Tucked between reveals for movies like Wonder Woman 1984 and The Suicide Squad, you may have missed arguably the most important panel at DC FanDome. In “Multiverse 101,” attended by DC co-publisher Jim Lee, producer Walter Hamada, and television producer Greg Berlanti, the future of DC movies and TV was painted with infinite possibilities.
“One of the things that is unique to DC is the large work of fiction that has leaned upon this idea that we are not alone,” Jim Lee said. “We have this reality, but there are alternate realities that sit side by side with us. You see this endless spectrum of characters you can create.”
With mention of the historic (and surprise) crossover between Grant Gustin’s TV Flash and Ezra Miller’s movie Flash, the panelists revealed how the DC multiverse connects every piece of DC media — films, TV, and more — without actually “connecting.”
“This opens the door for us to do more crossovers to really lean in this idea,” said Walter Hamada, President of DC Films. “To acknowledge the fact that there can be one Flash on TV, one in the movies, and you don’t have to pick one or the other. They both exist in this great multiverse.”
He added, “It opens doors for us in a way you couldn’t have if you had a singular universe.”
In the aftermath of DC FanDome, Marvel’s biggest and older rival is doubling down on the multiverse for its movies in a way Marvel itself has yet capitalize. What’s fitting is that it’s DC that is credited for introducing the multiverse to comic books and superheroes, paving the way for stories like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to win Oscar gold.
The DC Extended Universe tapping into its past to define its future, and while Marvel Studios got to the multiverse first — it was name-dropped in Spider-Man: Far From Home and will be explored in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) — DC is in a prime position to show everyone how it’s done.