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Ruby Rose plays Batwoman in the new DC series

Ruby Rose plays Batwoman in the new DC series

Ruby Rose plays Batwoman in the new DC series

If comic book superheroes don’t ring your bell – and they generally leave mine undisturbed – the chances are you’re unfamiliar with the so-called “Arrowverse”, a franchise wherein live the heroes of half-a-dozen or so DC Comics television series, including Arrow (based on Green Arrow), The Flash, Supergirl and Black Lightning.

Overseen by producer Greg Berlanti, whose own superpower seems to be limitless energy, they go out in the US on Warner Brothers’ youth-skewered network The CW and – except for Black Lightning, which is on Netflix – on Sky 1 in this part of the world.

Like any other franchise, from McDonald’s restaurants to Travelodge hotels, they all have the same look, texture and flavour: slick and breezy, with predominantly young casts, reasonable special effects (easier to do on TV now that the technology has become relatively cheap), and a roughly 50-50 split between action and slightly soapy personal drama.