Geoff Johns Says DC Comics Keeping Film And TV Universes Separate 22

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While there’s been a big debate in the comic book fan community over whether DC Comics should cross over their film universe being built with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and their TV universe being built with Arrow and The Flash, it seems that DC Comics has a very strong opinion on the matter.

According to a TV Guide tweet, DC Comics Geoff Johns said today at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour session that DC wants to keep its film and TV universes separate. The reason being is that DC doesn't want TV writers to have to try to fit shows into the movies.

Earlier this month, Arrow’s Stephen Amell addressed rumors that he might appear in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice after he teased big news at Comic-Con. Amell wrote, “I appreciate all the support and enthusiasm, but not everything I post is a cryptic indicator that I'm going to be in Batman V Superman. I'm not going to be in Batman V Superman.”

However, just because Amell wasn’t going to be in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, some fans still held out hope that the TV and movie universes might crossover in an eventual Justice League movie. But John’s comments seemed to confirm once and for all that DC Comics is going to keep their film and TV universes separate from each other.

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  1. Awesome, this is exactly what I wanted to happen. It makes sense, why would the TV showrunners want to have their hands tied by whatever Zack Snyder and his braintrust think of in the movies. Let the TV do it's own thing, let the movies do theirs. Audiences are smart enough to realize that they are two different things.

  2. NNNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! :'(

  3. I cannot understand, people are going to be confused by all the branding surely the writers can figure out some way in linking the TV shows and the movies without impeding on each other

  4. I cannot understand, people are going to be confused by all the branding surely the writers can figure out some way in linking the TV shows and the movies without impeding on each other

  5. Not a lot of people watch the CW Shows. If the 2,000,000 or so watchers each season gets are THAT stupid to actually be confused, then they deserve it. If anything the only character that will actually overlap is The Flash, and most people won't even know the difference. 

  6. MickeyMZP

    It would be more of a risk for the TV shows, since they'd have to depend on Zack Snyder getting his act together and not ruining the movies and taking the shows with it. Show of hands, who wants to bet their source of livelihood on Snyder producing a good movie? Me neither. 

  7. MickeyMZP said ... (original post)

    It would be more of a risk for the TV shows, since they'd have to depend on Zack Snyder getting his act together and not ruining the movies and taking the shows with it. Show of hands, who wants to bet their source of livelihood on Snyder producing a good movie? Me neither. 

    I would considering the man has never made a bad movie in my eyes.

  8. I actually like that they are keeping the tv shows and the movies separate. Just look at how limited most of the season was for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. because of the movies, I think Arrow has done a great job with their story so far. 

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  9. Louis

    To me, it's a missed opportunity for cross branding.  I don't see how having Green Arrow and the Flash appear in a Justice League movie is that hard to figure out.  If Agents of Shield could alter their story to include the events of a movie, so could Arrow and Flash.   Then again, there are two different Quicksilvers running around now, so Marvel doesn't totally have it figured out either.

  10. Louis said ... (original post)

    To me, it's a missed opportunity for cross branding.  I don't see how having Green Arrow and the Flash appear in a Justice League movie is that hard to figure out.  If Agents of Shield could alter their story to include the events of a movie, so could Arrow and Flash.   Then again, there are two different Quicksilvers running around now, so Marvel doesn't totally have it figured out either.

    Then again, most of the episodes of the first season of Shields were a miss. The show didn't fully pick up the pace till after the Winter Soldier. And those HUGE breaks during the season. There was an episode in February, and then no episodes for a whole month because they had to wait for the movie. 

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  11. cimmerian

    Well, I'm still hoping they use Grant Gustin as the Flash in the movies even if it's a different continuity. 

  12. weap

    Originally, Arrow wasn't gonna have powers until they brought in Flash and Mirakuru. And Man of Steel was originally intended to be standalone just like The Dark Knight Trilogy.  Plans can change. Besides, wasn't Nolan himself consulted in order to use Flash for Arrow? Why they need his input if the TV universe is seperate? 

    Nothing's set in stone until they say who's gonna be the Flash in the movies, and which Flash it's gonna be. 

  13. Great news . Having them both directly connected limits their potneital (I'm looking at you Marvel Studios and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D). The CWVerse is on the verge of doing their own Justice League so why contradict that?

    Connecting them together is bad IMO, but

    a Multiverse like what was hinted at the end of The Flash pilot?
    That would be great and it seems the route they MIGHT be taking.

  14. JBL

    The most brilliant thing DC could have done would have been to do the opposite of Marvel's game plan and used the TV shows to build up their fan base for their characters, then announced a movie starring those characters, played by those actors. But they don't want to go that route, and I really feel that will be the decision that puts them permanently behind Marvel in the media wars. 

  15. They're ALREADY doing something different than Marvel. Jesus Christ, this is why I hate fanboys so much.

  16. Darksuper

    Iam a dc fan and i cant help to think that....those guys are really dumb asses,god!the only thing confusing here its how they can let this oportunit to get on marvel level by merging both universes...but no having two flash,two green arrow,two lanterns,2 batmans etc...at same time its not confusing...at least give us official confirmations of the movies coming in the future,its a sad day to me,..really a sad day...

  17. latinbatman

    Linking the shows to the movies limits the shows with what they can do. At least with a sort of multiverse type setting the shows can do their own thing tell their own stories. This is why Arrow began fresh and wasn't made a spin-off of Smallville which is what the producers originally intended. I for one am excited to be getting two different versions of the DC universe (3 if you count fox's Gotham).

  18. UltraSeven

    Damn. This is terrible news. I am so disappointed right now at DC Comics big time. Smh.

  19. MASSIVELY disappointed...

  20. MickeyMZP

    Bleeding Cool posted this story this morning and added something about a Justice League of America TV miniseries, presumably on the CW. I hadn't heard that anywhere else. Is Bleeding Cool just trolling for clicks or have any of you guys heard something about this? 

  21. MickeyMZP

    ThadiousJayble said ... (original post)

    I would considering the man has never made a bad movie in my eyes.

    I guess there was bound to be someone in a world of 6+ billion who liked Sucker Punch. ;) 

  22. MickeyMZP said ... (original post)

    I guess there was bound to be someone in a world of 6+ billion who liked Sucker Punch. ;) 

    The writing for that movie wasn't great but the direction was amazing.