The implications! We’ve just seen the leaked Flash Pilot (it was awesome!) and we saw a particularly interesting Easter Egg. In recent weeks, rumors of a marriage between the DC Television Universe and DC Cinematic Universe have seeped into the aether of the interwebs. I’ve been hesitant to believe them, as the concept of a marquee character like Green Lantern or the Flash double dipping in film and tv is a bit weird. Unlike Marvel’s Agent Carter or Agents of SHIELD, DC’s purported strategy will relegate the solo adventures of silver screen icons to television series. Would you ever expect Chris Evans’s Captain America to star in his own serial? Or how about Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in an 8 season series? It just doesn’t make sense!
But, in order to differentiate themselves from Marvel’s mighty movie pantheon and to minimize risks, it does IN FACT seem that Warner Bros. will have a unified television and movie universe starring their Justice League roster.
After watching the Flash Pilot, we caught glimpse of a Bruce Wayne Easter Egg, and in light of these married universe revelations, we have to ask… will Ben Affleck portray Batman in the Flash series? Even if he doesn’t manifest in a proper cameo, is the Bruce Wayne of the Flash tv series the same as the one in Batman v Superman? According to our sources, I think he is.
Bold strategy, DC.
I’m alright with second-rate characters starring in their own shows. As much as I love Oliver, an Arrow tv series is perfect for the archer. The same can be said for Gotham. Commissioner Gordon could never blast box offices in his own solo movie, but he’s the perfect candidate for an ongoing tv show. Flash is not. Green Lantern is not. Besides drowning the character is underwhelming television tropes, how can I believe that this CGI-restricted character from the television series is the same form a $250 million movie? And that’s a massive break point for me. How can I suspend my disbelief when the production value between a televised Flash and a cinematic version of Flash or so different? One is limited by tv funding and the other is bolstered by a massive injection of CGI. They’ll look so incredibly different, even though they’re meant to be one and the same.
The same can be said about Ben Affleck’s Batman. Here we have a bonafide badass who’ll undoubtedly underwhelm if restricted to a television budget.
If I could borrow an ear from WB’s execs, I would recommend separating the Cinematic and Television universes.