The world of Arrow and The Flash is about to get bigger. The word is that the CW is creating a superhero team-up spinoff from Arrow and The Flash that will showcase several fan-favorite recurring actors/characters from both shows. Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim have teamed for the project, looking to be ready for next mid-season.
The series is said to be starring Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz. The untitled series, currently in active development, is described as a superhero team-up show. Routh currently stars as The Atom on Arrow, Miller plays villain Leonard Snart (Captain Cold) on Flash, Garber is 1/2 of Firestorm on Flash, and Lotz played Black Canary on Arrow.
The series is said to feature three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a series before, and it’s been hinted at the possibility for other Arrow/Flash characters to cross over. The project was teased in January at TCA by CW president Mark Pedowitz and could possibly bypass the pilot process and go straight to series.
There’s no word yet as to whether Firestorm’s other half, Robbie Amell, will join Garber on the series. There’s also currently no mention as to who Lotz will play, considering her version of Sarah Lance’s Black Canary was killed off in the beginning of Arrow’s third season, with the mantle being taken up by Katie Cassidy’s character Laurel Lance. There’s the possibility that Lotz’s character survived, or that she may be playing a new character entirely.
As a massive fan of both series, I’m excited by this news, but mostly unsurprised given that Arrow and The Flash are easily becoming The CW’s highest rated drama series. Though I worry about superhero series fatigue, I’m confident that Berlanti, Kreisberg, and Guggenheim will knock another one out of the park. I’m happy to see that they are bringing back Lotz, who was a delight on Arrow,and who’s character’s death was widely regarded by fans as a mistake. The only thing I’m uneasy about is the quick transformation of Miller’s Snart into a hero. He’s only been on The Flash twice, but I would be remiss to see his fantastic portrayal of the villain go so quickly.
Either way, I’m excited to see what the CW has in store. After all, these series are the only actually good live-action DC Comics adaptations that we DC fans can get. Yeah, that’s a well-deserved shot at Warner Bros’ awful new cinematic universe.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor