DC Animated Movie Universe

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DC Animated Movie Universe
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DC Comics
Production
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Warner Bros. Animation
DC Entertainment
Distributed byWarner Home Video
Release date
2013–2020, 2022
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The DC Animated Movie Universe (DCAMU) is an American media franchise and shared universe centered on a series of superhero films, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment and distributed by Warner Home Video. The films are part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, based on the comic books published by DC Comics, and feature plot elements inspired by The New 52 continuity. The continuity, established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters, was introduced in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox,[1] which was released in 2013. Sequels to The Flashpoint Paradox, Son of Batman, and Justice League Dark co-exist with this continuity. The franchise has received positive reviews for its themes and creative direction, and has obtained high sales. As of 2020, sixteen films have been distributed. Justice League Dark: Apokolips War marks the final film of this specific line. On February 19, 2022, a trailer to DC Showcase short Constantine: The House of Mystery was released which is narrative sequel to Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.[2]

Development[edit]

The franchise is loosely based on a set of New 52 storylines from the DC Universe. Following a teaser in the franchise's first film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, a five-film story arc loosely based on the "Darkseid War" series written by Geoff Johns, started from Justice League: War and was later revisited in The Death of Superman, Reign of the Supermen and concluded in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, the sequel to 2017's Justice League Dark. The franchise heavily focuses on Batman and his son Damian Wayne, the latter of whom becomes the new Robin in this continuity.

The franchise includes four Batman and Justice League films: Son of Batman in 2014,[3] Batman vs. Robin in 2015,[4] Batman: Bad Blood in 2016,[5] and Batman: Hush in 2019,[6] Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and Justice League vs. Teen Titans. Other films include two Justice League Dark films: Justice League Dark in 2017 and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War in 2020, two Superman films: The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen, one Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay), one Teen Titans (Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) and one Wonder Woman film (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines).

Films[edit]

Film U.S. release date Director(s) Writer(s) Story by Producer(s)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30) Jay Oliva Jim Krieg James Tucker
Justice League: War February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04) Heath Corson
Son of Batman April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22) Ethan Spaulding Joe R. Lansdale
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13) Ethan Spaulding Heath Corson James Robinson
Batman vs. Robin April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07) Jay Oliva J. M. DeMatteis
Batman: Bad Blood January 20, 2016 (2016-01-20)
Justice League vs. Teen Titans March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29) Sam Liu Bryan Q. Miller and Alan Burnett Bryan Q. Miller
Justice League Dark January 24, 2017 (2017-01-24) Jay Oliva Ernie Altbacker J. M. DeMatteis and Ernie Altbacker
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract April 4, 2017 Sam Liu Ernie Altbacker
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay March 27, 2018 Alan Burnett Sam Liu
The Death of Superman July 24, 2018 Sam Liu and James Tucker Peter J. Tomasi Sam Liu and Amy McKenna
Constantine: City of Demons October 9, 2018 Doug Murphy J. M. DeMatteis Butch Lukic
Reign of the Supermen January 29, 2019 Sam Liu Tim Sheridan and Jim Krieg James Tucker
Batman: Hush July 20, 2019 Justin Copeland Ernie Altbacker Amy McKenna
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines October 5, 2019 Sam Liu and Justin Copeland Mairghread Scott William Moulton Marston and H. G. Peter Sam Liu and Amy McKenna
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War May 5, 2020 Matt Peters and Christina Sotta Christina Sotta and Ernie Altbacker James Tucker

Short films[edit]

Film Release date Director(s) Writer(s) Story by Producer(s) Home media release
Nightwing and Robin January 14, 2015 Bruce Timm N/A Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Constantine: The House of Mystery May 3, 2022[7] Matt Peters Ernie Altbacker James Krieg & Rick Morales DC Showcase Animated Shorts - Constantine: The House of Mystery

Expanded setting[edit]

The DCAMU version of the Teen Titans appear in Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans in which the Go! version of the Titans travel throughout the multiverse and run into the DCAMU version.

