DCTV returns to The CW this week, and we have lots of thoughts about what we’d like to see in the Arrowverse this season! Check out our latest roundtable with our friends Fangirlish!
One of the things that was made very clear at San Diego Comic-Con in July is that the 2018- 2019 Season is going to bring even more heartfelt drama, action-adventure, and romance to the Arrowverse. We really can’t wait!
DCTV premieres are about to start this week, but before she shows come back, our friends at Fangirlish had the idea of taking a moment to talk about what we want for these characters in the new season… and some of what we don’t want, too.
Team Fangirlish came up with the awesome questions, which I’ve included below along with my responses, as well as Lizzie’s (Fangirlish) and Lyra’s (Fangirlish) contributions. The full roundtable post includes FIVE contributors, so definitely go HERE for more!
1. What are you hopes and wishes for next season of Arrow?
Funmbi: Truth be told, I haven’t watched Arrow since the middle of Season 5, so I really can’t speak intelligently about the series. However, I did see a Season 7 trailer with Oliver in prison. I don’t know why or how he got there, but if we’re about to have a Prison Break situation, I can definitely catch up in time for the upcoming premiere!
Lizzie: Oh, boy. Hopes for Arrow. Having them seems like it’s going to bite me in the ass, especially considering I only watched some scenes here and there from last season after the travesty that was Season 5. But, I’ll bite. I hope the show can make me, at some point, like NTA, but I hope they focus on Oliver, Diggle and Felicity. AND ROY. DID I SAY ROY. I LOVE ROY. I also hope we get to see them kinda kick to the curb the old idea that a superhero can’t have love or be happy because if they are they can’t be effective. It’s dumb.
Also, can we have more Lyla? Please.
Lyra: I hope, wish, and pray that Oliver doesn’t repeat the “I gotta protect you Felicity so I gotta do this on my own” story-line. Oliver has done this over and over and it’s boring, overused, and illogical. Felicity is his wife. This isn’t some random hookup, side girlfriend, or work mate. SHE’S HIS WIFE! What makes Arrow and Oliver Queen think that he’s going to do this on his own? Stop taking Felicity’s choice away and like she hasn’t chosen this life. She has. And Oliver Queen would do better with accepting that once and for all.
What are your hopes and wishes for next season of The Flash?
Funmbi: I’m super excited for The Flash, because the family is growing! During last season, I’d been desperate for more information about the mysterious girl who was pseudo-stalking the team. The big reveal at the end of Season 4 that she was really Barry’s and Iris’ daughter, Nora, was what many of us had been guessing. t’s still amazing to have it confirmed, and there are so many questions. What mistake has Nora made and can Barry, Iris, and Team Flash help get her out of it? Seeing Barry and Iris in their married life always makes my heart happy, but I’m pretty sure seeing them be parents is going to be even more heartwarming and glorious. There is the curious situation of Nora bring so cold with Iris… so what has Future-Iris done wrong? And will Barry, Joe, and potentially Cecile be able to help mend that conflict?
I’m also really looking forward to learning more about how Killer Frost has been with Caitlin before the particle accelerator explosion. Finally, I have to be honest, I was not at all impressed with the addition of Ralph Dibney. I didn’t like how he repeatedly questioned Iris’ commitment to the team. However, if he’s here to stay, hopefully he becomes more of an asset. I can see Ralph and Cisco making a good comedic team, too.
Lizzie: The Flash is playing with my favorite trope, so, even though this is another show that has done nothing for me in ages, and I haven’t watched regularly in about two seasons, I’ll be giving it a chance. I just hope they give Nora a real good reason for what she’s doing, and that she gets to bond with Iris as well as Barry.
Lyra: I hope, pray, and wish for the demise of Ralph, Caitlin’s nonsensical storyline with her evil Killer Frost personality, and for Iris West-Allen to get her own damn storylines. Yes, Westallen is the thing, the OTP, but damn girl…she has nothing else besides The Flash? What about her career? And now that her daughter is around, will everything else be put on the back burner because a woman can only cater to a man’s career and be a mother? Fuck that. Iris West-Allen is more than all of that and we deserve to see more of that.
What are your hopes and wishes for next season of Supergirl?
Funmbi: I am really looking forward to the “Red Daughter” storyline in this upcoming season of Supergirl. It’s interesting, because cast and creators have repeated said that there’s no reason to assume that Red Kara will dark or evil. Rather, it’s about the importance of “nature vs. nurture,” and we know that Red Kara will be raised/trained in circumstances different from our Kara.
