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Encyclopedia > DC Animated Universe
An image of many of the DCAU heroes.
An image of many of the DCAU heroes.

The DC animated universe (aka DCAU) is a fan term that refers to a series of animated television series and related spin-offs produced by Warner Bros. Animation which share the same continuity. The World's Finest first coined the term DCAU [1] [2]. Most of these animated series are adapted from DC Comics properties. This continuity is also sometimes referred to as the Timmverse (after producer Bruce Timm, the continuity's most consistent creative influence) and in the past, the Diniverse (after writer Paul Dini, who had mostly departed from Warner Bros. Animation when Justice League was in production). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 451 pixelsFull resolution (852 × 480 pixel, file size: 128 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is a screenshot of many of the heroes that appear in the DCAU. It comes from http://www. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 451 pixelsFull resolution (852 × 480 pixel, file size: 128 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is a screenshot of many of the heroes that appear in the DCAU. It comes from http://www. ... Animated series redirects here. ... Warner Bros. ... The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline for Web content. ... The DCAU or DC Animated Universe is a general term made by fans of the animated television series based off of DC Comics, usually heavily developed by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. ... Animated series redirects here. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... The primary role of a television producer is to coordinate and control all aspects of production, ranging from show idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking. ... Bruce Walter Timm (born on February 8, 1961) is an American character designer, animator and producer. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Paul Dini is an American television producer of animated cartoons. ...

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In-continuity in the DCAU

While there have been several animated series based upon DC Comics characters over the decades, what is commonly accepted as the "DC animated universe" refers to the stable of shows and films that spin off from Batman: The Animated Series, the original show in this universe. Older shows such as Super Friends and newer shows such as The Batman, Krypto the Superdog, Teen Titans (although, Superman: The Animated Series Volume One DVD does state it as part of the DCAU) and Legion of Super Heroes are not part of this continuity. Other productions, like the straight-to-video films Superman: Brainiac Attacks and Superman: Doomsday, are also not to be considered part of the DC animated universe, despite utilizing the same character designs and much of the same cast as previous DCAU series. The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... This article is about the Hanna-Barbera television series. ... The Batman is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... Krypto the Superdog Krypto the Superdog is an animated television series produced by DC Comics & Warner Bros. ... Teen Titans is an American animated television series created by Sam Register and Glen Murakami and produced by Warner Bros. ... Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ... Legion of Super Heroes is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... A film that is released direct-to-video (also straight-to-video) is one which has been released to the public on home video formats first rather than first being released in movie theaters. ...


TV series

The DC animated universe primarily consists of these animated series (and their related films; see below):

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Feature films

The following spin-off films, theatrical feature films and direct-to-video, also are part of the continuity:

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Web cartoons

Gotham Girls, a Macromedia Flash web cartoon series was downloadable from the WB website, and featured DCAU versions of characters voiced by their original actors. A DC comics mini-series inspired by the series was released in 2004. Although Gotham Girls webtoons were well received they remain unavailable on DVD as of right now despite fan interest. Gotham Girls is an American animated Flash cartoon series about the females of Gotham City, created and produced jointly by Warner Brothers and Noodle Soup Productions. ... // == Macromedia Flash == ==]] Using Macromedia Flash 8 (bundled in Studio 8) in Windows XP. Maintainer: Adobe Systems (formerly Macromedia) Latest release: 8 / September 30th, 2005 OS: Windows (no native Windows XP Professional x64 Edition support), Mac OS X, Linux (i386 only, via wine [1]) Use: Multimedia Content Creator License: Proprietary Website... A miniseries, in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ...


There was a second web cartoon series starring Lobo, but featured designs and actors different from the established DCAU versions, so it is considered out of continuity with the DC animated universe, and is also unavailable on DVD at present. This article is about the DC Comics character. ...


Comic books

Many of the DCAU productions have also had comic books created based on the characters of the various series. The comics are: A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...

Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ... Mad Love Mad Love was an extremely popular comic book written by Paul Dini (The writer and director of Batman The Animated Series and Batman Beyond, dubbed an icon of the 19990s) and Bruce W. Timm (executive producer on The New Batman/Superman Adventures and the co-creator of... Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ... Superman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Superman. ... Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ... Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ... Adventures in the DC Universe is the title of a comic book published by DC Comics. ... Batman Beyond (known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and India) is an American animated television series created by The WB Television Network in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. ... Batman Beyond (known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and India) is an American animated television series created by The WB Television Network in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. ... Gotham Girls is an American animated Flash cartoon series about the females of Gotham City, created and produced jointly by Warner Brothers and Noodle Soup Productions. ... Justice League Adventures #12. ... Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ... Gotham Girls is an American animated Flash cartoon series about the females of Gotham City, created and produced jointly by Warner Brothers and Noodle Soup Productions. ... Justice League Adventures #12. ...

Video games

There have also been a number of DCAU tie-in video games released to correspond with the various animated television series and films. Some of these games have original plots, while others follow previous stories, their status in DCAU canon is unknown as of yet. The games are:

Four of these games feature voice acting from the casts of the original shows. These are: The Adventures of Batman and Robin (SEGA CD/Mega CD version), Batman: Vengeance, Superman: Shadow of Apokolips, and Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu. The SEGA CD/Mega CD game, The Adventures of Batman and Robin, also features animation from one of the studios that animated Batman: The Animated Series. There are several releases of the video game The Adventures of Batman and Robin for some of the different consoles in the market. ... Superman 64 is a video game that was released by Titus Software on May 31, 1999 on the Nintendo 64. ... Batman Vengeance is a video game in the Batman universe developed and published by Ubisoft. ... Justice League Heroes is a console game released in the fourth quarter of 2006 across 3 different platforms. ...


Chronology in the DC animated universe

The DC animated universe is a series of animated television series and related spin-offs produced by Warner Bros. ...

Characters adapted from the DCAU

Though the DCAU is an off-shoot of the mainstream DC comics universe, it has also impacted the DC universe in return. The following characters were originally created for their respective series' in the DCAU, but were eventually adapted into the mainstream DC comic continuity:

In addition, the backstory of Mr. Freeze was adapted from his portrayal in Batman: The Animated Series, and the visuals and/or characterization of Green Lantern, Tim Drake, Supergirl, Toyman, Two-Face, Parasite, Metallo, Clayface, and many others have been applied to their comic counterparts. On a different note, issue #22 of DC Comics' Superman/Batman series, which explores alternate realities, had Bizzaro transported to an alternate version of Gotham City patrolled by a Batman using the Batman Beyond version of the costume. At the 2007 WonderCon, Dan Didio hinted that the Tomorrow Knight may make further appearances in the mainstream DCU during late 2007. [1] The future of Batman Beyond made an appearance on Countdown to Final Crisis #21, as part of the new Multiverse in the wake of the Infinite Crisis and 52. The Batman Beyond is currently being labeled as Earth-12. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Harley Quinn (real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel) is a fictional character, a supervillainess, in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series, later adapted into DC Comics Batman comic books. ... Renee Montoya is a fictional character in DC Comics. ... Lock-Up is a DC Comics villain and an enemy of Batman, featured in one episode Batman: The Animated Series, in which he was voiced by Bruce Weitz. ... Mercy Graves from Superman: the Animated Series. ... Livewire is a supervillain in the DC Universe. ... Concept art for Roxy Rocket. ... Terry McGinnis (age 17). ... Mr. ... John Stewart is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC Universe, and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ... The Toyman is a fictional comic book supervillain in the DC Comics universe and an enemy of Superman. ... Two-Face is a fictional character, a supervillain and enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Parasite is a fictional character and supervillain who appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... Metallo is a fictional supervillain and cyborg who appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... Clayface is a name used by several DC Comics fictional characters, most of them possessing clay-like bodies and shapeshifting abilities. ... Superman/Batman is a monthly comic book series published by DC Comics that features the publishers two most popular characters: Superman and Batman. ... Bizarro is a fictional character, a doppelgänger of DC Comics’ Superman. ... This article is about the fictional place. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Wonder-Con is an annual comic book/sci-fi convention held in the San Francisco Bay Area, beginning in 1987. ... Dan DiDio is an American comic book editor and executive. ...


