For five years, CW has been building an empire of television shows based on iconic DC Comics properties. As the Arrowverse continues to expand, the stakes get higher for the heroes we've grown to love. Here is what to expect from CWDC this year:
In the end of the episode “Don’t Run,” Barry Allen is framed for the murder of Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker. Barry finds DeVoe’s discarded body in his apartment after DeVoe transferred his consciousness to Dominic Sampson/Brainstorm’s body. Barry falls victim to the next step in DeVoe’s plan and faces prison.
This is especially bad when you think about how Barry’s dad got framed for the death of Barry’s mom. Add in DeVoe acquiring telepathy through the body-switch and Amunet’s threat to the metahuman community in Central City – Team Flash is up for a messy 2018.
The Flash continues to bring dynamic storylines to the Arrowverse, outpacing even its mother-show, Arrow (which is still a polarizing show to fans, two years after its creators made a fatal error that shook the whole Arrowverse community). Next year, there will be plenty of questions that need answers – like, what is the “Enlightenment” (new body) DeVoe was talking about? What is Wally doing in Cambodia? How chill is Killer Frost with Team Flash now? Will they ever get a break? Those poor people… it seems like just yesterday that Iris’s wedding was rudely interrupted by Nazis and Olicity.
The next episode of the season, “The Trial of The Flash,” will debut on January 16, 2018. The title itself is a reference to a comic book story of the same name, so that should give you an idea of what’s coming.
This fall, we left Supergirl with Kara Danvers in what appears to be a coma. In most cases, Supergirl doesn’t even flinch in a fight. Reign, the Girl of Steel's new adversary, was powerful enough to make her bleed. 2018 is about to get dark.
Supergirl set a positive, uplifting tone even before it moved to CW from CBS. The tone is a big contrast to the grungy, smoky-street vibe of Arrow but still manages to differentiate itself from the fast-paced, comedic tone of The Flash. What we’re seeing this season, though, is a vulnerable Kara Danvers. In the beginning, we see her closed off, dealing with losing Mon-El. When he comes back, we see her dealing with the emotions of his return – with his wife. And now, we see her in physical pain, getting beaten to the ground by Samantha Arias’ new persona, Reign.
If you read the comics, you’ll recognize Reign as a Supergirl villain who is a leader of a team of living super-weapons like herself. If all aligns, Reign and her Worldkillers will begin their conquest of Earth. Thankfully, Kara won’t be alone – the next episode is titled “The Legion of Super-Heroes,” which refers to the 31st Century team comprised of Brainiac 5, Bouncing Boy, Saturn Girl, Lightning Lad, and more. Saturn Girl and Brainiac 5 are confirmed to be a part of the team, the latter being a “potential” love interest for Kara.
Oh, and there’s also Superman, right?
“The Legion of Super-Heroes” will air on January 15, 2018. Oh, it’s worth mentioning that Supergirl will take a break in February during which DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will take its spot to make room for Black Lightning taking theirs. Supergirl will return in April after the Legends’ season ends. Doesn’t that sound swell? Speaking of…
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
...the devil, let’s talk about CWDC’s most flamboyant show on air right now, Legends. This fall, we parted ways with Martin Stein during the Crisis on Earth-X saga, then with Jax in “Beebo, the God of War.” With two seats in the Waverider unoccupied, it has been confirmed that an already-established character from the Arrowverse will join the Legends full time.
We already know that John Constantine (played by Matt Ryan from the cancelled TV series, thanks NBC) is aboard the ship seeking Sara Lance’s help about “a demon who knows her name.” As fun as that sounds, Matt Ryan will probably be around for a few episodes to fulfill an arc before he makes a dramatic exit until we see him next time. So who else is there to join the Legends?
The most relevant answer is Wally West.
We already know that Wally doesn’t seem to have a place on Team Flash anymore. He fits the criteria CW announced to fill that empty seat. Kid Flash’s story is interesting, seeing that he has lots of potential but lives behind the shadow of Barry Allen. On Legends, he can offer his unique powers to the team and exist as the only speedster in one show. Wally deserves that seat! Save it for him, please.
We already saw two new members join the Legends this season – Zari, who holds what seems to be the Air Totem from Vixen’s mythology, and Leo Snart, the Earth-X doppelganger of the Captain Cold we know. With Mallus assembling a magic/meta based team with the Darkh family, Kuasa, and Grodd, the Legends will need more bodies to combat the looming threat. Since Kuasa and Amaya are on this show, is it a lot to ask for Mari McCabe/Vixen to come back? It’s a family affair after all.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return with “Daddy Darkhest” on February 12, taking Supergirl’s Monday 8 PM slot for the rest of their season.
There was once a time when everyone looked upon Arrow as the spearhead of the DC-CW Universe it was named after. Through the years, the show continued to stumble, until its creators killed Laurel Lance in 2014, pushing the fans off the edge. Arrow has been criticized for plagiarizing from DC stories not authentic to Oliver Queen’s while neglecting the elements his mythology brings to the table – this season proves just that.
This season, Katie Cassidy returned to Arrow as the evil, twisted version of her character we met on The Flash two seasons ago. To many, it seemed like the right move towards the right direction of bringing The Green Arrow back to his pretty bird, The Black Canary (or in Earth-2 Laurel's case, The Black Siren). When Felicity (rudely) called for a surprise wedding with Oliver in the middle of Barry and Iris’s, the fanbase was split. Those who worshipped #Olicity were overjoyed by their ship, while critics who think they are doing fanservice continue to throw tomatoes over Twitter.
This season, Oliver decides to pass his mantle as The Green Arrow to his best man, John Diggle. Oliver is under investigation by the FBI for his crimes as a vigilante, putting himself and his son in harm’s way. In “Irreconcilable Differences,” Wild Dog, Black Canary, and Mr. Terrific abandon Team Arrow, returning the the lineup to the “original” members: Oliver, Felicity, and Diggle. While their team falls apart, a villainous cabal consisting of the team’s current enemies begins to rise.
With Team Arrow membership at an all-time low, many are wondering who will fill the vacant spots left behind. Willa Holland’s Speedy is an ideal candidate, but she is still recovering from her coma. We also can’t expect Slade Wilson to be coming back anytime soon thanks to DC’s embargo on the Deathstroke character in favor of the DCEU. So who else is out there? The good news is that Colton Haynes will return as Roy Harper/Arsenal for a new arc on Arrow. Many fans have missed Roy since he gave up his vigilante persona to escape into a new life.
Laurel Lance lovers will also be happy to hear that Black Siren will have her origins revealed later this season. We’ve already seen a part of her humanity through her interactions with her father’s Earth-1 counterpart in “Irreconcilable Differences.” Will this be the catalyst to a redemption arc towards a new Laurel Lance picking up the Black Canary mantle?
Arrow returns with “Divided” on January 18, 2018.
Joining Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash this year will be Black Lightning, a new CWTV show based on the titular DC character. It will premiere on January 16th, taking Legends’ Tuesday slot for the rest of the season. Don’t get too excited, though – it has not been confirmed that this show will be a part of the Arrowverse.