Diversity is Almost a Superhero: A Critical Analysis of Diversity in DC's Arrowverse
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In the last ten years, superheroes have entered the mainstream and are a part of media studies. Most of this research has been based in examining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Therefore this paper examine a part of comic studies that hasn’t been explored. This paper analyzes DC’s Arrowverse using a sociological lens using Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory. The intention of this thesis is to examine the diversity that is presented in the Arrowverses’ shows: Arrow (2012), The Flash (2014), Supergirl (2015), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (2016), and Black Lightning (2018). Race, gender, and LGBTQ+ aspects of diversity are examined using a review of past literature and specific examples of quotes and storylines from the Arrowverse in order to examine the diversity presented.