Timeline[edit]

As depicted in the DC Animated Movie Universe[edit]

Year(s) Feature films
Origin of the Flashpoint/New 52 Timeline Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
2011 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (prologue)
2013 Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (prologue), Justice League: War, Son of Batman, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Nightwing and Robin
2014 Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood
2015 Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Justice League Dark
2016 Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
2018 The Death of Superman, Reign of the Supermen, Constantine: City of Demons, Batman: Hush, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (prologue)
2020 Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
Aftermath of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War Constantine: The House of Mystery

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

Character Justice League:
The Flashpoint Paradox

(2013)
Justice League:
War

(2014)
Son of Batman
(2014)
Justice League:
Throne of Atlantis

(2015)
Nightwing and Robin
(2015)
Batman vs. Robin
(2015)
Batman: Bad Blood
(2016)
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
(2016)
Justice League Dark
(2017)
Teen Titans:
The Judas Contract

(2017)
Suicide Squad:
Hell to Pay

(2018)
The Death of Superman
(2018)
Constantine: City of Demons
(2018)
Reign of the Supermen
(2019)
Batman:
Hush

(2019)
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
(2019)
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
(2020)
Constantine: The House of Mystery
(2022)
Justice League
Barry Allen
Flash
Justin Chambers Christopher Gorham   Christopher Gorham   Christopher Gorham Non-speaking   Christopher Gorham   Christopher Gorham   Christopher Gorham Non-speaking
Billy Batson
Shazam
Jennifer Hale
(as Billy Batson)

Steven Blum
(as Captain Thunder)
Zach Callison
(as Billy Batson)

Sean Astin
(as Shazam)
  Zach Callison
(as Billy Batson)

