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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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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Powerless Might Actually Turn Out Okay

DC hasn’t done too shabby when it comes to its TV presence. Arrow has spawned two spin-offs, Supergirl is a wonderful thing, Gotham is a crazy thing, Constantine is set to return from the grave and Black Lightning is on its way. NBC’s Powerless is the latest in this long line, but stands out as the first straight up sitcom.…
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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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How Suicide Squad failed Harley Quinn

I think we can all agree Margot Robbie is a very talented actress who was pretty much perfect to bring a character as anticipated as Harley Quinn to life. But though Robbie absolutely nailed the performance (even according to the character’s original creator Paul Dini) and has been rightly hailed as one of the best things about Suicide Squad, the film itself did not do the same.…
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The Killing Joke Is The Harvey Two-Face Of Batman Movies

The Killing Joke is one of the most well known and talked about Batman stories ever put to print. Some see it as the definitive Joker story and for better or worse it put Barbara Gordon on the path to becoming Oracle. The idea of an animated adaptation produced by Bruce Timm and starring both the classic Batman and Joker, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill… well, hopes were high.…
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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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