While most of the movie-going audience were excitedly abuzz about Warner Bros. announcement of nine DC Universe feature films coming out through 2020, some people close to the property were not, or at least weren’t with the way it was done. In October, the WB announced its slate of films following Spring 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with other titles including Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, and so forth, and it was that last one that’s caused a bit of a stir.
Stephen Amell, the actor and social media superstar who plays Oliver Queen, the titular hero in The CW’s hit Arrow program, said in an interview with the Arrow After Show (which was later shown as part of a discussion on AMC Movie Talk) that he didn’t think Warner Bros. handled the announcement well, seeing as it was the day after the pivotal second episode of the CW’s newest hit The Flash had aired. He thinks by announcing Ezra Miller to play the red-clad speedster on the big screen, it immediately undercuts the public perception of Grant Gustin in the television role.
Here’s what he had to say:
It’s true that Warner Bros. probably could have waited a day or two to announce who’d be playing Barry Allen, if the feature film and television branches of the DC Universe are indeed separate, but they probably weren’t thinking that their hit new show’s ratings just came in when they announced the movie stuff. Still, from Amell’s point of view, his friend just succeeded in a major way and then the studio told people to think of this other guy in the same role.
With Gotham on Fox, Arrow and The Flash on The CW, and Constantine on NBC, it’s wholly unlikely there will ever be a shared DC Television Universe, much less one that covers both big and small screen. Marvel can do it because they’re owned by Disney and Disney owns ABC, so it’s all in the same family, but Warner Bros has deals with several networks and inter-network crossovers are immensely difficult, if not impossible.
And, The Flash film won’t come out until March 2018, so that’ll be nearing the TV Flash‘s fourth season if it stays on, which will clearly cement Gustin as the Flash in most people’s minds.
What do you think? Do you agree with Amell’s misgivings or are the two universes totally separate and won’t affect any other? Tell us below!