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

Earth-2

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.

Earth-3

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.

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

Batman is a 1960s television series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.

Shazam!

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

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.

Smallville

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.

Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow

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

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.

Constantine

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

Supergirl

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 it's first season, and due to it's production move in it's 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.

Titans/Blackbirds

Titans (also titled as Blackbirds) was an upcoming TNT live-action television show focused on the Teen Titans characters, featuring Nightwing, Barbara Gordon, Hawk, Dove, Raven, and Starfire, however it was canceled in early 2016 but DC Entertainment Head Geoff Johns said they have "plans" for it - whether or not it'll go to another network is not yet known[1].

Fandom surrounding the upcoming series is focused on Tumblr with fancasts, fan posters, confessions, and opinions on the characters list.

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.

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.

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 series 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 Cinematic Universe

The DC Cinematic Universe, also known as the DC Extended Universe, 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 film also takes place in the same universe. Wonder Woman will also have her own film to be released in 2017. Other films in development include, The Flash (2018), Aquaman (2018), Shazam (2019), Cyborg (2020), and Green Lantern Corps (2020).

Resources

References

  1. Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Flash, Lucifer, Suits, 24, Titans, HTGAWM, Castle, NCIS: LA and More. TVLine.com. Published February 2, 2016. (Accessed July 17, 2016)