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TEN BEST LIVE-ACTION DC CHARACTER PORTRAYALS (ARROWVERSE and GOTHAM)

Superhero TV shows have generally been a strong force in animation form for many years. With certain exceptions such as Batman 1966, Lois and Clark and Smallville, there has never been such high quality comic based shows on TV at one time. With DC ruling the roost on The CW and Fox, Marvel’s MCU taking Netflix and ABC by storm and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and Outcast making some damn fine TV! So, the first in a number of countdowns, I wanted to give some top 10’s based on more current comic book shows and the characters that feature within them. With the short lived Constantine being hugely popular, Arrow creating a massive TV universe and Gotham giving us some great origins on much loved characters.

This list was not easy to write, but there was so many to choose from. Honorable mentions go to Morena Baccarin’s Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, her partner and good cop Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon and Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells and Reverse-Flash in The Flash. I want to know who you would say was portrayed best as opinions will always vary. This is my personal list, so take this as you will.

  1. Harold Perrineau – Manny (Constantine)

Portraying an original character in a comic book show is not always seen as a great idea, but Harold Perrineau pulls it off so well as the angel Manny. Guiding Constantine on his journey to prepare for the oncoming war with evil, Manny appears at times of great need (even when John really could do without seeing him). Sometimes a very insightful character and a moment or two of comic relief, it is a shame that we may not see him spread his wings in Constantine’s future anytime soon.

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  1. Teddy Sears – “Jay Garrick”/Hunter Zolomon/Zoom (The Flash)

Trying to top the brilliant work by Tom Cavanagh in season one was never going to be easy, but Teddy Sears takes you on one hell of a journey in season two. Revealing himself to be Jay Garrick at the start of the season, he claims his speed was stolen by another known as Zoom! The twist here is that Jay is actually Hunter Zolomon AKA Zoom and he has hatched a plan to destroy all universes and speedsters…including Barry. Who knows if he will run again into the lives of the STAR Labs team.

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  1. Emily Bett Rickards – Felicity Smoak (Arrow, The Flash)

Originally a minor character, Felicity grew to be one of the most important characters in the Arrowverse. Originally an employee of Oliver’s step-father Walter, Felicity proves herself to be a welcome addition to Team Arrow. Originally only wanting to save Walter, Felicity eventually joins the team full time and is vital in helping Oliver become more understanding and find new methods to deal with crime. Though many see their romance as annoying, Felicity really does make a big impact in the show and I hope she will do for a long long time to come.

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  1. David Harewood – “Hank Henshaw”/J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter (Supergirl)

One of the biggest surprises of Supergirl was the revelation that head of the DEA Hank Henshaw was actually the Martian Manhunter. Having been nearly killed by the real Hank Henshaw, Kara and Alex’s father saved J’onn and in return J’onn promised to look after Alex and Kara as much as he could. A character with a huge heart and one of the most heartbreaking backstories in comics, he fights his inner demons and becomes a true hero who eventually gets the recognition he deserves.

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  1. Manu Bennett – Slade Wilson/Deathstroke (Arrow)

Probably the greatest rival to come up against Oliver, Slade Wilson originally helped Oliver Queen survive on the island and gave him the help he needed to escape and find his family. After Slade was injected with the “mirakuru”, he finds himself stronger than ever before, but his mind suffers from the chemical. He personally wants revenge against Oliver after what happens to him in regards to Shado and losing his eye. Killing Oliver’s mother and almost destroying the city was indeed enough to push The Arrow to his limit!

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  1. Danielle Panabaker – Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost (The Flash, Arrow)

When she had her cameo in Arrow, I was not too sure how much I would like this character. But from her first episode, Caitlin is shown to be a great part of the STAR Labs team. She is shown to be very distraught over the particle accelerator explosion which seemingly killed her fiancé and at times being cold towards her friends. Though Caitlin is indeed, in at least one life, destined to be the villainous Killer Frost, she proves a true friend and a heart to the show. She knows how to take on enemies without powers of her own and will do anything to help you.

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  1. Stephen Amell – Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Arrow, The Flash. Legends Of Tomorrow)

The man behind the Arrowverse, Oliver Queen returns to Starling City after five years being presumed dead. When he returns, he takes on the mantle of The Arrow to fight the crime in the city as part of his promise to his father. Originally wanting to take on this crusade alone, Oliver later gets assistance from John Diggle, Felicity, Roy Harper, Sara Lance, Laurel Lance and even his sister Thea. Though Oliver may be sometimes hard to trust, he does care about his friends and family and does show a lighter side with his friend Barry/The Flash.

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  1. Grant Gustin – Barry Allen/The Flash (The Flash, Arrow)

After getting caught in his lab as the STAR Labs accident happened, Barry Allen became The Flash. Originally unsure if he deserved his powers, Barry would go on to become one the greatest heroes in existence. With a pure heart and mind, Barry is definitely the best person to have on your side when in trouble with a meta-human. When Barry developed his powers and begun travelling through time, we see him truly get emotional with anything around his deceased mother when he sees her in the past. We want Barry to have a happy ending, but has he destroyed the world to get it?

