Multiverse… a concept that Hollywood has taken a little too seriously! It’s the only way you can correct any mistake you want and even create new possibilities. The fictional Multiverse has given studios multi-franchise, streamlined business models. Both Disney’s Marvel Studio and WB’s DC Films are using the Multiverse concept for their future projects. The rules of these universes are solely established by the creators. The FanDome event shed some light on how DC’s Multiverse will function going forward.
Fans have a variety of poisons to choose from DC canon. Fans of a darker tone of the superheroes have the Snyder Cut; Batman fans are already having a gala with more than one Batman in The Flash movie and Pattinson’s emo dark knight! If you don’t prefer any of them, then you have the course-corrected Aquaman, Wonder Woman 1984 and Flash. If you like the original DCEU references like Batman Vs Superman or Dawn of Justice but don’t want to deal with the drama – then Birds of Prey, Shazam, and hopefully The Suicide Squad have you covered.
Further, if you like the Elseworlds absurdity that doesn’t require to fit in any existing continuity then Snyder’s Justice League, Joker and The Batman are for you. And that’s just movies! The crossover events between DC shows Arrowverse, Crisis on Infinite Earth and The Flash meet up has left geeks scratching their heads.
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DC Multiverse 101
DC has it covered from all sides but how does that work? Four years ago Zack Snyder’s unfinished Justice League spelt doom for the studio while Wonder Woman saved whatever it could as a box-office blockbuster. Since, DC had given up on continuity and the franchise idea, it has concentrated on standalone movies which resulted in the Oscar-winning Joker, and other box-office blockbusters like Shazam and Aquaman. Ironically, Wonder Woman sequel opened the FanDome event and Snyder’s Cut of Justice League dropped its first official trailer at the event.
During the panel titled Multiverse 101, DC film executive and producer Walter Hamada explained how DC’s Multiverse will include an ‘Earth Prime.’ It’ll be the home of existing heroes like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and others. Additionally, this Multiverse will include other universes as well like Robert Pattinson’s The Batman or Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. In simple terms, whether its Michael Keaton’s Batman or Pattinson’s, they belong to a different Earth than ‘Earth Prime.’
Multiverse gives DC the flexibility of spinning as many characters as they like while maintaining an Earth for each iteration and creating crossover events. DC TV Shows’ fans are already familiar with Crisis on Infinite Earth crossover event where all DC characters came together including Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen meeting Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen! The show has only scraped the surface of TV and movie crossovers.
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A New Age Of Heroes
DC undoubtedly is ushering in a new age of its heroes. It has a catalogue of characters that definitely sells. All the speculation and excitement about James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad which basically consists of the not so influential comic book characters like Polkadot Man and Harley Quinn, is proof. Since the AT&T and Time Warner merger, there has been a significant shift in WB’s hierarchy and decision making process.
Right before the 2018 merger, DC’s cinematic universe was in a flux, Joss Whedon’s Justice League cut wasn’t taken kindly by most fans. On the other hand, they managed to piss off other fans by their poor comic timing and reduced character treatments — case in point, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Releases like Gal Gadot’ Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, and Zachary Levi’s Shazam were dark horses that still drew fans to the theatres. In 2022, The Flash will introduce fans to movie multiverse.
So in 2020, it makes sense for DC to embrace its entire catalogue and streamline business under the guise. Not caring if it means a blood bath of lay- offs for its employees.