Many people have wondered if it is wise to separate the DC TV shows and the films. Well in my opinion, this is a good idea and has always been the idea. In the past, there was never an adaptation of a DC TV series that was translated into the big screen besides the name (according to my knowledge) such as: Batman (Adam West TV series), The Flash, Wonder Woman and more. All these TV shows mentioned were never in the same universe as their successors on the big screens and have always existed outside the TV scene. Even to compare the modification of the heroes themselves, from their costumes to their character backstory, has always been re-adapted into the big screen. For example: Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne’s love interest in the movie, Rachel, was never in the comics or in the TV show.
In a way, I am trying to say that this topic is not a new issue that has come up abruptly, but rather, it has always been that way, and now it’s becoming more prominent in the public’s eye because of the recent popularity of superhero films such as Avengers Assemble and Man of Steel. Keeping them separated is a great idea because it gives each story a dynamic background and it helps the creator flesh out their characters more and make something their own. I’m sure watching The Dark Knight over and over again on TV will become dull and boring after a while. I mean, how many times will you be able to witness the Tumbler run over cars before you turn the channel?
To really compare the different universes is like comparing comic book universes to the live adaptation to the story. People like new, fresh, and interesting concepts of how their favorite characters develop and evolve. If every character from all the universes become a carbon copy of each other, then there is no real creativity behind it and it’s literally just copy and paste. There wouldn’t be new costumes or new characters or new plot twists and so on. Imagine a Superman without his iconic red underwear; that’s something that was created in the films, and now the comics are adapting it as well.
In order to satisfy the hunger for something new and interesting, the different universes are a must. Intertwining the two is nice, and making it canon makes the viewers want to watch both more religiously, but it creates a bland universe full of monotony. If heroes and villains never change, then the story gets old. Just look at the new recent Suicide Squad‘s Joker. What a joke, right?
The point I’m trying to make is that there will always be a different universe in which all the similar characters co-exist. The Joker’s many adaptations even between films have made it more interesting to watch, something to compete against the well-acted Joker from The Dark Knight.
Even in comparing Christopher Nolan‘s Batman and Tim Burton‘s Batman, both outlooks of the same hero are vastly different. The former having a much, much darker theme compared to Tim Burton’s wonderland of foolish characters and punchlines.
If I was forced to choose which universe I’d stick to for reference for anything, I wouldn’t be able to pick one because each universe has its own way of unfolding its story.
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