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  1. Robin Lord Taylor – Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin (Gotham)

The only Gotham character to make it into the list, but there is a good reason why he is this high! Robin Lord Taylor from episode one managed to make Penguin probably the best portrayal of the character in any medium. Danny DeVito done a great job in Batman Returns, Nolan North makes a great performance in the Batman Arkham games but it is Taylor’s take on the character which is unique and intriguing. Starting as an aspiring gangster, he eventually takes control of the Gotham underworld and uses many means to get what he wants. Whenever his version of Oswald Cobblepot takes to the screen, I am glued!

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  1. Matt Ryan – John Constantine (Constantine, Arrow)

You know you have done a character right when you have a fan and cast campaign to get you to be the character again (eventually appearing in Arrow Season 4) and then becoming the character again for an animated movie (2016’s Justice League Dark). Am I right? Matt Ryan embodies the character perfectly and does everything right. He smokes like a chimney, isn’t afraid to be rude, enjoys being an arse to people and fights demons with ease. The look is also done right, down to the hair colour and the clothes. We may have only had 14 hours of TV with John Constantine, but I am sure Matt Ryan’s version of the character will be around for a long time…and maybe that petition to get a season two of Constantine will also become reality one day!

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Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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The Top Five DC Villains On The Small Screen

So, I begun thinking about the takeover the DC Comics shows have had recently. With Arrow and Flash sharing a rich universe, Gotham bringing a fresh-faced look at those villains we remember and multiple cartoons which intrigued and gripped us. Well, I decided to make a list on here of my top five villains. I tried to be fair and keep it to one from each show. Let me know your own thoughts, but for now this is what I have put on…

  1. Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress – Arrow

I am sure many may not agree, but Helena Bertinelli is a very interesting character. Being a love interest for Oliver Queen, Jessica De Gouw brings a vigilante to life in Helena and we find her as more than a match for Oliver Queen. When they begin a relationship, it seems that Oliver can help keep her in control, but eventually The Huntress continues her mission to take down her criminal father and anyone who gets in her way. Helena Bertinelli is shown to be tough, dangerous and untrusting. When all happens, she finds that her revenge doesn’t change her, and this makes us anticipate what will happen in future appearances.

  1. Leonard Snart/Captain Cold – The Flash

So this is possibly the newest villain, but someone who has made a great impact on 2014’s The Flash since his debut. Wentworth Miller portrays a brilliant villain as Leonard Snart, the first rival for The Flash who isn’t a meta-human and definitely one of the most dangerous. Leonard Snart is the first man to actually stop Barry Allen with the ice gun; he uses his brains and has become a recurring menace for the STAR Labs group. Teaming up with other villains in the Rogues Gallery, be sure to see Captain Cold for a long time still as his menace and gravitas continues.

  1. The Joker – Batman: The Animated Series

The Joker has been popular for many years, though he didn’t really see his character fleshed out on screen as much as when Mark Hamill took to voicing him in the 1990’s cartoon series. The character, though in the series was slightly restricted to how far he could go, his menace shines through in each appearance and each time you hear that laugh is a feeling of both discomfort and fun. His appearances in the Batman animated films and Batman Beyond continued his menace on a more terrifying scale and his inclusion in the Batman: Arkham Video Game series showed just how far The Joker can go while keeping Mark Hamill to cement the most popular villain in Batman history.

  1. Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin – Gotham

I will start by saying that Penguin has never been my favourite villain. I enjoyed Burgess Meredith’s portrayal in the 60’s and Batman Returns saw Danny Devito really bring in the creep factor, but one man beats them all. Robin Lord Taylor. Bringing Oswald Cobblepot to a pre-Batman Gotham showed us a snivelling, cowardly character who is being an obedient little servant. But, we slowly see he is actually clever, treacherous and dangerous. Seeing him kill a number of people and also plant himself into both of the big gangs in Gotham, The Penguin is also shown to be caring to his mother but heartless to everyone else. Robin Lord Taylor is the best actor to take this role, and arguably the best actor on the show.

  1. Slade Wilson/Deathstroke – Arrow

Starting as a friend to Oliver Queen while on the island Lian Yu during his first year being “dead”. Oliver is told to find Slade Wilson to help save Yao Fei from his imprisonment. Oliver and Slade become good friends, working together to eventually get off the island. Later, Slade Wilson is injected with the Mirakuru serum and becomes super-strong, but his mind evaporates and he begins to see visions of Yao’s dead daughter Shado whom he loved. He blames Oliver for his death and seeks revenge. Though Oliver thinks he has killed Slade while on the island, he returns five years later to seek revenge on Oliver and makes him suffer. Manu Bennett may not be the most known actor, but he makes a really tough character and a formidable foe for any hero.

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove