Most comic book fans have known for a long time that superheroes are great by themselves, but are even better when teamed up and crossed over. There’s always been something undeniably attractive about seeing Batman and Superman square off against the Joker and Lex Luthor, seeing Green Lantern and Green Arrow hit the road to find out what America’s all about, or in seeing Captain America and Iron Man form the basis of the Avengers. With the massive success of the new DC Universe on TV provided by the likes of “Arrow” and now “The Flash,” the CW has taken notice of the ratings spike that the recent crossover between the two provided, and are now going to try and make it a regular affair.
According to Deadline, the network plans to develop a new drama series that will take popular recurring guests from both shows and make a new series out of it, all within the world first established by “Arrow” and being expanded in “The Flash.” “Arrow” creators and writers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg are all onboard to develop the project, which also lists stars Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/Atom on “Arrow”), Victor Garber (Professor Stein on “The Flash”), Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold on “The Flash,”) and Caity Lotz (Sarah Lance/The Canary on “Arrow”) as being primary characters.
The newsbreaking piece makes mention of the possibility that other DC characters could appear in addition to other guest characters from both series in an ongoing capacity. This would be akin to creating a live-action version of DC’s long-running comic book series The Brave and the Bold, which — depending on the volume — featured rotating team-ups from across the entire DC Universe. The most recent iteration of the series, written primarily by Mark Waid and later by J. Michael Straczynski, featured such interesting and diverse duos as Superman and Catwoman, Batman and Dial H for Hero, Nightwing and Hawkman, and the Flash and the Doom Patrol.
Taking that proven formula from the page and putting it on the small screen sounds like quite a good idea, especially considering the massive interest that superhero crossovers are creating both at the movie theater and on television. In addition to the Arrow/Flash crossover attracting nearly 4 million viewers, Marvel Studios films like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are some of the highest grossing movies of the last decade, with Warner Bros. and DC following suit with films based on the Justice League on the way.
It should prove very interesting to see how this new series could unfold, and exactly how it will tie into the existing shows, while also giving more ancillary characters some time to shine. For more on this series as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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