Best CW superhero show: 'Arrow' or 'The Flash'? | The Tylt
Best CW superhero show: 'Arrow' or 'The Flash'?
Ever since the premiere of "The Flash" in 2014, the show has been compared to its predecessor, "Arrow." But they're both very different. The Green Arrow borrows from both Batman and Robin Hood superhero archetypes. Oliver Queen is rich—he uses his fighting skills, gadgets (including a diverse pool of "special" arrows) to kick ass as a crimefighter.
Flash is a superhero of his own kind—a quick-witted, wisecracking and lighthearted speedster. He's simply a good guy saving the day. Barry Allen in the Arrowverse is much more serious than he is in the comics or DC Extended Universe.
While the pair has teamed up a countless number of times, their shows have similarities and distinctions. So read the perspectives, check some episodes if you need to do so, but fans—vote and tell us which is actually better.
Oliver Queen is the spoiled billionaire playboy of Starling City. His father's yacht crashes and leaves him shipwrecked for five years on an isolated island. He's presumed dead. Once he's able to return to Starling City, he's a new man with a mission to stop ever-increasing crime in his hometown. He builds his own vigilante team, who helps him in his mission to stop the city's most dangerous criminals.
The crimefighter isn't afraid to get down, dirty and gritty—making the show a lot more serious than "The Flash."
Barry Allen is an assistant police forensic investigator in Central City. He was struck by lightning during an explosion caused by S.T.A.R. Labs' particle accelerator—giving him superhuman speed, endurance and the ability to tap into the Speed Force. He ends up teaming up with S.T.A.R. Labs and Central City police to stop other Metahumans who were also given superpowers the night of the explosion. In later seasons, he has to stop another speedster from killing others like him in the multiverse.
The Speed Force, time traveling, and the delightful comic book tone has made "The Flash" a show that keeps its fans running on their feet right alongside its titular character.
Our take: "Arrow" is darker and grittier, and not as lighthearted as "The Flash."
"Skills Rather Than Superpowers"
Our take: Queen doesn't have superpowers, but he makes up for it a variety of awesome skills.
"Some Assembly Required"
Our take: #TeamArrow a much more skilled and impressive in helping in Arrow's missions.
Our take: Arrow's team doesn't let him get away with any bullshit, basically.
"No Reset Button"
Our take: No matter how dark it is, if it happens in "Arrow" then it happens. Whereas "The Flash" can change what happens, if someone dies through time travel. Living with tragedies of super-heroics, makes for a much more interesting show.