I spend a lot of time talking about The Flash, and not a whole lot of time talking about Arrow. Truth be told, it took me two seasons to really get invested in Arrow, but now that I am, I’m enjoying it a lot. At the beginning, it felt somewhat soap opera-ish, but it’s grown out of that into a more mature, action oriented show. Sure, there’s a generous helping of love triangle stuff, but that’s true of The Flash as well.
CW has released a long clip of upcoming events for the rest of this third season of Arrow, and there looks like a lot of stuff still to come. Check out the clip below.
Talking about the Flash’s future can be a loaded topic, as we’ve already heard that time travel will play a large role in this show going forward. It’s a potential slippery slope, but considering how intertwined the “Speed Force” is with the timestream (or at least that’s how it used to be, I’m admittedly out of touch with any recent DC Comics developments) it’s not a surprising stance that the show is taking.
A panel at Paleyfest over the weekend spoke about things a bit more pointedly as well, making clear references to Wally West, and hinting at a potential dramatic turn for Eddie Thawne, the hero Cop of the hour long CW drama.
Where The Flash is a topic, generally so is Arrow, and there was a panel for that DC themed show as well, teasing many of the same ominous elements as The Flash. It’s always interesting seeing these two shows, which stand in pretty stark contrast to each other. One is bright, cheery, and pretty colorful, while the other is mostly dark, serious, and gritty, yet they manage to exist pretty seamlessly in the same universe. One can only imagine what the DC cinematic universe could be if they would only learn to embrace these TV shows and bring them in to join the “big boys” rather than go out of their way to create a whole new continuity subverting television.
But, back on topic… at Paleyfest, both panels sound entertaining and enlightening, and the best part is, you can watch them for yourself. They’ve both been posted on YouTube, and I’ve embedded them below.
I’ll admit, I’m a Marvel Comics diehard, through and through, and it took me almost a season and a half to commit to Arrow, but I’m glad I did. While Marvel continues to dominate the box office, its tough to argue that DC is establishing a chokehold on the small screen.
I love Agents of SHIELD, and I’m looking more forward to Daredevil than I have for almost anything ever, but DC’s got a great formula as well. It’ll be very interesting to see this new DC vs. Marvel battle wage in the years to come.