At the moment, it seems pretty clear that The CW loves the DC Comics universe they have created. “Arrow” is a big hit, and “The Flash” has become an even bigger hit since it premiered. With this in mind, it is understandable that you would start to wonder whether or not there is room for another show on the schedule in this same vein.
What would the likely contender be? Based on what the producers said at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Sunday, there have at least been talks about a series based off of Ray Palmer a.k.a. the Atom. To us, we definitely understand the value in the idea. Brandon Routh is a likable actor who fits the role, there is plenty of untapped potential, and every network loves making money.
Is it really the right move? Let’s go a little more in-depth weighing out the options.
The case for “The Atom” – Another fun show. If the market dictates more DC on TV, why not give it to them? This is a character that is still a mystery to casual comic fans, and he has powers that are certainly interesting and could be very imaginative in the TV medium. Also, with “Ant-Man” coming to theaters this summer, we are obviously in a time when size-changing heroes happen to be pretty in vogue. Routh has proven himself on “Arrow,” and you could really argue that he proved himself a long time ago as Superman.
The case against “The Atom” – You have to wonder in some ways if Firestorm is a more viable candidate, given that Robbie Amell has already fronted one CW series, and “The Flash” has a larger built-in audience to launch a show. Either way, three shows a week may be a little too much for most viewers to be able to handle.There are only ten hours a week that the network even programs, and two of those on Fridays are not the best.
Our solution – We thought about this overnight, and it feels like there could be something to be said for it. Why not air “Arrow” and “The Flash” in two half-seasons, and then use the time in between (December through February / March) doing 10-13 episode seasons about both The Atom and Firestorm? It helps to keep the CW ratings high, while expanding your universe in a cool way. You’re not asking viewers to spend more time a week watching these shows. Another good idea would be looking at the summer, given the network wants to expand there.
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