Seeing as how if you had control of the DCEU, how would you have planned out the universe? From Phase 1 and beyond...how I would have done it: Phase 1- Man of Steel (First film of the DCEU; villain Zod of Krypton) Years ago, on the doomed world of Krypton, a survivor was sent off to be the symbol of his people: Kal-El. While his world was destroyed, the young Kal-El would arrive on another world and grow up there. This planet turned out to be Earth, and Kal-El was raised as Clark Kent in rural Kansas. Lana would be a part of his origin in Smallville. Growing up, Clark always thought he was different, but it isn't until his dad dies which he will as a teenager does his mother tell him the truth: he isn't from this world. Clark then as a young man fresh out of high school goes out back, where he finds the pod he was sent in, and a suit that adapts to the user. Fast forward a few years later Clark in his 20s he wants to use his powers for good and Clark takes on the secret identity of Superman pledging himself to protecting truth, justice, and the American way. Everything goes wrong, though, when his first attempt at saving someone results in their death, as Clark is unable to control his powers. So, Superman exiles himself to Antarctica, where he constructs his own Fortress of Solitude to train in. Ten years later Kal-El/Superman leaves the ice ready to become the hero he always should have been. Moving to the big city of Metropolis, Clark gets a job at the local newspaper known as the Daily Planet to ensure he is caught up on the news and crime. With this knowledge, Superman is able to stop criminals across the city, bringing about a new golden age for Metropolis. Along the way, Clark meets fellow reporter Lois Lane, and falls in love with her. But with Superman's existence now in the news, a being from Clark's past has come to meet the last son of Krypton: General Zod. The final military leader of Krypton, Zod survived Krypton's death by being trapped in the Phantom Zone by Superman's father, and wishes to make his amends with Kal-El. Superman agrees, and the two meet in Zod's ship, where the general offers him the ability to revive his people. All Kal has to do is sacrifice himself, and Zod can use his DNA as the genesis model for the New Krypton. But when Superman asks what will become of Earth, Zod says that the New Krypton will be built on the planet, killing all who currently inhabit it. Seeing that Superman is far more connected to Earth than Krypton, he refuses, stating that Krypton had its chance. Zod, surprisingly, allows Kal-El to leave, but this is later revealed to be a ruse to find out those who are closest to Clark. General Zod then sends his men to capture Lois Lane, Superman's childhood friend Jimmy Olsen, and Superman's own mother, which they do. They then call upon Clark again, this time giving him an ultimatum: sacrifice himself for New Krypton, or all three die. Superman rushes to the ship, unwilling to let anyone die because of him, and attacks Zod. During this fight, Lois, Martha, and Jimmy are able to escape their shackles, but as they reach the escape pods, Zod makes a grave choice and kills Jimmy. Superman then throws Zod out of his ship, and the two fight through Metropolis. While Superman tries to limit casualties, Zod wishes to increase them, and in the end, Superman only sees one solution to the problem, and is forced to take the only other Kryptonian's life. In his dying words, Zod tells Superman that it is he who has won, by turning Superman into a killer. Thus, Superman vows to never kill again, and even has a funeral for Zod in his Fortress of Solitude. Post credits scene: Superman is sitting in the Fortress of Solitude, when he sees a computer scanner start blinking. He walks over to it, and sees a giant skull floating in space. Screen cuts to black. The Batman (2nd film of the DCEU; villain Joker) In the city of Gotham, crime runs rapid, and it takes a special kind of hero to stop it. That hero is Bruce Wayne. Bruce began down this path long ago when his parents were killed by a robber. Training vigorously and stocking up on expensive equipment, he transformed himself into the Batman. Now, he fights the villains of Gotham as its one true protector, but recently, his supreme rule over the night has been challenged by one man: Joker. Calling himself the Clown Prince of Crime, this dolled up villain has spent the last few months spreading chaos and anarchy throughout all of Gotham. Thus, it's up to the Batman to put a stop to him. But when the two first meet, Batman realizes just how insane this man really is, as he paralyzes Batman with a squirting flower while exploding the entire building, bringing it crashing down upon them. When