Warner Bros. didn’t make any announcements at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con regarding future DC Comics films, so who knows when we’ll get a Justice League movie. Thankfully, the CW’s excellent series Arrow and new series The Flash are here to fulfill all of our fangirl/fanboy desires while we wait for an actual JL team-up onscreen.
This fall, Arrow and The Flash are diving deeper into the DC Universe, bringing many favorites from the comics to the screen. Ra’s Al Ghul, Wildcat, Atom, and Katana will all be introduced on Arrow this season, and The Flash recently cast Robbie Amell—that’s Arrow star Stephen Amell’s cousin—as Ronnie Raymond, who makes up one half of the superhero Firestorm. That’s exciting news for DC fans.
But there is so much more that can done! We’ve put together our wish list for other DC Comics characters we’d like to see introduced in the shared Arrow-Flash television universe.
I can’t count how many times Arrow has name-dropped Ted Kord, the Blue Beetle’s real identity, and his company, Kord Industries. It’s time for Arrow to stop teasing and bring the character to the screen. Smallville introduced the Blue Beetle during its final season, but didn’t do very much with it. Arrow has an opportunity to make up for Smallville’s mistakes.
Continuing the trend of using the new DC television titles to make up for Smallville’s shortcomings, Booster Gold could make a great addition to The Flash. Time travel is a big part of the Flash’s mythology, and once it’s introduced, it would be nice to bring a superhero from the future to the present.
Justice League Unlimited proved that The Question can be a very fun character on a TV show. Arrow has already introduced The Huntress, and in the comics, The Question helps The Huntress channel her anger by introducing her to Dragon. And let’s be honest: Arrow’s incarnation of The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) is in serious need of anger management and/or someone to keep her in check. Moreover, Starling City seems like a town teeming corruption and conspiracies, and Oliver can’t bring them down all on his own.
A crime boss like Rupert Thorne, Bruno Manheim, or Black Mask
We’ve seen Oliver fight big, larger-than-life threats like Malcolm Merlyn and Slade and his army of super-soldiers. It’s time to bring Oliver Queen back to Earth and give him a recurring foe who’s a bit more down to Earth. Introducing a crime boss like Rupert Thorne or Bruno Manheim would give Arrow the opportunity to show off more of the SCPD, who, up until this point, seems rather incompetent.
We found out in the Arrow episode “The Man Under The Hood”—which featured The Flash’s Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes)—that Arthur Light, a.k.a. Doctor Light, was a former S.T.A.R Labs employee who was fired for being a psycho. It would make sense that following the particle accelerator explosion, Light would resurface in Central City with new powers he gained from the accident.
Arrow has yet to do a trippy dream-like episode. Bringing in this villain, who has the power to invade people’s nightmares, would give writers an opportunity to dive further into Ollie’s subconscious.
This seems like a long shot since the character is set to appear in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Fan service picks: John Jones/J’onn J’onzz (Martian Manhunter) and Hal Jordan
There’s been no indication that either show will ever introduce extra-terrestrial life, but they could still bring Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern into the fold by introducing their human alter-egos. Detroit detective John Jones could make a nice addition to the Central City Police Department, and Arrow has named-dropped Ferris Air multiple times, so introducing Hal Jordan wouldn’t jump the shark too much.
Check out the interviews we did with the casts of Arrow and The Flash at Comic-Con below: