Consider this, somewhere in the world, on this Earth, some little boy or girl is falling in love with comics for the first time and their favorite superhero may be The Atom. A young girl is telling her mother she wants to be like the Black, now White, Canary; understandable since Caity Lotz is arguably the most badass woman on the planet. Soon there will be yet another underdog to root for when Vixen makes her, live action, Arrowverse debut on an upcoming episode of Arrow.
For decades, DC shows, movies, and other medium jumping entertainment properties, were not given an honest chance, or taken seriously, without the involvement of the Trinity. That sad, but reasonable, fact is no longer an issue; Supergirl has a hit show that is actually pretty good! We live in a world post-Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy where Martian Manhunter has been realized in live action with a well done and meaningful backstory. Gone are the days of re-watching Batman: The Animated Series and the Justice League cartoons to see the pages of a comic recreated in motion. Though it is still completely worth it — they hold up so well.
Thanks to the creation of the John Diggle character on Arrow, John Stewart and Victor Stone are no longer the only black male heroes in the DC Universe beloved by comic and non-comic readers alike. He is essentially Green Arrow’s Alfred, sans the butler duties but with the wisdom, heart, and impenetrable honor. Of course, the same can be said of Jesse L. Martin’s Detective West in The Flash, who is akin to a somewhat less stern Uncle Phil. An African American father figure, and a badass in his own right, Joe West is one of the best written characters currently on television. Andrew Kreisberg (producer) noted in an interview that when they approacehed Martin about the role, he told them he grew up unable to see himself in comics; now he is the inspiration he had to, unfortunately, miss out on as a child.
Additionally, the DC TV shows are essential in introducing the concept of the multiverse to a wider audience. It is a staple in the DCU that is often a deal breaker for people who want to understand comics, but cannot get past the complexities and, admittedly sometimes vexing, storytelling tendencies. The best part of all this? The concept of multiple Earths is being introduced to the Arrowverse in an non-convoluted and accessible manner. As Kevin Smith often says, “Berlanti (producer) and them are doing the Lord’s work over there.” Indeed they are; so much so that those creating the Cinematic Universe must be smooth sailing with the realization that if and when they institute the multiverse to the silver screen, the task will be much less daunting than it would’ve been a few years ago.
With lesser known heroes and villains being given spotlight, it makes way for the even more obscure to get a chance to shine. Imagine a live action interpretation of Music Meister or Booster Gold. Perhaps we will see a Batfleck film with Jason Todd’s Red Hood as an antagonist. Maybe Prometheus will finally receive the on-screen love he deserves. Anything is possible now, and we are, in part, indebted to the Green Arrow because of it… What a strange, but great time we live in.
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