Earlier today, DC unveiled its film slate from 2016 until 2020. Kicking off with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. will release a variety of movies during this five year period, from solo movies like Wonder Woman and The Flash, to ensemble films like Suicide Squad. DC may not have as many films as Marvel, but the company is looking to catch up. In the meantime, though, they’ve been doing quite well with another visual market--TV.

Marvel may be dominating the superhero movie market, but DC TV has proven to be an outstanding success. Arrow is entering its third season, The Flash and Gotham premiered to strong reviews and ratings and Constantine will debut on NBC next week. However, with Warner Bros. revealing the future of the DC Cinematic Universe, what will happen to another live-action universe being built? Arrow and The Flash have been building their own universe, which includes diverse characters like Black Canary, Firestorm and Katana. This universe has not only done a good job of adapting DC characters and stories, but it has also been a good way for non-comic book fans to learn about these characters. Will the DCCU plans have any effect on what happens in these two shows? Read on for our take.

Will The Movies and TV Shows Influence Each Other At All?
In short, probably not. Months ago, DC announced that its movies and TV shows would not be connected. Unlike Marvel, where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter and the Netflix series all exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC will have its movie universe and TV universe remain separate. So, if you were holding onto that glimmer of hope that Grant Gustin would appear in the movies, drop it! This was primarily done so that the movie writers could work without being constricted by the continuity the TV shows had built. While this separation is somewhat of a wasted opportunity, it will all be okay.

While the movies feature their DC superheroes and Justice League, the DC TV shows, specifically Arrow and The Flash, will be building their own mythology. In fact, it’s been mentioned multiple times that these shows are building their own Justice League. So if the movies don’t do it for you, there’s always the TV universe to fall back on. The thing that the DC TV shows will be forced to deal with is not being able to use some higher profile characters. In other words, don’t expect to see Batman and Superman hanging out with Oliver and Barry on the small screen.

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