DC Universe Comic book character The Flash in action
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From The Atom to Green Arrow to Batwoman, some of our favorite comic book characters are proliferating throughout The CW, and oh, how things have changed. Here, their mighty transformations.

By Whitney Matheson

The Flash

DC Comics character The Flash

Grant Gustin as The Flash.

Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/The CW.

In comics: This Justice League member uses his superspeed to save the world.

On screen: No longer the only "meta-human" in town, he alters time to fight the bad guys.

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The Atom

DC Comics character The Atom

Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/Atom in DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

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In comics: Physicist Ray Palmer helps others by shrinking, occasionally traveling via an old-fashioned phone line.

On screen: He still gets tiny, but now he's a businessman with a high-tech supersuit and a cellphone.

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DC Comics character Supergirl

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl.

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In comics: Introduced as Superman's cousin, Supergirl had a high-flying run—until she was killed in the '80s.

On screen: Tired of hiding her strength, Kara Danvers soars by embracing her power.

Black Lightning

DC Comics character Black Lightning

Cress Williams as Black Lightning.

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In comics: A young teacher who uses his electromagnetic powers to strengthen his community.

On screen: Now in his 40s, Black Lightning returns from his quiet life as a high school principal when his kids are kidnapped.

Archie Andrews 

DC Comics character Archie Andrews

KJ Apa as Archie Andrews in Riverdale.

Photo Credit: Art Streiber/The CW.

In comics: Smart, athletic, and popular, the high schooler knows all the inside gossip.

On screen: This charmer with a dark side is familiar with the inside of a jail cell.

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Josie McCoy 

DC Comics character Josie McCoy

Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy in Riverdale and Katy Keene.

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In comics: Kind-natured Josie and her girlfriends started a band, the Pussycats.

On screen: Josie rocked Riverdale (and smooched Archie) before heading to New York to pursue a solo music career.

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Green Arrow 

DC Comics character Green Arrow

Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/The Green Arrow in Arrow.

Photo Credit: Robert Falconer/The CW.

In comics: Despite his archery skills, it took a while for this DC Comics do-gooder to emerge from Batman's shadow.

On screen: Following a shipwreck, he reemerges as a hero with a new sister, Thea.

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DC Comics character Batwoman

Ruby Rose as Batwoman.

Photo Credit: JSquared Photography/The CW.

In comics: A sharp detective and Batman's love interest.

On screen: A street-fighting vigilante and TV's first gay leading superhero.

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Katy Keene

DC Comics character Katy Keene

Lucy Hale as Katy Keene.

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In comics: Originally a model, Katy inspired readers to draw clothes for her to wear.

On screen: A hip, 20-something New York clothing designer, she doesn't need anyone else to dress her.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2020.

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