Part 1 of the Pilot episode of the DC Comics TV Show Legends of Tomorrow was Excellent. It was nothing less than exactly what needed to happen. The hype and the build up for this show was immeasurable. People have been talking about this for over a year as new details emerged and cast announced, we waited with baited breath.
Well, here it was. It finally came, the premiere. I was not able to watch it live, but the first chance I got once my wife fell asleep on the couch was to grab a drink and turn on this new show. I sat there and watched, everything I could think of unfold, with cameos and jokes; and action, and British accents. The first 10 minutes alone were better than Arrow had been the last season and a half. But I sat there and thought, is this it? Just excellent? Thats all?
About half way through act 2, I am thinking we could get a huge surprise, I think that we are going to see something Extraordinary. But the only thing we got was plain, amazing. I tried to convince myself, something was building. So as the episode almost finished, and we have already gotten our Action, drama, comedy, great acting, camaraderie building, dance montage, and TIME TRAVEL!!!! I realized there was no hidden surprise, no catch, no hook. DC and the CW had built an amazing show that didn’t need a gimmick. It took the trash, the refuse from The Flash and Arrow and built a concrete and amazing show. It took characters that no one should care about really, and added a time traveling Rip Hunter from the future and turned this show into the No 2 show on the CW behind The Flash.
A truly amazing feat from the mind of Greg Berlanti and the CW/DC Comics crew. This show gives you nothing more than exactly what you ask for.
It started with Arrow. The current formula for great comic book TV started 2 seasons ago when Stephen Amell was cast as the titular protagonist on the CW’s new show Arrow based on the Green Arrow from the Detective Comics brand owned by the same company that owns the CW. Season 1 of Arrow was up and down, they were trying to find their wheelhouse and trying to find what type of audience they were going for. They were compared to Smallville that was also on the CW a few years prior. It wasn’t a fair comparison (much like Agents of SHIELD compared to the now hugely popular Arrow) but the comparisons were still there.
Season 2 of Arrow was a huge hit, they did it! A great fan base with a big online following and great DVR ratings numbers according to Nielsen Polls. So now what does DC Entertainment do? What else could they do that would get their new “Brand” out there for the world to see? Well Marvel was putting together their “Phase 3” of the MCU and DC was secretly building the DCMU, but they had something else Marvel didn’t have; a hit TV show. Marvel has Agents of SHIELD and its was panned its first season even though being brought back for a second, and they have the Netflix shows that come out in 2016 but with the already established Arrow and the hugely popular Flash coming to the CW, DC is set for a big win.
DC has Gotham coming to FOX, The Flash coming to the CW, and Constantine coming to NBC this fall. All 3 have been widely praised by early viewers of all 3 pilots. I am super excited for all 3 of them even though Gotham scares me a bit, I mean a Batman show without Batman seems counter productive. The premise and the reviews though make it seem like they are doing it very well and it will be a great watch.
Arrow ended so well, and had a great cameo of The Flash himself Barry Allen in the season. The set up for season 3 was really solid. The preview for The Flash show was solid as well. The trailer for Constantine has been viewed by myself about 10 times, and I am patiently waiting for a good trailer for Gotham to come across the wire. Man DC Entertainment is doing Comic Book TV right.
We all know how good the hit CW show “Arrow” is, but is it too good for Warner Brothers’ DC Comics Movies? We all know the comparisons to the other “Comic Book TV Shows” but what are the ramifications of this show against other DC Comics movies? Warner Brothers are building a great fan base and allowing Arrow to grow and be its own thing. But maybe just maybe that isn’t DC’s best interest.
The Man of Steel happened during Arrow’s first season, so there was not a real crossover type of hype that there was earlier this year, after Stephen Amell tweeted a photo of the cover of Justice League #4 creating a giant whirlwind of speculation about whether or not he is in the Justice League movie coming in the near future.
This single tweet and the world after shows just how big Arrow is for WB and DC; the fans are showing more support and more excitement about this TV show and actor than the Batman v. Superman movie (by destroying the internet about Ben Affleck as Batman). Many other casting for the movies have come under fire especially since big wigs at WB/DC have said no TV actors will be crossing over.
And then came Grant Guston as The Flash to Arrow, and his presence on the screen and already with Stephen Amell, the internet exploded again with fervor towards these movies. Slowly but surely I feel that TV DC is overtaking Movie DC universe as the popular within fans. Warner Brothers cannot even for a second lose ground to Marvel when it comes to the movie universe.
Something probably needs to give, no matter what WB/DC will not give in. They will not back down and give in to what the fans want, out of pride and by trying to show the fans whose boss, they will alienate and lose out on some success. Marvel is building a giant, that the only real way to fight is to listen to the fans, but will that happen? No. But should they? Absolutely they should. Amell should be Green Arrow, and Grant Guston should be The Flash in the movies because that is the right choice.