September 20 2015

DC finally explains why its TV and movie universes don’t mix

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At long last, DC has commented on why its TV and movie universes don’t mix in the same way that Marvel’s properties do.

No matter what live action Marvel property you watch – be it a film, on ABC or streaming on Netflix – you know they share a common universe. It makes things a lot easier for the viewer because you don’t have to remember which show or movie belongs to which continuity. (Yes, except X-Men and Fantastic Four which are over at Fox. Ignore them.)

Well… DC isn’t having any of that.

Speaking last week at the Variety Technology and Entertainment Summit, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson explained why the company went with this split universe approach.

[The focus on a single universe of characters with connected storylines] could end up handcuffing our creators into trying to work with the same storyline or force them to hold back characters or introduce certain characters. Ultimately it hinders the ability for someone like (showrunner) Bruno Heller to come in and create Gotham.

Okay, so lets think about the character of the Flash for a moment. He currently has a show on The CW and there is a movie on DC’s schedule for 2018. The Flash could be ending its fourth season or even starting its fifth if the series does well when that movie hits theaters. Well, guess what, none of that continuity will matter. Not a shred of it. While someone like me will understand that, there are millions of folks out there who don’t follow this kind of news and will be very confused why Grant Gustin isn’t up on the screen.

I don’t think this was the route for DC and Warner Brothers should have followed, but it is what it is at this point. And it’s been kind of fun watching the Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow sub-universe king of going, “Okay, we’re on our own… nothing is off limits” as of late. Gotham is off on its own, but I think that’s fine. It’s doing it’s own thing and as the first season progressed it got better and better.

Now, lets see how audiences react at the theater when this decision kicks into high gear. Something tells me DC will be questioning this decision.

Source: Variety .

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