Words by Megan Ayscue

For my first blog post, I struggled where to start. When it comes to superheroes, there are so many areas one can cover, from which publishing companies are the best to individual characters. There are so many great options that it was hard trying to pick one place to start. Luckily for me, however, it’s fall, which means one great thing in the comic book world: TV show trailers are dropping.

Now, I’ve been a big fan of superhero TV shows since I was a kid with “Batman,” “Justice League,” “Teen Titans” and “Spiderman.” I’m sure I’ll get into those (very wonderful) TV shows eventually, but for now, I’m going to focus on the new trailers that came out. Without further ado, I’ll start with my favorite show out right now.

“The Flash”

For those who haven’t been watching the best superhero show on TV, I’ll summarize what’s happening right now to this: fast boy (aka The Flash, aka Barry Allen) went back in time and messed up the time stream. Again.

Allen’s mom is alive again, but now everything else has gone wrong, from his friends not knowing one another, let alone him, to Professor Eobard Thawne being alive (albeit in jail?). Not to mention the possibly terrible-looking villain. Seriously, what is that costume?

The Flash
Photo Courtesy of IMDB.

However, one thing they seem to have gotten very right is the relationship between The Flash and Kid Flash. I hope it is as good in the show as in the minute-long trailer. The biggest problem is the story shown (essentially almost, but not quite, based on “Flashpoint” from the comics) is only going to last an episode or two. Also, it’s not going to be affecting the other DC shows such as “Supergirl” and “Arrow,” and it won’t be post-apocalyptic like the comics, which were the best parts. Season three premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4 on The CW.

“Luke Cage”

This newcomer has been flaunted recently, and the trailers just keep coming. Another Marvel-Netflix show, “Luke Cage” is set to be released on Friday and so far is looking pretty good.

First of all, it already looks to be beautifully shot. I’d expect nothing less from Netflix, though. And similar to “Daredevil,” it will be violent. Those who have already watched “Jessica Jones” are somewhat familiar with Cage from his appearances on there. He’s traveled from Hell’s Kitchen back to Harlem for the start of this show, however.

Cage is an ex-con street fighter turned hero with super strength and unbreakable skin due to a sabotaged experiment. The trailer features Cage, played by Mike Colter, getting pelted with bullets, leaving holes in his shirt but him unscathed. He needs to invest in some stronger fabric. I can’t wait to see how the creators will take this series, but based on other Marvel shows, I’m sure it will remain dark and gritty in nature.

“Arrow”

Going into it’s fifth season and arguably the worst superhero show out now, “Arrow” had a trailer debut over the summer at Comic-Con and it leaves me with the same feeling I get whenever I watch the show: bored. While the show started strong, it quickly went downhill and stayed there. Based on the trailer, this new season leaves little to be desired with more characters, more dark alley shots and more Oliver Queen staring at grave stones. I’m not spending more time on this because honestly, unless it crosses over with “The Flash,” I’m over “Arrow.” The new season premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 on The CW.

“Supergirl”

“Supergirl” flies into its second season, now at The CW with the other DC live-action shows instead of CBS, and the trailer brings something every viewer has been waiting for: Clark Kent. In fact, the whole trailer seems to be about him. While the first season focused on Kara (Supergirl) not only harnessing her powers, but actually using them to help people. It also focused on how Supergirl is her own person away from her older, more experienced and well-known cousin, so it’s interesting to see such a focus on him, and them together, in the trailer.

Supergirl
Photo Courtesy of IMDB.

However, the team seems to be self-aware of this fact as all of the other characters are obviously flustered and excited by his presence. And yes, we did get to see little cameos of him here or there, but this will be the first episode(s) with Superman as a starring character. Supergirl will still most likely be the focus of those episodes, given the show is named after, well, her. “Supergirl” returns to TV Monday, Oct. 10 on The CW.

“Legends of Tomorrow”

“Legends of Tomorrow” is basically a spin-off of side characters and villains from other DC-CW shows put into one.
Another Comic-Con trailer, “Legends of Tomorrow” features a lovely voiceover, a lot of space special effects and even more fade in-and-outs and jump cuts.
A lot happens in this trailer, almost too much to get into. But from what I can gather, I think we’ll get to see even more hand-to-hand combat, which is one of my favorite things to see. It’s also teased that we’ll get to see more of the Hawks, possibly. Finally, we get to see more of everyone’s favorite: Nazis. I think Rory (Heat Wave) put it best with his line, “I hate Nazis.” “Legends of Tomorrow” returns to The CW on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Overall, I’m very excited for this fall. There seem to be a lot of really great shows coming out and even more great shows returning. I hope they can all keep the momentum they put out in the trailers. I think I am most excited and worried for “The Flash” as a returner, and I am very excited for Luke Cage to join the Marvel-Netflix gang. And as I always say, the more crossovers the better. There better be lots of crossovers this year. And yes, I know there are a lot of shows I didn’t mention in this list. They either already started their season or won’t have a new season out for a while. Which means, for now, I did not mention Ghost Rider or Punisher, but I’m sure I’ll get to those in due time.

Did I miss anything? Don’t like my opinions? Send me an email at mayscue@kent.edu.

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