Batman wakes up, the Joker is gone, and only a single playing card remains. Back in the Batcave, Bruce and Alfred think of ways to get steps ahead of the Joker, but that changes when the Joker goes on public TV and announces he has kidnapped the mayor, Harvey Dent, and has brought him to the local chemical plant. Batman springs into action, arriving just as Dent is being dunked in the acid. As one side of his face fries, Batman grabs ahold of him, and is able to rescue him. While Dent is in the hospital, Wayne watches over him, expecting the Joker to come to finish him off. This proves to be a good hunch, fortunately, but when Batman intercepts the clown, he finds that it isn't Joker but in fact his henchman, Bob. Bruce has him arrested, which greatly angers Joker, who says so on live TV. He then announces that he wants a final showdown between Batman and him at where else: the local football stadium. Batman arrives, and finds that the Joker has filled the seats with people he's kidnapped, and rigged the entire stadium to explode. The Joker then explains that Batman has 5 minutes to find out of the thousands of people there, who it is who has the detonator strapped to them, but if the person tells Batman, the stadium will explode. Using his great detective skills, Batman is able to locate the detonator on a young teenager named Dick Grayson. Joker, not expecting Batman to win, tries to flee, but is caught by the caped crusader and arrested. Mid credits scene: Bruce is seen returning to the Batcave, but when he turns on the lights, he finds Superman standing there. Bruce: "What are you doing here?!" Superman: "Bruce Wayne. I hear you like bats. We need to talk." Screen cuts to black. Post credits scene 2: Joker is shown lying in Arkham Asylum in a therapy room, when a woman enters the room. Unknown: "Greetings, Mr. Joker, my name is Doctor Quinzel, I will be your therapist." Joker: "Well, hello, Doctor! Why don't you tell me a bit about yourself " The Joker then smiles. Screen cuts to black. Superman: Man of Tomorrow (3rd film of the DCEU) Superman returns as the protector of Metropolis, following his battle with Zod that left parts of downtown Metropolis destroyed. Fortunately, a company was able to re-build this destroyed part: Lexcorp, led by CEO billionaire, Lex Luthor. This man, however, holds Superman's lineage against him, believing that thinking of an alien as a protector is far too optimistic, and that the world must save itself. So, Lex goes out on a slandering spree, calling out Superman anywhere he can and secretly funding anti-Superman groups to encourage more to speak out against the Last Son of Krypton. Superman takes this with stride, however, even getting an interview with Lex in hopes of convincing him of the good Superman can do. Lex is unconvinced, and to prove a point, Clark goes out as Superman and dedicates himself to stopping more crime than ever. Lex, though, is also ramping up, using his intelligence to discover not only Superman's identity, but his weakness as well: a rock from his home planet known as Kryptonite. Supplying his mobs of anti-Superman soldiers with Kryptonite, Lex has them attack the Daily Planet, as they have always spoken positively of Superman. During the attack, Clark is dangerously weakened, but manages to escape before he is found out. Meanwhile, Lex is designing his own weapon against the Man of Steel: a giant Kryptonite-powered suit. In his final act, Lex sends the group of anti-Superman soldiers to the house of Lois Lane to kidnap her, goating Superman into breaking into Lex's building. Clark does this, expecting to find the billionaire funding the group and supporting terrorism, but finds a billionaire in a powerful suit of armor powered by his one weakness. The two then fight, and while Superman is beat within inches of death, he is able to soldier on long enough to regain his strength and escape. The next day, however, Lex claims Superman assaulted him, and Superman is called before Congress. Though he prepares to plead that Luthor kidnapped Lois, he realizes that would out his girlfriend and put her at danger. So, Superman pleads guilty, and is sentenced to maximum security prison, where he is surrounded by Lexcorp sponsored Kryptonite to keep him de-powered. However, he soon is released by an unknown benefactor who says he knows what Lex is doing, and has a plan to stop him. Superman arrives to his Fortress of Solitude, where he finds a device that can force Lex to tell the truth. Superman takes this, attacks Lex once more, this time on national TV, and has him admit the truth, getting him arrested. Mid credits scene: Luthor is shown in prison, but as soon as he walks through the bars, he is called back by the guard. He