It has been obvious for a while now that DC Entertainment’s television shows will have no connections to the DC Extended Universe, which formally kicks off next year with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Fans have debated the pros and cons of this decision, and now, DCE President Diane Nelson has weighed in on it.
Appearing at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology Summit, Nelson admits that Marvel Studios’ “single universe” approach for its movies and TV shows has worked “beautifully,” it would not have worked for Warner Bros. While fans may wish to see Grant Gustin’s Flash or Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow in the DCEU, the studio is focused on telling the best stories it can without worrying about strict continuity. Nelson says a single DC movie/TV universe “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.”
Nelson goes on to praise WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara, crediting him for this long-awaited push for DC Entertainment. She then addresses the concern over whether or not the superhero movie genre is becoming oversaturated. “We do believe we’re in a period time where comics and superheroes are really the driving force within pop culture. We have to be really sensitive to making sure were not creating any stories that don’t feel like they’re ready to be told… We have to make sure we’re getting the right story and the right content from the talent we work with. Ultimately we think if it’s a great story people will go out to see it.” This is completely true.
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