The world of live-action DCTV shows has begun to flourish in recent years. While Smallville may have started the trend back when it aired on The CW in the 2000s, the network is now finding success in its DC superhero shows Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The CW's DC TV shows also provide an alternative for those who are not fans of the first three installments in the cinematic DC Extended Universe (Man Of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad), though there are also fans who appreciate both DC's live-action TV shows and films alike.
While The CW's DCTV storylines and those that are a part of the DCEU are kept separate, lead Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist has now discussed how there may be some thematic overlaps and similarities between the two universes - especially, with the upcoming introduction of a certain speedster in this year's Justice League.
Speaking during an interview to promote the movie Patriots Day (which she costars in), Benoist offered the following food for thought to The Point when asked if there are similarities between The CW's DCTV-verse and the DCEU:
“I think so. Ezra Miller’s Flash is bringing humor and quirkiness, and the DC TV universe has had to grapple with some pretty dark, emotional storylines on Arrow. I do think it’s inevitable that we all start to reflect each other. But I do love how positive and uplifting Supergirl’s character is and I don’t think she will change too drastically from that, because in essence that’s just who she is.”
Unfortunately, a crossover between the DCTV and DCEU isn’t being teased here and to be frank, it’s not something that would even be possible at this stage. Instead Benoist is simply implying that at some point or another, the moods and tones that shift within the DCTV universe she’s a part of will likely become a part of the DCEU, and vice-versa.
The proof is in the pudding, when it comes to Benoist's comments here. While the DCTV universe and DCEU are being kept apart and features some of the same characters only portrayed by different people, plot and/or thematic overlaps would eventually happen. The storylines that both are engaged in may be unique to their platforms, but the core content and the back catalogue of material they’re drawing from is the same rich history of DC comic book stories.
With that being said, there is a lot more content to get through before DCTV and DCEU would have to start borrowing ideas from one another. With countless writers putting their hands to work on the various DC properties, there should be more than enough to draw on for the foreseeable future, too.
Supergirl season 2 returns with ‘Supergirl Lives’ Monday January 23 at 8pm on The CW.
Source: The Point
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