We’re one week away from the release of Justice League. As a fan of DC Comics, I am approaching this movie with a mixture of curiosity and dread. Let’s face it, Justice League is probably going to be awful. Only this summer’s Wonder Woman gives us any reason to hope otherwise. But even if the movies fail us, at least we can turn to the small screen for some superhero adventures. As I brace myself for almost certain disappointment, I have ranked all of the DC superhero TV shows from Worst to First.
Regular readers know that although I am a super hero fan, my heart belongs to the DC Universe more so than the Marvel characters. So while I have been enjoying the Marvel movies as much as everyone else (Guardians of the Galaxy is insanely fun) I have been frustrated to see the DC characters mishandled by Warner Bros. WhileMarvel has released ten hit movies in a row, Warner Brothers has released the terrific Nolan Batman trilogy, the popular but wrong-headed Man of Steel and the dreadful Green Lantern. The DC characters have been seeing the most play on TV where they are limited to the kind of budget that the CW can afford. Which typically means there is a low ceiling on the super heroics. Smallville spent ten years depicting the adventures of Clark Kent before he became Superman. And Arrow shows Ollie Queen as a vigilante who is not much better than the thugs he fights against.
When I heard that the makers of Arrow were spinning off The Flash to his own series, I was skeptical to say the least. The Flash is one of the brightest characters in all of comics. He is positively upbeat and cheery. A stark contrast to the Green Arrow TV show. If they gave the Flash the Arrow treatment, I wasn’t interested. When the CW started releasing images of the costume, my apprehension grew. Standing still, it looked cheap. But the good news is that in motion and blurred by CGI, Grant Gustin looks enough like the Flash for me. In fact, the looks is impressive for a TV show.
This weekend, I caught a screener of the pilot episode which airs this fall. And I am happy to report that the show nails just about everything about the Flash. This is a straight-up super hero show that is bound to please fans of the comic book. Since the show doesn’t air till Fall, I will avoid dropping spoilers. Although I have to say the show’s official trailer was extremely spoilery!