7 Times The Arrowverse Missed The Mark

Well, every shot can't be a bullseye.

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The CW

With the Arrowverse being eight years old by this point in time, this shared realm has had the opportunity to serve up so many great characters and storylines - storylines like the descent into madness of Deathstroke, of the alt-world of Flashpoint, and a second season for Supergirl that stands as some of the very best that DC television has had to offer.

Looking at the future of the Arrowverse, it appears that there's no sign of this universe slowing down, with Superman & Lois a new show on the horizon. Then there's the events of the phenomenal Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, which essentially canonised pretty much any DC-driven property imaginable, including series such as Titans, Stargirl, and Swamp Thing.

However, there have been times where the Arrowverse has made choices that maybe weren't all that wise, leaving the audience either scratching their heads in confusion or banging their heads in anger.

With the this shared world being such a long-running continuum that spans across plentiful seasons of television, these decisions would largely seem unfixable as redoing them would not make sense. But then again, this is a realm where time travel and alternative Earths are commonplace, so never say never.

Here then, are seven such times where the Arrowverse massively missed the mark.

7. Cicada

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The CW

With Season Five of The Flash being all about legacy, Barry and Iris’ daughter Nora came from the future to visit her dad and spend some time with him. The show took an amazing opportunity to see a young Barry be a vital mentor to someone that looked up to him so much.

In the latter part of the season, it was revealed that Nora was being used by Eobard Thawne, with this detail creating a rift between Barry and his daughter. Flash’s nemesis had committed the ultimate crime - he'd stolen Barry’s legacy!

This made for a great storyline at the end of the season, but it was a real shame that for the first half of Season Five we had to deal with a villain in Cicada who was so bland that he was replaced by his own daughter. Actor Chris Klein was obviously doing the best he could with what he was given, but it really felt like the writers had no idea what to do with this character.

Cicada's metahuman manhunt was interesting to watch and could have led to Barry on a mission to keep his team safe from a senseless murder. Instead, we ditched the character altogether to focus on Reverse-Flash, which is something that could have just been done from the get-go.

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