Unlike Marvel who has a well defined and established shared universe, DC seems to differ on what material belongs to what universe. I know that Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow have had crossovers and seem to have a shared universe. Additionally the recent Batman films and the Superman films have been shown to share a universe; as seen in Batman vs Superman. Other series and movies however are less cut and dry. Where do movies and tv series like Constantine, Smallville, Gotham and others fall, and what relation if any is there?

  • This answer lists a few of the universes.
    – Molag Bal
    Jun 15, 2016 at 3:56
  • this answers part of your question
    – phantom42
    Jun 15, 2016 at 4:18
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    You mean to sort every TV show ever exists or just currently running ? As Smallville completed long back and has been self contained. Jun 15, 2016 at 6:30
  • I am not referring to all films in the DC universe. Most of the older stuff was self contained or had a limited number of sequels. I am asking what Films and TV series in the DC universe have shared universe's. For the sake of a baseline let's say from Smallville on; since that time range seems to be where the universe's start to appear.
    – Matthew
    Jun 15, 2016 at 7:37
  • DC has a multiverse! Jun 15, 2016 at 8:33

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The answer to this is very long, long enough that I wrote a blog post on the topic.

The summary is:

  • There is a DC Extended Universe that includes Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice, and the upcoming DC movies like Suicide Squad and Justice League
  • There is a TV universe called the "Arrowverse", which includes all of the shows airing on the CW - Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, as well as the cancelled Constantine and the CW Seed Vixen
  • Everything else is its own universe. (Movie trilogies counting as a single "thing" for this purpose.)
  • With the slight and confusing caveat that within the Arrowverse, Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow are in a parallel universe from Supergirl. :-)
    – Paul L
    Jun 15, 2016 at 13:26
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    And DCAU, which a comment from the OP excluded as too old, but it’s mentioned in a tag on the question.
    – Molag Bal
    Jun 15, 2016 at 13:53
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    @PaulL technically 1/2 of Flash is in a parallel universe from the other 1/2 of Flash, so...
    – KutuluMike
    Jun 15, 2016 at 14:59

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