Right now, DC Comics is finding better success on the small screen than it is on the big screen. While Man of Steel was a hit, and The Dark Knight trilogy will forever be one of the genres' best, Warner Bros. and the comic giant have had a hard time establishing characters beyond Batman and Superman when it comes to movie franchises. At a time when they are trying to get Justice League and any subsequent spin-off launched as a viable series, Arrow is thriving on The CW and The Flash will soon follow. This is paired with the Batman-themed Gotham that is coming to Fox this fall, and NBC seems to be connecting with fans when it comes to their take on Constantine. With the television side of things really heating up, will there ever be a shared DC Universe that crosses over between the two mediums, just like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's The Avengers with its many spin-offs?
Writer, producer and director David S. Goyer hopes so, though he says its very early in the game. Marvel has had quite a lot of success in recent months, and it makes sense that DC Comics would follow that game plan. David S. Goyer, who wrote Man of Steel and helped craft early drafts for Batman Vs. Superman, along with writing and directing Constantine, has had a long running relationship with the DC Comics on-screen universe, and he wants to one day find a cohesiveness between the various mediums, all while not emulating Marvel and its trademarked brand.
"I mean, it's too early. I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it's really, really early. I'm not sure. Marvel has had enormous success, but I'm not sure that everybody should try to emulate them either. It's just been vague conversations so far."
While David S. Goyer doesn't think everyone should emulate Marvel, he does go onto praise what Marvel has done and calls himself a fan.
"There's just our approach to how we want to tell a story, and hopefully we can convince Warner Bros. or whatnot of that. We don't sit in a room with cigars and say, "Look at what these guys are doing!" It doesn't work that way. I don't know.
I'm a fan. I see all these movies. Some are great, some aren't great. I never thought I'd see the day when there'd be a Guardians of the Galaxy movie or an Ant-Man movie. I mean, that's nuts -- in an amazing way. I just never in my wildest dreams imagined that that would be happening.
You have to admire what Marvel's done. It's really hard to create a brand, I mean, where people will follow your brand. Pixar's done it, and now Marvel has done it. It's really, really hard to do, because there's not a lot of brand loyalty anymore. They've created a cohesive universe, so I really admire what they've done."
Back in /arrow-star-stephen-amell-clarifies-justice-league-rumor/January, Arrow star Stephen Amell hinted that his Green Arrow might make it into the big screen version of Justice League, but he later clarified that statement,
"All we have to do for something like that to happen, or even be a possibility, is continue to take care of business with our show and then we put ourselves in a position - but the important thing is our show. I have had discussions, but I think the gestation process for this project is a lot slower than most people think. I mean, they haven't even shot the next one. They haven't even shot a frame of the movie before the movie everyone thinks is the Justice League movie!"
Will we see the TV and Movie DC universes crossover any time in the near future? Its likely, but not a given. How do you think DC and Warner Bros. should proceed?