Finally, DC Comics has given an answer to what has long been considered a burning question from within the comic community: Whether or not we could ever see Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen or Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen on the big screen as a part of a “Justice League” movie. The answer, at least for now, appears to be an emphatic no.
DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns made the distinction between the film and TV corners of the universe clear while at a panel at TCA Friday for “The Flash,” making it clear that you would not see Batman or Superman on The CW shows while adding the following:
“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 know that there will be some who are angry and fuming over this, mostly because they had desperately hoped to see Amell’s Arrow in a movie. However, we’re actually very cool with it since it gives the shows more freedom to work with. Take, for example, that they wanted to bring in their own Wonder Woman someday, or add Harley Quinn to the mix permanently. They would not be nearly as blocked from doing that as they would otherwise be if these roles were specific to the DC universe on film. The only reason we’re not complaining about blocking off Superman and Batman from TV is because those characters are so massive and overplayed in media as it is, anyway. It’s more interesting to see other characters like The Atom and Firestorm who don’t have the same sort of background.
Maybe, this will lead to seeing more characters like Metamorpho, Halo, or Martian Manhunter on the shows soon. Give us more of the underrated! Also, we like not having to go pay a ton of money to watch a movie to understand what’s going on with the TV world. Sorry, Marvel.
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