Geoff Johns Clarifies DC Movie/TV Universe Connection; "You Won't See Batman Or Superman"

Talking at The Flash's TCA panel today, Geoff Johns has confirmed that there are still no plans to integrate the movie and TV DC universes, making it clear that keeping them separate allows Warner Bros. to "tell the story that's best for film". We also get an update on Wonder Woman...

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By Josh Wilding - 7/18/2014

As Arrow continues to get more and more popular, and The Flash gets his own series, fans have been desperate to know whether the movie and television DC universes are one and the same. There have been hints that they both are and are not in the recent past, though Geoff Johns made it clear once and for all today that they are very much their own thing. "You'll see a lot of DC universe characters [on The Flash and Arrow]. You won't see Batman or Superman. We're on production on Batman V Superman now. So you'll see characters like The Atom or Firestorm, but no not Batman or Superman right now [on TV]." That makes sense, but Smallville aired when Superman Return was released, so why not? Well, Johns is referring to the Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck versions of these characters, and went on to definitively state that we won't see the two worlds collide anytime soon. "It's a separate universe than film so that the filmmakers can tell the story that's best for film. While we explore something different in a different corner of the DC universe. We will not be integrating the film and television universes."

Now, what's going on with Wonder Woman? As well all know, Gl Gadot will play the character in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, while a solo movie has also been rumoured. At one point, The CW was planning on launching Amazon, a series which would focus on a younger version of the Amazonian princess. That was put to one side when they started to prioritise The Flash, but it still could happen according to CW Mark Pedowitz. "If she is and we can get the right script we will do it. One of the nice things is that a lot of the other broadcasters and cable networks have done Comic Book Characters based on the success of Arrow. So for our purposes, it is a rich source material, we know what the mythology is, and if you have the right superhero character you go for it." Johns reiterated this point, adding that as long as they don't feel repetitive (after all, there's no point telling the same story on film and on television), "there's room for everything." He finished by adding that he would most like to see Shazam adapted to live action, though it wasn't clear whether he meant on the big or small screen...
Source: IGN TV
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pickleweasel2 - 7/18/2014, 1:50 PM
Thank God
thebearjew - 7/18/2014, 1:50 PM
why wont it let me comment what the [frick]
thebearjew - 7/18/2014, 1:51 PM
there we [frick]ing go!
thunderforce - 7/18/2014, 1:51 PM
Of course they are not connected that would be hard .
thebearjew - 7/18/2014, 1:51 PM
ive accepted this





but I don't understand why theyre supposedly making a flash movie
made by the same folks doing the TV show
DrDoom - 7/18/2014, 1:52 PM
CWverse and DCCU should remain separate. Good on them for taking this route.
thebearjew - 7/18/2014, 1:53 PM
or maybe that turned into the flash/ green lantern movie?
if that list that came out is indeed true
Starfox - 7/18/2014, 1:53 PM
I Love that they are keeping them separate. I mean... It would be cool to see them connect them in some way but this way gives Snyder & Co. the most creative control over the DCCU and just makes things a whole lot easier.
Mrcool210 - 7/18/2014, 1:54 PM
Wait, this was already posted then deleted, why was the other article deleted?
themidnightking - 7/18/2014, 1:56 PM
They already teased Bruce Wayne in the Flash pilot though...
TheAbaryMan369 - 7/18/2014, 1:59 PM
I don't think it is quite necessary to hear everyone say over and over again that they aren't connected.
Sipprelle - 7/18/2014, 1:59 PM
Awesome, way too many continuity issues to be had if they merged.
ALegendaryPanda - 7/18/2014, 1:59 PM
I'm kinda glad they aren't connecting them, that means they can do their own thing without worrying about [frick]ing up the continuity of the movies. So it's all good, for me at least.
KidGoku - 7/18/2014, 2:00 PM
Yeah the separate universe is probably the better way to go. Now they have creative control for both of them
themidnightking - 7/18/2014, 2:00 PM
His company is what I meant to say
Sipprelle - 7/18/2014, 2:00 PM
@themidnightking So you were expecting a cross over? hahaha You might as well have said they were crossing over when Arrow had a Harley Quinn cameo. Little nods don't mean anything.
MrBlackjack - 7/18/2014, 2:00 PM
Thanks for clearing that Geoff... again.
ALegendaryPanda - 7/18/2014, 2:01 PM
And I do love Arrow, and I really liked the Flash pilot so I have nothing against the CW universe.
Starfox - 7/18/2014, 2:02 PM
Another quote from Geoff Johns:

"When asked which one character he'd like to see brought to life next, [Geoff] Johns said Shazam."
DCGuy - 7/18/2014, 2:02 PM
niceeeeeeeeee
MrBlackjack - 7/18/2014, 2:03 PM
And we all know the notion of WW on TV is dead since she's gonna be on film and WB are obviously going to spin her off of JL (again, we already news this). So, nothing new here I guess.
ArmGunar - 7/18/2014, 2:04 PM
Thank God :)
GareBear36 - 7/18/2014, 2:07 PM
Keep them separate then you have the chance down the line for some sort of crisis on my many earths.
ndwwrestler2 - 7/18/2014, 2:09 PM
As much as I would've loved to see this...







I knew it was never going to happen.
Klone - 7/18/2014, 2:11 PM
Yes, yes! YES! Yeeesssss!! Yes? Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! Yes. Yeeeessssssssssssss! YYEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!
Berserker187 - 7/18/2014, 2:11 PM
so green lantern is out of the questio in the show. WTC
GentlemanlyBatman - 7/18/2014, 2:12 PM
I'd okay if they did a big screen version of the Flash, the characters too big to be trapped on TV. But Green Arrow? Stephen Amell owns that role the guy deserves to be the definitive Arrow.
Klone - 7/18/2014, 2:13 PM
@Abrary

Well fans are insistent that it will happen even after constantly being told that it won't, so I wouldn't exactly have a go at those merely further clarifying.
CookieKid247 - 7/18/2014, 2:13 PM
mbembet - 7/18/2014, 2:16 PM
geoff johns the scumbag
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/18/2014, 2:16 PM
Wouldn't care one way or the other.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/18/2014, 2:17 PM
Wasn't this posted already?
CookieKid247 - 7/18/2014, 2:18 PM
If they won't crossover I want a CW GA movie with a new Batman that's not Ben Affleck. I need Green Arrow v. Batman in my life
BlindJustice - 7/18/2014, 2:18 PM
Klone - 7/18/2014, 2:18 PM
@mbembet

Huh? Lol, I'm curious now.

Also, do you know what this means? NO GRANT AS BARRY IN THE FILMS!! Joy!
BlindJustice - 7/18/2014, 2:19 PM
So....what about the plans for a Green Lantern/Flash movie?
CookieKid247 - 7/18/2014, 2:19 PM
Dammit DC
Brainiac13 - 7/18/2014, 2:20 PM

THANK GOD!


CookieKid247 - 7/18/2014, 2:20 PM
Scorpion8125 - 7/18/2014, 2:21 PM
And in another statement, Johns said,

"And we will continue to bring you the kind of sh1tty casting epitomized by Buttflack, shrimpy Wonder Woman, and shrimpy snarky dotcom Luthor boy."

Wheeeeeee.....

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