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Below is the fictional timeline of major events in the DC Extended Universe.

Key

Event featured in/referred to in:

Timeline

Ancient Times

c. 13,000,000,000 B.C.

  • The Red Sun, later named "Rao", forms.[citation needed]Superman Logo

c. 8,700,000,000 B.C.

  • The formation of the planet Krypton.[citation needed]Superman Logo

c. 7,000,000,000 B.C.

  • Life begins appearing on Krypton.[citation needed]Superman Logo

c. 4,600,000,000 B.C.

  • The Yellow Sun, later named "Sol", forms.[citation needed]Superman Logo

c. 4,540,000,000 B.C.

c. 3,800,000,000 B.C.

c. 198,000 B.C.

  • Humans of Earth are created by Zeus, and proceed to found the first primitive civilizations.[3]WW Emblem

c. 98,000 B.C.

  • Kryptonians become the dominant civilized species on Krypton. The Kryptonians begin interplanetary travel and colonizing other planets.[4]Superman Logo

c. 28,000 B.C.

16,000s B.C.

16,030 B.C.

16,020 B.C.

  • A Kryptonian vessel, Scout Ship 0344, crash lands on the planet Earth and is left behind by Kara Zor-El.[citation needed]Superman Logo

4359-4358 B.C.

c. 28,000 B.C.

c. 3000 B.C.

  • The War of the Gods breaks out, with Ares slaying all other Olympian Gods.[citation needed]WW Emblem
  • Diana of Themyscira is born to King of the Olympian Gods Zeus and Queen of the Amazons Hippolyta.[citation needed]WW Emblem
  • The Warning Fire of the Amazons is lit for the last time in 5000 years. Men would come to forget its meaning, but Hippolyta's daughter, Diana, would always know what it signified.[8]Justice League Logo

c. 1200 B.C.

333 B.C.

  • Alexander the Great slices the Gordian Knot with a sword-stroke.[9]Batman-vs-superman-logo

Early Modern Era

17th Century

1635

  • Gotham City is established in New Jersey.[citation needed]Batman-vs-superman-logo

1661

  • The city of Metropolis is founded.[citation needed]Superman Logo

18th Century

1776

19th Century

1800s

1820

  • Cassidys Pub is established.[citation needed]Superman Logo

1834

1862

  • The town of Smallville, Kansas is founded.[citation needed]Superman Logo

1863

1865

April
9th

1867

1871

1885

1894

Modern Times

20th Century

1902

1907

1914

July
28th

1915

1918

November
11th
  • World War I ends.[9]WW Emblem

1921

1922

1939

September
1st
  • World War II begins.[9]SQ

1941

1942

1945

September
2nd
  • World War II ends.[9]SQ

1946

1951

1952

  • The Daily Planet newspaper moves into its present offices.[citation needed]Batman-vs-superman-logo

1954

  • Charles Wayne dies.[10]Batman-vs-superman-logo

1955

1957

May
2nd

1968

June
3rd

1969

  • Benjamin Wayne dies.[10]Batman-vs-superman-logo

c. 1972

February
19th

1973

October
21st

1974

February
23rd

1975

February
24th

1977

  • Patrick A. Wayne died.[10]Batman-vs-superman-logo

1978

April
12th

1979

  • Laura Wayne dies.[10]Batman-vs-superman-logo
January
29th

c. 1979-1980

  • At age 7, Bruce Wayne begins practicing what Alfred would label as "the art of deception".[17]

1980

February
29th
  • Kal-El is born to Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van.[18]Superman Logo
  • General Zod attempts a coup d'état on Krypton.[18]Superman Logo
  • Jor-El is killed by General Zod.[18]Superman Logo
  • The infant Kal-El is successfully sent to earth using a spaceship with a phantom Drive. [18]Superman Logo
  • The Kryptonian Law Council sentence the remaining members of the Sword of Rao to the Phantom Zone, for 300 cycles of somatic reconditioning.[18]Superman Logo
  • Krypton implodes killing Lara Lor-Van and the Kryptonian race.[18]Superman Logo
  • 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.[18]Superman Logo
June
18th
  • Jonathan and Martha Kent discover a crashed UFO on their farm containing a small boy who they take in and name Clark.[18]Superman Logo

