It's official: The CW's Arrow and Flash is a 'separate universe' than Justice League

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Jul 21, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

We’ve been bouncing back and forth for a while in regard to the pointing TV-to-movie connections for all these DC projects — and now we finally have an answer.

DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns talked about the company’s grand plan across both media at a recent TCA panel, and confirmed definitively that the Arrow and Man of Steel universes are exclusively separate. Don’t expect any easter eggs or crossovers between the two, though they’ll both be digging deep into their own, distinct versions of the DC universe. You know, but they’re just holding on to all the marquee heroes for the movies:

“You'll see a lot of DC universe characters [on The Flash and Arrow]. You won't see Batman or Superman. We're on production on Batman V Superman now. So you'll see characters like The Atom or Firestorm, but no not Batman or Superman right now [on TV]. It's a separate universe than film so that the filmmakers can tell the story that's best for film. While we explore something different in a different corner of the DC universe. We will not be integrating the film and television universes.”

Judging by the first two seasons of Arrow, it seems like a good model if they can actually sustain it. The CW has done a stellar job of carving out its own DC niche, and it makes sense they’d want to give Zack Snyder and company enough breathing room to do whatever the heck they’re doing with Batman v Superman, Justice League, etc.

But we have to admit a part of us is kind of bummed that we won’t get to see Stephen Amell’s Arrow kicking butt and taking names alongside Supes and Batfleck. What’s your take on the separate-universe news?

(Via IGN)