This is way too early, but with the recent farewell video by the CW crew in saying goodbye to the flagship show, I felt the need to write a post.
It is no surprise to my fans and followers (hi mom!) that I’m a huge fan of the CW Superhero shows. They are an enjoyable shared universe that keeps me thoroughly entertained.
It should also come as no small surprise that I’ve been influenced in my works by these CW shows. The first major influence came in how I approached my series/universes. The way that each of these shows can be part of it’s own thing while still managing to dip into the chaotic pool that is a crossover episode, sharing a universe and then ducking back out into it’s own with the grace of Fred Astaire, is not only impressive, but insanely good marketing. I know that a lot of people don’t watch all of the CW Shows and I can only vouch for my own experience, but my interest in Supergirl skyrocketed when the Flash jumped over to CBS to meet Kara and the crew. Suddenly, my “I’ll watch it this weekend maybe,” became a “Everybody shut up! Supergirl is on!”
That isn’t to say that the show doesn’t have merits of it’s own, of course. I thoroughly enjoy Supergirl even more than ever simply because of it’s stand alone commentary on political, social, and Kryptonian events.
But that’s the point! When they started knitting these shows together, I started caring more about them and their individual plots.
Marketing genius on scale with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (a smaller scale….but on scale…).
So, I began incorporating that into my works. I’d be remiss if I didn’t add that C.T. Phipps, and his approach to interweaving each of his stories into a much larger multiverse didn’t also lend itself toward my own marketing change up. While the CW told me “Yeah! Connect them all!” Phipps books said “Ease them into it.”
My die hard fans will have seen the small introductions of elements from one work bleeding into the others.
Jason Night’s doctor when he breaks his arm has the same name and general physical description of a certain secretary from Andrew Doran Series.
My horror novel, Satan’s Salesman, has several references to Darden Valley, TrinCo, and other elements of the Broken Nights universe.
Satan’s Salesman also mentions The Statement of Andrew Doran as a movie that everyone wants to go and see.
These things are the beginning of a vast, and subtle, shared universe. You don’t need to read the other stories to enjoy the individual novels, but consider it an added treat for those who do.
In the future, we’ll see a little more as I do what the “Arrowverse” has done and give Coven (introduced in Broken Nights: Strange Worlds) and a few others from that series their own spinoff books.
That’s only the first thing I wanted to thank the CW’s Arrow for.
The second, and in slightly less subtle ways, would be for the fight scenes in my Broken Nights series. I’ve always been impressed by well-choreographed fight scenes and Arrow (as well as Netflix’s Daredevil) both created great fight scenes that I used as templates for some of my own.
Thank you, Arrow, for your entertainment and your inspiration. I hope that Stephen and the team are available for the occasional drop ins in the future episodes of The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Batwoman, and Black Lightning.