Just a few days ago on New Years' Eve, headman at DC Geoff Johns tweeted a tease for a new TV show being announced in 2017. Here's his tweet:
The announcement that a new DC show is just on the horizon is very exciting for all fans of DC's current lineup of shows. Shows previously ordered are Powerless, which is a sit-com in the vein of the beloved show The Office; Scalped, a drama about crime on an Indian reservation; Krypton, which has been in production for some time and will be about the grandfather of Kal-El; and most recently announced Black Lightning, it will be aired by FOX.
Some of these have been in development for some time; and others were announced very recently. But DC is in paradise with the success of their current television lineup, so don't expect them to quit rolling out new properties any time soon. There is an extremely strong possibility that this show will have only one character lead when it airs, and it may or may not be a part of the CW's Arrowverse. I'm here today to talk about a serious problem that DC has, and how it can be fixed with one new show.
There are way too many prominent characters in supporting or guest roles in this show; and too many to do justice. Just sit back and think of all the characters that have been introduced on this one show! Need some help?
- Oliver Queen (Green Arrow)
- Dinah Laurel Lance (Black Canary)
- Thea Queen (Speedy)
- John Diggle (Spartan)
- Helena Bertinelli (Huntress)
- Roy Harper (Arsenal)
- Felicity Smoak(Overwatch)
- Sarah Lance (Canary/White Canary)
- Barry Allen (The Flash)
- Lyla Michaels (Harbinger)
- Cisco Ramon (Vibe)
- Ray Palmer (The Atom)
- Ted Grant (Wildcat)
- Tatsu Yamashiro (Katana)
- Curtis Holt (Mr. Terrific)
- John Constantine (Constantine)
- Evelyn Sharpe (Artemis)
- Rene Ramirez (Wild Dog)
- Rory Regan (Ragman)
- Christopher Chance (Human Target)
- Adrian Chase (Vigilante)
Twenty-one heroes in all. Arrow has introduced a few characters that have started headlining their own shows such as Barry Allen; and it has brought on characters that serve as supporting cast in those shows. But still, twenty-one! That is a whole ton of characters. These include characters who could do well in their own shows. Many of these need to be in a more supportive role, such as Thea, John, and Felicity; but characters like Huntress and Wildcat could arguably hold their own.
Here's the solution that could fix the whole problem:
(1) Reduce the amount of supporting cast in Arrow that are comic book superheroes.
(2) Create a new show that has 12-episode seasons and 2 seasons for every 1 of the current roster of shows.
It's nice for existing shows to introduce new characters; but once you've introduced these awesome characters, what do you do with them? What do you do when you have a great story to tell or an interesting character to showcase, but they don't fit in the story you are telling already? That's where Street Level comes in to play. With each 12-episode season, you can tell the story of a particular character in the DC universe; you can introduce a new character every year, and tell the story of a previously introduced character.
If the CW were to reduce the cast of Arrow to those who are essential, and create a modified series with a constantly refreshed cast; they could tell stories that will never fit into their current lineup of shows. This eliminates the need to constantly create a new show and find a time-slot for it to fit in; and it eliminates the inevitability that of always adding new shows and having to axe current ones.
This is Arrow's biggest running problem...too many characters to do them justice and itself justice at the same time. The fix is Street Level.