The DC Film and TV Universes Exist in the DC Multiverse

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Crisis on Infinite EarthsWhen Warner Brothers announced their DC Cinematic Universe plans, Marvel went and made an ass out of themselves by criticizing DC’s decision to have separate TV and movie universes. I guess Marvel isn’t aware that the “Multiverse” is a long-running tradition in DC Comics, and Geoff Johns confirmed to Buzzfeed that the DC film and television universes do co-exist:

“Well, Arrow and Flash are the same universe, and we get a lot of great story out of that — especially when we have episodes that cross them over, but that’s also where our superhero universe lives. 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. I think the characters are iconic enough. I like [Marvel’s Agents of] S.H.I.E.L.D. a lot. I love what Marvel does. I’m a huge fan. It’s just a different approach … You have to have conversations about what’s happening in TV and film between everybody because you don’t want to do the same thing. That’s super, super important.”

Could this mean we may see a “Crisis” style crossover someday? The pilot episode of The Flash certainly hinted at some kind of crisis in the future for those characters, and with the Multiverse existing…it’s definitely possible.