TV superhero shows The Flash and Arrow put women and ethnic minorities centre stage

Danielle Panabaker (far left) and Candice Patton star in The Flash. Katie Cassidy plays Laurel, a lawyer-turned-vigilante known as Black Canary, in Arrow.
Danielle Panabaker (left) and Candice Patton star in The Flash.PHOTO: WARNER BROS TELEVISION
Danielle Panabaker (far left) and Candice Patton star in The Flash. Katie Cassidy plays Laurel, a lawyer-turned-vigilante known as Black Canary, in Arrow.
Katie Cassidy plays Laurel, a lawyer-turned-vigilante known as Black Canary, in Arrow.PHOTO: WARNER BROS TELEVISION

Female and ethnic-minority characters taking centre stage in DC Comics' TV shows are making an impact on young women

Superhero series get less fanfare than blockbuster films such as the recent Black Panther and last year's Wonder Woman, but in terms of representation, DC Comics' television shows have been ahead of the game for some years.

On Arrow (2012 to now), The Flash (2014 to now) and Supergirl (2015 to now), female and ethnic-minority characters, as well as inter-racial and same-sex romances, have taken centre stage. These are trends slower to catch on in cinema, where financial stakes tend to be higher and stories more conventional.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2018, with the headline 'TV's inspiring super women'. Print Edition | Subscribe