From Arrow to the newly acquired Supergirl, the CW’s DC lineup has proven itself worthy yet again.
Mark Pedowitz, CW president, issued a statement regarding the renewals;
“Over the past several seasons, The CW has built a schedule of proven performers, from our lineup of DC superheroes, to critically acclaimed comedies, to sci-fi dramas. Early pickups of these seven series now allow our producers to plan ahead for next season, and gives us a solid base to build on for next season, with original scripted series to roll out all year long.”
Pedowitz is referring to the DC lineup, in addition to other fan favorites Supernatural, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, which were also renewed for another season.
Arrow will be returning for its sixth season, but first we have to get through the second half of season five. Here is a look at that…
This will be the last season with island flashbacks, according to Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim;
“We basically went into this season with the expectation that we would get a sixth season and we basically decided that this would be the last year of the island-centric flashbacks. I think, going forward flashbacks are still a part of the show and we’ve seen in plenty of episodes we’ve done non-island, non-Russia flashbacks with Felicity…and we’re doing that again on 5.13, we’re going to flashback to Renee’s period before he was Wild Dog.”
The Flash, the first of the Arrow spin-offs to join the lineup, will be returning for a fourth season. The second half of season three holds more time travel surprises, and the promise of another DC crossover.
The Flash will crossover with Supergirl again, this time for a musical episode. The Music Meister will be wreaking a little-tuned terror, which is a perfect fit for Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, who both have shown their musical chops on the Fox series Glee.
The character has not been cast, though fans were hoping Neil Patrick Harris might take it. NPH voiced the character for Batman: The Brave and The Bold. Gorilla Grodd will also return at the end of this season in a two-part episode that promises to have audiences going ape, and fans will get a little more Black Flash, who will visit some of the other DC shows in the line up. Flash boss Andrew Kreisberg talked to the TV Critics Association about the importance of the character, but did not say if Teddy Sears will return in the role.
“[Black Flash is] a classic character, and we have storylines on several shows that fit having him return. There’s something so scary about him, even scarier than when he was just a man, because now he is the grim reaper, he is like the devil, and how do you stop the devil? So it presents an interesting challenge for the heroes of the respective shows in which he appears.”
Supergirl will have more than one musical villain to deal with when the show returns for the second half of season two. Kevin Smith will direct an episode this season, adding another DC show to his resume. Smith has directed two episodes of The Flash already. Peter Gadiot has been cast as Mister Mxyzptlk in the Smith episode. The character has given Superman his fair share of trouble in the comics, no word yet if Supergirl’s cousin will show up to lend a hand.
Despite the recent renewal, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is still a little fish in a big pond. The show ties together the DCTV universe with characters from both Arrow and The Flash, but hasn’t really found its place yet. The second half of the season will see a time and day change, and we hope that isn’t the first sign that the show’s season three will be it’s last.
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