– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl on The CW have all done a pretty admirable job of translating stuff on the page to something memorable on the big screen. However, as great as they’ve been doing with that, one does get the distinct impression that these characters still aren’t the finished deal, as they tend to be in panel form.

This isn’t accidental. Speaking with EW, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg (who works on all the aforementioned show), addressed this idea, saying:

“It’s not in the titles, but every one of these shows — whether it’s Supergirl or Arrow or Flash — it really is like Begins; it’s really Arrow Begins, and Flash Begins, and Supergirl Begins. Now it’s season 4 and he’s really become The Flash in the comic books, the one who really is in full mastery of his skills and has the emotional maturity that he has in the comics.”

This really isn’t restricted to these shows. It comes across in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in their films, as well as the DC Extended Universe in their films. When trying to appeal to a wide audience, it helps to give them a more tangible, relatable place to start, so it’s no wonder that we always tend to start at ground zero for each respective adaptation.

Is this a way to go? Are we ready to get to those shows where we’re literally jumping into a series when they’re deep into their story? Or are we too reliant on serialization in order for that to be the case? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.