When The Avengers came out in 2012, it was clear that DC had quite a ways to catch up when it came to assembling their own team in a cinematic Justice League. With Man of Steel coming out the following year, I was intrigued to see what they would do.
While I was underwhelmed by Zach Snyder's take on Superman, I remain hopeful that Ben Affleck will shine as The Batman and The Justice League will quickly rise to success. Being a devout Marvel fan, I had only heard of the Arrow series by name through Twitter and Moviepilot, but really had no interest in looking into it further until my brother and mom jumped on the bandwagon. So, I read some of my fellow contributors' articles here on MoviePilot and followed the news of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with a little more interest until I discovered that the DCCU is different from the DCEU/DCTV (I still haven't figured out which one is official, having seen both, or even if that differentiation is correct). My reaction was utter confusion.
DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns explained a little more about DC's approach to these different universes to Buzzfeed back in 2014.
"We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it’s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through. I think the characters are iconic enough. I like [Marvel’s Agents of] S.H.I.E.L.D. a lot. I love what Marvel does. I’m a huge fan. It’s just a different approach"
While that's all well and good, it seems to me that this may lead to some inter-multiverse disagreements. As if Batman v. Superman won't be enough...
I know, this is just the beginning and they won't keep fighting; however, I can already see the arguments happening between who is the better Flash or the better Superman...
Johns added in the Buzzfeed interview,
"There’s been discussions over the years for [connecting both universes], obviously. You never say never. Maybe one day we’ll link a show to a film if it makes sense, but the creative process we’re going through right now is to let the stuff live and breathe and be its own thing and own it."
So, I get the whole multiverse concept--it's nothing new to comic fans--my only beef is when things start getting too convoluted. Will fans choose a favorite or eat it up like candy?
The there are views like this:
I don't know if I buy into having two "very different" versions, as hardcore fans are looking for genuine ties to the comics, but maybe I'm thinking too much into this. Only time will tell.
I still hope for the best when it comes to the Justice League in the DCCU (and I think Affleck will be fantastic as Batman).