How to Watch DC Animated Original Movies by Order – Release Date, Miscellaneous, Phase

By Gabriela Vatu / February 13, 2021

The DC Universe may feature a bunch of action films, but it continues to shine through its animated movies. There are so many of them, so there's lots of content to go through. Let's figure out how to watch DC animated films in order!

Starting with 2007, Warner Bros has been working on expanding the collection of direct-to-video animated films that feature DC Comics characters. There's plenty of material to base these off, as there are decades worth of comic books featuring your favorites - Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and so on. 

Some of these movies are connected, while others are standalone. They also have different casts, so you won't always hear the same voice behind Batman, for instance. 

While it's true that DC characters have popped up in animated movies before 2007, those fall under the "DC animated universe." For the most part, the difference between the two is that the DC Universe Animated Original Movies are made for an older audience. 

So, there are a few ways you can watch the DC animated movies. 

How to Watch DC Animated Movies by Production Order

If you want to watch the DC animated movies by their release date, we have the list ready for you. 

Another four movies are to be released this year:


How to Watch Miscellaneous DC Animated Movies 

Another way you can watch the DC animated movies that are not necessarily interconnected. 


Some of the movies from the list we mentioned above are not connected at all and can be enjoyed individually, in any order. 

Green Lantern

While Green Lantern is present in other DC films too, these two are connected to each other, but not to other films where we've encountered this particular superhero. 

Superman vs. Batman

Similar to the situation with the Green Lantern movies, the Superman vs Batman movies are tied to one another, but not to others. 

The New 52

The New 52 movies somewhat follow the same timeline, so if you're going to watch, take this road:

How to Watch DC Animated Movies by Phases

This particular order was recently shared on Quora and it makes perfect sense and is a valid way for fans to watch these animated movies.

Phase 1 - Origins

Phase 2 - Dawn of Justice League

Phase 3 - Flashpoint Saga

Phase 4a - Downfall of Justice League

Phase 4b - The New Beginning

Alternate Universes Due to Flashpoint

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