For a long time, fans have wanted to see Arrow and its spin-off series The Flash linked to the growing DC Cinematic Universe. After Man of Steel created a world where other DC heroes can exist, the universe is being fully expanded with 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and 2017’s Justice League, with many more DC films in the pipeline. But will the CW shows fit in somewhere? According to Geoff Johns, no.
Appearing at TCA today (via IGN), the DC Chief Creative Director definitively ruled out a crossover between these two worlds. “You’ll see a lot of DC universe characters [on The Flash and 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 [on TV].” Johns continues, “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.”
This is sure to be disappointing for many fans hoping to see a unified DC Movie/TV Universe. But, as Johns states, it makes sense to keep them separate so that each side can tell the best stories possible. We will still see a different version of Flash on the big screen, however – in addition to a rumored cameo in Batman v. Superman and a bigger role in Justice League, the Fastest Man Alive is allegedly co-headlining a team-up film with Green Lantern, which is reportedly targeting a Christmas 2017 release.
Talk then turned to other DC characters. Despite Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman on the big screen, Johns and CW president Mark Pedowitz expressed interest in utilizing the heroine for television – as long as the script is right and not repetitive. Johns is then asked which character he’d like to see adapted next, and he namedropped Shazam. Interestingly enough, a Shazam film is rumored to be releasing July 2016, shortly after Batman v. Superman. Could Johns’ mention of the former Captain Marvel be more than a coincidence?
Stay tuned for more DC movie and television news as we have it, especially as we go into San Diego Comic-Con next week.
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