With so many installments in the ever-growing DC Extended Universe, it may be easy to loose track of when certain movies take place on the timeline. The DCEU's biggest film to date, Justice League, is hitting theaters in just a mere couple of months, and most of us might be wondering when the film takes place, exactly. Fortunately, despite the confusion of the future of the Dceu itself, the timeline of its movies is a lot simpler.
'Justice League' Takes Place Shortly After 'Batman v Superman'
The latest issue of Total Film magazine gives us a pretty solid idea of where Justice League will appear on the DC timeline. According to Cosmic Book News and Total Film, Justice League will be a "direct sequel" to 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. While most of us assumed the team-up movie would take place after the events of BvS, we didn't know it would literally pick up right after the last scene of that film.
The last scene of Batman v Superman takes place at Superman's grave site and shows Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince discussing how they need to create a team for the next time a major threat puts the planet in danger, as Bruce suspects something big is headed their way (cue Steppenwolf and Darkseid). The last shot shows the dirt on Superman's coffin shaking and starting to levitate, foreshadowing his eventual resurrection.
Given that, it has been confirmed that Justice League begins "with Henry Cavill’s Superman in the ground having sacrificed himself to Doomsday." Obviously, this shouldn't surprise us given the fact that the latest trailer has shown that the world is still mourning the death of Superman. Plus, the film’s extensive marketing has largely avoided showing Superman.
The official description for Justice League reads:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
In the end, we should expect Justice League to wrap up all the loose ends from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice while setting up for the future of the DCEU. Justice League hits theaters on November 17th, 2017 and stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher as the six members of the superhero team.