The comic book universes on the big screen and small screen just keeps growing, and it doesn’t look like they are going to stop anytime soon. Through different television series, the DC Universe is moving forward in their world while the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) is progressing ahead on the big screen with Justice League. With Supergirl moving to the CW for its second season, could a new team be in the works for its own TV series?
Better yet, could it see the return of Tom Welling (aka Superman) from Smallville?
In the first season of Supergirl, The Flash did a crossover from the CW to CBS for an episode that was pretty amazing. Many have been wondering if there would be more crossovers since The Flash often appeared on Arrow a number of times too.
It certainly seems as that is possible considering Supergirl is moving to the CW for Season 2, according to Collider. Production is heading to Vancouver and the budget is going to be cut a bit, but at least there will be a second season.
This lends some very interesting theories to future seasons on the CW.
Currently, the network has Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow, and the Legends of Tomorrow all in one place and on their own shows. The crossover possibilities are limitless and could lead to a lot of great storylines across all four shows.
This has, of course, led to talks of a unique version of the Justice League either getting its own show or being a continuing storyline across the current series. The Facebook page for Smallville Season 11 has already presented a fan-made image that brought about a lot of interesting chatter.
A lot of those commenting on the picture are bringing up the fact that Supergirl takes place on a different Earth and in a different universe. Yes, that’s true, but the crossover episode with The Flash proves that the storyline could be written to make this major team-up possible.
Of course, some big names are noticeably absent from the possible Justice League team: DC’s Holy Trinity of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
Gotham is a TV series on FOX, but it’s before Bruce Wayne is really Batman, so that isn’t much of a problem at all. If the rights can be picked up by the CW, they could add Batman if needed. Wonder Woman doesn’t have a TV show of any kind, and some work would need to be done to bring her into the fold, but it is possible.
Now, what about Superman?
One person commenting said, “Put Tom Welling back as Superman and I’m in!”
Welling has spoken on returning to the role he made so famous on Smallville, and it’s not really known if it’s something he will ever do again. As of now, it certainly doesn’t seem like it.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 27, 2016
Maybe the version of the Justice League that would exist on the CW wouldn’t need to have the Holy Trinity from DC Comics in it. There’s no real rule saying that new storylines can’t be created. Sure, the other characters could be mentioned by name or referenced, but the new Justice League can consist of the characters that are already around.
Back in late 2014, Stephen Amell (Arrow) spoke at the Fan Expo Canada 2014 and actually dropped a bit of a bombshell. It was made perfectly clear that the DCEU would keep the movie and TV universes entirely separate. That didn’t seem to bother Amell too much.
“We are creating a Justice League on TV for us. I don’t think there is a logistical reality to us participating in the feature side. That being said, I never wanted to have to feel like the show was justified, just because we participated in the movie. I don’t think my character would participate on the cinematic side.
“What’s that saying… six seasons and a movie? Our show right now has me, Arsenal, Flash. There’s going to be Firestorm and Atom. The Justice League elements of it are very present on our shows already.”
Amell really did make such a great point with the characters he listed and not even mentioning Black Canary, Vandal Savage, Ra’s al Ghul, and others. The heroes and villains for a TV version of the Justice League are all there, and the addition of Supergirl to the CW makes it even better.
Could it happen? Is it possible?
Is the Justice League or Justice League of America coming to the CW?
As of now, it isn’t yet known if there will actually be a TV series based on the Justice League or a new team of some kind. Stephen Amell has already said, with much confidence, that a version of the Justice League is coming to TV. It could include Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and a host of other heroes, but would Superman show up from Smallville? As impossible as some things may seem, one never knows what is on the horizon.
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