Superheroes have reigned supreme in both global box office and TV networks. While Marvel dominates the big screens with their MCU titles such as “Thor,” “Captain America,” “Iron Man” and “Avengers,” DC takes on a different route dominating TV screens with DC properties springing up in different networks: “Arrow” and its spin-off “The Flash” in The CW; “Constantine” in NBC; “Gotham” in FOX; including upcoming titles such as “Lucifer” for FOX, “Titans” for TNT and “Supergirl” for CBS. With Marvel’s “Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and DC’s upcoming “Batman v. Superman,” both comic studios have franchises running in the big and TV screens. However, it seems these rival studios have different approaches whether to overlap these universes or treat them separately. Read on for further details.
DC chief creative office, Geoff Johns and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” executive producer Jed Whedon sit down with an interview with Variety to talk and discuss these universes and whether to combine TV and cinema in one universe as to what Marvel have done or treat them as two different separate universes like in DC.
“The fact that it is one universe means that when something occurs on our show or a character makes a turn, it ripples through the entire universe, which gives it much more weight. It adds the seal of approval of all those other cinematic franchises,” explained Whedon to Variety, who feels that the benefits outweigh the costs when it comes to seeing things in a big picture.
Meanwhile DC’s Johns explained that creators are able to make the best films and games by not being constricted to one idea. This enabled the studio to get their projects to launch more quickly.
“We want to give freedom to creators… so that they can take their passion [and make] the best show, the best film, the best game without having to tie it into other things,” said Johns to Variety.
Joe Lansdale, who has written comics for both studios, said, “I think DC does better on TV with live action and animation, while Marvel has had a lot of success in film – Marvel, at least to this point, has seemed more willing to put its characters in film, where DC has dragged its feet a bit, comparatively.”
Both studios raise a good point, considering Johns’ argument supported the idea that creators have the freedom to create their best output without being tied to a concept, enabling the studio to launch projects quickly, while Whedon’s idea of a single-shared universe creates more weight for their franchises, which may prompt viewers to tune in to TV shows that could impact events on the movie and vice-versa.
There you have it for the scoop on Marvel and DC’s views whether film and TV should be a separate universe. For more updates on celebrities, events, TV shows and upcoming movies, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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