is then handed his suit, as the guard grabs a wad of money out of it. Guard: "You're good to go, Mr. Luthor. Have a good day, sir." Luthor smiles. Screen cuts to black. Post credits scene: The truth serum is shown in the Fortress of Solitude, where it is floating in an anti-gravity tank. The weapon then turns, revealing the Wayne Enterprises Logo on the handle of it. Screen cuts to black as Batman's theme plays. Wonder Woman (4th film of the DCEU) Born from clay and given life by Zeus, Princess Diana of Themyscira has lived for centuries as a powerful warrior. With years and years of trophies from gladiatorial fights and armed conflicts, Diana is by far the strongest of the Amazons. Her tribe has remained isolated for hundreds of years, but now, in 1919, a man named Steve Trevor has crashed on their island. After a long conversation, Diana learns that humanity is on the brink of destruction as war has broken out across the European continent. Seeing it as her duty as the strongest Amazon, Diana leaves the island with Trevor to try and end the conflict. Meanwhile, in Athens, a hero of Greek myth has risen: Hercules. But instead of being recruited to join the Triple Alliance, he has been recruited by the Central Powers. So, when the two encounter one another in the trenches of France, a massive fight ensues that could tear apart the entire European continent. The two are forced to part ways, however, as the soldiers storm the trenches around them, and the Allies are overtaken. Wonder Woman is then taken to Paris, where she and Trevor meet the Council of Four: Clemenceau, Wilson, Orlando, and George. They enlist Wonder Woman's help, having her lead a rush of tanks across the trenches towards Germany. She agrees, and eventually, leads the Allies across the lands she witnessed being lost to the Central Powers. With everything back at square one, Hercules is called upon by Kaiser Wilhelm II to take back the land, leading the newest fleet of German planes. So, another battle must ensue, as land and air fight in a battle for supremacy, while the two Greek heroes duel for their sides. In the end, neither side is able to gain any true territory, and a stalemate must ensue, with Wonder Woman and Hercules heading to the center of no man's land to ensure each side is honest about their ceasefire. Wonder Woman then sees it's a ruse, as turrets rain down upon her, giving her more realization that the Central Powers are the true enemy. However, just as gunfire pours onto her, allied powers fire upon Hercules. So, Wonder Woman sees that mortals are never entirely honest. So, Wonder Woman considers leaving the Allies for being dishonest, but her mind is changed when the Germans fire mustard gas into the trenches. Seeing that one side plans to conquer, while the other side plans to defend, Wonder Woman breaks her code and attacks Hercules. In the end, Wonder Woman is able to draw blood from Hercules, which drains his power. With their superhero drained, the Central Power's morale is destroyed, and the land is re-taken entirely by the Allies. Thus, Wonder Woman announces she plans to continue assisting the Allies. It is then shown that over one hundred years later, Wonder Woman is still traveling through Europe, defending those in need. Mid credits scene: Wonder Woman is shown walking into an empty barn, but when she turns on the lights, a large figure in blue with a red cape is shown. Screen cuts to black. Post credits scene: Hercules is shown on Mount Olympus, restoring his power, with Ares behind him. Ares: "How could you let her defeat you?! You're supposed to be a God!" Hercules: "She was stronger than I expected!" Ares: "Then let a real God handle her." Screen cuts to black. The Flash (5th film in the DCEU; villain Reverse Flash) *Barry Allen was just your normal teenager working as a criminal investigator, when one day a bolt of lightning struck chemicals near him and caused a spill. Later the next day, Barry discovered he could run at the speed of light and had reflects to match. So, Barry decides that he should become a superhero and defend Central City from crime. Calling himself the Flash, Barry begins his superhero career by stopping a basic robbery by a man known as Captain Boomerang. This gets the news's attention, and the story of the Flash begins to spread. Meanwhile, in the far future, a man named Eobard Thawne has just completed his surgery to look exactly like Barry Allen, who has become a legendary hero for Central City. Next, Thawne takes another step in becoming Flash by recreating the chemical bath that gave Barry his powers, which is successful. He then heads to the Flash Museum, where he uses the Cosmic Treadmill to travel back in time to the era when Barry was