It’s all connected… a phrase that doesn’t apply to DC Entertainment when it comes to their films and TV shows sharing the same universe.
See unlike Marvel, DC likes to keep things separated to a degree. The studio’s shared movie universe, known to those as the DC Extended Universe is intertwined. So Batman V Superman and the Suicide Squad will all play in the same sandbox, along with the other movies announced in their slate.
But whatever happens on the big screen doesn’t affect the TV shows in the way the MCU does with Agents of SHIELD.
Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment and Technology summit DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson touched up on why DC have went down that route.
We’re so talent driven. [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.’
Nelson believes Marvel’s single shared universe has worked beautifully. But it just wouldn’t work that way with DC.
TV shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow which all share the same TV universe. Could easily add Supergirl into the fold. But Gotham, that’s a different kettle of fish. The show wouldn’t fit, in anyway possible. So you can see why DC didn’t want a shared universe. What do you guys think?