The only good thing about Arrow, Flash and Legends of Tomorrow coming to an end is that we can get excited for what’s coming in the shows’ next seasons and so, with that in mind, here’s our round-up of news from The CW’s DC shows for next season…
First up, the Arrow/Green Lantern connection: We saw Hal Jordan’s home, Coast City, referenced in Season three of Arrow right at the end, so it’s always in the back of our mind that maybe, just maybe, the Corp are out there somewhere in the Arrow-verse – there was also the reference to the missing test pilot in Flash.
However, Executive producer Marc Guggenheim has put the doubt on that happening because of the DC Cinematic Universe: “They announced the Green Lantern Corps movie, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t include Hal Jordan. It would be great but I doubt it very much,” he said.
We know that long before Legends of Tomorrow was a show, it was meant to be Suicide Squad, however, with Flash, Superman and other characters in both universes, we’ll not entirely lose hope just yet.
In (very) related news actress Carly Pope will be taking on the recurring role of Susan Williams, a journalist from Coast City who comes to Star City “looking to make a name for herself” by going after new Mayor Oliver Queen. In the comics, Williams is married to Jim Jordan, the little brother of… Hal Jordan.
And, speaking of Arrow…
Kevin smith, the king of the Nerds himself, has been talking for a while about working on Arrow and how much he’d love to, having directed an episode of The Flash last season and now Stephen Amell has been asked has been chatting about the chances of Smith coming over to Arrow: “I’d say they are good,” Amell says.
“He’s not directing one this year, unless things change, which they always can, and they already have, so please try to interpret that the best way you can.”
Smith himself has been talking about how he’d love to bring his own DC character, Onomatopoeia , a character who makes no sound, into the show: “I’ve figured out a way to do it that is kinda bad-ass, and also connects to comics more or less. So instead of just doing the actual sound – which to me, in the real world, would be like the dude from Police Academy making noises with his mouth – he’ll just have little cards. Business cards that have typewritten words of whatever the f#@k,” says Smith.
“So instead of him saying ‘blam’, you’d find this card on your desk and turn around and ‘blam’, he’d shoot you and stuff like that. Which I think is a little more chilly, you know, for doing it in live action.”
He also confirmed what Amell stated in that he’s not looking likely to direct on Arrow this season – though we at FTN reckon we will see him in the show’s future at some point.
One of last season’s most divisive plot points was that of Olicity… the romance between Oliver Queen and Felicity and it seems that, despite leaving many cold, it’s going to be a part of the new season too according to Diggle himself, David Ramsey, who, during a panel at HVFF, said of Season five: “We can expect death, mayhem and Oliver and Felicity getting back together!”
That said, Amell said of the relationship during Heroes & Villains FanFest in New Jersey: “I was chatting with a couple of fans earlier and they were saying there hasn’t been a lot of positivity and reassuring notions when it comes to Oliver and Felicity’s relationship.
“I think that it’s important to remember that relationships on the show don’t have to be only defined by romance. Oliver and Felicity could have a wonderful, fulfilling, dynamic relationship and not be together, right?”
Could we see the couple back to the sort of relationship they had in seasons 1-3?
Oh, and David Ramsey also threw in the little chestnut that his costumed alter-ego, Spartan, will be getting a new look this season thanks to Flash’s Cisko: “[In] Season 5, you will see a Cisco-created new mask for Diggle.” Cool.
Oh and remember Amell’s brief wrestling career last year? Well, wrestler Cody Rhodes will be guesting next season, no word on his role though:
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) July 2, 2016
Moving away from Arrow (a Little), we all know that The Flash Season 3 will be kicking off with an episode called Flashpoint and, since the events of the Season 3 finale really rocked the cradle, we’re fully expecting to to be similar at least to the comic story of the same name which saw the DC Universe’s entire history changed.
And, while the comics saw Bruce Wayne murdered as a child and his dad, Thomas, becoming Batman (and his mum becoming Joker!), we don’t expect anything quite as dramatic… however, Arrow star Stephen Amell has said that the effects of Flashpoint will be felt in Arrow too. When asked if this would be the case ‘majorly’, Amell stated: “sure” and “You bet”. Not terribly committal, but we’re still expecting a real game changer for both shows. Some are even speculating that because Supergirl starts the week after The Flash this Fall, it may be because the show – now part of The CW’s line-up – will be changed because of Flashpoint’s creating a new reality.
We at FTN are speculating that the major Arrow, Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow crossover set for December may see them all coming together to fix what was ruined in the Flashpoint story. Wouldn’t that be a thing?
Flash/Barry Allen actor Grant Gustin, by the way, says The Flash season 3 opener is going to be the biggest opener of the show yet:
We start filming on Wednesday. I just finished reading the 2nd episode. This is going to be the strongest start to a season yet.⚡️ #TheFlash
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) July 3, 2016
Oh and remember the old Superman Radio series dubbed The Adventures of Superman? Probably not… but it looks like the first episode of Supergirl Season 2 will loving throwback to that…
New rumours for Supergirl suggest that the story will pick up from Season One, despite being with The CW now. You may recall that in the first year The Martian Manhunter had a vision of Cadmus that suggest that Kara’s earth dad, Jeremiah, is still alive.
However, all may not be as it seems (surprise!). Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, however, has cast a shadow over the legitimacy of vision: “You should question everything. Until you see Jeremiah Danvers walk through the front door, everything can be questioned.”
Project Cadmus in Season 1 is a government program that dissects and experiments on aliens to see if they are a threat to earth. In the Superboy comics it also tends to clone humans… so that might be a clue as to what is happening. Or maybe not. Something to chew on.