NewThe Superman Movie Chronology

Featuring the definitive screen Superman and the definitive screen Clark Kent, Christopher Reeve, plus the continuations.

Superman
The 1978 film on Blu-ray, featuring Christopher Reeve as Superman
Superman II
The 1980 film on Blu-ray, featuring Christopher Reeve as Superman
Superman III
The 1983 film on Blu-ray, featuring Christopher Reeve as Superman
Supergirl
The 1984 film on Blu-ray, featuring an appearance by Jimmy Olsen
Superman IV
The 1987 film on Blu-ray, featuring Christopher Reeve as Superman.
It is unclear whether or not this film is canon in this universe
Superman Returns
The 2006 film on Blu-ray, featuring Brandon Routh as Superman
Batwoman, season 1, episode 9: “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two”
Episode of the tv series in digital format, featuring Brandon Routh as Superman
The Flash, season 6, episode 9: “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three”
Episode of the tv series in digital format, featuring Brandon Routh as Superman
Legends of Tomorrow, season five, episode 1: “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five”
Episode of the tv series in digital format, featuring Brandon Routh as Superman

This world is also Earth 96 in the Arrowverse.

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  1. Superman Returns is between Superman II and Superman III. Martha Kent is dead in Superman III while alive in Superman Returns. Since they’re now in the same continuity, this has to be the order it occurred in.

    • Hmm. I’ll have to think about that. At the moment, my gut reaction is that it’s a continuity error. As such, I’d note it, but not re-order things for it.

      • I agree with Callum, on the placement. I’d also point out that it makes more sense in the fact Lois Lane isn’t the object of Clark’s affection in the same way in the latter two Reeve films which would fit with him moving on from her in ‘Superman Returns’, the fact he doesn’t know she was pregnant seems to imply he left soon after ‘Superman II’ (as that seems to be when she got pregnant with Jason). In ‘Superman IV’ Lex Luthor also has some money which could be explained by him inheriting it in ‘Superman Returns’.
        There are differences in the set design etc in those films and the Routh film but that is just like having a different artist on a comic book in my opinion.

        • I see the point you’re making, but that leaves the question of what happened to their kid open – it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t have appeared in III and IV if he was around.

          • Yes that is a good point, though to be fair Lois Lane barely appears in those later films herself. In ‘Superman III’ maybe she took him with her on her holiday to Bermuda (she was only in two scenes at the beginning and end due to this plot device). In ‘Superman IV’ he’s probably with Richard White mostly, and Lois when she isn’t in it which is a lot of that film as well (Murial Hemingway plays the pseudo-love-interest).
            We know the real reason was that Jason hadn’t been invented yet but we don’t see every minute of Superman’s life in those movies (who knows what he got up to during all the times the camera was following Richard Pryor’s Gus in III) and especially not Lois’s life during the long periods she wasn’t in those films.

  2. I believe you could add Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut as a previous timeline. Say, Superman going back in time creates a new timeline where he saves Lois in ’78 without time travel, as seen in the Superman Returns prequel comic, and eventually his mind adjusts to the new timeline and he forgets.

    Speaking of those comics, they’re out of order. I did a timeline on the site “TheComicBoard” called Donnerverse, and collected evidence that the order is #1, #4, #3, #2. #1 is a recapping of the first films Krypton sequence, so that can be read before anything else.

    Going back to my previous argument, it’s much easier to excuse errors if Superman Returns is set before Superman III than if it’s after Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Martha being dead and Clark selling the farm can’t really be explained. A change of costume and the lack of a character can be rationalized.

    Crisis on Infinite Earths has the name “Lacy Warfield”, a character from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, on the Daily Planet Memorial, so we can safely call that safe.

    My own interpretation:
    Superman Returns: Prequel #1, “Krypton to Earth”
    Superman: The Movie: Extended Cut
    Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
    Superman II
    Superman Returns: Prequel #4, “Lois Lane”
    Superman Returns: Prequel #3, “Lex Luthor”
    Superman Returns: Prequel #2, “Ma Kent”
    Superman Returns
    Superman III
    Supergirl: Director’s Cut
    Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
    Crisis on Infinite Earths – Giant #2
    Batwoman 1×09, “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Two”
    The Flash 6×09, “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three”
    DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 8×00, “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Five”

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