The CW keeps its DC shows as primetime headliners though Supergirl and Arrow will be moving to the time slots next fall, and the announcement of yet another potential Arrow-verse spin-off may be in the works!
Though the spring season may be just be blossoming its first buds, in New York City at the annual network Upfronts event many of the Fall Shows are being announced as primetime begins to take shape, even as the current season finales are just winding down. Among the more notable mentions coming from The CW president Mark Pedowitz are the shifts being made to the network’s stable of DC superhero series. Sunday nights are going to be “super”!
After leaving CBS and giving Supergirl a new home on The CW alongside her other DC Comics based contemporaries, the action series will be vacating her usual Monday night time slot and moving to Sunday night at 8/7c. The Maid of Might will be leading charge and hoping to raise the stakes for a bustling night of highly competitive genre-entertainment usually lead by pay-network hits like Westworld, Game of Thrones or AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Along with headlining the new night Supergirl will also be the lead-in for the crafty reboot of Charmed which will premiere in the 9/8c slot. On Monday night DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will be settling into 8/7c after warming the spot while the Girl of Steel went on her midseason hiatus. The team series returning for its fourth season will be the lead-in for the long-running Arrow moving to Mondays at 9/8c after ending its most recent sixth season on Thursdays.
On Tuesdays The Flash holds on to its 8/7c time slot as lightning strikes twice for Black Lightning returning for Season Two in the 9/8c hour. The hit Riverdale based on the Archie Comics characters will remain in its Wednesday night 8/7c time slot as well. Among the more exciting announcement at Upfronts was the unexpected news from Arrow star Stephen Amell himself that another DC hero, Batwoman would be introduced in the new season’s epic crossover stunt!
Apparently Amell had kept his word, though teasing fans that he had some big news to share at a recent convention that he was sworn to secrecy until the Upfronts; the addition of Batwoman to the Arrow-verse suggests that Gotham City (the home of another DC property, Batman) exists, though it does not allude to a potential crossover with the prequel series Gotham currently airing on FOX which is also returning for a new season.
This is very good news for The CW, as the annual crossover event has proven a ratings hit and if the opportunity for Black Lightning to potentially add to the mix which introducing another superhero into the mythology, then the Fall TV Season couldn’t come sooner!
Next fall there will be more Arrow, more of The Flash and still more DC’s Legends dominating the primetime landscape on The CW. So might some other heroes join the line-up?
And exhale! DC Comics fans have a lot to be grateful for, as The CW announced that its entire primetime line-up, inspired by the DC heroes will be returning for another new season! That means that Oliver Queen played by Stephen Amell will continue on his mission to save Star City in Season 7 of Arrow the series that launched the DC TV Extended Multiverse produced by Berlanti Productions. This sets Arrow on a trajectory to match the previous network superhero leader Smallville which ran for a very successful 10 seasons.
Joining the Emerald Archer on his crusade will be The Flash starring Grant Gustin as CSI investigator Barry Allen, the Fastest Man Alive in Season 5 of the hit spin-off. With hints that a “Mystery Girl” appearing this season has ties to both Barry and his wife Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) the new season may bring about a “Flash War” of unparalleled proportions. Team Flash continues to expand its line-up which now counts a full-fledge Vibe and Killer Frost among its ranks, but will the recently introduced Elongated Man survive The Thinker’s mad scheme?
Also, each returning for a fourth season will be the companion series Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which respectfully continue the daring adventures of the Maid of Steel of Earth-38 and the inter-dimensional time travelers who will be adding to their ranks with the recently announced recruitment of John Constantine (Matt Ryan). The CW’s Mark Pedowitz the network’s president also announced that Black Lightning will be back for another season. Riverdale based on the Archie Comics will also be coming back for a new Season 3.
Though the fall season is still several months away, and the current seasons of the shows are all heading into their climatic cliffhanger season finales, this is very good news — at least for most of the DC Comics primetime line-up. The fate of iZombie currently in its fourth season has not been confirmed as yet, but fans will undoubtedly have an opportunity to plead their case to save the show, as they hear about all the new plot details for upcoming new series, as The CW primetime line-up will certainly be highlighted at this years San Diego Comic-Con.
