Welcome to the ultimate hub of DC Comics timelines and other various timelines related to this superhero universe. This list compiles all of the DC trade paperbacks in a chronological reading order. Additionally, this page also includes fan favorites like the DC Extended Universe or the Arrowverse shows. We hope you enjoy! let us know on our contact page if there’s another DC timeline you would like to see. In addition, don’t forget to visit our Marvel page for a similar list of Marvel Comics.
The “Main” DC Timelines
These are the most important timelines that deal with the comics, including the all-inclusive main continuity timeline, our recommended reading timeline, and more!
DC Events and Recommended Reading
For those who are a bit overwhelmed with DC Comics, this is the timeline for you. Start here for the most significant, or the best written comics in the DC Universe. We hope you find this one useful.
For those interested in the darker side of DC’s publications, check out Vertigo Comics, an imprint of DC Comics. Many of the characters with Vertigo also show up in DC Continuity. We’ll point those out.
DC Film Timelines
These are the main film-based timelines set in DC Universes. Whether you’re a fan of the DC Extended Universe or the old Nolan films, or even the animated movie universe, you’ll find those here.
DC Animated Movie Universe
The DC Animated Universe is a collection of films that are loosely based on various comic storylines, and are geared for more adult audiences. This is not the same as the DC Animated Universe, which you can find below.
Perhaps the best depiction of the Dark Knight of all time, the Nolanverse includes all of the Batman films directed by Christopher Nolan and the associated tie-in material. It’s a short universe, but one of the best.
DC Television Timelines
DC has been very successful on television. These timelines assemble various television franchises based on DC character. From the animated Batman: The Animated Series, to the more modern Arrowverse, you’ll find a wealth of content here.
Smallville paved the way for live-action superhero television, becoming the forerunner to the Arrowverse. Even today it’s still a great show to watch. Go back to the early 2000s with this timeline.
DC Animated Universe
Best known for Batman: The Animated Series, the DC Animated Universe (DCAU) was ahead of the curve by starting its own shared universe long before Marvel debuted theirs with Iron Man.
Even though right now it exists as a single show, it has had a few novels and other tie-in materials. Who knows, maybe there will be another show to join this particular universe in the future.
Tragically cancelled after two seasons, Young Justice has continued to be a fan favorite. Fans loved it so much that DC revitalized the show! So dive back into this animated classic and the tie-in media that goes with it.
DC Video Game Timelines
These are the main video-game-based timelines for the DC Universe. Right now, there are only two main video game franchises that fit into this category, but who knows, there will probably be more to come.
The Injustice Universe
Injustice is an alternate reality where Superman turned bad after the Joker killed Lois. It features many of our favorite characters fighting each other, and though dark, is a very enjoyable universe.
Event Eras and Alternate Timelines
The main continuity timeline above can be a lot to take in. That’s why we’ve broken it down into some of these smaller timelines. These also include a few alternate universe timelines that you might be interested in, such as the Amalgam universe, or the Earth One universe.
The Golden AgeThe Silver AgeThe Bronze AgeCrisis – Zero HourUnderworld Unleashed – Infinite CrisisInfinite Crisis – FlashpointThe New 52RebirthThe Amalgam UniverseThe Dark Knight UniverseEarth OneDC Icons SeriesElseworlds
Character and Team Reading Orders
Perhaps you’re drawn to one character in particular. That is why we have a variety of character timelines available here, arranged in alphabetical order. We hope you enjoy!
AquamanBatgirlBatmanBatwomanBatman BeyondBlack CanaryBlue BeetleBooster GoldCatwomanCyborgDamian WayneDeathstrokeFlashGreen ArrowGreen LanternHarley QuinnHawkmanHellblazerJokerJustice LeagueJustice SocietyLegion of SuperheroesLoboLuciferMartian ManhunterNew GodsNightwingOutsidersRed HoodRed RobinSandmanShazamSuicide SquadSuperboySupergirlSupermanSwamp ThingTeen TitansTrinityWatchmenWonder WomanWorld’s Finest
- A Beginner’s Guide to the DC Multiverse
- A Beginner’s Guide to Batgirl
- A Beginner’s Guide to the Robin’s of Batman
- Best Superman Graphic Novels
- Best Batman Graphic Novels
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