One of the questions that DC Universe fans have had since a greater “DC Cinematic Universe” was formally announced with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been “will the worlds of Arrow and the upcoming Flash television shows be a part of it all?” Well, it seems DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has finally given a definitive answer on the subject at the TCA (Television Critics Association) presentation for the upcoming Flash series, via IGN; “You’ll see a lot of DC universe characters on The Flash and on Arrow. You won’t see Batman or Superman. We’re on production on Batman V Superman now. So you’ll see characters like The Atom or Firestorm, but no not Batman or Superman right now. It’s a separate universe than film so that the filmmakers can tell the story that’s best for film while we explore something different in a different corner of the DC Universe. We will not be integrating the film and television universes.”
Well, that seems like a pretty solid “NO” from the person in charge, so it looks like the Marvel Cinematic Universe model isn’t something they’re going to be emulating anytime soon, with the same universe sharing both movie and television screens at the same time. While this might be frustrating for many, it actually is in keeping with how the DC multiverse has always operated, which is to have as many alternate versions of their main characters as possible. Even when there wasn’t a multiverse proper at DC following Crisis on Infinite Earths, there were years and years of Elseworlds stories featuring alternate takes on their most famous characters.
In the meantime, both The Flash and Arrow are set to have a big presence at Comic-Con this upcoming week, with the Flash pilot being screened for the public for the first time.
Does the separate universes upset you or are you jazzed that you essentially have two completely different continuities to enjoy without having the weight of everything on your poor hypothetical shoulders. Let us know below!