The tweet heard round the world has fans wondering if The CW series is preparing to introduce some more changes, and more heroes, this season that might lead to a spin-off!
Though it’s only just entered into its Third Season DC’s Legend of Tomorrow which just premiered four weeks ago on The CW, is apparently going through some changes — and some may have a significant affect on the series’ cast as the adventure progresses. Accused of having “broken” the timeline, the Legends returned to 2017 at the beginning of their new season and learned that there were some very serious ramifications to all their time-traveling last year. No matter how careful they had been throughout their journey, they returned to a present that was hardly recognizable.
The Legends one-time captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) was forced to establish a new organization, sanctioned as the Time Bureau, the group is responsible for fixing time aberrations and tasks itself with correcting the damage created by the Legends. Rip effectively disbands the group and confiscates their time-ship The Waverider and casts the team of adventures to the wind. No longer deemed necessary, but more of a liability, the group disbands and returns (unsuccessfully) to mostly normal civilian lives, with the exception of a Nate Heywood (Nick Zano).
As Steel, Nate is the most inexperienced costumed crime-fighter. He emerges on the scene in Central City and immediately draws the attention of one of the city’s own speedsters Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale). Though it may suggest that the Legends have effectively disbanded, before the end of the Season 3 premiere episode, the group is reunited and find themselves once again onboard their time-ship, with the exception of Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) who has returned to her own time period. Amaya Jiwe would eventually reunite with the group by Episode 2.
A Changing Roster
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow had always been intended to have an evolving — or rather revolving — roster. Early on in the inception of the television series, it had been rumored that the executive producers were considering a different format entirely from the serialized time-traveling bandits that took over the feel of the narrative. Imagine Legends as an anthology series with a changing cast of DC Comics characters starring in 2-3 episode arcs, teaming up and crossing over with the other CW series Arrow, The Flash and even Supergirl to inhabit an entire televised continuity.
We now know that not to be case, but Legends cast has already gone to several changes since its debut. It’s been confirmed that original series regular Victor Garber who was first introduced in The Flash as one-half of the Nuclear Man Firestorm would be leaving the show this season. The actor will be returning to Broadway taking over the role of Horace Vandergelder in the successful revival of Hello, Dolly! opposite Bernadette Peters. What it will ultimately mean for the presence of Firestorm, who is also played by Franz Drameh, has yet to be developed.
Recently Legends introduced a new series regular in the form of Zari Tomaz (new series regular Tala Ashe) the inheritor of the power of Isis the paramour to the DC Comics villain Black Adam. Only having just interjected herself into the line-up, Zari is already proving a very interesting addition to the team dynamic. How her story will evolve over the season has yet to be written, but the computer hacker from a dystopian future-tense with the power of a weather goddess will more than likely have a profound affect on the story arc.
Twitter Me This
So when the DC’s Legends Writers Room (@LotWritersRoom) went on Twitter only two episodes into the season and asked its followers “Who would you like to see spin-off from Legends?” fans had some choice ideas of their own to share. Clearly over the course of its last two seasons, there have been several secondary characters guest starring that have made a significant contribution to the overall continuity that is the televised and expanded DC Universe, most notably in Season 2 the “Golden Age” heroes of the Justice Society of America made their debut.
With the JSA’s inclusion into the expanded storyline and the recruitment of one of their own (Vixen) into their ranks, audiences are aware that the Legends along with their friends in Star City and Central City are actually part of a far-reaching legacy of heroics. Though Hourman was suggested as part of a longer subplot in Season 2, it was the additional members of the JSA including Commander Steel, Stargirl, and Obsidian that played major parts in that season’s arc. Consequentially fans have asked that more about the JSA be revealed, perhaps in a spin-off!
During the First Season of Legends the roster also included among their roster Hawkman and Hawkgirl the lovers resurrected through time to confront that season’s “big bad” Vandal Savage. Both of the winged wonders served at one time or another as core members of the JSA themselves. Their backstory even played significantly into their time-traveling that season, and it might not have been improbable that the pair were among the unseen members of the JSA, and could turn up again in a JSA centric spin-off!