1981

June
3rd
26th

1982​

1983-1984

1985

September
12th

1986

March
16th

1987

1988

September
12th
  • Clark Kent's superpowers emerge.[citation needed]Superman Logo

1990

July
20th

1992

September
30th

1993

October
  • Clark reveals his powers to save a submerged school bus.[citation needed]Superman Logo
  • Jonathan shows Clark the crashed infant starship and reveals to him that he is an alien.[citation needed]Superman Logo

1994

c. 1996

1996

1997

April
19th
  • A tornado devastates Smallville, killing Jonathan Kent.[citation needed]Superman Logo

1998

  • The Sword of Alexander is sold on the black market.[11]Batman-vs-superman-logo

1999

2000

  • Luthor Sr. leaves his son, Alexander Luthor Jr.[23]Batman-vs-superman-logo
  • Alexander Luthor Jr. becomes CEO of Lexcorp following his father leaving him.[23]Batman-vs-superman-logo

21st Century

2001-2002

2002

  • Wonder Woman captures Slipknot.[citation needed]SQ

2004

2005

  • Dick Grayson leaves Batman and becomes Nightwing.[citation needed]Batman-vs-superman-logo

2009

June
30th
  • Harley Quinn is arrested for assaulting a police officer. She is given a sentence of 2 months.[26]SQ
November
27th
  • Harley is arrested for breaking and entering. She is given a sentence of 1 year and 2 months, but breaks out soon after.[26]SQ

2010

February
11th
  • Harley is arrested for kidnapping, with a 3-year sentence.[26]SQ

2011

  • Christopher Weiss was first arrested in 2011 having moved from Alabama to Keystone City to pursue his criminal ambitions.[citation needed]SQ

2012

September
18th
  • Harley is arrested for grand theft auto, with a sentence of 4 years and 6 months, but breaks out within 2 years.[26]SQ

2013

November
28th
  • Clark Kent discovers his heritage as Kal, son of El.[27]Superman Logo
  • Clark Kent meets Lois Lane.[27]Superman Logo
December

2014

January
August
22nd
September
7th
  • 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.[28]SQ
October
13th

2015

February
12th
  • Superman is asked questions by kids on what it's like being a superhero.[13]Justice League Logo
June
22nd
July
November
1st
  • Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent and Diana Prince.[27]Batman-vs-superman-logo
  • Superman saves a Mexican girl from dying in a fire.[27]Batman-vs-superman-logo
10th
  • 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.[27]Batman-vs-superman-logo
12th
13th
  • Superman is forced to battle Batman and loses. He is spared by Batman after gaining knowledge of Lex Luthor's sinister plan.[27]Batman-vs-superman-logo
  • Batman saves Martha Kent and lets KG Beast die.[27]Batman-vs-superman-logo
  • Lex Luthor creates Doomsday.[27]Batman-vs-superman-logo
  • 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.[27]Batman-vs-superman-logo
16th or Later

2016

March
6th
  • Harley Quinn is arrested for armed robbery, with a sentence of 6 years and 1 month.[26]SQ
June
15th
  • Files are updated and printed on criminals Amanda Waller is interested in using for Task Force X.[14]SQ
15th or Later
  • Waller attends a meeting to propose the concept of Task Force X.[29]
August
5th
8th
9th or Later
  • The Joker leads an attack on Belle Reve penitentiary and escapes with his girlfriend Harley Quinn.[29]SQ
Fall
Winter
  • Steppenwolf and his Parademons return to Earth.[31]Justice League Logo
  • Bruce Wayne assembles a team of metahumans consisting of Diana, Arthur Curry, Barry Allen, and Victor Stone.[31]

