The superhero landscape on television is about to explode this fall season on the CW network. Every Monday through Thursday will feature an hour of DC Comics-inspired programming, starting with the newly acquired Supergirl to start each week off, followed by The Flash on Tuesdays, Arrow on Wednesdays, and Legends of Tomorrow rounding out the quartet on Thursdays.
The huge free agent acquisition for the CW network is Supergirl, who left her comfy digs at CBS for her new home at the CW, joining her extended family of superheroes. Not only are the shows airing in close proximity to each other, their sound stages neighbor each other in Toronto as well. The producers will be taking full advantage of their assets and will be staging a four-day crossover event unlike anything seen before. It’s also been recently confirmed that Supergirl, will serve as the connective tissue between all of the shows during that week.
Fans of Supergirl have been theorizing all summer long over how Kara Danver’s reality and world, will be folded into the existing CW status quo. The most convincing theories revolve around The Flash altering the fabric of the TV universe, after changing the course of history in the season finale. Arrow seems to be heading back to the gritty street-level action that was found in the second season of series, with the increase of vigilante presence in Star City. While Legends of Tomorrow, is still up to their time-traveling shenanigans and will be introducing the Justice Society of America as well as other iconic comic book characters.
Check out the synopsis for all four shows:
Arrow (Returns Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET)
Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With Diggle back in the military and Thea adamant about hanging up her hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles, rather than allies, in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.
The Flash (Returns Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET)
Blinded by anger, Barry unwittingly plays into Zoom’s game and uncovers the evil speedster’s true goal: to destroy all Earths in the multiverse. In the race of his life, Barry ultimately gets the upper hand against Zoom and defeats his nemesis. But unable to celebrate victory, Barry makes a world-shaking decision and speeds back in time to the night his mother died to stop Reverse Flash from killing her, irrevocably changing his past and redetermining his future.
Supergirl (Returns Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET)
Now, in Season Two, Kara has left the safety of being Cat Grant’s assistant in order to figure out what she really wants to do, while as Supergirl she continues to work at the DEO, protecting the citizens of National City and searching for Jeremiah and Cadmus. Along the way, she will team up with Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) to battle new villains, as she strives to balance her personal life with her life as a superhero.
Legends of Tomorrow (Returns Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET)
After the defeat of the immortal villain Vandal Savage and the corrupt Time Masters who colluded with him, a new threat emerges. Dr. Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), an unconventional and charming historian, is thrust into the action upon making a shocking discovery – the Legends are scattered throughout time.
Nate must find a way to rescue season one’s beloved team of heroes and rogues, including billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who has created an exo-suit with the power to shrink him to miniscule size, as the Atom; Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), the White Canary, a trained assassin; Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm; and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), aka Heat Wave, a career criminal. When the Legends encounter the J.S.A (the Justice Society of America, the precursor to DC’s Justice League) in the 1940s, Amaya Jiwe (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), aka Vixen, joins the team. While the team reunites, a mystery looms – the fate of former captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill).
Once reunited, the Legends continue their new mission to protect the timeline from temporal aberrations – unusual changes to history that spawn potentially catastrophic consequences. When Nate, the grandson of J.S.A. member Commander Steel, unexpectedly finds himself with powers, he must overcome his own insecurities and find the hero within himself. Ultimately, the Legends will clash with foes both past and present, to save the world from a mysterious new threat.
Producers Greg Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg have already proven the ability to take convoluted comic book stories and translate the wacky tales into digestible hour-long blocks of quality entertainment. They have now gone beyond world-building for each individual show and have begun constructing a fully functional comic universe. The upcoming season promises to have huge surprises and twists for all of the shows, so make sure to clear some memory on your DVR.
Up until this point, the universe has been slowly growing since the debut of Arrow in 2012. The pragmatic approach allowed viewers to incrementally accept that an ordinary guy can clean up the streets with a bow and arrow, or that a man can run so fast he can travel through time. This season should be crucial to the overall growth of not just the CW, but the superhero genre on TV as a whole.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.