Supergirl has flown to The CW for Season 2 where she’ll have a lot of company alongside fellow DC heroes on The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Are you ready for their epic return? Here’s all you need to know about The CW’s super lineup this fall.
Supergirl – Season 2
Supergirl Premieres Monday, Oct. 10 8/7c on The CW.
It’s no secret that Supergirl‘s second season is going to kick off with Superman. If you’ve seen any of the new trailers, you’ll see the man of steel suiting up right alongside his cousin Kara. Clark’s appearance will come during the season premiere and will firmly establish the world and characters of Metropolis in Supergirl.
You may also have noticed that the show has a new home. Like fellow DC TV shows The Flash, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl is now filming in Vancouver and will air its new season on The CW. The best part? That means more crossover episodes! Yes, Supergirl will be part of the anticipated four-night epic crossover AND a crossover musical episode with The Flash. While Supergirl had a stellar first season, these changes will now firmly connect her to the rest of the DCTV universe.
In addition to Clark Kent appearing in Supergirl Season 2, numerous other DC Comics characters will join the fun. Miss Martian, Mon-El, Metallo, Lena Luthor, Maggie Sawyer, and Snapper Carr are all set to appear. Mon-El is a Kryptonian descendant from the planet Daxon — he’ll be played by Vampire Diaries actor Chris Wood and will be both friend and adversary to Kara. Miss Martian, played by Grimm‘s Sharon Leal, should be another great addition to the show. Like Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onzz, the character is one of the last remaining survivors of Mars. While this will bond the pair in a unique way, it will also cause some tension between them — there’s the whole thing about her people being responsible for the extinction of his.
Lena Luthor is also joining the show this season as the new head of Luthor Corp. In the wake of her brother’s incarceration, Lena will rebrand her father’s company as LCorp. She will be played by Merlin’s Katie McGrath. Maggie Sawyer is also joining the cast as National City Police Department alien investigator. She’ll be played by The Family‘s Floriana Lima and will be the first openly gay character on Supergirl. Snapper Carr, portrayed by Felicity‘s Ian Gomez, will be in charge of CatCo magazine this season. And legendary Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter will make a fun appearance as President Olivia Marsdin.
The Flash – Season 3
The Flash Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8/7c on The CW.
When The Flash returns for its third season, everything in Barry’s life will have changed. His job, his family, even his status as a superhero will all have changed due to his decision to go back in time and save his mother. The Central City that Barry wakes up in during the premiere episode, titled “Flashpoint,” will literally be an alternate reality. Barry’s mother was never killed, his father was never imprisoned for her murder, and Harrison Wells was never killed by the Reverse-Flash. While this might sound like Barry’s perfect fantasy, it will come with a grave price. In this world Barry never lived with Joe West, he never fell in love with Iris, he never met Cisco, Caitlin, or Dr. Wells, and he never became the Flash.
Barry, facing the ultimate dilemma, will have to again have to choose between the life he’s always wanted and the life he already has. Think of this season of The Flash as a superhero version of Jimmy Stewart’s It’s A Wonderful Life. It’ll also fully embody the idea that while heroes have powers and can save lives, they can rarely get everything they want.
This season will also introduce a number of new characters, friend and foe. Harry Potter‘s Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton, has joined the cast as the Central City Police Department’s new CSI coordinator Julian Albert. His appearance in the Flashpoint timeline will cause Barry to be suspicious since Julian wasn’t part of Barry’s original timeline. As for the villains announced this season, fans can expect to see Mirror Master, The Top, The Rival, Magenta, Savitar, and Doctor Alchemy.
Also expected this season are two major crossover events. The first crossover will take place in December, during the eighth episode of each show. In it, comic book villains the Dominators wreak havoc and invade all four shows.
The second crossover, later in the spring, will be a musical with Supergirl. Billed as a two-night special, the episode will feature a mix of original songs and covers sung by members of both casts. A musical crossover, while uncommon for superhero shows, is perfect for The Flash and Supergirl because the casts are totally musical. Not only was Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) on Broadway in Rent, but both Barry (Grant Gustin) and Kara (Melissa Benoist) have been on Glee. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) are also both known to regularly sing on set (and on social media) while filming, so a musical episode was no-brainer.
Arrow – Season 5
Arrow Premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8/7c on The CW.
