Geoff Johns explains why separate DC TV/Cinematic Universes are better than Marvel's method

In a fascinating piece over at Variety, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns explains the decision to keep the company's TV projects separate from the flicks, while Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen has (of course) a very different opinion on the subject matter.

It's a great time to be a comic-book fan, and here's what we'll get to see on TV this fall.

Marvel will see the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, with its freshman sister series Marvel's Agent Carter set to premiere during S.H.I.E.L.D.'s winter hiatus. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage are scheduled to air on Netflix sometime in 2015, culminating in The Defenders crossover miniseries.

On the DC TV front, Arrow returns to The CW in a few weeks, with The Flash premiering its first season on the same channel -- sharing the same TV universe. Constantine will debut on NBC, while Fox will air its pre-Batman series Gotham.

After Tancharoen addressed how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. didn't really find its footing until an exciting crossover with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she then goes on to talk about how being part of a shared universe is both "a blessing and a curse," adding:

"The fact that it is one universe means that when something occurs on our show or a character makes a turn, it ripples through the entire universe, which gives it much more weight. It adds the seal of approval of all those other cinematic franchises."

On the other hand, DC boss Geoff Johns has quite a difference of opinion on the subject matter, saying:

"We want to give freedom to creators… so that they can take their passion [and make] the best show, the best film, the best game without having to tie it into other things," Geoff Johns told the site.  As for why he beleives their shows find such success, he said it all comes down to sticking to the source material, "Yes, it's got to be adapted and expanded, whether it goes from TV to comics or comics to film, but the DNA of it is always true."

Given what recently went down with Ant-Man and Edgar Wright's departure over what sounded like some serious creative differences, this statement feels like a shot right across the Marvel movie megalith's bow. So, who do you guys agree with?

(Variety via Comic Book Movie)

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