Grant Gustin is the Flash on television’s highly successful CW series. Ezra Miller has just been announced as the Scarlet Speedster in an upcoming big-screen version of the super hero. Ben Affleck is playing an aged Dark Knight in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” David Mazouz portrays a young Bruce Wayne in “Gotham.”
Stephen Amell has won the acclaim of millions of fans as “Arrow” for three seasons. With Justice League movies on the horizon, it will only be a matter of time before an actor to take on the film version of the Emerald Archer will no doubt be announced. Could DC Comics be preparing for a Multi-Universe cross-platform event that would make Marvel’s connection between their television shows and movies look like a simple farce?
With so many separate worlds existing in their own cosmoses, how complex and entertaining could a live-action movie based on a concept like “Crisis on Infinite Earths” be? Just imagine Grant Gustin’s Flash teaming up or even battling Ezra Miller’s version of the character with the fate of a thousand Earths hanging in the balance. How about an aged and grizzled Batman tracking down his younger self and warning him how his decision to become the Caped Crusader will bring nothing but pain and sorrow to the rest of his life?
The recent announcement that DC Comics was launching another multi-universe event entitled “Convergence” only proves that the idea is always fresh on the minds of everyone working for the publisher. The new storyline which will stretch across all the different titles existing in the New 52 will see the alien supervillain Brainiac trap(ping) cities from various timelines and planets that have ended. He brings them in domes to a planet outside of time and space. Braniac then opens them for a great experiment. He wants to see what happens when all these folks meet.
Famed writer Grant Morrison is tackling the concept right now as well with his “Multiversity” epic. He’s taking readers to different universes filled with characters like the Vampire League, Superdemon, the Justice Riders, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the Retaliators, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, and the Nazi New Reichsmen. All of these characters are explored in six different adventures.
What’s to stop DC Comics from bringing their complex multi-universe concept to their cinematic and TV universes? It would be a feat that quite possibly could upstage what Marvel is doing with their movies. One thing it would do is take media focus off of the Marvel projects for a while and give DC more time in the spotlight.
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