If you haven’t heard about yesterday’s big conclusion over at DC, now might be a good time to avoid this article if you prefer to read “Convergence #8” firsthand. Fair warning aside, DC comics just wrapped up their biggest crossover event since “Flashpoint” created The New 52 in 2011 and some major changes have just taken place. The giant shift in continuity on Wednesday at the end of issue #8 revealed the shocking revival of the multiverse and just about every alternate universe ever created by DC Comics. That means the Golden Age stories your grandparents loved, the Silver Age stories your parents loved and the Bronze Age stories you loved all exist again!
Fans had long believed that the mega-event was conceived to conclude any lingering pre-crisis stories and to cement the current New 52 universe. It turns out the solution was the complete opposite. So what does this mean for DC fans going forward? While things just got a whole lot more confusing for comic readers, this revival of the multiverse may very well be aimed towards casual DC fans who love shows like “Arrow” and “Flash” as well as “Batman v. Superman” viewers.
With the ever growing DC cinematic universe expanding all over cabal television and Hollywood films, a cornucopia of issues have arisen based on multiple character interpretations and restrictions. “Flash” has been a smash hit on the CW network with Grant Gustin portraying Barry Allen’s incarnation of the Scarlet Speedster, but instead of incorporating the popular cable show with the upcoming “Justice League”, like Marvel has with “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Avengers”, Warner Bros. has decided to cast Ezra Miller as the big screen version of Flash. More curiously is the fact that Miller will also be playing a Barry Allen masked Flash instead of another speedster like Wally West or Bart Allen to avoid conflict with the popular TV show.
Warner Bros. has made it clear that the television shows including the upcoming “Legends of Tomorrow”, “Supergirl” and “Titans” along with “Arrow” and “Flash” are all separate from their “Man of Steel” established universe. But what if that was all a cover-up for something bigger in the future? If the DC television shows are all one unified universe while the films are another universe, then wouldn’t that be exactly the same as the multiverse in comics? That could very well explain the different versions and actors of characters.
From a marketing standpoint, using the multiverse as a tool could heighten the television shows to heights respectable enough to match their big budget film counterparts. For years, television shows have been looked down upon in terms of artistic prestige by not only actors, but by studios and audiences. With hit shows such as “The Walking Dead”, “Game of Thrones”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Arrow” closing the gap in cinematography quality between films and television, now is the time to raise the platform to excitement not seen since the introduction of the first television sets.
Marvel Comics has been guilty of many misdemeanors in recent years (we’re talking about YOU monthly re-#1 launches), but one thing they have consistently gotten right was the incorporation of their comic line with their cinematic universe. Marvel comic higher-ups have consistently altered longstanding characters and histories in their comic line to match the cinematic universe in order for new readers introduced from the films to transition. DC Comics may be following suit with the conclusion of “Convergence”.
What did you think about the revival of the multiverse? Do you think it would be a good idea to transition that to the growing DC cinematic universe? Let me know in the comments below and on Twitter!