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DCEU No More, Franchise Now Called Worlds of DC

Worlds of DC Now DCEU Franchise Name

According to Heroic Hollywood, the DC film and TV franchise has officially been branded. Once casually known as the DCEU, or DC Extended Universe, the franchise is now officially called Worlds of DC. This announcement was made in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con.

Why “Worlds of DC?”

DC features on the CW - Worlds of DC SDCC
DC features on the CW – some of the Worlds of DC

Although the new moniker seems more difficult to casually abbreviate, it seems fitting for what DC is trying to do with their filmed media. In the comics, there are a number of Earths. Most recently, their various superheroes have collided in the New 52 continuity, which began with the Flashpoint event.  In Flashpoint, Barry Allen went back in time to save his mother from her murder. This caused a butterfly effect. After the event concluded, only 52 Earths were left in DC’s continuity, down from the hundreds there had been. 

The “Worlds of DC” nickname seems to be leaning on the comics history. As you likely know, DC has been treating their TV and film programming as two separate universes. Therefore, the Flash/Barry Allen can be played by an actor in the film continuity and the TV continuity. This is especially apt considering that both the TV and the movie continuity seem interested in the Flashpoint storyline. The television show aired a Flashpoint storyline beginning at the end of season 2. The Flash’s solo film has been rumored to focus on the Flashpoint event as well, but that’s a lot more nebulous. Maybe the “Worlds of DC” nickname is a hint that the Flashpoint storyline is coming after all? Since the Flash’s solo movie isn’t expected until at least 2020, it’s far too early to tell.

What do you think of this new branding change? Do you prefer the old name or the new one? Talk about it in the comments


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