When the DC Comics universe on CW, fan-dubbed the “Arrowverse”, began to evolve, it rapidly expanded from one crime drama to three superhero shows laden with expensive special effects, celebrity appearances and a whole team for each hero. It was like nothing the audience expected and each year, whether by acquiring shows from other networks or stretching the cast even more, the universe became a diverse multiverse. However, these shows are slowly buckling under their own weight because of how top-heavy the Berlanti Productions shows have become. Every season the shows return (except Legends of Tomorrow), they diminish a little more in quality and many fans are starting to notice.
Arrow premiered a cast-away Oliver Queen taking on a mob element in Starling City. While these first episodes had writing and pacing issues, they showcased exemplary choreography and a promising arc for the main character. The first two seasons of Arrow pushed the limits of what superhero TV could do.
The further defined that world became, the more it embraced its roots at a time where the DC Films were actively attempting to distance themselves from their comic book counterparts. It truly feels like a collaboration between the comic book publisher and the television network as opposed to someone simply having the license to all the characters and not honoring them.
This universe gave us a more faithful adaptation of Superman than Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”. The Justice League movie even had to channel a bit of the boy scout charm with his resurrection after wasting the Death of Superman storyline too quickly.
Inconsistent writing beginning on Season 3 of every show
Team show fever
Forced social commentary
Social issues are important. Primetime superhero shows are not the place to talk about them if the content of the shows aren’t at a certain level. HBO’s Watchmen can cover serious topics because it’s a mature series and will probably hold itself to a higher standard. When issues are brought up in the Arrowverse, it feels more like a half-hearted PSA. There was recently a Flash episode where the female stars came together to defeat that episode’s villain. This wouldn’t be a problem if the writing was good enough in which the women would have realistically survived, but the online audience could tell that there was leeway given to the plot in order for it to turn out alright in the end.
The show that started it all has floundered since its average season 3. The writing team has been content with serving Batman’s villains to Ollie on a silver platter for the past four years. They have exhausted most storylines and wasted prominent characters like Wildcat (who disappeared) and the canon Black Canary; with the latter being completely disrespected by the showrunners in favor of another character that was only being pushed to further an ill-fated romance between two characters that have acknowledged they don’t need to be together. One season later, they bring another Earth’s version of the Black Canary (SAME ACTRESS) who ends up having a redemption arc (that we ALREADY did with the previous version) and it seems as if she’ll be the new Black Canary next season.
So what was the freaking point of killing the Earth-1 version so unceremoniously?
Other superhero shows
Gotham is now pushing the limits of where superhero TV can go by focusing more on the supervillains! They’ve recently started production on their final season which ends with a young Batman appearance by David Masouz.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Slaw future – darkest timeline
Batwoman is written to be “gay Arrow”
Arrow makes it to Season 12
Side characters continue to have no significant arcs
Felicity becomes Black Canary
Dies out due to DC Universe App
Batwoman has depth of character
Writing improves on all shows
Seasons are shortened and pacing improves
Arrow cameos like Iron Man
Gets absorbed into the DC Extended Multiverse