DC Officially Canonizes 10 New Universes In Movies, TV & Books

In a new unique comic Dark Crisis: Big BangDC announced the official multiverse nominations for various fan-favorite movies, shows and books.

The Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths The event has been running since late spring 2022 and will end in early 2023. The event has explored various universes across DC’s vast Multiverse as young heroes grapple with the supposed death of their mentors.

Prior to the event, certain DC properties that are not consistent with the DC Comics universe had been given numerical universe names so that fans could keep track of the different sizes. Earth-12, for example, is where the events take place Batman Beyond take place Earth-66, for another, is where Batman TV show and movies from the 1960s take place.

And now DC has called out even more of these universes, giving fans a broader picture of where their favorite characters are in the Multiverse.

DC reveals 10 universe nominees

Through Barry Allen’s (Flash) records of the many universes he has seen as he ran through the multiverse in Dark Crisis: Big BangDC donated 10 non-canon properties to the main official titles of the DC Universe.

1.) Earth-55 (DCeased)

Batman, Zombie Nightwing, Zombie Batgirl, DCeased

Earth-55 is now the official setting of events in DStopped (2019) and its sequel, DCeased: Dead Planet (2020-2021) and DCeased: War of the Undead Gods (2022-present), by Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine. On Earth-55, the anti-life equation mixing with Cyborg’s body resulted in a zombie-like virus infecting the DC superheroes fans know and love.

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2.) Earth-63 (DC vs. Vampires)

Batman, Green Arrow, DC vs Vampires

Earth-63 is now the universe where DC vs Vampires (2021-present) by James Tynion IV, Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt takes place. This fan-favorite series, as the name suggests, sees DC characters facing an invasion of vampires in their midst, slowly turning the heroes into bloodthirsty creatures.

3.) Earth-93 (The Dakotaverse)

Dakotaverse, Milestone Comics characters

Earth-93 has been named the official home of Dwayne McDuffie’s Milestone Media comic book characters, now a sub-series of DC Comics. This universe is the birthplace of beloved characters such as Static, Icon and Rocket. Presumably, it is given the designation Earth-93 due to the creation of Milestone Media in 1993.

4.) Earth-96 (DC Super Hero Girls)

DC superhero girls

Earth-96 is the universe of the Netflix animated series DC superhero girls and various related comics and stories. On Earth-96, Zatanna, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (Jessica Cruz), Supergirl, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), and Bumblebee are all going to high school, superheroes, and trying to maintain their secret identities.

5.) Earth-98 (Green Lantern: Legacy)

Tai Pham, Green Lantern

Earth-98 is a newly named environment Green Lantern: Legacy (2020), a graphic novel by Minh Le and Andie Tong. The book is about Tai Pham, a teenager who ends up with a Green Lantern ring.

6.) Earth-100 (Kami Garcia/Gabriel Picolo universe)

Beast Boy Loves Raven cover

Earth-100 is the new designation for the world of Teen Titans stories by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo. This duo is the team behind Teen Titans: Raven (2019), Teen Titans: Beast Boy (2020), Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven (2021), and forthcoming Teen Titans: Robin (2023). These stories are a fresh, modern take on the classic Teen Titans team, all now set on Earth-100.

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7.) Earth-118 (Dark Knights of Steel)

Dark Knights of Steel

Earth-118 is home to another Tom Taylor alternate take on classic DC superheroes, but this time they’re in a fantasy world. Dark Knights of Steel (2021-present) is a series by Taylor and Yasmine Putri that introduces Superman, Batman, all the Robins (yes, all of them – including Stephanie Brown and Duke Thomas) and more into the world of knights, lords and other such wonders.

8.) Earth-789 (Superman ’78, Batman ’89)

Christopher Reeve Superman, Michael Keaton Batman, DC logo

Earth-789 is the setting for two live-action DC staples. Both Superman ’78 (2021-2022) by Robert Venditti and Wilfredo Torres, and Batman ’89 (2021-2022) by Sam Hamm and Joe Quinones are comics by Richard Donner Superman film and Tim Burton Batman films in the same series, both released the year the comic book title took over. Earth-789 – presumably a reference to “78” and “89” – is home to both Donner’s Superman and Burton’s Batmanofficially placing the two stories in the same universe as each other.

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9.) Earth-1956 (The Adventures of Superboy/Super Friends)

DC's super friends

Earth-1956 is where two old-school DC cartoons now take place: The Adventures of Superboy (1966-1969) and Super Friends (1973-1985). Despite its name, the 1966 show isn’t about Conner Kent or Jonathan Kent — the Superboys modern fans are familiar with — but actually follows Clark Kent as a teenager. Super Friends focuses on the DC trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman), along with Robin (Dick Grayson) and Aquaman. These two shows now exist together on Earth-1956.

10.) Earth-1996 (Mysterious Amalgamated Heroes)

Heroes in Crisis, DC

Earth-1996 is not, as yet, attributed to any specific DC property or group of characters, but it was introduced for the first time in Dark Crisis: Big Bang one shot. Barry writes, “Earth-1996 – Mysterious “combined” (?) heroes; need further investigation?”

Perhaps this new Earth-1996 will play an important role in the coming outcome of the event. Or alternatively, it could represent Earth fans who already know. Young justice (2010-present) had been classified as Earth-16, but it is no longer listed as such. Teen titan (2003-2006) and Teen Titans Go! (2013-present) both do not have an official universe title, nor does the DC Animated Universe as a whole.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths ending in early 2023, with previous issues once available for purchase at local comic shops.


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