DC Comics: Zooming Past the Competition

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Hagan Wells, Video News Editor

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Hagan Wells

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In the midst of superhero movies taking the big screen by storm, The CW Network saw its opportunity and seized it. By now, The CW has four DC Comics shows based on Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and other superheroes, that are all connected and all setting a standard for other shows to follow.

The first of these shows to premiere this fall was The Flash, which comes on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. The Scarlet Speedster’s third season premiere was extremely good.

The episode delivered and set up the season well. Overall, The Flash’s premiere got me excited for the rest of the season and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here.

Next up was the show that started it all, Arrow, on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. What I liked about this season 5 premiere was that it took the show back to its basics. The feelings I got watching the show were reminiscent of how I felt watching season 1. I’ve always been a devoted fan of the show, but this season seems to be following in the footsteps of its better first two seasons.

The episode mixed comedy with intensity well. One nice change was that one of the core aspects of the show, its flashbacks, are a lot better than they have been the past couple of seasons. With the premiere concluding by setting up two good villains for the season, I’m definitely interested in how the rest of Arrow’s fifth season goes.

The following Monday night at 8 p.m., Supergirl made her debut on The CW. The show spent its first season on CBS, but seemed to lack the charm that the shows on The CW have and caused me to become uninterested.

As the show began its second season, there was a definite change. The episode had funny moments and nice references for fans.

The best part of the premiere was the introduction of Superman, played by Teen Wolf alum Tyler Hoechlin. I loved every scene with Superman and Hoechlin stole his scenes. But, that’s where most of my praise ends.

The rest of the episode focused on spectacle over story. The special effects were everywhere, and the plot was predictable. This was definitely the weakest of the DC shows’ premieres.

The last show to premiere was season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow, the Thursday night, 8 p.m. time-travel ensemble show.

Last season was interesting, but not amazing. Yet, the episode was a lot of fun, especially the beginning of the episode with its good opening action sequence set in 1600’s France. The rest of the episode is focused on the team travelling to 1942 to stop history from being changed by someone causing a nuclear bomb to destroy New York.

The episode had nice comedic moments and great effects, achieving a good balance between story and spectacle. The actors seem to have better chemistry than last season and the show better utilizes all of their main characters.

The ending of the episode was really exciting for the season, especially with the promise of the Justice Society of America’s involvement.

All in all, if you’re struggling to find something to watch this fall, turn the channel over to The CW. These shows do their best to entertain and definitely succeed.

When all of the shows crossover toward the middle of their seasons, it brings a thrill to your heart. So, come 8 p.m. on most weeknights, run faster than a speeding bullet to your remote and make sure you tune in.