As of 2017, the DC Extended Universe is a full four years old, having been producing big screen films since the summer of 2013. Since then, a bunch has happened in the continuity, and much of it has led to this weekend's big release: Zack Snyder's Justice League. Of course, we expect that many of you may have forgotten some details in the movies that we've seen up to this point, but that's why we're here to help.
Below and across the next few pages we've put together this handy guide that will help you prepare for Justice League, detailing the histories of the main heroes as we've seen them featured so far on the big screen. So read on and refresh!
We were first introduced to Henry Cavill's Clark Kent a.k.a. Superman in 2013, when Zack Snyder reinvented the classic origin story in Man of Steel. Like every major iteration of the character, he is the last son of Krypton -- an alien who was sent away from his home as a baby by his loving parents just prior to the world's destruction. He was raised by the Clark family in Smallville, Kansas after his ship crashed in a cornfield, and while it took time for him to harness the incredible gifts granted to him by Earth's yellow sun, he reached adulthood as the most powerful being on the planet.
After years of traveling the globe and defeating invading Kryptonian soldiers who wished to reinvent their home world, Clark began to learn his place among humanity, and settled down for life as a reporter working for the Daily Planet in Metropolis. This included starting to make a life with his love, Lois Lane (Amy Adams), but unfortunately, his presence didn't exactly instill immediate harmony in the world. Not only were people suspicious of an alien living among them, but many also held him responsible for the destruction and death that was caused during both the invasion and defeat of General Zod (Michael Shannon).
Superman became a globally controversial figure -- especially in the eyes of important figures like Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). His ego unable to cope with the existence of Superman, Luthor began machinations to not only bring Wayne's alter ego, Batman, into direct conflict with the Kryptonian, but also orchestrate the Man of Steel's death. The latter was actually accomplished when the supervillain successfully used alien technology to give birth to the monster Doomsday. Though Superman had the assistance of both Batman and Wonder Woman in battle, he died killing the spiky beast with a Kryptonite-laced spear.
As you would expect, the death of Superman had a massive effect on the whole world, and it's with the world still in mourning that the story of Justice League begins.