With a multi-panel line-up on Saturday, The CW held presentations for the new seasons of its four DC shows – the fifth season of “Arrow”, the third of “The Flash” and the second of both “Supergirl” and “Legends of Tomorrow”.
First up, the villain of “Arrow” for the fifth season is a hooded figure called Prometheus who ties into the “theme of legacy” for the season. Oliver recruits some new members for Team Arrow this year fulfilling his promise to Laurel (Katie Cassidy) whom the producers made clear is sticking around the CW’s DC Universe following a deal she signed akin to John Barrowman and Wentworth Miller which will see her appearing in the other shows. “Arrow” returns October 5th.
The ‘Flashpoint’ storyline is in full swing with the third season of “The Flash” as Barry (Grant Gustin) finds himself in an altered timeline following his actions, a storyline that will impact the rest of the season. In the new timeline Cisco is an ostentatious billionaire, Barry never lost his parents and so the Wests barely know him, Reverse-Flash/Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) is being kept in a cage, and Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is Kid Flash.
There’ll be two villains for this year including the masked Doctor Alchemy voiced by “Saw” regular Tobin Bell, and a speedster revealed later in the year – most likely the one Todd Lasance was spotted playing a few weeks ago. The actual identity of Doctor Alchemy will be cast at a later date. “The Flash” returns on October 4th.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
The superhero team drama will introduce a super villain alliance in the second season dubbed the Legion of Doom. The group will include Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) and the not-so dead Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller).
Additionally, casting is underway for other Justice Society of America members to join Patrick J. Adams’ Hourman. Other heroes in that grouping include Obsidian, Stargirl and Dr. Mid-Nite. Producers also confirm that Stephen Amell will guest star as Mayor Oliver Queen in the second season premiere. A clip was also released, mostly consisting of old footage from new one along with a couple of scenes from the second season which premieres October 13th.
The one show not to air a newly released trailer was “Supergirl” which shifts over to The CW and sees the inclusion of Tyler Hoechlin who joins the cast as Superman. At the same time producers confirm that with the upcoming crossover of the four shows, “Supergirl” will become incorporated into the same universe as the other shows this year. Also suggested is that new series regular Chris Wood is the one Kara finds in the pod at the end of last season, but they didn’t reveal what character he’s playing. “Supergirl” kicks off its new season on October 10th.