Interestingly on The Flash another “Golden Age” hero was introduced in the form of Jay Garrick, the original Flash (played by “Original 1990 Flash” John Wesley Shipp) as the Crimson Comet of Earth-3, but that doesn’t insinuate that the Flash isn’t himself a member of this continuity’s JSA. Ever since making a cameo in the premiere episode, rumors have circulated that Wally West, the Kid Flash would be joining the line-up on Legends officially. Perhaps the pairing of these two heroes Jay Garrick and Wally West would prove an interesting confirmation of the heroes’ legacies.
There were several other suggestions for heroes that might spin out of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow though audiences seem to all orbit around revisiting the Golden Age of the DC Universe and insert John Wesley Shipp as Jay Garrick / The Flash in a series regular role to fill out the histrionics of that era. Only time will tell if the Writers Room will take any of these suggestions, but fortunately for them on Legends what they have in spades is TIME!
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Tuesday nights @ 9pm EST time, following The Flash.
The time-tripping LEGENDS are going to have their hands full in Season 3 of The CW hit series, but one member in particular is going to have to make a serious decision as her own legacy comes into conflict with the team — literally!
Oh the horrors of time travel! You’d think that with all the trouble Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) has been causing on The Flash its other CW / DCTVU spin-off DC’s Legends of Tomorrow would know better, after all — one of the group’s mission statements is to never mess with the timeline as they correct the various existing aberrations, but as the Season 2 cliffhanger proved our team of intrepid heroes may have bitten off more than they can chew! Returning to the fold in Season 3 will be Maisie Richardson-Sellers who plays Amaya Jiwe (in theory) the “original” Vixen who jumped onto the “Waverider” at the beginning of last season to uncover a mystery that involved the members of the Justice Society of America. At the conclusion of that season-long arc, Amaya
After facing perhaps his most dangerous adversary, opening up the world to the multiverse, it looks like when The CW hit series The Flash returns in the fall Barry’s world will be dramatically different…
It certainly felt like Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) had no other choice but to confront the evil ZOOM! in a battle to save the multiverse as the second season of The CW’s hit show The Flash spiraled toward a relentless climax. The closing arc had left our hero with very little to lean on, especially after having lost his ability to tap into the Speed Force, then regained his powers after gaining a better understanding of the energies that now course through him ever since the particle accelerator experiment that turned him into the fastest man alive.
But with every action, there’s a reaction, and even though Barry and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs had every good intention especially of bringing down the tyranny of ZOOM! in the end the villain made haste in a final escape that ultimately cost Barry dearly. His only living parent Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) was fatally struck down by his enemy, and ultimately lead The Flash to one final race — the race of his life — to stop ZOOM! from putting in play a plan that would ultimately destroy the multiverse. The Flash and his friends were able to stop ZOOM! and even freed his prisoner on Earth-2…
It was revealed that “the man in the iron mask” was another speedster, one whose identity ZOOM! had assumed, and whose powers he had stolen — Jay Garrick! To long time DC Comics readers, the name is synonymous with the legacy of “The Flash”. Garrick is the original Golden Age version of the hero, where the more commercially popular Silver Age version (Barry Allen) is more widely known. For the #DCTVU in an even more brilliant twist, the true Jay Garrick bares a striking resemblance to Barry’s father Henry.
Jay Garrick, the “original” Flash is now played The CW show by actor John Wesley Shipp, the “original” Barry Allen/Flash from the 90’s CBS show The Flash. The strange twist of fate, as anyone can imagine, comes at a great shock to Barry having just recently lost his father so violently to ZOOM! and now seemingly found a kindred spirit in his parallel-earth doppelgänger, but before the two Flashes have time to bond, Garrick decides to resume course to his own world — Earth-3 — and leaps through a breach.
