With CW‘s “Arrowverse” and “Arrowverse”-friendly shows (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) either on hiatus for one more week or still on their seasonal break, your designated DC gatekeepers at Bleeding Cool – Andy Wilson and Joey Mills – felt now was as good a time as any to share their three-part conversation on “The State of CW’s DCU” moving forward.
With today’s third and final part of their three-part examination, Wilson and Mills look ahead to their “wishlist” of things they would like to see for the CW’s DCU coming out of “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”
Make sure to check out Monday’s Part 1, where they share their views on what viewers should want from the remainder of the current seasons; and Tuesday’s Part 2, where they discuss how they want the series to position themselves going into next season’s huge crossover event.
What do you want to see from a post-“Crisis” CW DCU?
Joey: It feels like the given is a single world instead of a multiverse, right?
Andy: I like the idea of all of the worlds collided and no more multiverse, but it creates a weird tension where you ask yourself, “Why doesn’t Superman/Supergirl simply solve this problem?” for everything happening in the other shows. I’ve enjoyed them being in different worlds so they can’t easily cross over. But, the two words from Elseworlds that tickled me the most were “World’s Finest” and I’d love to see more Supergirl and Batwoman teaming up precisely because they run off such different energies. Also, if Freeland is now part of the world with these other superheroes, somebody is going to have to have a discussion about white privilege and the structural racism that allows these problems to exist — and to combat a White Savior mentality where now they feel the need to come “fix” things. I’m here for several episodes of just this.
Joey: I really hope that Crisis shakes up the way The CW does television. If Batwoman goes to series, that’d be six hour-long action adventure dramas set in this Arrowverse. I feel like that isn’t sustainable. Instead, give us something radically different. Give us one night a week with a two hour block of Arrowverse programming all year long. Give us a three-episode arc of Arrow at 8:00 p.m., followed by a 3-episode arc of Legends of Tomrrow at 9:00 p.m. Then rotate The Flash and Black Lightning into those slots for their three-episode arcs, followed by a Supergirl and Batwoman rotation. Throughout the year, each series would get five arcs to play with, leaving a few episodes for the crossover and a few weeks of hiatus for holidays and events.
Or, if you want to get really crazy, play with the time and structure in that two hour block one night a week. Maybe we get a 30 minute Arrow, followed by a 45 minute Supergirl (keeping folks from switching the channel at 9:00 p.m.), a 15 minute short featuring a Ralph Dibny and Ray Plamer adventure together, then a 30 minute Black Lightning. Next week might be a 1 hour Birds of Prey style team up with Felicity, Sara, Laurel, and Dinah, followed by the 15 minute conclusion to the Ralph & Ray story, then a 45 minute Batwoman with Constantine as a special guest. The next week has Felicity, Cisco, Caitlin, and Ray visiting Curtis in D.C. where he’s working out of the Hall of Justice we saw in the Crisis on Earth X crossover for the first 30 minutes, a 15 minute short about Mick being approached to put The Rogues together, a 30 minute John Stewart Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter story, a 30 minute The Flash, and a second 15 minute short that concludes Mick’s story.
Shake it up! Utilize all these characters across a two hour block once a week. Tell good stories in ways we’ve not see before on network television. Folks who have grown up on or watched 10 and 15 minute episodes on Cartoon Network with their kids know you can tell good stories in a short amount of time. Just be different. Dare to defy!
So now that they’ve had their say… it’s your turn!
What do you hope to see from these series between now and next fall’s crossover?
What do you want to see shake out from Crisis on Infinite Earths?
Let us know by sharing your thoughts in the comments.
Here’s a rundown on the CW returns: Supergirl returns on Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m.; Arrow returns on Monday, March 4, at 8 p.m. followed by Black Lightning at 9 p.m.; The Flash returns on Tuesday, March 5, at 8 p.m.; and Legends of Tomorrow returns Monday, April 1.