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DC Movies In Order: How to Watch All 10 DCEU Movies

Welcome to the DC Extended Universe (DCEU)! If you’re looking to watch these interconnected superhero DC movies in order as their events unfold chronologically, you’ll want to start with Wonder Woman, which takes place across 1918 in the midst of World War I. Next stop: Big action and even bigger hair with Wonder Woman 1984.

From there, the rest of the DCEU’s chronological order lines up with their movies’ releases. Get acquainted with Superman in Man of Steel, and then see him bond with Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Suicide Squad is up next before you get to witness the epic team-up Justice League. (Substitute in the four-hour Zack Snyder’s Justice League if you want more, though that is non-canon.)

From there, we go to Aquaman, Shazam!, and Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). 2021’s The Suicide Squad is set several years after the first Squad and largely distances itself from that original, though many characters return, including Quinn, Rick Flagg, and Amanda Waller.

Now, continue on to see the full guide on how to watch the DC movies in order!


Wonder Woman (2017)

Adjusted Score: 115764%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, earnest, and buoyed by Gal Gadot's charismatic performance, Wonder Woman succeeds in spectacular fashion.
Synopsis: After leaving her all-female island for the first time, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) discovers her full powers and true destiny... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins

Adjusted Score: 81311%
Critics Consensus: Wonder Woman 1984 struggles with sequel overload, but still offers enough vibrant escapism to satisfy fans of the franchise and its classic central character.
Synopsis: Wonder Woman musters all of her strength, wisdom and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord and... [More]
Directed By: Patty Jenkins


Man of Steel (2013)

Adjusted Score: 72477%
Critics Consensus: Man of Steel's exhilarating action and spectacle can't fully overcome its detours into generic blockbuster territory.
Synopsis: Though struggling with the ramifications of his extraordinary origin and abilities, young Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) must become a hero... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

Adjusted Score: 49465%
Critics Consensus: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice smothers a potentially powerful story -- and some of America's most iconic superheroes -- in a grim whirlwind of effects-driven action.
Synopsis: Convinced that Superman (Henry Cavill) is now a threat to humanity, Batman (Ben Affleck) embarks on a personal vendetta to... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder


Suicide Squad (2016)

Adjusted Score: 44979%
Critics Consensus: Suicide Squad boasts a talented cast and a little more humor than previous DCEU efforts, but they aren't enough to save the disappointing end result from a muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing.
Synopsis: Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and other armed supervillains unite to battle a mysterious... [More]
Directed By: David Ayer


Justice League (2017)

Adjusted Score: 59349%
Critics Consensus: Justice League leaps over a number of DC movies, but its single bound isn't enough to shed the murky aesthetic, thin characters, and chaotic action that continue to dog the franchise.
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Batman and his new ally Wonder Woman... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder

Adjusted Score: 91957%
Critics Consensus: Zack Snyder's Justice League lives up to its title with a sprawling cut that expands to fit the director's vision -- and should satisfy the fans who willed it into existence.
Synopsis: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Batman and his new ally Wonder Woman... [More]
Directed By: Zack Snyder


Aquaman (2018)

Adjusted Score: 87083%
Critics Consensus: Aquaman swims with its entertainingly ludicrous tide, offering up CGI superhero spectacle that delivers energetic action with an emphasis on good old-fashioned fun.
Synopsis: Aquaman must retrieve the legendary Trident of Atlan to save the underwater city of Atlantis -- and the surface world... [More]
Directed By: James Wan


Shazam! (2019)

Adjusted Score: 111775%
Critics Consensus: An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.
Synopsis: Billy Batson is a streetwise 14-year-old who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam simply by shouting out one... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg

Adjusted Score: 100695%
Critics Consensus: With a fresh perspective, some new friends, and loads of fast-paced action, Birds of Prey captures the colorfully anarchic spirit of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Synopsis: Harley Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask and every other thug in Gotham. But things soon... [More]
Directed By: Cathy Yan

Adjusted Score: 114153%
Critics Consensus: Enlivened by writer-director James Gunn's singularly skewed vision, The Suicide Squad marks a funny, fast-paced rebound that plays to the source material's violent, anarchic strengths.
Synopsis: The government sends the most dangerous supervillains in the world to the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. Armed with... [More]
Directed By: James Gunn

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