DC has no plans for a TV/Film Crossover
If you’ve noticed DC Entertainment’s recent stance on anything risque, this news shouldn’t surprise many. President Diane Nelson announced that she never intended for the two mediums to connect. According to a recent interview with Variety, she admitted that although Marvel’s connected film and TV universe has worked very well for them, Warner Bros. and DC decided to not go down that road.
Although the MCU films and series have found resounding success, Nelson believes that a connected universe “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 (show-runner) Bruno Heller to come in and create ‘Gotham.'” Neither this series, nor “Flash” or “Arrow” will have any connection to the upcoming DCU films.
Although fans will no doubt be disheartened by the news (especially given the universe hopping in this season of “Flash”), it’s hard to deny that Nelson makes a good point. If the shows and films were all connected, show creators would be much more limited. The shows would be much “safer”. It’s doubtful that “Gotham” would take as many liberties with the Batman mythos, or “Flash” would already be diving into an Earth 2 storyline were they restricted to rules set in the films. Without the bindings of the DCU, let’s see how wild the shows can get!