I’ve posted twice before about how the DC Cinematic Universe can rise or fail… and I still think that they will fail, overall, to achieve anywhere near the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I wanted to comment on another DC Universe: the DC Television Universe. DCTV for short.
When the CW launched the new Arrow series so soon after the Smallville finale stating they were going to “reboot the Green Arrow,” I was highly skeptical. Once I saw the show, though, I was overtaken by the awesomeness of what I was watching. The series got better with almost every episode that first season and I was all about seeing more. Season two came around and things were getting even better… and then they announced the Flash would be created and get his own show… I was worried.
Arrow was grounded in a reality but not so much that there wasn’t a taste of the fantastic. Having a completely “fantastic” character like the Flash burst into this universe would tilt things and I was skeptical, far more so than Arrow had me before I saw it, and I was worried that Flash would drag things down.
Then I saw the Flash. I now like Flash more than Arrow. I still like Arrow, I just like Flash better.
Since the Flash came on the screen, we’ve seen the shared universe of the DCTV expand. We now have the “team Arrow” crew: Black Canary and Arsenal. There is also the Atom with that evolving suit, and Brandon Routh is a great choice for the character. On Flash we’ve got Firestorm, a character I never thought I’d like and certainly one I never thought would work on TV. DC isn’t stopping there, either. Supergirl is on the way, though over on CBS, and I’m hoping that the new “team up show” centered around the Atom will bring about more characters I’d like to see expanded. I’ve heard of Hawkgirl on the show, and someone called Rip Hunter… I don’t know who Rip Hunter is but I know who is playing him and I’m interested.
What I’m saying here is that DC’s Cinematic Universe won’t be successful in the way Marvel’s is… but DC’s TV Universe is rocking in ways that Marvel’s is having an issue achieving. If DC could just take the training wheels off and allow some of the “big seven” to start gracing the small screen (beyond Flash), I think they could really do something special. Why not allow Aquaman to come on down? Cyborg, not a big seven, but still a heavy hitter… what about bringing in Martian Manhunter? Hell, DC, take the wheels off and shoot for a grounded version of the Green Lantern… Ryan Reynolds, while decent in the movie, was a terrible choice for the character. Terrible.
All in all, I think the DCTV will go much farther, and be much better in the end, than the DCCU.
I just wanted to throw that out there.