Now that DC and Warner Bros. are finally beginning to put up a bit of a fight with Marvel on the big screen, there have been quite a few questions raised about what direction they are going to take. Marvel have done a great job of having their movies impacting their television shows and it will be interesting to see if Warner Bros. and DC decide to follow suit.
As we are all very well aware, Warner Bros. and DC are currently working on the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will then be followed by the Justice League movie. As for the small screen, we have Arrow, which is preparing for its third season, as well as The Flash, which is preparing for its first season, with both of these two shows crossing over. Arrow and The Flash Executive Producer and Writer Andrew Kreisberg has spoken about how the Justice League movie will impact his shows.
Kreisberg explained, "There really aren’t that many characters that we’ve asked to use, that we haven’t gotten access to. Fortunately for us, with Arrow, we were able to bring on Deathstroke and The Huntress, and this year we have Katana. It was actually DC comics’ idea for us to use Ray Palmer/The Atom. On The Flash, with Geoff Johns, our partner, we’ve carved out this whole world of characters that we have access to. There are the big ones that fit into the Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman mythos, but since we’re not using those characters, they’re subsidiary characters don’t really feel necessary to us. We never feel like we’re confined."
He added, "We’re more impressed that we get to play with as many characters as we do. By the end of this season, on both shows, we’ll have Green Arrow, Black Canary, Katana, The Atom, Firestorm and The Flash. If you’ve got Green Arrow and The Flash, why would you want Batman and Superman around? I think we’ve figured out how to do those characters really well. There’s something very distancing about Superman and Batman that I think works so well in the features, but that I’m not sure would necessarily lend themselves to a weekly series. We’re very happy with the characters that we have."
So, while it seems that the Justice League movie will have no impact at all on The Flash or Arrow television shows, it will be interesting to see how they approach those characters on the big screen. Will the Justice League film completely ignore Green Arrow and The Flash or will they recast the characters for the big screen? Only time will tell.
Would you like the Justice League movie crossing over with the Arrow and The Flash shows, or do you hope they are separate?