What with DC superhero series The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl currently airing on successive nights on Sky One, together with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Agent Carter on other channels and Daredevil and Jessica Jones on streaming services, not to mention Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders in development, the word that unequivocally comes to mind about the macro situation of such comic book series on television is ‘overcrowded’.
The same word also comes to mind on the micro level when talking about DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the latest addition to the Sky One line-up. While the Avengers feature films teams up all of Marvel’s A-List cinematic properties, the small screen DC version is put together from a bunch of characters introduced elsewhere on television and now seemingly collected at random in the hope that they will make some sort of coherent team. Unfortunately they don’t, and in this case the whole proves to be somewhat less than its constituent parts. Read the rest of this entry »