With the recent casting announcement of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen in the CW’s backdoor pilot for “The Flash” something dawned on me. This too will result in a watered down version of another member of the Justice League. Which is to say, the CW’s chief export is melodramatic, episodic storytelling. While any semblance of an over arching plot can be attributed to character growth, shows like “Arrow” and “Smallville” push iconic superheroes into a realm devoid of any of the features that made the characters hugely popular in the first place. Namely: good storytelling.
While Geoff Johns would have been nothing to scoff at a couple of years ago and granted his work on “Aquaman” actually made people give a shit about the character, this television work is hardly anything to write home about. Which is almost staggering to think about. A staple of any comicbook is the serilized “story arc.” CW shows rely on an episodic approach to characters who are used to engaging in deeper and more meaningful storylines. Instead the most we get is a two-part episode. With over twenty episodes of Arrow a year, this is absolute anarchy. The character deserves better… and so does The Flash. READ MORE