The ‘Supergirl/Flash’ Crossover March 28

The thing that sets this current superhero television craze apart from earlier attempts is that these shows are clearly not embarrassed by their roots. While the first Flash series was fun, it tried way too hard to make John Wesley Shipp into “Fast Batman” – and even then, one without costumed villains. Smallville suffered the same problem in its early years. They were fun shows for their time, and nobody disrespected comics per se, but…

This promotional image shows that CBS/The CW knows our time has come. Yes, the insertion of Supergirl into stories that were originally for her cousin requires some thematic changes, but then again, that also presents an opportunity to make those stories fresh. Plus Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin have also given their characters an optimistic power that echoes the fun of the original comics in a way that Tom Welling just never did.

Different times. I’m glad we’re where we are now.

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.