DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television hosted multiple panels on Saturday for almost all the major shows based on DC Comics properties. Here’s a breakdown of the news and trailers from their five shows that air on The CW, with clips that blend new and old footage as filming only recently began on new seasons.
Premiering October 9th, the new season sees “American Pie” alum Chris Klein take on the role of the season-long villain Cicada – a grizzled, blue-collar everyman whose family has been torn apart by metahumans and plans to exterminate them one at a time.
He sports trademark lightning bolt shaped daggers and in the comic he was a cult leader who aimed to murder anybody that The Flash had ever saved. The new season also sees the arrival of Barry and Iris’ speedster daughter, Nora, who is from the future and admits to having made a ‘big mistake’.
Returning October 15th, the seventh season kicks off with Oliver Queen in prison and as a result, some familiar faces are back to take revenge including Michael Jai White as Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger, Cody Runnels as Derek Sampson and Vinnie Jones as Danny ‘Brick’ Brickwell.
The panel confirmed the casting of the lethal assassins group The Longbow Hunters including Holly Elissa as Red Dart, Michael Jonsson as Kodiak, and Miranda Edwards as Silencer. The trio are recruited by Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) as revenge on Oliver for dismantling his criminal empire in season six.
Nicole Maines is set to make history on the upcoming fourth season of “Supergirl,” becoming the first ever trans superhero on television in the role of CatCo reporter Nia Nal turned superhero Dreamer. The new season also gets April Parker Jones as series regular Colonel Haley and David Ajala as Manchester Black.
Along with the already announced Sam Witwer as this year’s big bad in the form of the anti-alien movement leader Agent Liberty, the trailer also includes glimpses of ‘Red Daughter’, the Russian Supergirl doppleganger. The series returns October 14th.
Legends of Tomorrow
Coming back on October 22nd, the fourth season of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” will see Ramona Young (“Blockers”) joining in the series regular role of Alaska Yu, a twentysomething expert in the world of the magical creatures.
Also onboard is Tom Wilson (“Back to the Future”) who will recur as Nate’s father Hank Heywood. They join previous recurring players Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Courtney Ford as Nora Darkh, and Matt Ryan as John Constantine who have all been upgraded to series regulars.
Returning October 9th, the new season will see Jordan Calloway returning as DC villain Painkiller who will have more of a presence in episodes as he’s been upgraded to a series regular. That seems to be the only real change for the new season which is expected to have a slightly longer sixteen episode run.
The network also teased, via their annual ‘Heroes & Villains’ trailer, the arrival of Batwoman who is slated to appear during the annual crossover event between the shows in December. While the crossover event will include characters from the regular four shows, the event itself will take place across only three of them with ‘Legends’ not getting a crossover episode of its own.