by Rey Beltran | www.gogagah.com
The announcement of Batman v. Superman, Dawn of Justice made every DC fan ecstatic. Why? Because it’s going to be the jumping board for all things DC Comics… at least in its cinematic universe.
Reportedly, Dawn of Justice will introduce and feature Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg. Aside from this, DC Entertainment has lined up Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League Part 1 (2017), The Flash (2018), Aquaman (2018), Shazam (2019) Justice League Part 2 (2019), Cyborg (2020), and Green Lantern (2020). Not to mention Dark Universe, based on the Justice League Dark comic book.
Note that this is the DC Cinematic Universe, which is apparently, much different from the DC TV Universe. According to Geoff Johns, DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer, “We look at it as the multiverse. We have our TV universe and our film universe, but they all co-exist. For us, creatively, it’s about allowing everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world. Everyone has a vision and you really want to let the visions shine through … ”
So that explains why in the DC TV Universe, we have a different Flash. The Flash in the DC Cinematic Universe will be played by Ezra Miller, while on TV, Grant Gustin essays the role of the Scarlet Speedster. When Miller was cast for the movie, a lot of TV fans were disappointed. Even Arrow’s Stephen Amell was vocal about it that Gustin should have been cast for the movie. But given the statement of DC Comics’ CCO, that wouldn’t be the case.
Which brings me to ask the question why? Can we now safely assume that Green Arrow, Black Canary, Supergirl, and all the characters in the DC TV universe will be played by different actors if and when they get to DC’s cinematic universe? Will there be a movie or movies down the line that will allow the crossing over of characters from the TV universe to the cinematic universe? Can crisis on infinite earths be far behind?
For those not familiar with it, Crisis on Infinite Earths was DC Comics’ big event way back in 1985. It was a 12-issue maxi-series designed to clean up DC’s continuity by having just one universe, one timeline. It would also welcome new comic book readers as DC Comics reboots its characters.
Prior to Crisis, we have different versions of Superman, Supergirl, Flash, Wonder Woman, etc. (Just like we are now having two different Flashes, one from the movie and one from the TV series.) While all of these comic book characters enjoyed their respective runs, it became quite obvious for DC back then that different iterations of superheroes have already caused confusion to some new comic book readers, making it difficult for them to follow the stories.
And now, we have two versions of The Flash. And the TV series is already playing with timelines. Can jumping from one universe to another be far behind?
Without holding my breath, a movie version of Crisis on Infinite Earths would be a monumental task for Warner Bros. Merging the TV universe with its cinematic counterpart is going to be one creative task which can easily be done, given the advancements in movie making we have today. Just imagine TV’s Supergirl dying in the arms the cinematic version of the Man of Steel. Imagine the countless DC superheroes onscreen battling it out with The Anti-Monitor… the possibilities are endless!
Only time can tell if crisis on infinite earths is, indeed, just around the corner.