to organize the Birds of Prey as the film concludes with Harley riding off with Cassandra Cain serving as her sort of apprentice.

7. Wonder Woman (framing scenes)

Wonder Woman (framing scenes)
Wonder Woman (framing scenes)

Wonder Woman's opening and conclusion scenes take place much later than the rest of the film and Batman v Superman.

Diana recalls her experience in World War I as she receives a delivery from Bruce that includes the photo she was looking for in Batman v. Superman. She then embarks on her next mission to combat crime.

8. Justice League / Zack Snyder's Justice League

Justice League / Zack Snyders Justice League
Justice League / Zack Snyder's Justice League

There are currently two versions of Justice League available for viewing: the critically panned 2017 version or Zack Snyder's four-hour version, which debuted in 2021. This is where things get a little sticky.

Both have the same basic premise—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash team up for the first time to fight Steppenwolf alongside a revived Superman—but Snyder's version has cliffhangers at the end that hint at his original plans for Justice League sequels.

Snyder's film can potentially be easily substituted into this timeline, but you'll have to ignore the fact that Aquaman doesn't make any reference to an upcoming Darkseid battle.

None of the next DC films will either, as they will most likely stick to the 2017 version as that is the one that is regarded as canon.

9. Aquaman

Aquaman
Aquaman

While James Wan's Aquaman generally keeps itself apart from the other events in the DC Universe, it does continue the story of Arthur Curry's first encounter with Mera.

In order to avert a conflict between the Atlantean underwater troops and the sea-polluting surface inhabitants, Aquaman is recruited for the film. If you're curious about the conclusion, actor Jason Momoa revealed it years before the movie was released.

10. Shazam!

Shazam!
Shazam!

Even though there are more ties than you'd anticipate, Shazam! is primarily maintained apart from the larger DC Worlds in terms of the timeline, similar to how Aquaman is.

However, we can roughly assume that it happens after Aquaman and Justice League. There is a newspaper in Freddy's bedroom with the title "Superman Is Back," which most likely alludes to Justice League.

The joke about Aquaman in the post-credits scene would only make sense if he had a significant impact on the world.

11. The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad
The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad doesn't have a clear chronological setting, like the other recent DC films, but Harley Quinn already knows Boomerang, so it is undoubtedly set after the first film. She is also not with the Joker, thus it is also post-Birds of Prey.

You could watch it right after Birds of Prey because, aside from that, it tells a story that is essentially unrelated to the other Worlds of DC. Just be careful to see it prior to the spin-off show Peacemaker.

12. Peacemaker Season 1

Peacemaker Season 1
Peacemaker Season 1

Following the events of The Suicide Squad, John Cena's Peacemaker was the focus of the first Worlds of DC television show.

Although you might have believed him to be dead, he was shown to have lived in the movie's post-credits sequence. He is invited to join another black ops team that is on a mission to destroy insect-like creatures that are consuming human bodies all across the world.

The characters John Economos (Steve Agee) and Emilia Harcourt (Jennifer Holland) reappear, and it largely only has a connection to The Suicide Squad. However, if you wait, the conclusion will also have some notable DC cameos.

13. Black Adam

Black Adam
Black Adam

Black Adam, which mostly serves as the origin narrative for the title character and the Justice Society, marks Dwayne Johnson's DC debut.

There isn't really a clear sense of where it fits in the timeline, but given Amanda Waller and Emilia Harcourt (who had her DC debut in Peacemaker) both have roles, we assume it's after everything else so far.

5,000 years after being put to death for using his powers for retribution, Black Adam is brought back to life. As the Justice Society learns to cooperate with him rather than oppose him, he employs his old brand of justice to defend Kahndaq against a bigger threat.

14. Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Black Adam
Black Adam

The Daughters of Atlas, who are rather irate that the Wizard stole their powers and gave them to Shazam, are the antagonists in the Shazam! The Fury of Gods, which stars the titular superhero and his newly empowered foster family.

Although there aren't really any connections to the larger universe and it's set a few years after the first film, Emilia Harcourt and John Economos are seen recruiting Shazam to join the Justice Society in the mid-credit scene, so let's presume it takes place after Black Adam.

The plot of the film itself is neatly resolved when the Shazam Family, with a little assistance from Kalypso's sisters Hespera and Anthea, manages to stop her and rescue the day.

In what may be her last DC appearance for a while, Wonder Woman also makes an appearance to resurrect Billy Batson.