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DC's Multiverse v Common Sense

March 21, 2016

 

Zack Snyder recently dismissed the idea of ever considering The Flash's Grant Gustin to portray the Scarlet Speedster on the big screen. Snyder was quick to remind everyone that DC was going with the Multiverse concept for its properties, and Gustin's Flash would not fit the tone of Justice League.

 

Okay.

 

This is the primary point of contention among comic book fans, and one that many just can't get past. The idea that DC's highly successful established TV shows will not be directly connected to their fledgling silver screen counterparts is beyond comprehension.

 

The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow have all built their audiences from the ground up. There was no guarantee that the ratings would be there, as there was no guarantee the viewers would be there.

 

DC's Shared Universe on TV could have flopped and been the biggest disaster the company has ever known.

 

But the combination of Greg Berlanti's vision, along with masterful storytelling on every show, has led to a solid foundation for TV. At this point, any property DC wanted to introduce on the small screen has a great chance of succeeding.

 

After all, who thought Captain Cold could become the breakout star he has?

 

But instead of going with a proven winner, Snyder and crew have instead chose to feature more intense characters to match the darker tones, apocalyptic battles, and maximum damage in Batman v Superman. It's as if the TV universe doesn't exist, and DC is starting from nothing.

 

Comic book fans get it. It might not make any of them happy, but they likely understand it. DC wants to differentiate one medium from the other. The shooting schedules likely can't be matched up, the TV casts are not big money draws like Ben Affleck is, and there's probably many more reasons why the two can't cross over.

 

But try explaining it to the casual moviegoer.

 

Try explaining why the guy wearing the Flash suit on TV is not the same one in the movie. While you're at it, try explaining why Aquaman looks nothing like Auquman from the cartoons, or the comics. 

 

For that matter, try explaining why Batman and Superman should be fighting each other to begin with.

 

The Berlantiverse is a hit. Every show is clicking on all cylinders, and any fan watching that's not a diehard comic book fan is going to be very curious why everything is differnet in the theater. The trailers for Batman v Superman are perhaps the darkest of any comic book film to date, while the TV shows offer more storytelling than special effects.

 

This will not be lost on fans when the lights go down on March 25.

 

There's more hope for the TV side of DC because there's a proven track record, while the big screen side feels rushed and muddled with too much too soon. The Man of Steel received mixed reviews, and in the end portrayed Superman as a murderer. Batman was entirely recast with no trace of anyone from Chris Nolan's films. Green Lantern has been swept under the rug as if it never happened, in favor of rebooting the character for Justice League.

 

Meanwhile, The Flash has character defining heart and emotion at every turn. Supergirl has been the best interpretation of that character that's ever been done, perhaps even better than Superman himself. 

 

As for the company's premier super team? The Justice League is being done in live action right now; it's called Legends of Tomorrow.

 

But all of that will be left behind the moment that Batman v Superman opens in theaters. Those two iconic characters will finally meet for the first time on the big screen, paving the way for multiple films to follow. DC's multiverse will be in full effect and there will be no looking back.

 

However, DC's small screen heroes will continue to move forward as well, entertaining and thrilling fans as only they can.

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