Ever since the DC Extended Universe was announced, fans have had the question: Will the TV and Movie Universes be connected to each other?
While Marvel has been ruling the movie Cinematic Universe till now, DC has been in control of the TV universe, boasting the likes of Constantine, Arrow, Gotham, The Flash, and the upcoming Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.
While it may seem like a shame to waste the build up of the TV Universe, including the characters, villains, and story, DC have a very good reason for doing so, which they have finally revealed. DC Entertainment boss Diane Nelson revealed:
[The focus on a single universe of characters with connected storylines] 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.’
Makes sense. This allows the writers to experiment and bring us new content, without worrying about continuity issues. Imagine how the Batman movies will be if Gotham's storyline was taken into account.
In my opinion, this is also better than what Marvel is doing for several reasons.
A) There won't be too much to keep up with. With several TV series all connecting to their Cinematic Universe, Marvel would have created a lot of confusion for those who don't like, or are interested in their shows, and only in their movies.
B) It restricts writers a lot, as they need to worry about making everything connect and the impact of their actions on their other properties. Thus they are not given enough room to bring their vision onto the screen.
C) Provides them with more time to develop their characters. While Marvel is stuck to killing off characters in one movie (yes I know there are some exceptions, but the majority of them have been killed off), DC will have the opportunity to make them return multiple times, either in TV shows or movies. It will also allow them to use different ones for both universes, giving audiences a variety of things to see.
Well, really the only disadvantage to this might be that audiences might be confused with characters such as Flash appearing in multiple forms, without having some sort of connection. Also, the casts for the TV shows are great, which could be a little harder to replicate for their movies.
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