The launch of the Arrowverse in 2012 marked the beginning of diverse characters across DCTV, incorporating shows like The Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash. Women characters have been majorly represented through the years. In addition to this, minority representation is in abundance, with the LGBTQ being represented, defying stereotypical roles related to gender and minority issues.
In a recent interview with Bustle, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Juliana Harkavy and Caity Lotz shared their experiences about diversity and superhero adaptations. They presented their views and opinions on these topics, and others on live television, pushing the boundaries of the DC universe. These ladies essentially give their body, mind and soul to characters that represent stereotypes of today. Tala Ashe who stars as Zari Adrianna Tomaz on Legends of Tomorrow also recounted an experience where she was confronted by a fan, thanking her for representing a Middle Eastern character without people judging or criticising her for being a terrorist. These instances were exactly what people saw years back, and these actresses are glad to witness the change, as their fans adopt the modern thinking of accepting all communities in good faith.
Harkavy also states that starring as a blonde, multiracial, it helped a lot of girls break free from conventions that were years ago so rigid. She stars as Black Canary on Arrow and is different from the original character in terms of colour, which fans now believe is appreciated. On the same lines, it was a huge deal for a number of girls who could not understand why a blonde could represent a black woman. While one side of the fan base sees otherwise, a whole lot of them are highly supportive and root for the characterisation played by these actresses. Lotz recounts how she met a number of girls from the LGBTQ community who were grateful to have superheroes representing the bisexual community on television; something which was not possible before.
It is essential for scriptwriters of this massive franchise to base the plotline that suits all communities and represents the minority, judicially. Besides hiring diverse talent, it is also crucial to write for diverse talents and make a whole story on it. The characters have to be round characters and should have a remarkable beginning and end to not just please the audience but also fit perfectly in the DC universe. As a character, an actor has to enact the role in such a way that makes people identify with the superhero, or villain alike. With the amount of hatred in the world, superheroes and villains are a great way to shorten the rift between major and minor communities. It helps to bring a balance as both DC and Marvel show huge plotlines and are followed massively by all fans. These heroes are looked up to and make people relate to them, especially the ones who are bullied or looked down upon for being different.
It does not matter which age you reach. A true comic universe fan remains the same until the end, and the DC universe imbibes this culture into individuals right from their childhood.