Inconsistencies within the DCAU

Many prior inconsistencies within the DC animated universe continuity have been cleared up via retroactive continuity. However, the following inconsistencies are still present: Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the portmanteau word retcon – refers to the act of changing previously established details of a fictional setting, often without providing an explanation for the changes within the context of that setting. ...

  • In the series Static Shock, Virgil Hawkins once said that "even Clark Kent had a day job." He would later meet Superman and not be aware of his secret identity, so it is now unclear what Static meant. Static's comment once made sense, as his series was originally separate from the other shows just as the original Static comics were, until a crossover episode with Batman began to link them. However, Static co-creator Dwayne McDuffie's philosophy of comic crossover continuity is "don't worry about it."
  • In the Batman Beyond/Static Shock crossover, "Future Shock", Terry McGinnis refers to an answering machine as something no longer used in the future but in the Batman Beyond movie Return of the Joker after he and his girlfriend, Dana, had been attacked by Jokerz, Terry calls Bruce and uses an answering machine to leave a message. However, Bruce is older and does tend to keep many older things in the Manor. One could even suggest Terry was leaving a message on Bruce's voicemail.
  • Forager first appeared alongside the other New Gods in "Apokolips... Now!" against Darkseid. But this is inconsistent with his appearance later in the episode "Twilight", as a bug, considering himself unworthy of the presence of the New Gods. In the commentary for Superman: The Animated Series, the episode "Apokolips...Now!" was discussed and this was mentioned as being a mistake.

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The future of the DCAU

With the conclusion of the Justice League Unlimited animated series, it is apparent that the DC animated universe may be dying off, as Warner Bros. appears to be more interested in adapting new versions of the various DC comics properties, rather than reviving their DCAU counterparts yet again. As such, the future of the DCAU is currently in question, and only time will tell whether or not the continuity continues forward.


It is rumored, however, that there are several straight-to-DVD movies set in the DCAU continuity in various stages of pre-production[2], as a Justice League Unlimited movie is occasionally mentioned. However, these projects may not actually exist, and mention of them may simply result from confusion with similar animated projects that Warner Bros. is currently working on. For instance, Warner is developing a Justice League: The New Frontier movie, but this is not set in the DCAU continuity. Additionally, it was recently announced[3] that the Justice League Unlimited comic book series, which is based on the continuity of the animated series of the same name, would be canceled sometime in 2008. [4].


In the wake of the comic book series, 52, DC executive Dan DiDio intimates that the DC animated universe is one of the 52 new universes in the DC Multiverse.[5] 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ... Dan DiDio is an American comic book editor and executive. ... A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ...


DVD releases

  • Batman: The Animated Series, Volumes 1-4 (contains all episodes of Batman: TAS and The New Batman Adventures)
  • Superman: The Animated Series, Volumes 1-3 (complete series)
  • Batman Beyond, Seasons 1-3 (complete series)
  • Justice League, Seasons 1 and 2 (complete series)
  • Justice League Unlimited, Seasons 1 and 2 (complete series)
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (full-length movie)
  • Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (full-length movie)
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (full-length movie)
  • Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (full-length movie)

References

  1. ^ Rob Allstetter (2007-03-03). Wonder Con: DC Nation Panel. Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
  2. ^ Unproduced DTV: "Justice League: World's Collide". Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
  3. ^ Updated: WW Chicago: Jane Jones on DC's Upcoming Kids Titles. Newsarama (2007-08-10). Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
  4. ^ Vaneta Rogers. Baltimore ComicCon '07 - DC Universe Panel. Newsarama. Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
  5. ^ Albert Ching. SDCC '07: DC's 'Countdown...To the End?' Panel. Newsarama. Retrieved on 2007-12-08.
  • Forums, Toon Zone "The DC Animation Forums", The DC Animation Forums, 2001 - 2007. Accessed May 31st, 2007.
  • Timm, Bruce "The DC Animation Forums", The DC Animation Forums, 2001 - 2007. Accessed June 10th, 2007

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