At the San Diego Comic Con this weekend, DC/Warner Bros. unveiled trailers for Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash and Arrow heading into their fall seasons. Check out the trailers and well as brief description of what to expect from each series below.
“For season two of Legends, we decided that the perfect antagonist for TV’s first-ever team of Super Heroes would be TV’s first-ever team of Super-Villains, recruited from the ranks of Arrow and The Flash’s deadliest adversaries,”said Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim.“Being huge fans of the Challenge of the Superfriends, we’ve come to call this group our ‘Legion of Doom.’”
Season 2 of the CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” will feature the team going up against not one main foe but a team of some of Arrow’s and the Flash’s biggest villains. This villain team, referred to as the Legion of Doom, will be made up of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). The Justice Society of America will be constituted of returning cast members Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), Ray Palmer/the ATOM (Brandon Routh), Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz), Professor Martin (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), and Mick Rory/Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell). Additionally, the team will be joined by the characters Stargirl, Obsidian and Dr. Mid-Nite. Here’s a description of the characters per Coming Soon:
“In the comics, Stargirl, of course, is Courtney Whitmore, the youthful hero who gains super powers after she inherits the powerful Cosmic Staff from Starman. Obsidian was introduced as the son of Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott who possesses the capability to become a powerful shadow. Dr. Mid-Nite is a crimefighting physician who can only see in complete darkness. Three different people have carried the Dr. Mid-Nite persona over the years, and we’ll have to wait to see which version is brought to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns to the CW October 13.
Season 3 of The Flash will explore the various ramifications of Barry’s choice at the end of Season 2 to go back in time and save his mother. This event is known as Flashpoint and is related to an event by the same name in the comics. Here’s a synopsis of the Flashpoint storyline from the comics via Wikipedia:
“The Flash causes a temporal ripple that creates a fractured reality where the Justice league has never formed, Superman does not exist and a war rages between Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Flash teams with Batman and Cyborg to restore the timeline.”
So what will be the ripple effects of the Flash going back and saving his mother in the CW’s television version of the Flashpoint events? The trailer above provides some hints at what’s to come and naturally it won’t be the same as the comics because Superman and Batman don’t even exist in this universe (or at least can’t be mentioned, Wayne Enterprises has been teased to exist). It should be interesting to see how the Flash showrunners play with the idea of alternate realities for many of the show regulars (even more so than the brief encounter with Earth-2 in season 2), the effects of Flashpoint on the other shows (will this be how Supergirl gets pulled into the same universe as Flash and Arrow), what new villains this allows to be introduced into this season and how the resolution might differ from the comic conclusion.
The Flash season 3 will premiere on the CW October 4, 2016.
Arrow seems to have lost its way following a strong season 2. From that point on the series has shifted from being one relatively grounded and gritty following a vigilante’s battle against street level crime to save his city, to incorporating superhumans, magic, global threats, and far too much relationship drama for a superhero show (I do acknowledge the fact that it’s on the CW and that’s their bread and butter, but the Olicity stuff felt forced and got annoying). On paper it appears as though the showrunners understand this and are actively trying to return the character and series to its roots where it thrived. Season 5 will introduce numerous vigilantes and street level criminals as well as initially disbanding Team Arrow to be more of a one man focus once again (with Felicity still acting as the voice in his head). Below are the confirmed additions for next season courtesy of Coming Soon.
“The guest stars for Arrow Season 5 continues to grow and currently includes Rick Gonzalez (Rush, Mr. Robot) as Wild Dog, Josh Segarra as Vigilante, Madison McLaughli as Evelyn Sharp, The Walking Dead star Chad L. Coleman in the villain role of Tobias Church, and Joe Dinicol as mystical vigilante Ragman.”
Additionally, it has been reported on TV Line that numerous stars including Wentworth Miller (who plays Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn/Dark Archer) and Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canany) have signed contracts that make them series regulars across all the shows under the “Arrow-verse” umbrella of CW shows. In Laurel’s case this is the most fascinating development because ::spoiler alert:: she was killed off in season 4 of Arrow.
There are, of course, numerous ways that she could still appear on the shows. They simply could bring her back to life or reveal that she was never dead in the first place (it seemed odd that she would survive Darhk’s initial blow only to die in the hospital after the whispered a secret to Oliver), which would cheapen deaths on the show because she’d be the 5th main cast member to be brought back to life (following Merlyn, Oliver, Sara Lance, and Thea). They could also bring in Black Siren, Laurel’s Earth-2 doppelgänger who was already introduced on the Flash, and have her replace Black Canary on all the shows. Or it could be a combination of things where Laurel could appear on Legends of Tomorrow in the past (since the shows deal with time travel), on Arrow through flashbacks (the series uses a ton in every episode) and on The Flash through incorporating Black Siren into more than one episode. They haven’t yet indicated how Supergirl will tie into the other shows.
This decision to ink actors to a contract that allows them to appear as regulars on each show makes sense for the network since many of the characters have already been popping up here or there for a one episode cameo. Does this mean that crossovers will be more frequent and that DC on the CW will begin to act more like one large story broken up in four parts rather than 4 separate stories that occasionally overlap? Time will tell.
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