Charles Roven, one of the producers for the ‘Flash’ movie and a member of the “brain” trust that is currently putting together the DC Cinematic Universe, recently spoke out about the controversial decision by that trust to not include any of the actors/stories/canon from the currently airing DC TV shows (which include ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash,’ and ‘Supergirl’). While fans have been decidedly unhappy about the decision, it seems the folks in charge of the DC Cinematic Universe (DCCU) seem just fine with their decision. Roven recently spoke on the subject of Grant Gustin and Ezra Miller both playing the Flash while out promoting the new ‘Warcraft’ trailer (which he also produced):
“Our Flash is gonna be not that guy. [Gustin is] terrific in doing [what he’s doing]. I think that whether it’s The Flash or Arrow, they’re doing a great job with the TV shows they’re doing. Gotham, that show’s really terrific. And we obviously wish them the best. It’s gonna be interesting to see what happens when we have a different Flash in a different universe. We’re gonna try to stay in our universe and they’re gonna be staying, I think, in their universe, and hopefully the audiences will embrace both. I think they can. You know, Supergirl is not in our universe, and that seems to be doing quite well.”
Others have pointed out that it might be simple matter of decisions were made about characters, origins, costumes etc. on the television side that the movie producers had no say in, which explains a lot why they do not want the TV universe to be part of their own, having set up their own rules and stories for the big screen.
I am hoping I am not the only one that sees the whole thing as a bit childish, as Roven and Snyder are basically saying because they did not get to set up the characters, they do not want to use them as is. They want it all their way for the movie side of things, and they do not seem to care one bit about jerking around the fans with the confusion of two different sets of characters. Now do not get me wrong, myself and probably most of the people reading this will not have any issue differentiating the two. But when the ‘Flash’ movie comes out, try to explain the whole “this is a different Flash than what you see on TV” conundrum to your parents and see how well that works out. The movie folks over at Warner Bros are betting a lot on the success of the new incarnations of the characters in the films, and part of me hopes the movies fizzle and they realize they should have taken advantage of the quality actors, stories, and fan base that the folks on the DC TV side have built up over the past 4 years.