Feeling alone and abandoned, although his future may be the brightest its ever been… Barry saves his friends, rescues the multiverse, and even gets the girl. He and Iris (Candice Patton) finally profess their love to one another and decide the time is ripe for them to follow their hearts. Unfortunately Barry’s heart — and mind — are at present unaligned and all he can think about is the one fatal mistake he made once before. He had the perfect opportunity to prevent the Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother.
Now all Barry can think about is making things right! At least by himself! He decides that he has no other alternative but to travel back to that very moment, some 14 years ago, and save Nora (Michelle Harrison) from death, but in doing so, The Flash irrevocably alters the entire timeline, initiating a “FlashPoint” effect that will have as yet unexplored consequences for our hero. Today, Grant Gustin has been teasing fans via social networking. Slipping back into “Barry Allen’s skin” and preparing for Season 3’s new arc.
In the comic series FlashPoint was the catalyst event that ultimately lead to the DC Comics publishing reboot that launched The New 52. The storyline revealed the consequences of Barry’s actions after saving his mother’s life. The Flash unleashed a “butterfly effect” that plunged the planet into a world war between super-powers, revealed a dangerously tortured Batman let loose on Gotham along a fatal trajectory towards annihilation! Yes…it’s a bleak future indeed. In the end Barry has no choice but to make things right.
Even without the benefits of an expansive DC Comics Universe, the television landscape that has evolved over the course of the last several seasons on The CW largely in part to the efforts of Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg has exceeded fans expectations and created a serialized narrative that spans four network television series (although the latest to join the fold Supergirl has yet to address its place in the convergence to The CW) that have captured our imaginations in primetime.
If Barry’s actions have a relevance beyond his own Tuesday night 8pm EST time slot, or if his “FlashPoint” affect will transcend to the companion series Arrow (returning in the fall to its Wednesday night slot) or the third spin-off DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Thursday night’s lead-in) and whether The Flash — which has journeyed over to CBS to visit Supergirl — has affected that series’ continuity are all questions, audiences of the show are eager to have explained. We can only speculate — and what fun is that!
What are some things we might want to see happen as a result of The Flash “FlashPoint” that could happen on the primetime series? Well…for starters:
Nora Allen is alive! How great would it be especially for Barry if his mother played by Michelle Harrison has an opportunity to interact with her son? Having prevented her murder Barry’s family would remain intact. His father Henry played by John Wesley Shipp wouldn’t have gone to jail and been there for Barry’s formative years. In the comic Barry rescues Nora, but at a great cost, including his superpowers. Having the Allens back would also resonate with their next door neighbors…
The West Family! Although he’s pined after Iris West (Candice Patton) the daughter of his surrogate father Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) for most of his life, how will not being raised by Joe affect Barry’s development? In the comics, Iris has moved on, gotten married and has a daughter of her own. Perhaps this would give the writers an opportunity to bring Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) back.
The Father Figure! Sure Henry Allen may be alive as well seeing as Barry completely altered the timeline, but a heart surgeon isn’t going to necessary be able to make things right when his “super hero” son starts to realize that things aren’t as clear and present as they should be. In the comic series, Batman (Thomas Wayne) helps Barry recreate the accident that turns him into a speedster in the first place. Batman (at present) doesn’t play a part in the #DCTVCW Universe (not yet) but there’s a character from the 1990’s original series, based on a classic Golden Age hero that could be fashioned into an alter-ego for a detective turned vigilante! Introduce Joe West as the Deadly Nightshade which is based on the DC Comic’s character of Sandman a member of the Justice Society of America.
The Flash of Two Worlds! And speaking of the Golden Age of heroes, it was of course revealed in the season finale that ZOOM! was impersonating Jay Garrick (also played by John Wesley Shipp). At the end of that episode Garrick resumes his name and title of “The Flash” and whisks back to his own parallel-earth, but what if he returns to help Barry set things right, after all as we’re learning in the current “Rebirth” series, the consequences of that butterfly effect left the world dramatically changed and the preservation of its heroes legacies must be maintained.
What about that particle explosion? With The Flash no longer in the picture, Reverse-Flash doesn’t have a reason to threaten the past and murder Harrison Wells. The particle experiment can go as is and not bring Barry together with his eventual colleagues at S.T.A.R. Labs leaving Cisco, Caitlin and even Ronnie Raymond (Firestorm) unaffected.
