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The DC Cinematic Universe (DCU) is a media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on a series of superhero films, independently produced by Warner Brothers and DC Comics and based on characters that appear in publications by DC Comics. The franchise has expanded to include comic books, short films, and a television series, with additional television series in development. The shared universe, much like the original DC Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters.

The first film to be released in the Dc Cinematic Universe was Batman (2008), followed by The Flash (2008), Batman 2 (2010), Wonder Woman (2011), Superman: Man of Steel  (2011), DC'S Justice League (2012), Batman 3  (2013) and Wonder Woman: World of War (2013). Four additional films are in various stages of development as of March 2014: Superman: Last son of Krypton and Green Lanterns: Protectors of the Galaxy (2014) are in post-production, Justice League: Age of Brainiac (2015) is filming, and The Flash (2015) is in pre-production.

DevelopmentEdit

In 2005, Variety reported that DC Studios would start independently producing its own films and distribute them through Warner Bros. DC's plan was to release individual films for their main characters and then merge them together in a crossover film. Dane Brenson initially referred to the shared narrative continuity of these films as the "DC Cinema Universe", but later used the term "DC Cinematic Universe".

FilmsEdit

  • Batman Directed by Kevin Smith, written by David S. Goyer and produced by Kevin Smith
  • Martian Manhunter, Directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by del Toro and Alfred Gough and produced by Stan Lee
  • Batman 2, Directed by Kevin Smith, written by David S. Goyer and produced by Alfred Gough
  • Wonder-Woman, directed by Steven Sodenbergh, written by Steven Spielberg and Chris Carter
  • Superman: Man of Steel, directed by Jose Padilha, written by Padilha, produced by Peter Jackson
  • Justice League: Directed by J. J. Abrams, written by J. J. Abrams and Brad Fuller, produced by Chris Carter and Alfred Gough

Short FilmsEdit

I n August 2011, DC announced a series of direct-to-video short films called DC One-Shots. The first short film, The Info, is included with the Wonder Woman Blu-ray release, which was released on September 13, 2011. A second, Something Bad happened when Wonder Woman fell in Kansas, was released on the Superman: Man of Steel Blu-ray on October 25, 2011. Both films star Seth MacFarlane as Dan Smith, offering up two self-contained stories about the day in the life of a S.T.A.R agent. A third film, The Hidden Object, was released with DC's Justice League Blu-ray on September 25, 2012. A fourth film, Lois Lane starring Hayley Atwell as the title character, was released with the Batman 3 Blu-ray release on September 24, 2013. A fifth film, All Hail the King starring Brad Dourif as Charles Flemyng, was released with the Blu-ray release of Wonder Woman: World of War on February 25, 2014.

TelevisionEdit

DC's ArrowEdit

In July 2012, it was reported that DC Television had again entered into discussions with ABC to do a show set in the DC Cinematic Universe, and in August, ABC ordered a pilot for a show called Arrow, to be written by J. J. Abrams, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, and directed by J. J. Abrams. Stephen Ammel take the lead role of Green Arrow in the series. On April 6, 2013 ABC announced that the show would be titled Arrow and was officially ordered to series on May 10, 2013. The series premiered on September 24, 2013.

Comic BooksEdit

In November 2010,DC Comics editor-in-chief outlined his plan to expand the DCU into comic books. He explained, "[F]or the uninitiated, the DCU [comics] are going to be stories set within movie continuity. [They are] not necessarily direct adaptations of the movies, but maybe something that happened off screen and was mentioned in the movie, and we'll tell that story. ... [T]he folks that are involved in the movies on the West Coast will be involved in these stories. It won't be like one of our comic book writers saw the movie and has an idea for a story. No, these stories are originating at the very top. [DC Studios chief] is involved with these and in some cases maybe the writers of the movies would be involved in ... generating these ideas and then either just giving them to some of our writers or maybe some of these guys writing them themselves."

Cast and CharactersEdit

  • Henry Cavill as Superman/Kal-El 
  • Christin Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne
  • Jamie Alexander as Wonder Woman/Diana of Temyscera
  • Grant Gustin as The Flash/Barry Allen
  • Doug Jones as Martain Manhunter/Jon Jonzz
  • Milla Jovovich as Huntress/Helena Bertinelli
  • Grant Gustin as The Flash/Barry Allen
  • Stephen Amell as Green Arrow/ Oliver Queen
  • Vincent Cassell as The Atom/Dr. Raymond Pamer
  • Idris Elba as Green Lantern/ John Stewart 
  • Keith David as Garrison Slate
  • Seth McFarlane as Agent Dan Smith
  • Emily VanCamp as Agent Megan Stone
  • Timothy Spall as Agent White
  • Ron Perlman as Darkseid
  • Gabriella Wilde as Aresia
  • Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor
  • Liam Neeson as Ras Al Ghul
  • Brad Dourif as Charles Flemmyng/ "Rhas Al Ghul"
  • Michael C. Hall as Thomas Elliot/ "The Real Rhas al Ghul"
  • Ralph Fiennes as Ares
  • Jennifer Tilly as Circe
  • Robert Maillet as Apokalips
  • Russel Crowne as General Zod
  • Auntje Traue as Faora
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Brainiac
  • Bryan Cranston as Comissioner James Gordon
  • Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth
  • Tom Hardy as Bane
  • Thomas-Brodie Sangster as Rolland Daggett
  • Crispin Glover as The Joker/The Red Hood
  • Andy Serkis as Gorilla Grodd
  • Amy Adams as Lois Lane
  • Alice Braga as Iris West
  • Bruce Spence as The Other One

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