Over the years, we’ve made it no secret that we are big fans of Zatanna. The “Mistress of Magic” is one of the more unique characters in the DC Universe, and to go along with that, she’s never had that great of an opportunity to shine. Sure, she appeared in a few episodes of “Smallville,” but other than that her live-action credits are fairly limited.
With that, it feels time for her to come into her own on “Arrow,” and for so many reasons. Sure, there were rumors of her appearing all the way back to when the season 3 episode “The Magician” was thought to be a reference to her, but the timing is actually right now to bring her in to interact with Oliver and the rest of the team.
1. “Arrow” is currently a world of magic – John Constantine was formally introduced to the world earlier this season, and in between Ra’s al Ghul in season 3 and Damien Darhk this time around, mysticism is at the center of the series more so than ever before. There are now practical reasons to bring Zatanna in, given that like John, she understands worlds far beyond the physical. She can be an asset to Team Arrow, or even a go-to recurring player in the event that more demonic foes enter the picture in the future.
2. Nobody else is using her – One of the big issues we’ve had with DC Comics as of late is their exclusivity practices. For some reason, Deadshot had to be killed off on the show so that Will Smith can play him in the movies; meanwhile, Amanda Waller has all but disappeared. The good news is that we’ve heard very little about Zatanna being in an upcoming movie; also, it’s been some time since she’s had a solo comic series. It is time for her to get a further chance to shine, bringing the character back to the forefront.
3. More possibilities for the future – We’re not sure that The CW would consider her popular enough for a separate spin-off show, but we could see her working well in “Legends of Tomorrow” moving forward, if that show is looking to bring in some more characters here and there.
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