References

  1. In 2017, it is estimated that the Earth is 4.54 billion years old. 4.54 billion years before 2017 is 4,539,997,984 B.C., or c. 4,540,000,000 B.C. to 3 significant figures of approximation.
  2. In 2017, it is estimated that the first life on Earth appeared 3.8 billion years ago. 3.8 billion years before 2017 is 3,799,997,984 B.C., or c. 3,800,000,000 B.C. to 3 significant figures of approximation.
  3. In 2017, it is estimated that the first "humans" came from evolution around 200,000 years ago. 200,000 years before 2017 is 197,984 B.C., or c. 198,000 B.C. to 3 significant figures of approximation.
  4. In Man of Steel, Jor-El says that the Kryptonian interplanetary travel lasted for "100,000 years" before their planet was destroyed, dated to 1980. 100,000 years before 1980 is 98,022 B.C., or c. 98,000 B.C. to 3 significant figures of approximation.
  5. It has been reported that the Atlantean, Amazon, and human forces fighting Darkseid was "around 30,000 years ago". With Justice League set in 2016, 30,000 years before 2016 is 27,985 B.C., or c. 28,000 B.C. to 3 significant figures of approximation.
  6. In Suicide Squad, in a scene set in June 2016, it is shown that Enchantress' age is "6373". This means she was born between mid-4359 B.C. and mid-4358 B.C.
  7. It has been reported that the Atlantean, Amazon, and human forces fighting Darkseid was "around 30,000 years ago". With Justice League set in 2016, 30,000 years before 2016 is 27,985 B.C., or c. 28,000 B.C. to 3 significant figures of approximation.
  8. In Justice League, it is said that "the Fire has not burned for 5000 years". With Justice League set in 2016, 5000 years before 2016 is 2985 B.C., or c. 3000 B.C. to 2 significant figures of approximation.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 This is an event from real world history, referenced in the DC Extended Universe.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Empire magazine revealed a photograph of Bruce Wayne in his family crypts. This contains dates of birth and death for Wayne family members.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  12. Man of Steel
  13. 13.0 13.1 Justice League
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 Suicide Squad
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 A.R.G.U.S. website
  16. Taking a weighted average of Ben Affleck's age when he shot each film and working back from when they are set would give approximately mid-1973 for Bruce Wayne's date of birth. Taking Brandon Spink's age when he shot Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and working back from June 1981, when Thomas and Martha Wayne are killed, would give approximately April 1971 for his date of birth. Taking a further weighted average of this, based on older Bruce's age having more leniency than young Bruce's, gives approximately late 1971. Bruce Wayne's birthday is typically February 19th, so the closest February 19th gives February 19, 1972.
  17. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Alfred says, "Since the age of 7, you have been to the art of deception as Mozart to the harpsichord." With Bruce's birthday placed in February 1972, this places Bruce's deception as beginning between February 1979 and February 1980.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 18.6 18.7 In Man of Steel, in scenes set in December 2013, Kal-El says he has been on Earth "for 33 years", suggesting he arrived in 1980. Kal is typically found on June 18th, suggesting he landed on June 18, 1980. This matches the fact that Superman's date of birth is typically February 29th, a date which only occurs every 4 years, and occurred in 1980. Therefore, Kal was born on February 29, 1980, and landed on June 18, 1980, then December 2013 is 33 years later. This is supported when Zod says that they prepared "for 33 years".
  19. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it is shown that Thomas and Martha Wayne were killed in "1981", around the time that Excalibur was in theatres from April 10, 1981. The Waynes are typically killed on June 26th, so their date of death is June 26, 1981.
  20. In Fortune - Lex Luthor: Not Just His Father's LexCorp, from October 2015, and set not long before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2015, it is said that Luthor is "31". This would mean he was born in 1983 or 1984.
  21. Barry Allen was born on September 30, 1992.
  22. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Bruce says, "20 years in Gotham, Alfred. We've seen what promises are worth. How many good guys are left? How many stay that way?" This is in November 2015, implying that Bruce became Batman 20 years earlier around late 1995. In Justice League, Gordon also refers to it being 20 years since Bruce became Batman. This is in late 2016, implying that Bruce became Batman 20 years earlier around late 1996. Overall, this suggests that he became Batman around early 1996.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Fortune - Lex Luthor: Not Just His Father's LexCorp
  24. In Justice League, it is said that Nora Allen was killed when Barry was 9. With Barry's date of birth reported as September 30, 1992, this means she was killed between September 30, 2001 and September 29, 2002.