For the last four years, Oliver has been fulfilling the promise that he made to his father. He has seen Star City through the Undertaking, the Mirakuru Army, the siege of the League of Assassins, and the weapons of mass destruction of Damien Darhk. Through all of this Oliver has remained faithful to protect the city at any costs. When season five kicks off this week, Oliver will be serving Star City in a new role as Mayor Queen.
Oliver’s Mayorship will allow him to uniquely influence policy as well as build relationships with the new District Attorney, Adrian Chase (portrayed by Chicago P.D. actor Josh Segarra). While Oliver and Adrian will find common ground in the political arena, they will also form a unique bond as Chase is also known as The Vigilante. And he’s not the only new the revamped Team Arrow — Oliver will have his hands full training Mr. Terrific, Wild Dog, and Artemis. Thea and Diggle will also have new roles this season, as Diggle will have rejoined the military and Thea takes a job as Oliver’s Chief of Staff. Felicity will be the only remaining member of Team Arrow to help Oliver train the new recruits while Diggle and Thea decide if they want to return to the fight.
Oliver will be facing at least two new criminal forces. Compared to Idris Elba’s character from The Wire, Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead) will play Tobias Church, a ruthless new gang leader. In the wake of Damien Darkh’s reign of terror, Church will seek to unite the gangs in Star City to create one, super-criminal enterprise. Oliver will also be fighting a masked villain named Prometheus. No clues yet to the identity of this villain, except that he or she has come to Star City to get revenge.
Another reason to be excited about Arrow‘s fifth season is that the show is crossing two milestones. This will be the show’s final season of flashbacks. For five years, Arrow has given us a glimpse of the five years of Oliver’s life while he was missing. This year will take us to Russia and will finally show us how Oliver became a Bratva captain and where he got that tattoo. Behind the scenes, this year will mark Arrow‘s 100th episode — and it’s the one that crossover with The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, so expect the show to pull out all the stops. Star Stephen Amell has already hinted on social media at the return of Deathstroke, as well as Robert Queen and Laurel Lance.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Season 2
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Premieres Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8/7c on The CW.
At the end of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 1, with Vandal Savage vanquished and everyone returned safely to 2016, the team was asked the ultimate question: would they help the Justice Society of America? With the Time Masters destroyed, Rip Hunter and his merry band of misfit superheroes will rise to the call of defending the Earth from those who would meddle with time. Who would dare tamper with something so precious? The Legion of Doom — more on them later.
To aid in their fight, the Legends are adding new heroes to their crew this year. Vixen, the enchanted hero who has previously appeared on Arrow and her own CW Seed animated series. Maisie Richardson-Seller has been cast as Amaya Jiwe, an ancestor of Mari McCabe — the previous incarnation of Vixen from the 1940s. Citizen Steel will also be joining the Waverider team and will be played by Minority Report‘s Nick Zano — his real name is Dr. Nate Haywood and he’ll be playing the role of team historian. His grandfather, Commander Steel, will also turn up for a bit. Two versions of Obsidian will also be appearing this season, the elder being played by Alien actor Lance Henricksen, the younger by Strange Empire‘s Dan Payne. And Star Girl will also make her anticipated debut on the show this season.
Some familiar faces will also be returning. Oliver Queen will make his DC’s Legends of Tomorrow return in the season two premiere episode, which is titled “Lost and Found.” In the premiere, the unconventional and charming historian Dr. Nate Haywood will be on a quest to find the Legends. His journey will lead him to Oliver, who will be instrumental in reuniting the Legends back in 2016. Once back together, the team will travel to 1942 to prevent the kidnapping of Albert Einstein. While in the 1940s, Sara Lance will use this opportunity to find Damien Darhk, who she blames for killing her sister, Laurel Lance in the future. The concept of killing Darhk before he can kill Laurel will set up one of the many moral dilemmas this season for the Legends. Jonah Hex will also be returning in episode six, which is appropriately titled “Outlaw Country.”
As for the main villain, showrunner Marc Guggenheim has said that he or she will be revealed over the course of the season. While Vandal Savage was set up as the main Season 1 villain before the show even started, Season 2 will take a mysterious, slow-burn approach. The Legends will have their hands full, however, when the run into various members of the Legion of Doom throughout the timeline. This nefarious group includes Damien Darhk, Captain Cold, Eobard Thawne, and Malcolm Merlyn. Since DC’s Legends of Tomorrow takes place outside of a set time, it’s possible we see both future and past versions of all of these DCTV characters.
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