After helping Barry and Jesse stop a nuclear explosion from destroying Central City, Jay Garrick, the Earth-3 Flash, has announced he’s retiring from the business of being a superhero and a new female speedster is taking his place.
The Flash has not shied away from introducing a vast amount of speedsters, and it looks like one more is joining the mix. There’s a female speedster learning from Jay Garrick on Earth-3 to take his place and become the new Flash. Who is it? We don’t know, yet, but there are a variety of comic characters the show could pull into the mix.
On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2, “Lawanda: The Book of Hope,” Jefferson finally puts on his suit for good, causing friction between him and his ex-wife, Lynn. While Black Lightning is out getting his groove back, Anissa has a much needed R&R session with her girlfriend that leads to huge revelations and Jennifer starts dating an old friend in her own time of need.
Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 2 was a great set up episode. Although this episode has many subplots going on, the majority of it focused on Jefferson and Lynn dealing with the truth that Black Lightning needs to come out of retirement for good. Jefferson isn’t the only one getting his feet wet in the vigilante pool. Anisa also has her moment to shine when she stops a burglary from happening. In the same day, her little sister, Jennifer, gains a good influence in her new boyfriend while losing her grip on control. It looks like the chaos in Jefferson’s life is just beginning.
On Black Lightning Season 1 Episode 1, The Resurrection, Jefferson Pierce, the principal of Garfield High School and the Martin Luther King-esque social justice leader of Freeland, decided to become Black Lightning again in order to save his daughters and his city from The 100 Gang’s reign of terror.
Black Lightning had a killer debut on the CW with 2.3 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, the best series debut on the network in 2 years. And, with the caliber that this show proved to be in their premiere, the only way these ratings can go is up. With a stellar cast, a genuine and intriguing story-line, and the wonderfully integrated political commentary, this series gives a fresh take on the old superhero tropes and paves the way for their own seat at the table of the DCTV universe. What a phenomenal start to a promising season.
Green Arrow and Black Canary. It’s a comic book fixture in every new issue and story involving the Green Arrow, but in the television universe, they just can’t seem to ever get this duo written correctly.
The CW’s Arrow introduced the Green Arrow to a new variety of fans, which has come with both positive and negative aspects, but none more negative than the ineptitude of the writer’s room when it comes to writing the Black Canary. It’s literally taken them three tries to get this character right, but it’s just impossible for them. So, what’s the problem?
Wentworth Miller depiction of Captain Cold in the Arrow-verse has left such a mark on the character, taking him from C-list villain to DC icon, that, before he leaves, it is time to look back and appreciate how much of an impact he has left.
Let’s talk about Captain Cold. Before The Flash debuted in 2014, a general audience wouldn’t know who he is. Even comic book fans would have a hard time thinking of anything to say about the character. No real, major storylines in the comics to draw from. He was not a fan favorite. Yet in recent years, Captain Cold has joined the ranks of the DC villains pantheon to fans, and a lot of that is due to Wentworth Miller’s fantastic performance on the CW’s The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. With the sad news of Miller’s departure from the Arrow-verse and his welcome return to the screens as the heroic doppelgänger Leo Snart AKA Citizen Cold, I think it is time to look back and appreciate the major contribution Wentworth Miller left on the character.
The annual Arrow-verse crossover is now behind us: reviews have been largely positive, the ratings reaching definite season highs and lauded as victories (even though they showed a considerable drop compared to last year’s crossover’s).
Fans and media outlets did not shy away from comparing “Crisis on Earth-X” to Justice League, even raising the question whether the superhero team outing was superior to the DCEU movie. However, I’m more than baffled by the applause the crossover has received for its storytelling and its outstanding diversity.
Before anyone attacks, let me make this clear: I do not believe Supergirl needs Superman to be successful, nor do I believe that he’s a better hero than Kara Danvers.
Maybe in another universe he is, but not on Earth-38, as was proven during Season 2 Episode 22 and the showdown between Kara and Clark. Kara is the superior fighter, and possibly the superior hero. However, since the writers went down the path of introducing Superman into the narrative and making him more than just a shadow in Kara’s life, he can’t just disappear without a trace or a mention, which is basically what has happened.
Throughout my life, I have seen my favorite characters go through quite horrible traumas. Whether it being part of their backstory like Bruce Wayne witnessing the murder of his parents or seeing it in action, such as Buffy having to kill Angel in order to save the world from decathla.
There are very few of these amazing characters that show what it actually is to go through emotional trauma. I had a hard time finding any until I first saw Jason Peter Todd AKA Red Hood. Some people found solace in Superman or Wonder Woman, and I love those characters deeply, but none meant the most to me as Jason did as he reminded me of my past struggles. Before I go on, for those who don’t know and there’s no way I can completely tell Jason’s history or my own but to recap this is who Jason Todd is. The second Robin to Batman, he is the “dead Robin” introduced in 1983 as a carbon copy of Dick Grayson. He dies in the same era six years later at the hands of Joker (tortured by a crowbar and dying in an explosion, while trying to keep his own mother who sold him out to the joker safe).
In 2004, thanks to Judd Winnick and Doug Mahnke, they brought him back as Red Hood, instead of being a hero like the rest of the bat-family, Jason’s Red Hood is an anti-hero.