“Batman wages a brutal reckoning against this city, something that neither of us agree with” spoken by Dr. Wells of Star Labs in the presence of Detective Joe West CCPD (Central City Police Department). In Sep. 14th “Most Dangerous Places in Comics” which includes both DC and Marvel Universes Central City does not even rate whereas Gotham is 4th immediately following Genosha. Marvel’s version of New York was 2nd with Bludhaven being 1st, a city that was transformed into a nuclear wasteland; thus moving Gotham into 3rd place. The point in bringing this up is to highlight the methods I their madness. Until recently neither Green Arrow, nor the Flash has had an extremely exciting list of antagonists to choose from that honor belongs to the Dark Knight Detective – Batman, who’s rouge’s gallery is nothing to play with. In fact, most of Batman’s villains are either bone chillingly psychotic or charmingly diabolic. Neither the “The Flash” or Green Arrow has ever faced villains like the Joker, Ras Al Ghoul, Mr. Freeze, etc… on an ongoing basis; even their names and M.Os would give real world police officers cause for pause.
Batman’s rogue’s gallery has always featured villains that could eat cops for breakfast while smiling at them over they’re glazed doughnuts. In fact, that’s pretty much the point of tonight’s and Wednesday night’s episodes of “The Flash” and Green Arrow which utilizes both episodes to demonstrate just how did heroes lacking super powers survive engaging super villains with super powers – answer – training, training and more training, plus a crap load of fancy gadgets and specialized body armor. Maybe that’s why tonight’s Flash episode where he’s pitted against Green Arrow demonstrates why even Flash has such utter respect for Batman who’s the master of staying one step ahead of everybody else. After all as tonight’s episode demonstrated in spite of super powers if Arrow had wanted to kill the Flash he was more than capable of doing so. As Cisco would say it was a tie, but then Arrow isn’t Batman. It causes me to wonder if either Central or Star cities might be experiencing a Bat infestation?