DCs TV Universe Expands

7/09/2014 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


There's a lot of speculation about DCs shared universe, especially with the imminent launch of multiple TV properties across several networks.  I've contributed my own speculation on the possibility of the shared universe extending to the new and existing TV shows on multiple occasions.  There are several things that DC could do that would quickly answer this question, such as casting a cinematic Flash, Green Arrow, or any of the other conflicting characters in the TV shows (which hasn't happened yet).

Some new news has come out today that only continues to support this theory.  A recent Comic-Con announcement says that Stephen Amell, the star of Arrow, will host the WBTV event in hall H.

While it may be possible to throw a great party without the assistance and backing of a billionaire playboy, Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) and DC Entertainment (DCE) are taking no chances, with Starling City’s favorite vigilante-turned-hero stepping out of the shadows and into the limelight, temporarily putting down his bow in favor of picking up a mic: Arrow star Stephen Amell (Twitter: @amellywood) has been tapped to serve as master of ceremonies when Warner Bros. Television Presents A Night of DC Entertainment on Saturday night, July 26, at Comic-Con 2014.
As previously announced, WBTV and DC Entertainment are teaming up for a three-hour (8:00–11:00 p.m.) special event in Hall H designed for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics’ greatest characters. Amell will preside over the world premiere screening of Gotham and the complete pilot screening of The Flash, and will give fans a look at footage from the Constantine pilot and a sneak peek at season three of Arrow. He will also introduce select stars and producers from each of the four series.

Keep in mind, these 4 shows are across 3 different networks (NBC, Fox, and CW) and 2 of the shows are already confirmed to cross over (Arrow and Flash, which are both on CW).  Obviously these are all WB/DC properties, but the fact that these three networks are not only announcing shows at the same event, but the event is hosted by Stephen Amell seems oddly cooperative for competing networks (at least when we're familiar with the lack of cooperation between Fox, Sony, and Marvel when it comes to the Marvel Universe).

The second piece of news comes from a new character announcement for The Flash TV show.  Stephen Amell's cousin, Robbie Amell, has been cast as Ronnie Raymond, AKA Firestorm.  The character isn't necessarily anchored to his traditional background, but he has stronger ties to some of the larger DC Universe and Justice League than he does to Flash explicitly.

The most notable part of this news is the welcome tweet Stephen Amell sent to his cousin, welcoming him to "The Justice League of America."

This may not mean much.  Stephen Amell has denied having a part in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that doesn't prove anything.  Jason Momoa also denies any involvement, but his casting as Aquaman is all but confirmed at this point.

One thing's for sure.  Many of our questions will be answered at Comic-Con.  The WB event in Hall H may blow our minds.  Stephen Amell sure thinks it will.


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