DC movies are on the upswing, and filmmaker Kevin Smith talked with Geoff Johns about a DC Comics/TV comic book multiverse crossover. This was during the filming of their segments on the CW’s DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League. A specific segment was dropped out of the final cut where a conversation between Johns and Kevin referred to the two actors, Erza Miller and Grant Gustin’s Flash twins meeting between the DC Cinematic Universe and the small screen, according to Comic Book Resources.
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If Teddy Sears and Gustin can meet up as the two Flashes on TV, why not something of a similar occurrence happening in the movies?
Now in the DC movies/TV multiverse, Kevin talked about the dialogue between him and Johns and a “door being left open” when it comes to that kind of thing.
“We did a piece where we talked about — I don’t know how much I’m supposed to say because they cut it out… But the idea [came up] of, ‘Hey man, DC is known for nothing if not a multiverse,’ so at which point I was like [to Johns], ‘Could they f**king crossover?’ And he was like, ‘Ahh.’ So doors are being left open and stuff like that.”
Keep in mind, DC Comics has had a history of multiverse situations that date back to the Golden Age of comics. This started in the 1940 publication of All-Star Comics #3, which introduced the Justice Society of America and later in the Silver Age, Wonder Woman. The publication entailed of a gathering of the heroes where each shared with each other their own solo adventures in an anthology format, per Wikipedia. Could the DC movies have a plan to share these commonalities?
DC movies, per Johns’ “Ahh,” a neither-yes-nor-no response to Smith, left him wondering.
Enter the multiverse of the Flash characters combining in a publication of “A Flash Of Two Worlds” story in Flash No. 123. The new Flash of Barry Allen and the old, Jay Garrick. What’s interesting about the story behind Garrik’s Flash is that he’s a retiree on Earth-Two, whereas the universe of Barry Allen, the Garrick Flash is actually a fictional character in their world’s comic books.
The commonalities there is that Earth-One Flash DC comics went out of print the same time the Earth-Two Flash retired in his world. Can a similar story be told, but just replace the comic book world with the world of TV? Could the CW exist in the world of Barry Allen as a fictional TV network? Of course, that’s going out on a limb.
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A few days ago, a CW Flash trailer introduced Jay Sears as Jay Garrick in the Golden Age costume. If you notice on IMDb, even though Erza Miller was cast to be Barry Allen in the Justice League Part One movie, there’s no character name tying into Miller in the Flash solo DC movie scheduled for 2018. This could leave an open-ended situation in the DC solo movie. Could Erza wind up wearing the Golden Age costume before the Justice League Part Two movie? Of course, no Flash character or corresponding actor is slated on IMDb for that DC movie.
The thing is, during Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman YouTube channel, he talked about the two actors’ Flashes on a “collision course,” according to Comic Book Resources.
“Think about this, you can have Ezra Miller be the Flash and you could also have Grant be the Flash, because there’s a multiverse at work.”
Last year on Screen Rant in an interview with Miller, he talked about the two Flashes regarding “parallel universes” metaphorically between the two actors.
“Come on, we’re The Flash! It’s parallel universes! Grant Gustin is The Flash and I’m The Flash – don’t you see? It’s the Event Horizon, we crossed it baby! Grant and I are chilling. We’re gonna have a race – it’s gonna be dope! Like Jay Garrick and Barry Allen back in the day!”
Could the DC movies just run in parallel with the CW TV show by coming up with their own method, introducing Earth-Two?
With the DC movies ramping up, this does bring up a lot of questions. Nothing has been confirmed about a DC multiverse, but it does exist in DC Comics historically.
This is just pure speculation, but it looks like Kevin Smith got that feeling from Geoff Johns and it looked like Johns didn’t want to speak beyond that. Maybe that’s why the segment was cut?
Keep an out out for more DC movie news and how possibly that comic book fans will find out about multiverse possibilities.
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