Two of the biggest shows in the Arrowverse may be male-fronted, but don’t let that fool you; the Arrowverse is all about the ladies recently, and we’re loving it! Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow have all been stepping it up a notch in recent weeks when it comes to putting the focus on female characters, and especially spotlighting the importance of female friendships. Fans were even treated to a mini-crossover last week on The Flash, as ‘Girl’s Night Out‘ brought Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) over to Central City for Iris West’s (Candice Patton) bachelorette party.
But the focus on female friendships isn’t limited to just one episode, or to a girly night of feather boas, pink balloons, and defeating evil. Each of the Arrowverse shows has been going above and beyond to balance the time spent on male and female friendships, and to make sure that the women are not relegated to love interests and two-dimensional ‘badass babes’. As the Arrowverse builds toward the big crossover of the year, we can’t wait to see how women from all four shows come together.
Girls Night Out: Arrow And The Flash
‘Girl’s Night Out’ did a fantastic job of making female friendships the core of an episode, as Felicity, Iris, Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Iris’s stepmother-to-be Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) head out on the town for a bachelorette party. The concept itself isn’t unusual, but what The Flash did so well with this episode was to avoid spending too much time talking about marriage and babies (with three out of the four planning weddings and one pregnant, this would be an easy trap to fall into). Instead, the girls focused on each other, and then on finding a way to make sure Caitlin knew that they would be there for her.
When Caitlin had to go up against Amunet (Katee Sackhoff), the ‘freak of the week’ for this episode, it wasn’t just to show these women working together to take down a threat. It was a way for the women to get closer by learning a little more about Caitlin’s struggles to come to terms with her new (and difficult to control) powers. It was also a way to bring up the difference between real friends and women who just talk sometimes because they work together, as Iris realized that she may not be as close to Caitlin as she thought. It was a great moment, especially for a TV universe where so many of the characters are thrown together by proximity to the main hero, not out of choice. ‘Girls Night Out’ also ends with a commitment from Iris and Caitlin to continue to work on their friendship, as Iris asks Caitlin to be her maid of honor at the wedding.
Totems And Children: Supergirl And Legends Of Tomorrow
Of course, just because the girls from National City and the Waverider weren’t in town for Iris’s bachelorette party, that doesn’t mean that they haven’t had their own fantastic storylines in recent weeks. Supergirl has always put female characters first, of course, but both ‘The Faithful’ and ‘Damage’ took it up several dozen notches, as Lena (Katie McGrath) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) brought a new face into their social circle: Samantha (Odette Annable). The girls even got together for an evening at Kara’s place along with Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Maggie (Floriana Lima), where they talked about their futures, their work, and especially about Samantha’s worries that her work at the head of L-Corp was taking too much time away from her daughter. It’s a fantastic scene that really expands Kara’s relationships and provides a great example of a solid, supportive group of female friends (not just smaller one-on-one friendships).
Legends of Tomorrow also added a new face in recent weeks: Zari (Tala Ashe). The bearer of the Air Totem that is connected to Amaya‘s (Maisie Richardson Sellers) totem as Vixen, Zari started out as something of a reluctant hero, but ‘Return of the Mack’ ended with her and Amaya finally beginning to bond. Meanwhile, last week’s ‘Helen Hunt’ was all about girl power, as the male members of the team became helpless around a beautiful woman, and it was up to the female half of the Legends to save the day. Like Caitlin and Iris on The Flash, this friendship is particularly interesting because it isn’t one of convenience. Amaya and Sara (Caity Lotz) work well together, but they have never become particularly close; having Amaya and Zari become true friends makes the point that these women aren’t just friends because they happen to be on the same team. In this sense, the female friendships that don’t happen on the waverider are just as important as the ones that do.
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