You could argue that the current golden age of superhero TV started with The CW’s Arrow series five years ago.
The perfect blend of over the top soap opera themes combined with over the top action, the series led to The Flash, Supergirl, Legends, Constantine, Agents of SHIELD, Gotham, I, Zombie and all the rest.
And now there’s rumblings that the show may be coming to an end.
Now, we know the show has dipped in quality over the last couple of years – while, we would argue, the team worked on Flash, Legends and Supergirl, Arrow suffered the most – but the idea of it not being on our TV screens seems unimaginable at this stage.
Showrunner Marc Guggenheim, talking about this season’s darker tone and new team, has put the idea of the show ending in our heads: “I think we tend to look at season 5 as the end of a particular chapter…I will say that I have a very specific notion as to how I would like to see the series end.”
And, adding fuel to the fire, Green Arrow himself, Stephen Amell, said: “I do really believe that this season is sort of a throw-down-the-gauntlet year for us, where we’re either going to do what we do and do it well or it’s the last year. If we find that magic formula — which is not magic, it’s just hard work and playing to your strengths — then the show could go on for a really long time.”
Personally, I don’t think Arrow is coming to an end and even if it did, The CW DC TV Universe wouldn’t let it simply die; it would merge into another show – Arrow might join the Legends or the JSA for example – or it could be replaced with another hero show – Hawkman, The Atom, Black Canary, who knows – but whatever happens, we think Oliver Queen and his team(s) will be around in one form or another for a while yet…
What do you all think?