Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist Addresses The Gap Between DCEU and DC TV

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Say what you want about the budding DC Extended Universe, but you can't deny that they've come a long way in a short time. While the MCU took years to introduce single characters before The Avengers, DC is ditching the set up and throwing multiple characters into each installment. Then there's The CW's four successful TV shows, which stand separate from the films. But will the gap between the two DC universes ever close? Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist seems to think so.

Melissa Benoist plays the title character in Supergirl, and recently spoke to the Denver Post about her various acting projects. Regarding the disconnect between DC TV and Movie properties, Benoist believes they're actually bridging the gap, which still remaining faithful to each individual project. She said,

I think so. Ezra Miller's Flash is bringing humor and quirkiness, and the DC TV universe has had to grapple with some pretty dark, emotional storylines on 'Arrow.' I do think it's inevitable that we all start to reflect each other. But I do love how positive and uplifting Supergirl's character is and I don't think she will change too drastically from that, because in essence that's just who she is.

She's got a point. The DCEU is lightening up, and it will likely resemble some of the lighter TV shows like Supergirl and The Flash.

Much of the criticism around the DCEU thus far is about Zack Snyder's long run time, muted colors, and somber tone. While the Marvel Cinematic Universe usually balances its darkness with moments of comedy and levity, Snyder's went ham on grit during Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This puts it lightyears away from shows like Supergirl, which have plenty of positivity and and lightness included. But Melissa Benoist does point out that Snyder's vision can correlate to Arrow's dark tone.

It certainly appears that the DCEU is hoping to brighten things up in the future. Just one look at Justice League's trailer will show you that the team up film will be quite different from its predecessors. There was plenty of banter and bright colors, and Ezra Miller's Barry Allen will certainly bring a ton of comedy to the project. As the DCEU learns to lighten up and use drama when its more necessary, we'll see the worlds of TV and film slowly approach each other.

Of course, the DCEU and DCTV will likely never actually interact. There are already too many timelines and worlds to keep track of on the CW's shows, and it would surely cause the film world to crumble from the confusion. Plus, we don't really need to see two version of The Flash and Superman interact with one another.

Do you want to see the DCEU and DCTV more closely resemble each other? Sound off in the comments below.

Supergirl airs Mondays on The CW.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.