October 20, 2021

DC on the CW: Looking Forward

What does renewal mean for the future of DC shows? If things stay the course, fans should expect excellent programming for the foreseeable future.

Recently it was announced that all 4 of the DC shows on the CW were renewed for another season meaning one more year of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited. I got in the game a little late on the DC shows, something you can chalk up to being a Marvel fanboy. I’ve always liked superheroes across the board, but DC hadn’t really spoken to me until I got into the shows on CW.  So what does renewal mean for the future of DC shows? If things stay the course, fans should expect excellent programming for the foreseeable future.

But that’s not the point of why I’m writing this. I’m not going to make any predictions as to what may come, at least not in the traditional sense. I’m going to do what I do best: broadcast my opinion on the masses.  I was approached to write about these shows and let you know what I want to see in future seasons.   I will start with the newcomer to CW, but not the DC television universe: Supergirl.

Who can’t tell the difference between a bird and a plane?

Supergirl got its start on CBS, and while the first season had its setbacks, overall it was a pretty good season, and once it got picked up on the CW, I was much more excited about the direction the show would be going.  Season 2 of Supergirl has been great so far, and the inclusion of more aliens has been a fresh step for the show.  But where should the show keep going? Project Cadmus has been the focal point of this season, and so far this direction has proved to be good.  Martian Manhunter has been used more, which is great.  I’d really like to see more Superman utilization on the show, as the episodes he was on were some of my favorites of the season.  We don’t need Superman to be a focal point, but I’d love to see Kara travel to Metropolis and battle it out side by side with Superman.  Overall, I’d like to see more of Kara being Kara, which is what this show has been doing beautifully up to this point.

Kate, we have to go back!

Up next, let’s talk Oliver Queen and the future of Arrow.  Arrow is the longest running show of the group, with this the 5th season.  There have been ups and downs, highs and lows, culminating with last season being kind of a dud in my eyes.  Season 5 has already done a great job making me forget about season 4, as the flashbacks make much more sense and are far more compelling. The new team has been a lot of fun to watch, and we still get parts of the old team with Felicity and Diggle.  But where does Arrow go from here? After this season, there are no more flashbacks planned in the same vein that the first 5 seasons have shown.  Not that flashbacks are crucial, but they have been such a huge part of the shows, it may require a bit more work in the future.  I would love to see more crossover events with The Flash himself, as the Barry-Olive bromance is still great.  Overall, I’d like to see Arrow stay more grounded, and if more supernatural or meta-human events are planned, then that is when things are ripe for a crossover.

Where we’re going, we don’t need roads

A relative newcomer to the game, Legends of Tomorrow really piqued my interest and got me hooked after just one season.  The idea of a ragtag team of “legends” traveling through time and trying to save all of existence is really a fun joyride. And the cast has been great, aside from a relatively lackluster Hawkgirl and Hawkman in season 1. Season 2 has seen a few departures from the main cast, notably Captain Cold and the Hawk couple, and so far Rip Hunter himself.  I would love to see more of the lesser known DC characters added to the mix, as this show has me to looking way more into overall DC universe. This season also introduced viewers to the Justice Society of America, the predecessors to the Justice League (which I will cover later). I would love to see more the Legion of Doom, as they are slowly being introduced this season, and that small roster includes Damien Darhk, Malcolm Merlyn, and Eobard Thawne as the Reverse Flash.

He’ll save every one of us

This brings me to The Flash, far and away my favorite show of the group. From season 1 until now, this show has had very few stumbles, and overall has been the best of the group.  This season covered a great comic story arc, The Flashpoint (also a great animated movie)! Season 3 has had a few missteps, mainly in the form of Cisco and his really weird feud and anger towards Barry, but that appears to be moving on from where we are.  All of the seasons have focused on Barry vs. <insert evil speedster> and this season is now different with Savitar.  I really hope that Kid Flash stays a pretty big part of future seasons, as one can never have too many fun DC characters.  Of all the shows on the CW, the Flash is in the best shape, as they have the best cast (sorry not sorry), most compelling storylines, and just an overall fun feeling.

The one thing I would love to see more from all the shows is more crossover events, even bigger than Heroes vs. Aliens, and I’ll tell you why: I hope all of this builds up to a formation of the Justice League. I know that the DCEU is trying to stay separate from the TV universe, but I hope at least some more hints and even talks are in upcoming seasons.  This past crossover event had a STAR Labs facility that looked just like the Hall of Justice, which is where the Justice League has it’s Earth-bound HQ.  Even if it’s just a talk or a word exchanged about forming a larger group to battle evil, I would be a very happy fan.

So there you have it: my thoughts on what I want the future of DC on CW to do.  Do you agree? Disagree? What are your thoughts on the matter? Be sure to leave a message here, or email me at themike@wampaslayer.com. Also, reach out to us on Facebook (facebook.com/wampaslayer) or Twitter (@WampaMedia)

Dave Halcomb

Dave Halcomb

Dave is our sagacious entertainment and technology aficionado. You can count on him for movie reviews, entertainment news that you actually care about, and tech reviews of items that many love but few will ever use.

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