List of DC Universes

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The DC Universe is a multiverse canon. It's commonly referred to the DC Multiverse.

Comic-Based Universes

New Earth


Helena Wayne, daughter of Batman and Catwoman is from this universe. Power Girl was originally from this universe as well before getting stranded in the main universe.


See Earth-3 for more information.

DC Bombshells

DC Bombshells is a reality where female superheroes guard the homefront during World War II.

Game-Based Universes

Batman: Arkham Series

The Batman: Arkham video game series is comprised of the titles Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City, and Batman: Arkham Knight, created by Rocksteady Studios, as well as the prequel Batman: Arkham Origins, created by Warner Bros. Games Montréal.

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2 are fighting games created by NetherRealm Studios. Tie-in comics expand the story told in these games.

See Injustice: Gods Among Us for more canon and fandom information.

Television-Based Universes

Some of the newer series, including the Arrowverse and Supergirl, are often referred to as DCTV Universe aka DC Television Universe.

Animated Universes

DC Animated Universe

This universe is often referred to DCAU or Timmverse after producer Bruce Timm. Notable series include:

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an American computer-animated television series created by Bruce Timm and starring Josh Keaton.

Teen Titans

See Teen Titans (TV Series) for more information.

Young Justice

Earth-16 is the universe ID that currently refers to the Young Justice cartoon series.

Live-Action Universes

Adventures of Superman

Adventures of Superman is a 1950s television series starring George Reeves as Clark Kent/Superman.

Batman (1966)

Batman is a 1960s television series and spin-off motion picture, starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.


Shazam! is a 1970s television series focused on Billy Batson, a teenage boy who can transform into the superhero Captain Marvel. The series had official crossovers with The Secrets of Isis.

Wonder Woman

See Wonder Woman (TV series) for more information.


Superboy aka The Adventures of Superboy is a 1980s-early 90s television series focused on the early adventures of Clark Kent/Superboy starring John Haymes Newton (Season 1) and Gerard Christopher (Season 2-4) as Clark.

The Flash

See The Flash (1990s) for more information.

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

See Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman for more information.


See Smallville for more information.

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey was a short lived television show that focused on Helena Kyle (daughter of Batman and Catwoman), Barbara Gordon, and Dinah Redmond (Black Canary's daughter) fighting crime in New Gotham.

See Birds of Prey (TV) for more canon and fandom information.

Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow

See Arrow (TV), The Flash (CW), Vixen (CW) and Legends of Tomorrow for more canon and fandom information.

This universe is sometimes referred to as DC Television Universe, Flarrow, Arrowverse and Legends of Flarrow. Inside the universe, it's considered Earth-1. Earth-2 and Earth-3 locations and characters have made appearances starting in the second season of The Flash. Harrison "HR" Wells is a character from Earth-19. Earth-38 is Supergirl's homeworld.


Gotham is a live-action television series that focuses on James Gordon's early days in the Gotham City police force. It also focuses on several of the villains origins of the Batman mythology.

See Gotham for more canon and fandom information.


Constantine is a NBC live-action television series starring Matt Ryan as the titular character. Officially crossed over with Arrow in its fourth season.

See Constantine (TV series) for more canon and fandom information.


Supergirl is an CBS/CW live-action television show the focuses on Kara Danvers (Kara Zor-El) adventures as Supergirl. Officially crossed over with The Flash in its first season, and due to its production move in its 2nd season, it is apart of the Arrowverse (fans often call it Legends of Superflarrow) although Supergirl is on Earth-38 while Arrow/Flash/LoT are considered Earth-1.

See Supergirl (TV series) for more canon and fandom information.


See Titans page for more canon and fandom information.

Titans (also titled as Blackbirds) was an upcoming TNT live-action television show in 2014 focused on the Teen Titans characters, featuring Nightwing, Barbara Gordon, Hawk, Dove, Raven, and Starfire, however it was canceled in early 2016 but Geoff Johns said they have "plans" for it[1].

Fandom around the "upcoming" TNT show appeared almost immediately after the announcement. It was focused mainly on Tumblr with fancasts, fan posters, confessions, and opinions on the characters list. Fans were ultimately disappointed with the cancelation with the series.

However, the series did eventually find a home in 2017 on the DC streaming digital service. Much excitement around the announcement and later casting news garnered the TT fans back to it. There was some controversy around the Starfire's POC actress and costume. The series premiered on October 12, 2018 and focused mainly on Dick Grayson, Rachel Roth, Beast Boy, Starfire, Hawk and Dove. There was an episode crossover with Doom Patrol although the two series are not set in the same continuity.

The series fandom is overall fairly small, with only 292 works on AO3 and 32 works on FFN as of August 2019. Tumblr remains a popular site for the fandom with gifs, fanworks and fan reactions. YouTube has various fanvids dedicated to the main characters.

Movie-Based Universes

Christopher Reeve series

The Christopher Reeve series refers to the Superman films from 19781987 with the actor Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent.

See Reeveverse for more canon and fandom information.

Burton/Schumacher series

The Batman films made from (19891997) refers to the four films: Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin directed by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher. This series is famous for the various actors who had played Batman: Michael Keaton (B, BR), Val Kilmer (BF) and George Clooney (B&R). Robin was portrayed by Chris O'Donnell and Batgirl was portrayed by Alicia Silverstone. Batman villains showcased in the series are The Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, Penguin, The Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and Bane.

See Batman (Burton/Schumacher series) for more canon and fandom information.

Superman Returns

Superman Returns is a 2006 film that is focused on Superman and is considered almost like a sequel to the Christopher Reeve series but starred Brandon Routh as Clark/Superman.

Batman Begins/Nolanverse

See Nolanverse for more information.

DC Universe Animated Original Movies

DC Universe Animated Original Movies, or DCUAOM for short, are direct-to-video animated film projects that focuses on Justice League and other DC characters with the help of producers such as Bruce Timm and are more for adult audience - with stronger violence, profane language and more mature themes. The more recent movie projects have also included many of the voice actors who worked on previous DC Animated Universe and films, such as Mark Hamilton as the Joker and Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

They did not form a single continuity, but are stand-alone movies mostly. Starting with Justice League: War, however, many of them form a single continuity. Many of the films are adapted from stories originally featured in DC print comics and graphic novels. Currently, 26 feature films and five short films have been released.

DC Extended Universe

The DC Extended Universe, also known as the DC Cinematic Universe/DCEU/DCCU, is a shared fictional universe of several films by DC Comics. Man of Steel is a 2013 reboot for a Superman film with Henry Cavill as Clark/Superman. The first sequel has Batman (portrayed by Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (portrayed by Gal Gadot) join Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will lead to another film based on the Justice League. The Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam films also takes place in the same universe. Other films in development include, The Flash, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps.

See DC Extended Universe for more canon and fandom information.