When Arrow birthed The Flash in 2014 and, by extension, what we’ve come to know as the Arrowverse, it marked a new age of comic book properties on television. Comic book inspired shows have become increasingly popular over the years, and doesn’t show any sign of stopping anytime soon, which is both good and bad depending on how you look at it.
2015 saw the first crossover between shows in the Arrowverse; Arrow and The Flash started it, and since then it’s become an annual event that’s only gotten bigger as the years go by. Remember the awesomeness that was Crisis on Earth-X? So, when the crossover event for 2018 was announced – Elseworlds – core fans of the event, like me, were understandably elated being that it was the only time in the year the Arrowverse shows were extremely fun and bearable.
But, honestly, what we got in Elseworlds isn’t what any of us bargained for.
From a cheesy, overhyped introduction to Kat Kane aka The Batwoman, which served as a backdoor pilot to her own spin-off show; to underwhelming villains in The Monitor and Professor Psycho; to an even more underwhelming plot that made the entire three-episode event seem like filler episodes for the grander, more popular ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ storyline coming next year, I think the time has come for the Arrowverse to wrap things up for some of its shows that have overstayed their welcome.
The first entry in Elseworlds, that’s The Flash’s episode stands out as being the best of the trio. Arrow tried its best to sustain what was given to it, but its the Supergirl installment that wrecked the entire thing. Effortlessly turning it into a senseless pile of garbage. And I’m pissed!
One of the hardest things in life is saying goodbye, but one of the wisest is knowing when to call it quits. I believe the Arrowverse has overstayed its welcome judging by how lackluster most of its shows now are… The Flash easily comes to mind; I mean, what the heck is a meta-tech? 😥
Whatever sacrifice and trial next year’s Crisis on Infinite Earth’s crossover brings, I hope the Arrowverse comes to an end as the story provides the perfect closure.
1. Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane looked rather believable. I’m sad to see her and written off almost as soon as her debut.
2. Tyler Hoechlin continues to shine as Superman.