The Arrowverse has grown exponentially since the premiere of Arrow in 2012. And the addition of TV shows such as The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow have only enriched the universe that DC Comics has created on The CW. 2016 marked the Arrowverse's biggest achievement yet, executing a 4 show crossover event that impressed both fans and critics alike. In addition to those series, the Fox programs, Lucifer and Gotham, have been killing it in their own right.
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DCTV has certainly made its mark on several different networks, and it seems that 2017 will see the expansion of the #DCTV universe beyond the shows that already exist. It's true that both the DC shows Powerless and Black Lightning will appear on NBC and Fox respectively. However, The CW might be getting a brand new show, and the announcement might be coming sooner than you think.
Geoff Johns Cryptic Tweet
President of #DC Comics, Geoff Johns, took to Twitter on New Year's Eve, and announced that a brand new DCTV show will be be happening soon. Unfortunately there is little-to-no information regarding what this show will be, or if it will be apart of the beloved #Arrowverse.
Taking a step back, if you look at the number of shows in production already, the addition of a new one seems daunting. DC already has #Gotham and #Lucifer airing on Fox, and #Arrow, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, and Supergirl on The CW. They have the Vertigo properties #Preacher on AMC, and #iZombie on The CW. That's a lot of shows, and it doesn't including the shows they've already announced. So, how could this new show fit in to the already packed DCTV line-up?
Could This New DCTV Show Be Another Spin-off for the Arrowverse?
Given that DC has already announced #Powerless, Scalped, Y The Last Man, Krypton, and Black Lightning, what else could they possibly still have up their sleeve? My nerdy mind immediately goes to the rumored fifth Arrowverse show, but is there any more room on The CW for a new hero? The answer to that could come in the form of a spin-off from an already established character such as Heatwave, Superman, or maybe even the second season of Constantine.
Personally, I believe a Heatwave spinoff is unlikely, given it makes more sense for him to stay on #LegendsofTomorrow. Mick Rory is at best a C-level villain, and Dominic Purcell portrayal of the character is a bit too cartoonist to carry his own show. A Heatwave solo series wouldn't be particularly interesting, and seems like it would be a misstep, especially since there are tons of characters who would be a lovely addition to the Arrowverse. However, it is within the realm of possibilities, even if it doesn't make the most sense.
Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) made his first appearance in the Arrowverse during the Season 2 of Supergirl, and was praised by fans for being great representation of the character. He is one of the few DC A-listers to make it on the the CW, and appears to be an obvious choice to get his own series.
Having a Superman TV show could be a problem, due to the fact that his female proxy, Supergirl, is already thriving on The CW. Not only would his own solo project overshadow #Supergirl, but it wouldn't really add much to the existing line-up. Each show so far has brought a different flavor to the Arrowverse, so adding another Kryptonian wouldn't expand the universe, as much as just take away from an already established character.
This move seems like the most likely option for The CW. Constantine is already a beloved character and Matt Ryan is perfect for the role, and given they've already had a first season on NBC, there is no need for a pesky origin story. Fans have been clamoring for the character to be a permanent part of the Arrowverse, ever since his appearance on Arrow Season 4.
Unlike Superman, Constantine would add a different flavor to the Arrowverse, namely magic. The inclusion of the Spear of Destiny on Legends of Tomorrow, could be a hint at the characters return to The CW, and maybe it could be the seeds to Season 2 of Constantine, only this time on The CW.
Could This Be A New Hero For The Arrowverse?
Adding a new character to the already impressive roster of DC characters in the Arrowverse seems like it could be a great way to expand upon an already rich tapestry DC has created. The question then becomes: which character could they possibly bring to The CW that's worthy of carrying their own show? There are tons to pick from, so let's take a look at a few likely candidates.
- Green Lantern
The CW has been teasing that the existence of a Green Lantern — specifically Hal Jordan — since Season 1 of #TheFlash. There have been references to Ferris Air, Coast City and when asked why a Ferris Air facility was no longer operational, Cisco mentioned a test pilot that went missing, and there was even a possible sighting of Hal Jordan on Arrow!
Bringing any one of the Green Lanterns into the fold would be the most intriguing addition for fans, and if they go with Hal Jordan, it would give Barry a solid ally who could smack him upside the head when he tries to fuck with the timeline. On the other side of the coin, Green Lantern would be hard to pull off on a TV budget given the amount of CGI needed for the character. For that reason alone, DC may be reserve him for the film universe.
In lieu of Constantine getting a second season on The CW, Zatanna seems like a perfect fit in the Arrowverse. Seeing as she is the "Mistress of Magic," she would bring the needed magical element to the universe, while also being a badass female lead that superhero and television shows have been lacking.
She is powerful enough to help every character on their own shows, but has enough intrigue and gravitas to carry her own program. Zantana has made a live action appearance before on Smallville, but she was underutilized, and only appeared on a few episodes. She would make an amazing addition to The Arrowverse, and would also bring a new flavor to the mix.
If DC announced that they would be doing a live action Nightwing show set in the Arrowverse, people would lose their minds. Fans have been clamoring for this character to appear in a live action adaptation in some form or another for a long time.
This character would be the easiest of the three I have listed to bring to TV seeing as he has no powers. Nightwing would bring a much needed leadership quality to the pseudo Justice League on The CW, and also connect the dots between all the Batman Easter Eggs that have been popping up.
If they had introduced the character a year ago, I would have said Nightwing's presence could have take away from the Green Arrow, since his character is mostly influenced by Batman's story lines, but after seeing Superman on Supergirl, I believe they could pull it off. It's about time they give Nightwing the live action debut that he deserves.
Based on the previous two sections, it's fair to say that I'm banking on this new DCTV endeavor to be an addition to the Arrowverse. However, I'm well aware that this soon-to be-announced show could be on another network, much like the new Black Lightning show coming to Fox, or could even be animated. They could be taking one of many properties and putting it on any network, much like they have done with Lucifer and Gotham.
The success of the Arrowverse has proven that DC properties work on television, and with animated hits like Young Justice, DC has proven to be a hot commodity. Whatever the case may be, we will definitely be waiting impatiently for the announcement of the newest addition to the DCTV line-up, and hopefully it will live up to the greatness of the shows that have come before it. Sadly, all the DCTV shows are on their mid-season breaks, but you can catch up on the first-half of the seasons until they premiere, starting with Gotham on January 16th, 8PM/ET!