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DC Needs A Movie/TV Multiverse, And Here’s How To Make It Happen

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MultiFeatWith the word that Syfy and David S. Goyer are officially developing a TV series focused on Krypton — and on Superman’s grandfather — I’ve been thinking about how DC’s ambitious TV and movie plans could affect each other. Right now, DC is trying both to compete with Marvel’s huge head start at world-building and to set itself apart from Marvel’s “everything is connected” approach. So they’ve gone the opposite direction, with an interlocking movie continuity in the works while DC’s various TV properties unfold in their own separate realities (with the exception, so far, of The CW’s Arrow and The Flash). But what if we could instead have the best of both worlds? Or, more to the point, the best of infinite worlds?

One of the things that made the DC universe so fun over the years was the notion of the “multiverse” — countless parallel worlds, some dramatically different from the core DC universe of “Earth-1,” while others varied only in the smallest of way. I loved seeing Earth-2’s Justice Society — composed of the older “Golden Age” versions of DC’s heroes — teaming up with Earth-1’s Justice League to take down Earth-3’s Crime Syndicate, and that was one of the least nutty things that the multiverse made possible. So why not apply this multiverse idea to the various DC TV and film projects? DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns even hinted such a thing was possible a while back, and the concept is back in play at DC comics right now thanks to Grant Morrison’s Multiversity event. Honestly, the more I think about this, the more I love the idea. So, let’s break down why the notion of a DC movie/TV multiverse has the potential to be amazing.

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Zack Snyder Says This Alien-Powered Hero Might Join The DC Movie Universe

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BeetleIn their quest to challenge Marvel’s ridiculous success at the box office, DC recently announced a multi-year film slate that includes new Superman and Batman movies, two Justice Leagues, and solo films for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam, Green Lantern, and Cyborg. That last one’s still a surprise to me. Although Cyborg is a founding member of the Justice League in DC’s rebooted New 52 universe, he’s still considerably more obscure than anybody else on that list. It makes you wonder how far into the deep cuts director Zack Snyder might venture as the DC Cinematic Universe continues to expand. To hear Snyder tell it, a few years down the line we might actually see somebody like the Blue Beetle get his time in the spotlight.

While speaking to a Detroit radio station, Snyder hinted that future DC movies might continue to showcase more than just DC’s A-list heavy-hitters. You can listen to the full interview below, but the relevant section begins at the 7:35 mark, when Snyder says, “As we add to the justice League we bring in some of the more obscure, like Blue Beetle or something.”