CW’s take on the Justice League could be TV equivalent of The Avengers.
Supergirl producers are finally going to avoid any goofy means to avoid Superman’s face in Supergirl next season. With a casting call going out for the world’s most famous superhero and Supergirl being under one (network) roof with the other DC shows it’s time to start getting serious. It’s time for a CW Justice League. And this one, not the big screen incarnation, might be closer to duplicating the success Marvel Studios found with The Avengers.
CW execs already announced a four-part crossover involving The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl for the midpoint of next season.
Beyond just seeing a cool mega team-up, this will work because the audience has gotten invested in these characters far more than anyone on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The four years of brand building the CW DC execs put in before a giant crossover is far more similar to the connected universe Marvel Studios began with Iron Man.
We know how Arrow reacts around Hawkman. White Canary has spent a lot of time with Atom. And how cute was Supergirl’s initial interaction with The Flash? There’s a certain level of connectivity that the movies can’t or are unable to provide. And the anticipation of adding characters like Superman or Martian Manhunter in the mix is even more tantalizing.
My head still hurts trying to make sense of why some characters can exist in the same universe as their movie counterparts like Superman and The Flash while others like the Suicide Squad have to get killed off.
Even if the overly complicated DC/Warner Bros. TV and movie rules will keep Batman and Wonder Woman away from the CW universe, there’s more than enough characters for a legit Justice League.
Have the CW Justice League feature a Who’s Whom from the Arrowverse. There’s plenty of heroes to choose from. Superman, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, ATOM, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, White Canary, Martian Manhunter, Vixen and Firestorm are all viable. And that’s a pretty kick tail Justice League squad.
Maybe being front and center of their own Justice League will soothe some understandably ruffled feathers of the centerpiece of the CW superhero-verse.
Great news: Just saw the 100th headline of me saying an Arrow movie won't happen.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) May 29, 2016
Grant Gustin got passed over for Ezra Miller despite getting rave reviews from critics and fans for his portrayal of Barry Allen. Stephen Amell’s Arrow doesn’t have a cinematic counterpart yet, but he’s repeatedly expressed interest in taking his character to the big screen.
Even if they’re too classy to admit it, getting passed by for the movies after keeping their characters relevant on the small screen has to hurt. And ensuring Amell and Gustin are happy is pivotal in getting both Arrow and The Flash to have a 10 season run like Smallville.
A CW version could be just as compelling as the big screen version. Bringing the superteam of all superteams to the CW-verse would undoubtedly excite fans eager to see the team assembled.
Legends of Tomorrow is introducing the Justice Society of America so it doesn’t seem the CW is averse to supergroups. The team doesn’t even have to stay together, but the tease of them reuniting could make for an annual treat that stokes audience interest every year.
What do you think? Would you want to see a CW version Justice League?
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