***WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS***
Since 2012, the CW has built its own version of the DC Universe, starting with Arrow, and continuing with The Flash. This January, that tradition continues with the premiere of Legends of Tomorrow. During its tenure, this universe has introduced viewers to a plethora of DC characters.
Arrow originally had a premise which didn’t involve super-powers, but that all changed with the introduction of Barry Allen in season 2. Now, “metahumans” are running rampant throughout both Star/StarlingCity and Central City. How do they rank? Out of all these super-powered characters, who stands as the best (besides our heroes, of course)? Let’s take a look at the top 10 so far.
10. King Shark
Yes, he was only on the screen for about two minutes at the end of the episode “The Fury of Firestorm,” but LOOK AT HIM! A Suicide Squad regular, King Shark may seem ridiculous on paper, but seeing a human Jaws pick up the Flash and almost eat him got me excited. Now that I know this universe is willing to go that fantastical with the characters they bring in, I look forward to seeing what else they have up their sleeve.
While introduced to the CW’s DC Universe in Arrow’s season 4 episode “Haunted,” Matt Ryan’s Constantine is no stranger to television, having his own 13 episode season on NBC last year. Unlike the movie version, this Constantine could have been ripped right out of the pages of a Vertigo comic, British smugness and all. While he’s not a metahuman like the others per se, powers are powers, so when they’re used as well as Constantine uses them, he has to be placed on the list. A few more appearances and his ranking will definitely rise.
8. Dr. Light
As the Earth-2 doppelganger of Barry’s ex, Linda Park, Dr. Light is one of the metahumans captured by Zoom and blackmailed to kill the Flash in order to go home. Dr. Light makes the list because she helped show that the stakes have been raised when it comes to Earth-1 and Earth-2. Just because you are a good person in one universe, doesn’t mean you are in another.
For the majority of season 1, Cisco Ramon was Barry Allen’s sidekick, as well as the fanboy representation on The Flash. He got to come up with the names and the gadgets we see every week. It wasn’t until the last part of the season when his metahuman abilities manifested, giving him “vibes.” When ever he touches someone or something and concentrates, he has visions that traverse both time and space. The ability to see what is, what was, and what sometimes will be makes him a more vital member of team Flash than ever before.
Whether Professor Martin Stein is linked with Ronnie Raymond or Jay Jackson, Firestorm is a welcome addition to The Flash and Arrow universe. I am looking forward to Firestorm reaching full potential with his powers and the ability of element manipulation. With the periodic table at his disposal, anything is possible for “The Element Man.”
I was skeptical about Grodd appearing on The Flash. How can the show feature a talking, mind-controlling gorilla and not make it look ridiculous? Not only did they accomplish this feat, but they exceeded my expectations. A combination of US Army experiments and a particle accelerator explosion turned Grodd into a sympathetic foe for the Flash, since his motivations actually grow past just “conquering the world.” And in the world where CGI can ruin a show, both Grodd and number 10 on our list, King Shark, look pretty real to me.
After succumbing to the Mirakuru serum, Slade Wilson became, in essence, a “super-soldier.” Unfortunately, serum fueled hallucinations drove Slade insane. He blamed Oliver for the death of his love, Shado, even though Oliver was not her murderer. After Oliver escaped the island, Slade reappeared in Starling City as the mercenary Deathstroke to exact his revenge. Oliver and team were able to stop him, but not without loss, as Slade murdered Oliver’s mother. Deathstroke may not be Oliver’s most powerful foe, but he has dealt the most punishment to Oliver thus far.
3. Damian Darhk
Mentioned briefly at the end of Arrow season 3, Damian Darhk made his first appearance in the Season 4 premiere. His importance on this list is two-fold. First, the damage Darhk and his terrorist organization inflict upon Star City is what brings Oliver back home to finally become the Green Arrow. Second, Darhk is the first major Arrow villain that doesn’t have a sympathetic backstory; he’s just plain evil. Add that to his magical powers, and you have the show’s most dangerous villain to date.
2. Reverse Flash
Regardless of the time period, Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash, has been Barry Allen’s greatest enemy. After murdering Barry’s mother, Thawne became trapped in the past and realized that the only way to get back to his time is to help create the man he hates more than anyone, The Flash. Killing and taking the identity of Dr. Harrison Wells, Thawne’s 15-year plan almost worked, but in true ironic fashion, he was destroyed by the team he created.
A sinister speedster from Earth-2, Zoom will stop at nothing to kill Barry Allen and take his power. He has already stolen the powers of his own Earth’s Flash, Jay Garrick. His need for speed is so strong that he has even blackmailed metahumans to take Barry down. During their first confrontation, Zoom broke Barry’s spine. Although the physical damage was mended due to Barry’s accelerated healing, we may not have seen the full extent of the incident’s psychological damage. Out of all the metahumans we have seen so far, Zoom is the only one that has been able to instill Barry with doubt, and that is why he tops the list.
So what do you think? How does YOUR list rank against ours? Is there anyone you add or remove? Let me know on Twitter or sound off in the comments below.
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