I’ve outlined in my Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice review how I think the movie should have gone. After seeing Justice League I’ve noticed that there have been a fair few missed opportunities to tie stories together and create a cohesive shared universe. If my idea for ‘Batman vs Superman’ and ‘Dawn of Justice’ was the version of events we got we could have seen something like the following, as a release schedule for a DC Movie Universe.
Dawn of Justice (2013-2018)
Man of Steel (2013)
This film is unchanged.
Batman vs Superman (2016)
Batman and Superman are being manipulated by Lex Luthor in to hating each other, they both had their reasons but they were played upon and had their perspective skewed. The story would involve the main characters investigating what seem to be separate leads that all end up being part of the one plan.
That plan, was to have Superman kill Batman and that this scenario would have one of two outcomes:
1. To show the world either that Superman would kill someone – God can’t be all good. Or,
2. To show the world that Batman killed Superman – God can’t be all powerful.
Naturally, of course before killing one another, but not after a really good fight, they realise they are actually on the same side and they go after Lex Luthor together. They put that Lex in jail, while he is in there he plots something bigger, upon his eventual escape, which will be the story of Dawn of Justice.
Suicide Squad (2016)
Similar to the story in the original film but instead to Enchantress being the villain, it’s the Joker. Deadshot and Harley Quinn are the main characters as they were in the original, but the film focuses more on Harley’s confliction with going after her former lover. The Joker is somewhat defeated but vanishes leaving behind his face.
Wonder Woman (2017)
The same as Wonder Woman film that was released.
Dawn of Justice (2017)
Batman launches a new satellite called ‘Brother Eye’, the satellite monitors almost everything on Earth. Using Brother Eye, he learns that Lex Luthor has escaped and could be planning his revenge against Superman and Batman and he is using General Zod’s body. He follows the trail that he found in BvS to find more meta-humans. Flash and Wonder Woman join Batman’s team. But Superman and Aquaman ignore the request until a mutated General Zod attacks San Diego. All coming together, the team defeats Zod. Superman decides to join the team but Aquaman wants nothing to do with the issues of the humans on land. An Apokoliptain Mother Box activates on Earth and the energy reading is picked up by Brother Eye.
(Note: the mutated General Zod looks more like a Bizzaro like character than a Doomsday like character.)
Justice League (2018)
This film takes place just after Dawn of Justice. The Mother Box that activated merged with what was remaining of Victor Stone’s body, making him a cyborg. Brother Eye was not the only thing that picked up the Mother Box’s activation, on Apokolips Steppenwolf notices the signal and embarks on a mission to Earth to recover the technology that went missing a thousand years ago. He arrives and attacks Central City searching for one of the three Mother Boxes he believes to be on Earth. The Justice League mobilize and fight him off. Cyborg joins the team after helping the League fight Steppenwolf. But he then attacks Atlantis, the home of another Mother Box, forcing the city to surface. The Justice League step in to help Auqaman. Steppenwolf is defeated, Atlantis returns to the ocean and Aquaman agrees to join the Justice League.
Lex Luthor, laying low since the General Zod incident begins to put together his own team – the Legion of Doom.
The Legion of Doom (2018-2021)
The Batman (2018)
Batman vs Deathstroke
Superman and the Lost City of Krypton (2019)
Superman vs Brainiac and he learns about the city of Kandor.
Aquaman vs Black Manta
Green Lantern Corps. (2020)
Green Lantern Corps. vs The Manhunters
Justice League: Doom (2020)
The storyline deals with The Legion of Doom taking down the League to cause planet-wide chaos. They use stolen contingency plans made by Batman to take down his teammates, causing the team to distrust Batman. Based on ‘The Tower of Babel’.
The Flash (2021)
A rip in the Speed Force opens as a speedster from the future travels back in time and is trapped in the present day. The speedster (Eobard Thawne), in order to return to his own time has to steal the Flash’s speed.
The Batman 2 (2021)
Batman has fallen out of favour with the Justice League and with no one left to help him the Joker returns after mysteriously disappearing for years. His face now tacked back on, could this be endgame for Batman?
Wonder Woman 2 (2021)
Wonder Woman vs Medusa
Justice League Unlimited (2022-2026)
Justice League: Darksied (2022)
The Mother Boxes are safe on Earth but the Green Lanterns have notice more Boom Tube activity of late. The Corps sends a team to Apokolips to investigate where they see a large army amassing under the orders of Darksied. His uncle has failed him and it’s time to defeat the Kryptonian that beat Steppenwolf and destroy the planet he resides on. A battle ensues and all the Green Lantern team except Hal Jordan are defeated. He narrowly escapes and flees to Earth to find a way to stop this force. Hal lands on Earth where he meets the Justice League and warns them about Darksied. But just as the League attempts to prepare for the oncoming army and Cyborg begins to monitor Boom Tubes on Earth, the entire planet of Apokolips appears in Earth’s orbit.
There’s a battle on Earth, a battle in space and a battle on Apokolips. The Justice League find many new heroes to join the battle and to join the new larger league.
JLU: Green Arrow & Black Canary (2022)
Green Arrow and Black Canary vs
JLU: Shazam (2022)
Shazam vs Black Adam
JLU: Teen Titans (2023)
Based on ‘The Judas Contract’. Deathstroke returns.
Superman: Doomsday (2023)
Based on ‘The Death of Superman’.
JLU: Firestorm (2023)
Firestorm vs Killer Frost
Green Lantern Corps: The Rann-Thanagar War (2024)
Based on the ‘Rann-Thanagar War’. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are introduced.
Justice League: A New World Order (2024)
Based on ‘A New World Order’. A League without Superman vs. White Martians and the Hyperclan. Martain Manhunter is introduced.
Batman: The Court of Owls (2024)
Based on ‘The Court of Owls’.
JLU: Booster Gold (2025)
Booster Gold vs The Time Masters
Return of Superman (2025)
Based on ‘The Return of Superman’. Featuring the Eradicator, Superboy, Cyborg Superman and Steel. Superman Returns. Superboy is not defeated in the end but goes insane and more powerful (to the level of DC Comics Superboy Prime) which leads to…
Justice League: Crisis (2025)
Loosely based on ‘Infinite Crisis’. Barry defeats Superboy by throwing him in to the speed force. Barry is also lost in the speed force and ends up on a strange version of Earth.
Based on ‘Flashpoint’.
Future of the Universe
Includes the whole DC Universe. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps lead DC’s champions into battle to save the universe from an army of Black Lanterns made up of the DCU’s deceased heroes and villains.
Wonder Woman: Hiketeia
Batman: The Long Halloween