What began with Arrow and continued with The Flash is culminating next year with DC's Legends of Tomorrow. The limited series crossover event will be the first of its kind to hit television since the legitimization of comics and comic culture began its slow march through the mainstream. Legends of Tomorrow’s momentum is helped by its existence in the pre-established CW/DC universe, which has taken a Marvel-esque long-game approach to bringing the world of comics to life.
Already featuring characters from both Arrow and The Flash—such as Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) a.k.a. Firestorm, Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) a.k.a. The Atom, and Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) a.k.a. White Canary—as well as several new characters like Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill, of Doctor Who fame) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee, in her first substantial role), Legends of Tomorrow is set to become a major TV event. Now, a fresh report suggests another intriguing expansion to the CW's DC TV universe.
Comicbook.com is reporting that Legends of Tomorrow will feature an appearance by the DC comic book character Connor Hawke. Comic fans will recognize the name as the son of Oliver Queen, who briefly took up the mantle of the Green Arrow when his father was thought dead - and, in the New 52 DC Comics universe, currently operates as The Red Arrow. Warner Brothers has yet to confirm the extent of Hawke’s role in the new series, with Comicbook.com's sources only saying that he’ll be appearing - and that this version of the character won’t be the son of Stephen Amell's Oliver from Arrow.
Beyond that, not much else is known about Connor or his appearance on Legends, and it’s more than possible that what has been told to us is simple misdirection. Given that the series follows a team up of DCEU villains and heroes as they travel through time to stop Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from destroying the timeline, there will no doubt be plenty of unintended repercussions that ripple through the universe - creating new timelines and new universes in the process. With that in mind, it’s possible that in one of these timelines, Oliver Queen not only fathered a son but also perished in the line of duty.
It's possible (as noted by Comicbook.com) that Connor might simply be a version of Green Arrow from the future, which also makes sense given the time travel premise of Legends of Tomorrow. Regardless, his presence is an intriguing addition to the CW/DC-verse - a place where liberties can and no doubt will continue to be taken with characters' origins. Whether he exists in the show's current timeline or an alternate timeline, it’s possible that Connor will take on a larger role in time - especially with the dimension hopping cat being out of the bag, thanks to the events of The Flash season 2.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow premieres in 2016. You can catch season two of The Flash Tuesday nights at 8/7 central on the CW, and season four of Arrow Wednesday nights at 8/7 central.
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