The Importance of Villainy in the Arrowverse

There’s one thing that every superhero really needs in their story, even more than powers, and that’s a villain. Not just any old villain, but a good villain. One who not only poses a credible threat, but challenges everything that makes them a hero in the first place. Of the four CW shows that make up the DCTV universe, which ones did their villains correctly?…
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The Flash and Supergirl Are Utterly Charming In “Duet”

The Flash and Supergirl are two things that need to come together more often. And if “Duet” proves anything, it’s that when you have a cast made up of musically talented actors, you bend reality itself to give them an opportunity to sing. Fortunately, doing so provided us with one of the most delightful episodes of the series, as theA Flash and Supergirl are forced to sing their way out of a magical coma.…
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Tackling Alien Immigration and Character Conflict, An Intense Supergirl Flies High

The introduction of the immigration topic through the use of aliens has been one of the more interesting threads of Supergirl‘s second season and that conversation comes to the forefront in last night’s “Exodus”, which couldn’t have been more interestingly timed if they’d tried. With actual character conflict and consequences, this makes for one of the season’s strongest episodes so far.…
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The Flash And A Messy Relationship With Time Travel

At this point, it’s hard to imagine The Flash without time travel. So much of its three seasons have revolved around the concept, with the whole series actually instigated by the Reverse-Flash’s temporal machinations. The first half of this current season was motivated entirely by the consequences of Flashpoint and with time travel mostly beaten to death as a plot point by now, Barry’s accidental trip to the future at first seemed like more of the same.…
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Prometheus Is Finally Revealed On An Excellent Arrow

Arrow‘s fifth season has been a massive improvement over last year’s much more divisive entry, focusing more on the street level stories that grounded Arrow‘s early seasons. But when your major antagonist of the year wears a mask, it’s inevitable that most of the season’s questions are going to revolve around the identity of the person beneath said mask.…
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A Trip To Gorilla City and Back is The Flash At Its Most Gloriously Comic Book-y

The Flash has always been at its best when it goes all out and wears its comic book trappings most proudly. The heavier arcs are fine and all, but The Flash is so much better at being fun than it is at being serious. Grodd’s episodes in particular have always been a highlight, so it’s no surprise that “Attack on Gorilla City” and “Attack on Central City” make for a mostly very entertaining arc.…
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Supergirl Was The Show 2016 Needed

For the show’s second season, Supergirl moved to The CW to join the rest of the Arrowverse and that meant a lot of changes, noticeably the loss of Callista Flockheart’s Cat Grant. I’ve made no secret of my love for Melissa Benoist’s superhero before but so far this season, Supergirl has been a bright spot in the world, unafraid to push forwards in ways that have never been so important.…
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What Happened To The Arrowverse This Year?

This last year of television has been pretty amazing for comic book fans. We’ve seen so many characters brought to life on screen, in shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supergirl, Gotham, The Walking Dead, Constantine to name just a few, with Preacher and others on their way. The CW’s Arrowverse has been one of the greatest sources of comic book-television, starting with Arrow and expanding out to include The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.…
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How Secret Does A Secret Identity Have To Be?

It’s one of the most common traditions of superheroes: the secret identity. It’s been such a staple of the genre for so long that it seems almost like a prerequisite, a justification for putting on the mask. I’m not arguing against the use of the secret identity in a superhero story but has the trope started to reach a stage where it actually negatively impacts the story?…
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