Beyond that, I’m excited to see Alex take on a bigger leadership role at the DEO and maybe make a move towards becoming a mother. I want even more of J’onn being an awesome father figure to Team Supergirl. If the writers are determined to keep Lena in the dark about Kara’s alter ego, then I really want to see the relationship between Lena and Supergirl (not Kara!) develop. The tension between them may be uncomfortable, but it’s also interesting because we know the potential for friendship between these two is very real. And then, I’m excited about the addition of Nicole Maines as Nia Nal. Give me all the inclusive and representative superhero stories! Plus, if Cat Grant is who send Nia Nal to CatCo, I hope that means a Cat appearance is coming soon, too.
Lizzie: This is the one DCTV show I don’t think I’ll be really giving a chance – they’ve done too much to make me distrust them, but I hope they give Nia Nal a real storyline and treat her like something other than a prop, or a box they wanted filled.
Lyra: I hope, pray, and wish that Supergirl takes the time and puts in the dedication to give us AN AMAZING NIA NAL STORYLINE! (I’m scared and excited for this trans superhero. Maybe a little bit more scared because I don’t think they have the right people to make sure this story feel real and honest. Hopefully they allowed the actress to bring in a lot of her robe input) Also Kara and Lena…look…I keep being told that they are BFF’s and that they have this amazing bond…BUT I DON’T SEE IT! Supergirl has this habit of “telling” me things and not “showing” me. If you have to sit down and assure me that their relationship is real and strong, then maybe you haven’t done the job that you think you have. Both actresses are amazing but Supergirl isn’t taking the time to convince me of their amazing friendship. And I want amazing female relationships. Give them to me!
What are your hopes and wishes for next season of Legends of Tomorrow?
Lizzie: My biggest hope for Legends is that they remember that being out there doesn’t mean sacrificing characterization to make things funny, and our weird, which they’ve been guilty off many times.
Lyra: More Beebo (especially a version that I can buy for myself), more domestic gay ??, and more laughs. I just need a homerun of goodness that brightens my week. And I hope that Legends of Tomorrow does that for me and for everyone that feels like the world is a shitstorm away from collapsing.
What are your hopes and wishes for next season of Black Lightning?
Funmbi: I love Black Lightning so much! I really think this is my favorite new series of the last season, and I can’t wait to get back into things with the Pierce family. I’m really looking forward to seeing Anissa and hopefully Jennifer get into the crime fighting with their dad. And actually, I think Lynn has a lot to contribute, especially since it seems like her research is key to rectifying the damage the ASA has done with their experimenting on young kids in Freeland. So, let’s make it a family affair!
Because I’m a sucker for star-crossed, dramatic romance, I need to see more Jennifer/Khalil angst. We know that Jordan Calloway has been promoted to series regular for Season 2, which means more Painkiller is coming our way. But is there a way to liberate him from Tobias Whale?! Basically, I want anything and everything the Akils and their team will give us *EXCITE*
Lizzie: I just want them to do what they’ve been doing, and to continue the stories as they’ve set them up, because this is the one Arrowverse show I actually TRUST to get it right.
Lyra: I wish Black Lightning a beautiful season where they get the recognition they deserve!
What thing are you dreading the most from the Arrowverse, and what lesson do you hope they’ve learned?
Funmbi: *PLEASE* leave the Nazi storylines behind.
Lizzie: Oh, I’m dreading everything. The drama for the sake of drama, the way Supergirl has no freaking clue how to write male characters, Lena turning evil for absolutely no reason, NTA’s whole existence, Ralph Dibney, the way The Flash has no freaking clue what to do with Killer Frost, but hey, this is about as optimistic as I’m gonna be. At least they haven’t fucked it all up yet.
Lyra: The brooding. Dear lord, the damn brooding. It’s like the Arrowverse knows nothing brooding moments where people push others away for their own good and then just end up fucking everything up because of it. Can’t I just have a team this time around of people that know that they can depend and trust on each other no matter what? Is that too much? For the Arrowverse, it might be!
P.S. NO MORE NAZIS!
The Flash and Black Lightning premiere Tuesday, October 9; Supergirl premieres Sunday, October 14; Arrow premieres Monday, October 15; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premieres Monday October 22; ALL ON THE CW!