I was reflecting today while watching Marvel's AMAZING new Daredevil series, on the diversity of all the recent live action superhero stuff we've been getting. After Tim Burton's Batman in 1989 every live action superhero thing aped it to a certain extent. For example, the 1990 Flash TV series had a Danny Elfman score, even though it was massively inappropriate for that type of character and show. These days we have Arrow, Flash, Gotham, Constantine, the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the big screen & on TV, the X-Men franchise, the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, Man of Steel and it's upcoming spin offs, and everything is doing it's own thing & has its own style.
Daredevil and Avengers are set in the same universe and yet they couldn't be more different in tone. Arrow and Flash even crossover with each other and yet they both have their own distinct voices. It would be easy to lump Gotham, Arrow and Daredevil under the same, lazy "gritty" label, but they're all actually completely different. Arrow has more of an emphasis on soap opera than Daredevil. Both Gotham & Arrow are gloriously over the top, while Daredevil is much more grounded. They are all brilliant.
There really is something for everyone out there at the moment. It's a great time to be a superhero fan.
And now, apropos of nothing, here's Grant Gustin inserted into some classic Flash covers.