Legends of Tomorrow star Caity Lotz will pull double-duty in season 5 - not only starring, but also sitting in the director's chair for an episode. Taking over from Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Lotz made her Arrowverse debut in Arrow season 2. Presumed dead, Sarah Lance revealed herself to be very much alive in the show's sophomore outing, returning as a proto-version of Oliver Queen's long-time comic book ally, Black Canary. Despite being seemingly killed off again at the start of season 3, the character was once again resurrected and ended up joining The Legends, though continued to make appearances in the other DC/CW shows. Though the group was formed by time-traveler Rip Hunter, Sara would go on to become the team's captain in subsequent seasons.
When last seen, The Legends were successful in defeating the demon Neron in the season 4 finale. Their victory didn't come without a cost, however, with the team's version of Zari being erased from the timeline. As is typical of the superhero team, by solving one problem they also appeared to set up a whole new one - with a group of historical villains set to be unleashed in season 5. After sitting out last season's Elseworlds crossover, opting instead to enjoy their own time-bending adventure, the crew will also serve alongside the other heroes in the upcoming Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event.
According to a Twitter user by the name of @Legends_Podcast, who was on hand to live-tweet an SDCC panel featuring Lotz, the actress confirmed she will also direct in season 5. EW later confirmed the news, revealing that episode 5 will serve as her directorial debut. There's no word yet on what the episode will entail, nor even a title. Lotz, however, is affording the episode her full commitment, saying, "I spent the whole summer getting ready for it." Part of her process, it seems, has been to speak extensively to Danielle Panabaker, who plays Caitlin Snow on The Flash and also served as a director on its season 5 episode, "Godspeed".
Lotz won't be the only one pulling double duty over the next year. Supergirl star Melissa Benoist will direct an installment of the show's own fifth season. On the other side of the camera, as well as reprising the role of Ray Palmer, fellow Legends of Tomorrow star Brandon Routh will once again play Superman in the upcoming crossover. The move was actually teased three years ago, despite Routh initially having mixed feelings about returning to the cape.
With Arrow is set to conclude with season 8 and Crisis on Infinite Earths presumably about to change the Arrowverse on a fundamental level, fans will no doubt be glad of a little extra familiarity going in to subsequent episodes. Details regarding Lotz's directorial outing will no doubt emerge over the coming months. Whatever the case, however, the episode will most likely continue the show's run as one of the strangest - and arguably the best - offerings of the shared small-screen universe. With the actors often having a more familiar grasp on the characters than many incoming guest directors, the installment will also be in as safe a pair of hands as the Legends' Waverider ship itself.
Legends of Tomorrow season 5 will premiere in 2020 on The CW.