(Warning - the following is a largely SPOILER-FREE, but if you've been holding out hope for a future crossover between The Flash's TV series and the upcoming DCEU movie, it could well be nightmarishly depressing...)
Now, there are a whole lot of things that we, as a collective geek culture, have been dreaming of for years, with some of the most notable including a truly great video game movie adaptation, a Black Widow movie, and the ability to actually get Comic-Con tickets. One, though, towers above them all like a strange combination of Barad-dûr and the One Ring: the dream of a crossover between DC TV and movie universes.
After all, with The Flash (the series) recently introducing the Multiverse, there seemed to be nothing stopping it from, sometime in the mid-to-distant future, crossing over with the hero's forthcoming movie outing. Except, of course, for the fact that:
DC Producer Charles Roven Just Revealed That a Crossover ISN'T Going to Happen
Indeed, while Roven - who is both a part of the DC Cinematic Universe 'brain trust' and a full producer on the movie version of The Flash - is clearly a fan of DC's television shows, he is also apparently emphatic about them keeping to their side of the screen divide. As he recently told Collider:
"Our Flash is gonna be not that guy. [Gustin is] terrific in doing [what he’s doing]. I think that whether it’s The Flash or Arrow, they’re doing a great job with the TV shows they’re doing. Gotham, that show’s really terrific. And we obviously wish them the best. It’s gonna be interesting to see what happens when we have a different Flash in a different universe. We’re gonna try to stay in our universe and they’re gonna be staying, I think, in their universe, and hopefully the audiences will embrace both. I think they can. You know, Supergirl is not in our universe, and that seems to be doing quite well."
Which...seems to be a pretty definitive explanation of exactly what the senior folks at DC are thinking right about now.
So, Does That Mean We Won't Ever See a TV and Movie Universe Crossover?
Well, short answer: probably. After all, the power to do so very much lies in the hands of the movie division, and if they have no intention of doing so, it isn't likely to happen.
That being said, the longer answer is more likely to be: not for a while, at least. After all, five years is a long time in both television and the movies, and were, say, The Flash to evolve into one of the most successful, long-running (and, crucially, profitable) shows on television over the next half-decade, it's entirely possible that a new batch of studio executives could come to see it very differently.
It's a long shot, but there's a reason Roven threw a couple of 'I thinks' and 'trys' in his comments - after all, you never do know what the future might bring.
In other words? It might not be worth holding out too much hope at this point - but maybe keep a little spark alive somewhere...
What do you reckon, though?