DC Comics has been around for ages and has spawned numerous movies and television series over the years, with an even bigger push coming in recent times. We had previously heard that the two would remain separate moving forward, but now we have more details on why DC made this choice.
The DC TV universe is better than ever with hits like The Flash, Arrow, and Gotham already on the air and others like Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow coming later this year or next year. The DC Expanded Universe is really starting to kick into gear as well, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad coming next year in the already established Man of Steel universe.
Even though not even all of the TV shows are connected in one continuity, there of course was talk about whether we could see some of them cross over with the DC Expanded Universe on the big screen, especially with Marvel already doing just that with their lineup of movies and TV series.
This idea was dismissed previously and now the DC Entertainment boss, Diane Nelson, revealed just why this is the case at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit, by saying that a connected 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.”
What Nelson says makes a lot of sense, though at the same time this doesn’t seem to be completely true. The movieverse is already causing some issues with the TV series, with Arrow supposedly being forced to remove Deadshot from the series, due to the upcoming Suicide Squad.
While DC says no connected universe for now, it could always be possible to have some sort of nod, especially with the multiverses. Just imagine the audiences reaction if we somehow saw a glimpse of Grant Gustin as The Flash in some sequence of The Flash movie while Ezra Miller’s Flash is using the Speed Force or something.