Just a few things to think about, as we all contemplate over the summer and wait for the announcements that are sure to come with San Diego Comic-Con 2016 starts to roll around. In the meantime start counting down to Tuesday, Oct. 4 with The Flash returns to The CW for its premiere of Season 3 “FlashPoint” emminent!
With The CW series returning for a Second Season, the path is laid out for a “legacy” to take explode onto the primetime landscape!
At the close of the final act — the “stinger” if you would — in the climax of Season One of The CW hit show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow(the second spin-off from Greg Berlanti’s production house inspired by DC Comics properties) the remaining members of revolutionary time-tripper Rip Hunter’s (Arthur Darvill) rag tag team of “legends” are about to board their time ship, when another “Waverider” appears out of no where and delivers an unexpected interloper into their midst…
When Rex Tyler (guest star Patrick J. Adams) introduces himself to the group, who stand aghast at his arrival, he declares himself “a friend” — a member of the Justice Society of America, and he’s here in the present to stop them from killing themselves! And scene! What Tyler’s very cryptic message might mean is going to be rattling around the inside of fans’ heads at least until San Diego Comic-Con, where the cast will gather in Hall, for the first time to tease exactly what is in store for Season Two.
For the initiated audience the trajectory that is going to be explored in the upcoming fall when all the DC TV Universe series premiere on The CW, there might be a familiar thread running through (at least) two of the series coming back. Tyler’s Hourman isn’t the only well-known JSA member introduced into the #DCTVCW during the spring finales. Hourman may have saved the legends from a fate worse than death, but on The Flashfinally liberated from the villainous ZOOM!’s prison on Earth-2, the “man in the iron mask” was revealed to be none-other than Jay Garrick — the Golden Age Flash!
To make matters more interesting for our hero Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) the “original” speedster bares a very striking resemblance to his recently departed father Henry Allen and in an even greater twist of fate — the actor playing the “real” Jay Garrick is John Wesley Shipp. The stunning move was very shocking to fans especially since Shipp played the role of Barry Allen in the “original” CBS series The Flash from the 1990s. At the conclusion of The Flash season finale, Garrick indicates that he’s returning to his own parallel earth, and indicates that to be Earth-3.
With the DC Comics multiverse having played so predominantly this past season on the show, and Legends traversed the time-stream, when the shows return in the fall we’re not guaranteed viewers will be jumping into familiar territory. For one, Barry traveled back in time and into the Speed Force and enacted a “FlashPoint” butterfly effect that may be felt across the primetime spectrum. Barry prevented his enemy, the Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother.
Altering his own past, will no doubt affect the present, but like in the comic book version of FlashPoint will the entire #DCTVCW universe be affected? With Supergirl joining The CW next fall, is this the way in which they universes will crossover to create one cohesive TV universe? It’s too soon to say, but certainly legacies will play an important role in fall. The writers of the returning Supergirl have indicated that Superman will be appearing in an early story arc when the series launches.
On Legends with Hourman filling one of the vacancies left by departing cast members including Hawkgirl, Hawkman and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller, who will be returning to his proper place as a recurring role on The Flash), announcements have already gone out that Vixen will be joining the series. Introduced first in animation, before appearing in the flesh on Arrow the role of the beastly beauty was inhabited by Megalyn E.K. but the producers have indicated that the Vixen joining the cast will be an “earlier version” of the contemporary Mari McCabe. In essence, Legends will introduce a “legacy” version of the character.
Leaving many fans to wonder if the final seat on Legends might be filled by Jay Garrick. Actor John Wesley Shipp has indicated that playing the Golden Age Flash has opened the door for many story possibilities, especially on The Flash. This will undoubtedly include major crossover potential among the various primetime shows that might interject Garrick, Hourman, etc. How the JSA arc will play itself out on Legends will be as interesting as imagining how FlashPoint will evolve on The Flash, but one thing is for sure, the DC TV Universe continues to expand beyond any fans expectations! Legendary, indeed.