The Correct Order To Watch DC Movies


Here is the release order of the DCEU film, presented for clarity: 

  • Man of Steel (2013)
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
  • Suicide Squad (2016)
  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • Justice League (2017)
  • Aquaman (2018)
  • Shazam! (2019)
  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) 
  • The Suicide Squad (2021)
  • Black Adam (2022)
  • Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)
  • The Flash (2023)
  • Blue Beetle (2023)
  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023)

These films, of course, wildly fluctuate in quality. “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman” are both directed by Snyder, and they bear the above-mentioned heady angst that feels deep when you’re 13-years-old, but doesn’t actually possess any substance. David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” is a chaotic mish-mash of edits and re-edits that feels like a TV commercial. Many liked Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman,” a film set during World War I, but its ending undoes any intriguing ideas it carried. 

“Justice League,” like “Suicide Squad,” was famously recut after Snyder had to leave the production due to a personal tragedy. Joss Whedon, uncredited, came in to rewrite and reshoot several scenes, leading to a sloppy but serviceable film. “Justice League” wasn’t the “Avengers”-level hit that Warner Bros’. wanted, and an online campaign began to #ReleaseTheSnyderCut. Many fans thought that Snyder had completed a cut of “Justice League,” and that WB just didn’t have the temerity to release something so grand and epic. 

It was eventually revealed that Snyder had a lot more he wanted to film, and he was given $70 million to complete a four-hour version of the movie, which was released on HBOmax. Weirdly enough, the long version, while richer and more complete, was just as entertaining as the short version. If we published gifs, this is where I’d include the gif of Hannibal Buress saying “Why are you booing me? I’m right.”

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