The weather’s getting colder, leaves will soon begin turning shades of orange, red, and yellow, and pumpkin spice everything is finding its way onto store shelves. You know what that means: New seasons of DC-TV are coming in just a few days!
This lifelong DC Comics fanboy couldn’t be more excited for the return of some of the franchise’s favorite heroes and villains, so here’s a rundown of everything to look forward to this fall.
Unlike The CW DC-TV shows, Fox’s Gotham has already premiered. Head over to Fox.com and check out the first two episodes.
We last left our future hero discovering that there’s a sinister secret society running Gotham and Wayne Enterprises. Loyal comic fans already know them as the Court of Owls. Unfortunately, when Bruce (David Mazouz) discovered Hugo Strange‘s (BD Wong) secret Indian Hill Lab, a large number of mutated, super-powered villains escaped into Gotham including Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith).
It’s a good thing Jim Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) not a cop anymore, because this city needs a bounty hunter. Yes, everyone’s favorite GCPD officer’s now collecting bounties to get by; thanks to Strange, there’s no shortage of them! Keep an eye out this season for a Bruce look-a-like. Is it possible we’re going to be getting an early version of Hush?
Supergirl wasn’t as much of a hit as CBS had hoped for during its freshman season, but thankfully The CW’s welcomed her with open arms. In her first season, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) was just starting to use her powers in a heroic role. Before that could begin, though, she had to discover who she was, what she was capable of, and whether she would be able to live up to the legendary status of her cousin Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) or not.
The move to The CW will bring some changes (mostly to the budget), and new challenges. In the upcoming new season, Kara’s taking on CADMUS, the organization responsible for her father’s abduction. CADMUS will introduce noteworthy Superman villain Metallo (Frederick Schmidt). We also should be getting the answer to the season one cliffhanger: What was in the pod at the end of the finale?
The second season of The Flash had enough going on to fill two of them. We were introduced to Zoom (Tony Todd), another villainous speedster who, unlike Reverse Flash (Tom Cavanagh), is from an alternate earth (referred to as Earth 2). Zoom’s identity continued to remain a mystery until late in the season, when he was revealed to be none other than the man they thought was their friend, Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears).
Long story short, Team Flash defeated Zoom., but in the process Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) and Jessie (Violet Beane) were hit by a blast from the particle accelerator. Have we been set up for more speedsters? However, the biggest event happened in the finale when Barry (Grant Gustin) went back in time once again, this go-around to stop his mother’s murder. That one act of love forever altered the timeline and set us up for season three.
For those of you familiar with DC Comics, this is Flashpoint, a huge DC event that saw some heroes re-imagined and others turned to villainy, all due to a disruption in the timeline that rewrote history.
Barry himself lost his powers during Flashpoint, and that looks like it’ll hold true on The CW as well. All the promos for season three have shown us that it’s Wally’s turn to be the titular speedster of Central City. How long it will take Barry to fix the timeline and regain his powers (and the effect that his tampering will have on the other CW shows) should provide plenty of entertainment this season!
Now entering its fifth season, Arrow’s doing so with lots of new beginnings. For one thing, the team’s split up: Diggle’s (David Ramsey) back in the military, Thea (Willa Holland) decided to give up crime-fighting, and, of course, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) was murdered during the conflict with Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough).
Oliver (Stephen Amell), now mayor of Star City, will return to attempting a solo-vigilante career, but soon a new team’s going to form around him. Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), Artemis (Madison McLaughlin), Ragman (Joe Dinicol), and Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum) are stepping in to fill the void. According to sources, this season’s flashbacks focus on the Bratva and Anatoly Knyazev (David Nykl). Comic fans might better know him as KG Beast. I’d say we’re definitely being set up for a showdown with the Bratva at some point this fall!
Legends of Tomorrow:
Most of the cast of Legends of Tomorrow was recognizable from other DC shows, specifically Arrow and The Flash. This ragtag team of heroes and villains were tasked with saving the timeline by defeating Vandal Savage (Casper Crump). While the team was successful, there’s no chance to celebrate, as season two will feature an entirely new threat.
There are a few new faces joining the team this season, including Nathan Haywood (Nick Zano), Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), and Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher). Seeing as the Justice Society of America will be responsible for alerting the team to this new threat, expect cameos from some of our other favorite heroes as well!
As has become tradition, we shall see a crossover event between all four CW shows. There is a lot at stake for the team-up, as the villains will be none other than the Dominators, an alien race bent on taking over the Earth. Whether this plays into the Flashpoint timeline disruption is unknown, but it’s certainly a strong possibility. Keep an eye out for heroes (and villains) that were killed in the old timeline playing a factor here.
Damn, its gonna be an awesome new season for DC Comics fans! Which show are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments section below!