Sean Astin
(as Shazam)
  Sean Astin  
Arthur Curry
Aquaman
Cary Elwes   Matt Lanter DJ Price
(as Young Arthur)
  Non-speaking   Matt Lanter   Non-speaking  
Mera Non-speaking   Sumalee Montano   Non-speaking   Non-speaking Non-speaking
Diana Princess
Wonder Woman
Vanessa Marshall Michelle Monaghan   Rosario Dawson   Rosario Dawson   Rosario Dawson   Rosario Dawson   Rosario Dawson Non-speaking
Clark Kent
Superman
Sam Daly Alan Tudyk   Jerry O'Connell   Jerry O'Connell   Jerry O'Connell   Jerry O'Connell   Jerry O'Connell Non-speaking
Hal Jordan
Green Lantern
Nathan Fillion Justin Kirk   Nathan Fillion   Nathan Fillion   Nathan Fillion   Non-speaking  
Victor Stone
Cyborg
Michael B. Jordan Shemar Moore   Shemar Moore   Shemar Moore Non-speaking   Shemar Moore   Shemar Moore   Shemar Moore  
Bruce Wayne
Batman
Kevin Conroy Jason O'Mara   Jason O'Mara   Jason O'Mara   Jason O'Mara Non-speaking
J'onn J'onzz
Martian Manhunter
  Non-speaking   Nyambi Nyambi   Nyambi Nyambi   Non-speaking Non-speaking
Hawkman   Non-speaking   Non-speaking   Non-speaking   Non-speaking Non-speaking
Bat-Family
Kate Kane
Batwoman
  Yvonne Strahovski   Non-Speaking   Non-speaking  
Luke Fox
Batwing
  Gaius Charles   Non-speaking  
Barbara Gordon
Batgirl
  Non-speaking   Peyton List   Non-speaking  
Teen Titans
Dick Grayson
Nightwing
  Sean Maher   Non-speaking Sean Maher   Sean Maher   Sean Maher   Non-speaking Non-speaking
Damian Wayne
Robin
  Stuart Allan   Non-speaking Stuart Allan   Stuart Allan   Non-speaking   Stuart Allan   Stuart Allan Non-speaking
Princess Koriand'r
Starfire
  Non-speaking Kari Wahlgren   Kari Wahlgren   Non-speaking Non-speaking;
Garfield Logan
Beast Boy
  Brandon Soo Hoo   Brandon Soo Hoo   Non-speaking  
Rachel Roth
Raven
  Taissa Farmiga   Taissa Farmiga   Taissa Farmiga Non-speaking
Jaime Reyes
Blue Beetle
  Jake T. Austin   Jake T. Austin   Non-speaking  
Tara Markov
Terra
  Non-speaking   Christina Ricci  
Roy Harper
Speedy
  Crispin Freeman   Non-speaking  
Karen Beecher
Bumblebee
  Masasa Moyo   Non-speaking  
Wonder Girl
Donna Troy
  Non-speaking   Non-speaking  
Superboy
Connor Kent
  Non-speaking   Cameron Monaghan   Non-speaking  
Justice League Dark
John Constantine   Matt Ryan   Matt Ryan   Matt Ryan
Zatanna   Camilla Luddington   Camilla Luddington
Jason Blood
Etrigan the Demon
Dee Bradley Baker   Ray Chase   Ray Chase
Dr. Alec Holland
Swamp Thing
  Roger Cross   Roger Cross  
Boston Brand
Deadman
  Nicholas Turturro  
Black Orchid   Colleen Villard   Non-speaking  
Green Lantern Corps
John Stewart
Green Lantern
  Roger Cross   Roger Cross  
Suicide Squad
Amanda Waller   Vanessa Williams   Vanessa Williams  
Harleen Quinzel
Harley Quinn
  Tara Strong   Hynden Walch   Hynden Walch  
Captain Boomerang James Patrick Stuart   Liam McIntyre   Liam McIntyre  
Black Manta Non-speaking   Harry Lennix   Dave Fennoy   Non-speaking  
Cheetah
Barbara Ann Minerva
  Non-speaking   Non-speaking   Kimberly Brooks Non-speaking  
Bane   Adam Gifford   Non-speaking  
Supervillains
Professor Zoom
Eobard Thawne
C. Thomas Howell   C. Thomas Howell  
Lex Luthor Steven Blum   Steve Blum   Steve Blum   Rainn Wilson   Rainn Wilson   Rainn Wilson  
Slade Wilson
Deathstroke
Ron Perlman   Thomas Gibson   Miguel Ferrer Non-speaking  
Orm
Ocean Master
James Patrick Stuart Steve Blum   Sam Witwer  
Darkseid   Steve Blum   Tony Todd   Tony Todd  
Trigon   Jon Bernthal   John DiMaggio  
Ra's al Ghul   Giancarlo Esposito   Terrence C. Carson  
Talia al Ghul   Morena Baccarin   Non-speaking Morena Baccarin  
The Joker   Dee Bradley Baker   Non-speaking   Jason Spisak  
Harvey Dent
Two-Face
  Non-speaking   Dave Boat   Non-speaking  
Clayface Non-speaking   Adam Gifford  
Victor Fries
Mr. Freeze
(weapon cameo)   Non-speaking  
Penguin   Non-speaking   Non-speaking  
Dr. Jonathan Crane
Scarecrow
  Michael Rosenbaum   Chris Cox  
Blockbuster   John DiMaggio   Dave Fennoy  
Weather Wizard   Rick D. Wasserman   Non-speaking  
Dabney Donovan   Trevor Devall   Trevor Devall  
Hank Henshaw
Cyborg Superman
  Patrick Fabian   Patrick Fabian  
Lady Shiva   Sachie Alessio   Sachie Alessio  
Giganta   Kimberly Brooks Non-speaking  
Other characters
Batman
Thomas Wayne
Kevin McKidd   Non-speaking   Kevin Conroy   Non-speaking   Non-speaking  
Joker
Martha Wayne
Grey DeLisle   Non-speaking  
Joe Chill Non-speaking   Non-speaking  
Lois Lane Dana Delany Non-speaking   Juliet Landau   Rebecca Romijn   Rebecca Romijn   Rebecca Romijn  
General Lane Danny Huston   Jay K. Johnson  
Steve Trevor James Patrick Stuart George Newbern   George Newbern   Non-speaking   Jeffrey Donovan  
Jimmy Olsen   Non-speaking   Patrick Cavanaugh   Max Mittelman   Max Mittelman  
Silas Stone   Rocky Carroll   Non-speaking   Rocky Carroll  
Sarah Charles   Melique Berger   Melique Berger   Non-speaking  
Alfred Pennyworth   David McCallum   David McCallum James Garrett   Non-speaking   James Garrett  
James Gordon   Bruce Thomas   Non-speaking Bruce Thomas   Bruce Thomas  
John Henry Irons
Steel
  Khary Payton   Cress Williams   Cress Williams   Non-speaking  
Cat Grant   Toks Olagundoye   Toks Olagundoye  
Martha Kent   Jennifer Hale   Jennifer Hale  
Jonathan Kent   Paul Eiding   Paul Eiding  
Bibbo Bibbowski   Charles Halford   Charles Halford  
Mercy Graves   Erica Luttrell   Erica Luttrell  
Perry White   Rocky Carroll   Rocky Carroll  
Steve Lombard   Max Mittelman   Max Mittelman  
Chas Chandler   Damian O'Hare   Damian O'Hare
Nergal   Robin Atkin Downes   Robin Atkin Downes

