Earlier this week, DC’s TV multiverse was expanded when the long-awaited crossover between The Flash and Supergirl became a reality. But despite Kevin Smith’s hopeful comments about a potential crossover between the DC movies and TV series, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League director Zack Snyder appears to be set on keeping the dueling live-action franchises apart.
“This is the bottom line for me. I have 100% respect and love for what they’re doing on TV. I think it’s amazing,” said Snyder during an interview with Comic Book Movie. “As opposed to trying to shoehorn all of these storylines into a single universe, we let the characters exist in multi-universe, and therefore it’s a lot more fun and a lot more value for the audience.”
Some might read Snyder’s comments about shoehorning “all of these storylines into a single universe” as his take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The property most directly affected by DC’s separate film and TV models is the Flash. Grant Gustin is entrenched in that role on the CW show, and Ezra Miller is going to have his work cut out for him to make audiences embrace him as the Flash on the big screen in Justice League (and, possibly, Batman v Superman). There’s already been enough of a backlash against Miller that Gustin recently took it upon himself to voice his support for the young actor’s take on Barry Allen.
Even if Warner Bros. wanted the DC TV shows of The CW to be a shared universe with the movies, it’s too late. Arrow already did live-action versions of most of the Suicide Squad characters…and you may have noticed that those characters have been killed off in the run up to the Suicide Squad movie. Presumably that’s thanks to DC Entertainment’s desire to keep focus on the film’s take on the Suicide Squad.
But just because the DC worlds of television and film are separate doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t ever interact. It would probably go a long way towards winning over the fans if Miller’s Flash made a guest appearance on The Flash TV series alongside Gustin’s fastest man alive. That show has already embraced the multiverse, which makes The Flash the perfect vehicle for any film and TV crossover that would potentially occur.
DC fans, do you agree with Snyder’s take on the separate film and TV universes? Let us know in the comment section below!
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