  25. 25.0 25.1 Suicide Squad and the A.R.G.U.S. website show that Harley Quinn was born in July 1990. Suicide Squad also shows that she was already with the Joker when Robin died. Zack Snyder stated, "In my mind, it was that Robin had died about 10 years earlier in some run-in with a young Joker". If Robin died 10 years before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is in November 2015, that would place it around late 2005, when Harley was 15, and therefore put those scenes with Harley and Joker when she is 15 or younger. However, the absolute youngest Harley could be in those scenes is around 20, 18-19 at a real push. The Suicide Squad: Behind the Scenes with the Worst Heroes Ever book shows a rap sheet for Harley which gives her first crime as being committed on June 30, 2009 - a relatively smaller crime of assaulting a police officer. This has to be taken to be after she has met the Joker, meaning her time with the Joker has to have started in 2009, when Harley was 18. It absolutely cannot be any earlier. As her rap sheet details how her crimes escalated, in 2009 she goes no further than breaking and entering. However, in February 2010, she is convicted of kidnapping. By then, it can be taken that Harley has reached the point where she would have been an accomplice to Robin's death - perhaps with the kidnapping charge being to do with her part in the murder. So, the earliest Robin's death can really be is February 2010. This is placed as early as possible to as best as possible meet Snyder's comment, but it cannot be more than 5½ years to still fit with Suicide Squad.
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 Suicide Squad: Behind the Scenes with the Worst Heroes Ever
  27. 27.00 27.01 27.02 27.03 27.04 27.05 27.06 27.07 27.08 27.09 27.10 27.11 27.12 27.13 27.14 27.15 Man of Steel spans some time from beginning to end. During the scenes in the Arctic, Lois' camera says "11/28/2013". The Battle of Metropolis then occurs a little after this, and then Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shows that "18 months later", Kryptonite is found. Later in the film, Bruce says, during the main events, "The first sample [of Kryptonite] big enough to mean something turned up in the Indian Ocean 3 months ago." This therefore takes the film to approximately fall 2015. In the film, it is shown that Lex Luthor's party will be on "November 1st", suggesting it is November 1, 2015. This matches the fact that Superman flies off that evening to save someone during Día de Muertos celebrations, which would have started on the night of November 1-2, 2015. Later, it is shown on Diana's computer that it is "11:29pm" on "November 12th". This matches as November 12, 2015. This would suggest that the Kryptonite was found in August 2015, and then the Battle of Metropolis was in February 2014. However, Bruce, Lex, and a TV report all refer, during the main events of the film, to the Battle of Metropolis being "2 years" ago. This would suggest it was in 2013, and there does not seem to be 3 months between the Arctic scenes and the Battle of Metropolis in Man of Steel. It can be taken that the Battle of Metropolis was in late December 2013, a month after the Arctic, and 2 years before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in November 2015. The Kryptonite was then found a little over 18 months later, around July 2015, and then a little over 3 months later is the main events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in November 2015. This also matches with it being several months before the events of Suicide Squad, as is implied in that film - which dates itself to June-August 2016.
  28. 28.0 28.1 In Suicide Squad, set in June-August 2016, it is shown that Floyd Lawton was arrested one recent Christmas-time. It is also shown that Zoe, Floyd's daughter, wrote one of many letters to him in his imprisonment on "07 SEPT 2014". This means the latest December Floyd can have been arrested in is December 2013. It cannot realistically be any earlier than this, due to Zoe looking the same as she does in 2016, and it being implied to be recent.
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 29.5 In Suicide Squad, all of Waller's files in the opening scene bear the date "Jun 15, 2016". It can be taken that this is when Waller is meeting to propose Task Force X, it is June 15, 2016 or a little later. This fits with it being several months after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is set in November 2015. There is then a small time gap, and the rest of the film picks up. When Enchantress breaks free, Waller's phone shows "Friday, Aug 5". August 5th was a Friday in 2016 - the same day the film was released. Later in the film, Rick Flag says Enchantress broke free "3 days ago", making it August 8, 2016.
  30. 30.0 30.1 The present day scenes of Wonder Woman take place between the events of Suicide Squad, dated to summer 2016, and Justice League, dated to winter 2016. The film is therefore placed approximately in fall 2016.
  31. 31.0 31.1 Justice League takes place "months" after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This is supported by the film appearing to not be too long after Superman's death, considering the public mourning and the nature of people's discussions about his passing. It occurs after Suicide Squad, as is clear from Superman's mourning (not yet returned) in the film, and the credits scene with Bruce Wayne picking up files on the metahumans he is looking for. Bruce mentions in the film that it is "winter", so it can be taken that the film is set approximately 13 months after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in late 2016.

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