Other media[edit]

Web series[edit]

The CW seed released a five episode animated miniseries titled Constantine: City of Demons written by J. M. DeMatteis in March 2018, sharing continuity with Justice League Dark. Matt Ryan reprises his role as John Constantine. On October 9, the series was re-released as a film as an extended version for DVD and Blu-Ray and later split into two as two episodes on January 19, 2019 on CW Seed.

Tie-in comics[edit]

Title Issue(s) Publication date(s) Writer(s) Artist(s)
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay 12 March 21, 2018 Jeff Parker Cat Staggs, Stefano Raffaele, Agustin Padilla, and Mathew Dow Smith
The Death of Superman: Part 1 12 August 1-October 17, 2018 Louise Simonson Cat Staggs

Reception[edit]

Key:
Sales figures represent DVD sales and Blu-ray sales in the United States. International sales, digital sales, and rentals are not included.

Title Release date Director(s) Gross in the 1st three weeks Gross total Rotten Tomatoes Ref.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox July 30, 2013 Jay Oliva $2,961,457 $5,246,836 100% (5 reviews)[8] [9]
Justice League: War February 4, 2014 $3,119,314 $5,796,887 50% (6 reviews)[10] [11]
Son of Batman May 6, 2014 Ethan Spaulding $4,071,112 $7,010,377 64% (11 reviews)[12] [13]
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis January 27, 2015 $2,445,009[14] $4,650,356 57% (7 reviews)[15] [16]
Batman vs. Robin April 14, 2015 Jay Oliva $2,537,343 $4,263,302 100% (5 reviews)[17] [18]
Batman: Bad Blood February 2, 2016 $3,093,355 $4,851,716 100% (5 reviews)[19] [20]
Justice League vs. Teen Titans March 26, 2016 Sam Liu $2,522,134 $4,611,800 80% (5 reviews)[21] [22]
Justice League Dark January 24, 2017 Jay Oliva $1,286,255 $3,290,794 78% (9 reviews)[23] [24]
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract April 18, 2017 Sam Liu $1,514,960 $3,266,509 83% (6 reviews)[25] [26]
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay March 27, 2018 $1,202,526 $2,858,692 88% (8 reviews)[27] [28]
The Death of Superman July 24, 2018 Sam Liu and Jake Castorena $4,219,828 $6,542,667 92% (13 reviews)[29] [30]
Constantine: City of Demons: The Movie October 9, 2018 Doug Murphy $750,022 $1,653,703 NA (3 reviews)[31] [32]
Reign of the Supermen January 15, 2019 Sam Liu N/A $3,638,868 NA (0 reviews)[33] [34]
Batman: Hush July 20, 2019 Justin Copeland $2,584,555 $3,593,914 88% (17 reviews)[35] [36]
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines October 5, 2019 Sam Liu $764,095 $1,711,370 88% (8 reviews)[37] [38]
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War May 19, 2020 Matt Peters and Christina Sotta $1,563,760 $5,497,317 100% (18 reviews) [39] [40]
Total: $39,557,472 $68,485,108
Average: $2,702,945 $4,244,950

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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