About a year or two ago, the stars of The CW’s DC shows didn’t seem that happy they were being left out of the big screen versions of their characters with Warner Bros. Pictures adamant that, unlike Marvel, the onscreen universes of DC film and TV are separate.
Some of it was made up by fans, such as a rift between Grant Gustin’s Flash and Ezra Miller’s Flash, others seemed a bit more grounded in at least some frustration such as the cutting of the Suicide Squad from “Arrow” storylines or both “Arrow” star Stephen Amell and “Flash” star Tom Cavanaugh expressing disappointment that Gustin wouldn’t get his shot at a big screen Flash.
At a recent panel during Salt Lake City Comic-Con, Amell spoke about his feelings on the very separate universes that DC has created, the question of another actor playing Oliver Queen in the DCEU films, and that Gustin casting quote. He says:
“I just thought the timing [of the Flash film casting] was less than appropriate. I do not have a right to Oliver Queen. Someone played it before me, someone voiced it before me, somebody will play him after me. I don’t believe there are plans for Oliver Queen in the DCEU, based on things people have told me, but I would not be upset if that changed at all.”
Amell also talked about the speculation that DC forcibly removed Suicide Squad characters from “Arrow” He says:
“That’s not how that works. Diane Nelson, Geoff Johns, the people at WB on the features side, the people at WB on the TV side are all in the business of making the best products for the fans. Diane Nelson sent me a very, very eloquent email explanation as to why they thought the cinematic universe and the television universe should remain separate, and it made perfect sense to me… Look, there is no in-fighting, there is no war between the two factions. It’s all a collaborative effort and in the grand scheme of things, I think that the television universe has done just fine for itself.”
Considering the reception that the first three DCEU films have received, those in the DCTV universe are likely somewhat glad to be considered separate – both “Arrow” and “The Flash” have scored far stronger reviews on Metacritic (73/100 & 81/100 respectively) than their big screen brethren. Both are also participating in one massive four-night cross-over event in December with “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow”.
“The Flash” S3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th, “Arrow” S5 will premiere Wednesday October 5th.