just getting started. Hoping to meet his hero, he hunts down Barry and discovers that he isn't some God-like figure, but just a common teenager who got his powers by accident. This frustrates Thawne greatly, having heard that Flash was a powerful hero, and Thawne begins to doubt that Barry is really Flash. Over the course of spending more time with Barry, Thawne realizes something profound: he is meant to become the Flash, not Barry Allen. Donning a yellow suit, Thawne attacks Flash during a robbery, claiming that only one person can tap into the speed force. Flash fights him off, but is injured severely. During his recovery, the yellow suited Flash, who Barry names Zoom, dons a red suit and begins acting as the Flash. So, while he recovers, Barry continues to train himself up, discovering he can go through walls by vibrating his molecules at the frequency of air. Finally healed, Barry finds Zoom and tries to talk him into joining him as a sidekick, but Zoom is far too gone, and instead wishes to kill Barry. The two then fight for the speed force, with their frequencies together combining enough to jump realities. The two are then attacked by a squadron of soldiers with Superman insignias, claiming that meta humans are banned under the Man of Steel's rule. Flash and Zoom then team up, fighting off the soldiers, and use their collective speed to travel back to their own reality. However, as they begin to get through, Barry pushes Zoom to the ground, trapping him in that universe while Barry returns home, and is able to continue as the Flash. Mid credits scene: Barry is shown at his desk, experimenting with a ring. He then clicks the center, and his body is covered by his costume. He smiles, but when he hears a wrench fall behind him, he turns around, revealing the Man of Steel. Superman: "Hello, Barry." Screen cuts to black. Post credits scene: Zoom is shown in the other universe, alone, when he suddenly sees the Cosmic Treadmill. He then smiles. Screen cuts to black. Aquaman (6th film of the DCEU; villain Black Manta) Arthur Curry is a man of two worlds. His father was a normal islander, while his mother was from the lost land of Atlantis. Banished from the underwater kingdom, Arthur's mother was meant to be the future Queen of Atlantis, so when she died, the Atlanteans arrived and told Arthur of his true origins. He was whisked away to Atlantis, where he was crowned as the King of Atlantis. Now, he rules over the oceans, using his powers of sea creature telepathy to rule over even the animals of the water. With his mighty trident, Aquaman fights the enemies of Atlantis, but never forgets his humble beginning, and frequently comes back to the surface to provide the islanders with fish during months where fishing becomes difficult. As the savior of the islands, many looked up to Aquaman as a hero and someone who would forever keep them safe. This was once the same for Makaha, until he was attacked by sharks while spear fishing, and Aquaman was nowhere to be found. Makaha escaped, but became incredibly angry with both the sea and with Aquaman. So, he now wishes to take revenge upon Aquaman, and chooses to construct himself a suit of power armor to do so. Calling himself the Black Manta, Makaha dives down to Atlantis, where he finds Aquaman, and lures him outside of the city. In the open, Black Manta attacks Aquaman, and when Aquaman tries to call for help telepathically, his message is scrambled by tech in Makaha's suit. So, Aquaman is beat to the brink of death by Black Manta, who throws him into a deep ocean crevice, leaving him for dead. Fortunately, Aquaman is saved by a deep sea Anglerfish that returns him to Atlantis. Using the memories of the fish around him, Aquaman is able to get a good interpretation of who this Black Manta really is. Searching the seas, he finds a black submarine in the shape of a manta ray. Investigating the ship, Aquaman finds Black Manta, who is attaching control collars to sharks to send them after the Atlanteans. Aquaman then duels Black Manta in a final battle as the submarine gets closer and closer to cracking under the sea's pressure, which would kill both of them. In the end, Aquaman ties Black Manta to the ship with piping, and leaves him to die. Thus, the sea is safe, and Aquaman remains its protector. Mid credits scene: Arthur is shown walking up the beach with a net full of fish, when he sees Superman on the other side of the beach. Superman: "Arthur Curry, I am Kal-El of Krypton. Could I please speak with you?" Screen cuts to black. Post credit scene: Aquaman's childhood home is shown, and a picture is shown of Arthur, his father, and his mother. The curtain then is pulled away by the wind, revealing Orm hidden from a distance.