Below is the fictional timeline of major events in the DC Extended Universe.
Event featured in/referred to in:
- - Man of Steel (2013)
- - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
- - Suicide Squad (2016)
- - Wonder Woman (2017)
- - Justice League (2017)
- - Aquaman (2018)
c. 13,000,000,000 B.C.
c. 8,700,000,000 B.C.
- The formation of the planet Krypton.
c. 7,000,000,000 B.C.
- Life begins appearing on Krypton.
c. 4,600,000,000 B.C.
c. 4,510,000,000 B.C.
- The planet Earth forms.
c. 3,500,000,000 B.C.
- Life begins to appear on Earth.
c. 200,000 B.C.
c. 100,000 B.C.
- Kryptonians become the dominant civilized species on Krypton.
c. 28,000 B.C.
- Steppenwolf is born.
c. 27,986 B.C.
- Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons invade Earth but are stopped by the collective might of humankind, Atlantean, and Amazon forces. The three victorious armies take one Mother Box each.
c. 25,000 B.C.
- Kara Zor-El is born on Krypton.
- A Kryptonian vessel, Scout Ship 0344, crash lands on the planet Earth and is left behind by Kara Zor-El.
- The Enchantress is born.
c. 3000 B.C.
- The War of the Gods breaks out, with Ares slaying all other Olympian Gods.
- Diana of Themyscira is born to King of the Olympian Gods Zeus and Queen of the Amazons Hippolyta.
c. 1200 B.C.
- Black Adam is born.
Early Modern Era
- Gotham City is established in New Jersey.
- The city of Metropolis is founded.
- Metropolis Police Department is formed.
- Wayne Enterprises is founded by the Wayne Family.
- Alan Wayne is born.
- Midway City is founded.
- The town of Smallville, Kansas is founded.
- Midway City Police Department is established.
- Erich Ludendorff is born.
- The Daily Planet newspaper is founded.
- Charles Wayne is born.
- The Smallville Sentinel newspaper is founded.
- Alan Wayne dies.
- Benjamin Wayne is born.
- Patrick A. Wayne is born.
- World War I begins.
- Laura Wayne is born.
- Diana Prince, Steve Trevor, Sameer, Chief, and Charlie have their photograph taken after a battle in Belgium.
- Wonder Woman defeats Ares.
- Ace Chemicals is founded.
- The Rosemont Theater in Gotham opened.
- Thomas Wayne is born.
- Martha Kane is born.
- Jonathan Kent is born.
- Harry Kent Jr. is born.
- Waylon Jones is born.
- Bruce Wayne is born.
- Jonathan Kent and Martha Clark wed.
- Christopher Weiss is born.
- Anatoli Knyazev is born.
- Floyd Lawton is born.
- Aquaman is born.
- Kal-El is born to Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van.
- General Zod attempts a coup d'état on Krypton.
- Jor-El is killed by General Zod.
- The infant Kal-El is successfully sent to earth using a spaceship with a phantom Drive.
- The Kryptonian Law Council sentence the remaining members of the Sword of Rao to the Phantom Zone, for 300 cycles of somatic reconditioning.
- Krypton implodes killing Lara Lor-Van and the Kryptonian race.
- General Zod and the Sword of Rao are released from the Phantom Zone after Krypton implodes. The Black Zero is retrofitted to enable Zod to traverse the cosmos.
- Jonathan and Martha Kent discover a crashed UFO on their farm containing a small boy who they take in and name Clark.
- Chato Santana is born.
- Thomas and Martha Wayne are killed by a mugger leaving their son Bruce orphaned and under the care of Alfred Pennyworth.
- S.T.A.R. Labs discover and begin to test on one of the three Mother Boxes left after Steppenwolf invaded. Presumably the one left in the hands of humanity.
- Lex Luthor is born.
- Tatsu Hikari is born.
- Dick Grayson/Nightwing is born.
- Harleen Quinzel is born.
- Barry Allen is born.
- Clark reveals his powers to save a submerged school bus.
- Jonathan shows Clark the crashed infant starship and reveals to him that he is an alien.
- Victor Stone is born.
- Bruce Wayne becomes the vigilante Batman.
- Jason Todd/Robin is born.
- The Flying Graysons are killed mid-air in front of a crowd in an acrobatic act and Batman takes their son, Richard "Dick" Grayson under his wing.
- Luthor Sr. leaves his son, Alexander Luthor Jr.
- Alexander Luthor Jr. becomes CEO of Lexcorp following his father leaving him.
- Wonder Woman captures Slipknot.
- Nora Allen is killed.
- Zoe Lawton is born.
- Harleen Quinzel meets the Joker as his psychiatrist, and soon falls in love.
- Christopher Weiss was first arrested in 2011 having moved from Alabama to Keystone City to pursue his criminal ambitions.
- Jason Todd/Robin is captured, tortured and killed by the Joker and Harley Quinn.
- US Military discover a strange object on Ellesmere Island.
- Batman receives information about the killer Floyd Lawton from Amanda Waller and captures him in front of his daughter while they were shopping for Christmas.
- Battle of Metropolis: General Zod arrives on Earth and attempts to terraform Earth into a new Krypton, but is stopped by Superman.
- Bruce Wayne watches the destruction of Metropolis as mankind is introduced to the Superman.
- "Clark Kent" starts his job at the Daily Planet.
- Zoe Lawton sends one of many letters to her father in prison, but it, along with all the others, is stashed away on arrival, and he never receives it.
- Monster T is killed by the Joker.
- Batman pursues Joker and Harley Quinn in the streets of Gotham City. The Joker escapes leaving Harley Quinn by her own. She is finally captured by the bat vigilante of Gotham.
- A little over 18 months after the Battle of Metropolis, Kryptonite is found in the depths of the Indian Ocean, within the wreckage of the World Engine.
- Bruce Wayne discusses the White Portuguese with Alfred Pennyworth, and its contents, a rock which can weaken Superman, discovered in the Indian Ocean a little over 3 months ago. He tells Alfred of his plan to take down Superman, believing him to be a potential threat, having seen the war Superman brought to them 2 years ago in the Battle of Metropolis.
- Using the LexCorp files, Batman and Wonder Woman discover the existence of Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash.
- Superman is forced to battle Batman and loses. He is spared by Batman after gaining knowledge of Lex Luthor's sinister plan.
- Batman saves Martha Kent and lets KG Beast die.
- Lex Luthor creates Doomsday.
- Battle against Doomsday: Doomsday is unleashed in Metropolis and moves to Gotham City before being stopped by Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. After an intense fight, and using a spear made of kryptonite, Superman makes a last, desperate attack on Doomsday. The monster uses his arm to stab Superman in the chest. Eventually, they both die in front of Batman and Wonder Woman.
- Lex Luthor is sent to Arkham Asylum.
- Enchantress releases her brother Incubus and now possesses the body of Gerard Davis.
- Midway City is besieged by the Enchantress and her brother The Incubus.
- The Suicide Squad kill both the Enchantress and Incubus.
- The deaths of Chato Santana, Christopher Weiss and Edwards.