The fall season is upon us. With it comes the usual traditions of pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, and the prelude to the holiday season. One fall tradition that many look forward to is the return of their favorite TV series from summer hiatus. While there are plenty of new and exciting shows to come, the CW is going strong with their DC comics based shows.
In 2008, the Marvel began their amazing cinematic universe with the release of Iron Man. The world set up would go on to grow exponentially and reached its true peak with 2012’s The Avengers. Since then, long time comic book publisher rival DC comics has been trying to keep up on the film front. In 2013, they released Man of Steel and just this year they put out two more films, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. However, all three of these films were met with bad critic reviews and have really failed to wow audiences.
Though DC movies are not quite there yet, they are doing very well on the medium of TV. It all began in 2012 when producer Greg Berlanti brought to life his vision for a grittier, Christopher Nolan-inspired adaptation of Green Arrow. In its early days, no one could imagine how large this series would grow to be. Now in its fifth season, Arrow has created not one, but three spin-offs on one network. This fall we have Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl all airing on the same week, on the same network.
Even more impressive than that is the amount of diversity in these shows. Audiences can watch the gritty, realistic take on a superhero on Arrow, or the light-hearted take on a superhero on The Flash. This well thought out TV shared universe is everything that DC should be putting in their films. Marvel may have DC beat on the big screen for now, but on the small screen, DC comics is proving to be quite the adversary.