Originally Posted by gadgtfreek
The point is, Arrow (season 3), 100 (season 2) and Flash (season 1) is CW moving past the female orientated teen shows.
You draw a distinction without a difference. For a long time, the icon poster frame in Netflix's browser for Arrow
was some version of this (they've recently changed it to another, far less pointedly female-titillating image):
That's marketing to either young women or gay males (or both
), and it wouldn't surprise me if young women were majority of the viewership for it and the other shows that you cite. When they stop using young pretty boys to depict heroes I'll believe that they're "moving past female oriented teen shows".
Even Smallville was a little too "simple", even though it was a good show. They raised the bar with Arrow and Flash, and they are more along the lines of Supernatural.
Flash, Supernatural and Arrow are their top 3 shows, with stuff like Reign and Jane the Virgin sucking wind.
Though I haven't watched Flash
I definitely don't see where either of the others is any more sophisticated or complex than Smallville
. (Of course, I only watched some of the pilot of Arrow
but I watched probably 8 or 9 episodes of Supernatural
before I became bored with its formula).
In any case we're diving down an off-topic rathole.