Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has an advantage over Arrow in many ways because it is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They can do crossovers, references and cameos to elements that exist in their movies. Arrow has so far not been confirmed whether or not it will be part of this new DC Cinematic Universe with movies such as Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman part of it.
Arrow’s current season has a lot in store for us such as Grant Gustin coming in as Dr. Barry Allen aka The Flash (who they are aiming to get a spin-off). Just recently they name dropped Ra’s al Ghul, a pretty big villain from the comics (mostly a Batman villain) that we will see probably later this season. Let’s not forget that we will most likely see a bit more of the super-element playing a huge role in the Arrow universe with Flash coming in.
I have been a supporter for the idea of Warner Bros/DC connecting their TV and Movie universes and make it into one. It wasn’t until last week when they named Ra’s al Ghul that I felt that more than ever these companies need to decide pretty soon whether or not they are going to have a shared continuity.
Ra’s al Ghul is a huge character as well as The Flash and I’m going to entirely honest that I don’t like the idea of having multiple actors portraying different versions of a character at the same time (only in live-action). I’m sure that with Ben Affleck’s Batman that we will eventually get Ra’s al Ghul in a new Batman franchise.
Here’s the biggest mystery that I will never understand with Warner Bros/DC: while Marvel doesn’t own all the movie rights to some of their biggest characters (Spider-Man, X-Men and Fantastic Four), Warner Bros/DC do. They have all their characters under the same roof which Marvel/Disney doesn’t.
While I know that the TV/Movie audience isn’t stupid, I think the majority will find it irritating as well as odd to see a character being played by different actors and seeing them in different universes. I think from a financial perspective, Warner Bros/DC and The CW could invest a lot by having Arrow and Flash (which I think will be picked up) being part of the DC Cinematic Universe.
Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Arrow) has done such an amazing job on the show and I have definitely seen a lot of movie quality in him. I’m optimistic about Gustin as Barry Allen and I think he is going to surprise a lot of people as the fastest man alive. I think by having these products being part of a larger franchise/universe would help them out more than they realize, especially financially.
The reason why this issue became more important for me when they referenced Ra’s al Ghul is that I don’t want to see this character on the show if they can’t reference the Batman mythos that he is part of. That is an essential element in his character and while he is quite adaptable as a villain for any hero to have, I still think it would be wrong if he is perhaps not the Ra’s we will see with Affleck’s Batman. I also feel that if people respond well to Gustin’s Flash and if the show does well that it will be unnecessary if they decide to cast a different actor in their movies with a different setup.
While I don’t know how a Green Arrow movie would do as of now, if Amell’s version of the character was part of the DC movies and people liked his interpretation, that it could definitely help the CW series. It would drive in a lot of new people who perhaps has never seen the show before.
It may be easier said than done, but with the right people attached of trying to make this happen, such as Geoff Johns, the creators of Arrow, Zack Snyder, David S. Goyer as well as the executives of WB, I know that we could easily have a working shared universe just like Marvel/Disney.
Now I want to hear your thoughts about this issue. Should they have a shared universe? Wouldn’t it be great to see Amell and the other amazing actors who portray these famous DC characters, in a universe with Henry Cavill’s Superman and Affleck’s Batman? Let me know in the comment section!
Arrow airs Wednesday nights, 8/7c on The CW.