During the past six year Marvel has become a cinematic powerhouse, dominating box offices year in and year out. And with still an eight months left before the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice hits theatres, DC has a lot of catching up to do if they expect to compete in what is quickly becoming a saturated market of comic book film franchises. Nevertheless, in December 2014 DC stepped up to the plate, announcing a six year plan to release a total of 10 films spinning out of Zack Snyders Man Of Steel reboot, all of which will be set within a shared DC Cinematic Universe. Unlike Marvel, who sold some of the cinematic rights of their more lucrative and popular superhero franchises to various different studios, DCs parent company, Warner Bros, has access to their entire character line, which means that their filmmakers can use any incarnation of any character from their comic catalogue a catalogue which dates back to 1939 with the first appearance of Superman. For those of you who enjoy reading source materials before seeing films, but dont want wade through over 75 years worth of comic books, here is a list of eight different titles that will prepare you for whats to come in the DC cinematic universe.