EDITORIAL: Get It Together WB/DC
Will we ever see a shared DC cinematic/tv universe akin to what Marvel have been able to provide? Hit the jump to find out how Batmaniac thinks Warner Bros. should approach building that Universe.
As most of you have probably heard, DC/WB are are in the process of building a DC Cinematic Universe, similar to their industry cousins Marvel. However, what has yet to be addressed is whether or not their slate of TV Shows will be connected to their shared universe. So I've decided to share what I think WB/DC should do to benefit themselves, and most importantly, us fans, when it comes to building the DC Cinematic Universe.
Before I start, I just want to say that what I have to say is in no way about the quality of the movie and shows, and is strictly about building a shared universe with multiple projects, such as films and shows.
First off, let me start by addressing the cons of not tying the shows to the DC Cinematic Universe. As it stands, over a period of 3 years, excluding the shows would accumulate to 5 - 6 hours worth of footage from the DC Cinematic Universe. I think it's goes without saying, that kinda of sucks, especially when you consider the fact between now and 2016, there will be approximately 70 hours worth of footage from the MCU between movies and shows.
Then you have to ask yourself, is this really a shared universe? I mean when you think about it, the only thing anybody is sharing without the shows is screen time at this stage, and I don't personally think that's enough to qualify as a shared universe.
There is also the notion of having all your characters in house, and separating them anyway. How does that benefit us fans, or them? A big part of what makes Marvel Cinematic Universe so appealing is the fact that all the characters they have the rights to share the same universe. It's like that in the comics, so that has a huge appeal to fans, and now the general audience, as they have also responded positively to Marvel's shared universe.
If WB/DC decide not to tie the shows to the DC Cinematic Universe, the DC Cinematic Universe will look like this by 2016:
Man of Steel
Batman vs Superman
5 - 6 hours worth of DCCU footage between 2013 and 2016.
However, if WB/DC decided to tie the shows to the DC Cinematic Universe, by 2016, the DC Cinematic Universe could look like this:
Arrow Season 1
Arrow Season 2
Arrow Season 3
Man of Steel
Flash Season 1
Constantine Season 1
Arrow Season 4
Flash Season 2
Constantine Season 2
Batman vs Superman
120+ hours worth of DCCU footage between 2012 and 2016.
Surely, you can see the clear benefits, right? I mean c'mon, it's a no brainer.
Marvel Studios are easily pioneers when it comes to building a live action shared universe, so why not take a page out of their book? Oh, and before you think "Yes, phases!", no, I don't mean phases. I'm talking about Marvel's next step in enriching their universe through TV. Marvel can quite obviously see the benefits of tying shows to their cinematic universe, and I think it goes without saying, they know what they're doing.
In fact, Marvel have proved it can work with ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Arguably, the show got of to a slow start, but it has since built a solid following, and has integrated itself within the MCU perfectly. Of course, the situation was different, as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D features a character that debuted in a movie, but they've proved the core concept of tying a TV show with a limited budget and boundaries with their cinematic universe can not only be work, but be rather successful.
Arrow has effectively already started building it's own DC Universe, which is actually bigger and richer than WB's current Movie Universe. The show has gained quite the fan base, and since gone on to spawn a spin off with The Flash, who will share a universe with Arrow, enriching The CW's DC Universe further.
Of course, the shows do not have the budget of the movies, but is that really a good enough reason not to tie them to DC Cinematic Universe?
I don't think so. Comics, like TV, are very serialised, so naturally, they benefit from regular instalments. Sure, there are limitations, but it's about finding a way to work around such limitations to deliver the best product you can, which is something Arrow has been doing well since it's debut.
There's also the fact that Arrow, like Man of Steel, share a similar 'gritty and grounded' tone akin to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, which is an important variable when it comes to compatibility.
There is also NBC's Constantine to take into consideration, which so far looks promising. If all turns out well, it would almost seem doltish not to tie the show to the DC Cinematic Universe and to exclude NBC's Constatine from Del Toro's Justice League Dark, which is currently in development.
By tying the shows, you get to cover smaller aspects of the DC Universe that would more than likely be ignored altogether in a cinematic universe exclusive to movies. It would enrich the DC Cinematic Universe further and provide us with hours of content a year. Sure, the shows won't be as flashy as the movies, but that doesn't change the fact that the shows can only further enrich the DC Cinematic Universe.
Of course, there's the idea of Stephen Amell not being able to stand next to TV Actor turned Hollywood Actor Henry Cavill, or Super Model turned Actress Gal Gadot, but why not? Henry Cavill pre-Man of Steel was mostly known for his supporting role in The Tudors, where as Gal Gadot was barely known for her role small role in the Fast & Furious franchise. I like Cavill, and I think he's a good actor, but when did he start being regarded by such a high standard?
Okay, so you're probably wondering why I haven't mentioned Gotham. Well, the less said about that show the better, but the main reason I've left the show out of he equation is because it is set in modern day, which directly conflicts with Ben Affleck's Batman, which is something Arrow, Constantine and Flash doesn't.
It's time for WB/DC to get it's act together and tie the shows to the DC Cinematic Universe. I believe WB, and us as fans, can only benefit from a richer shared universe built up of shows and movies, and it would be a major missed opportunity, and outright doltish, not to tie the shows to the DC Cinematic Universe.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the matter below, and thanks for reading.
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