DC Classic Films Timeline

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Whether it’s Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of the Man of Steel, or Tim Burton’s enchanting new take on Batman, chances are one of these films informed your childhood view of these classic characters. This is the DC Classic Films timeline.

What’s on the DC Classic Films Timeline?

I should start by saying that we have no evidence these two main franchises exist in the same continuity. But their proximity to each other, and the general place they have in DC nerd culture, makes it easy enough to assume they exist in the same universe.

We’ve also added Superman Returns and it’s “sequels” in the form of the Crisis on Infinite Earths Arrowverse crossover. These also have loose connections to the Christopher Reeve films, even though some aspects (i.e. the year in which they are set) don’t match up. Superman Returns was definitely meant to be a soft sequel to the Reeve films. Or at least to the first two Reeve films.

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#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
SupermanFilmRichard Donner1978-12-15Superman
2Superman IIFilmRichard Lester1980-12-04SupermanSee also the Richard Donner Cut.
3Superman IIIFilmRichard Lester1983-06-17Superman
4SupergirlFilmJeannot Szwarc1984-11-21Supergirl
5Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceFilmSidney J. Furie1987-07-24Superman
6BatmanFilmTim Burton1989-06-23Batman
7Batman ReturnsFilmTim Burton1992-06-19Batman
8Batman ForeverFilmJoel Schumacher1995-06-16Batman
9Batman & RobinFilmJoel Schumacher1997-06-20Batman
10Superman ReturnsFilmBryan Singer2006-06-28SupermanWhile not specifically in the same continuity, Superman Returns is a spiritual successor.
11Supergirl 5.09: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 1TV EpisodeJesse Warn2019-12-08ArrowverseThis crossover could be considered a sequel to Superman Returns.
12Batwoman 5.09: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 2TV EpisodeLaura Belsey2019-12-09Arrowverse
The Flash 6.09: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 3TV EpisodeDavid McWhirter2019-12-10Arrowverse
14Arrow 8.08: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 4TV EpisodeGlen Winter2020-01-14Arrowverse
15Legends of Tomorrow: Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part 5TV EpisodeGregory Smith2020-01-14Arrowverse