As if to make up for the lack of LGBT superheroes in movies, the #Arrowverse has plenty of queer representation, from Sara Lance on Legends of Tomorrow to Arrow's Curtis Holt — and who could forget Alex's excellent coming-out arc on Supergirl Season 2. But there's no such thing as too much representation, and this week's excellent crossover episode between #TheFlash and #Supergirl introduced two more gay characters to The CW's superhero roster — sorta.
To get Barry and Kara to sing away their feelings, in "Duet" the antagonistic Music Meister transported the heroes to a dream world of their own design — and thanks to the dynamic duo's joint obsession with musicals, this made for an all-singing all-dancing episode. Naturally, this was thoroughly delightful.
One of the highlights of the episode was a cute scene between Iris-turned-Millie and her two gangster dads — it turns out that the musical dream versions of Martin Stein and Joe West are gay and presumably married, raising Millie together.
This was a hilarious little moment, subverting our expectations, and made only better by Barry's assurances that he didn't have a problem with this because "I mean, I love musicals, so..." His explanation, obviously, fell flat because the characters neither knew they were in a musical, or were familiar with the stereotype that gay people love musicals. (Personally, I wish Barry had said he has "mutual friends with Dorothy", but maybe that would have sailed over most viewers' heads.)
Oh, and Joe West's musical doppelganger being gay was also a really neat homage to Jesse L. Martin's role in the movie adaptation of Rent, an iconic #LGBT musical.
This little twist on the characters' sexuality isn't just a nice moment, it aligns with comic book tradition, as this is something of a trope. Several characters are revealed to have different sexual preferences in alternate universes — my personal favorite is Wolverine, whose alternate universe persona declared his love for Hercules after they both slayed a monster. Now that's what I call romantic.
The best thing about the "Duet" moment is that it didn't need to be there, but it was, and it didn't undermine the characters' menace as gangsters. It's this kind of touch that makes the Arrowverse shows really interesting and fun to watch, as they're inclusive without being preachy — and we can always count on then to surprise us, in the best possible way.
Tell us in the comments: What was your favorite part of "Duet"?