Producers, Cast Reveal What’s Ahead for Arrowverse
At this year’s PaleyFest, the heroes of The CW’s DCTV universe got together to discuss what’s next for the four shows that make up the Arrowverse.
Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg said that the four-way crossover would involve all shows next season. The recent Heroes vs Aliens crossover had a short scene at the end of Supergirl with the main action taking place on The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.
The show will finally reveal Mon-El’s secret, that he is the Prince of Daxam and Kara is not happy about it.
“Well, when you find out that the person you love hasn’t been honest with you about who they really are, and when you disagree so wholeheartedly with the way they were raised and where they come from, it’s not going to bode well for them romantically,” Benoist said. “The title definitely stirs up some old feelings. Kryptonians and Daxamites do not agree. It’s a little Hatfield/McCoys, Romeo and Juliet sort of thing.”
Fans have taken note of and appreciated Supergirl’s ability to tell real world stories in a fantasy universe, something the other shows don’t necessarily lend themselves to.
“The one thing that Supergirl can really do, is that it’s already built that the show can take on issues,” said Kreisberg. “We were talking about what’s going on in the world, in terms of immigration, in terms of journalism, in terms of LGBT rights, we realized this show and this cast could mix that real-world stuff into the superhero world. I’m as proud of those episodes as anything I’ve done in my career.”
Melissa Benoist was intimidated by her role model status at first, but now she embraces it.
“I think I was overwhelmed by that prospect in my first season, and now, especially with what’s happening in the world, I got to go to the women’s march in DC, it’s so meaningful,” Benoit responded.
There’s something new ahead for Flash fans. Kreisberg confirmed that next season’s villain will not be a speedster. So far Barry has fought Reverse Flash, Zoom and Savitar. This will be a nice change for viewers tired of the repetitive big bad formula.
As for Savitar’s identity, the arrival of Abra Kadabra will offer some hints.
“Episode 18 has Abra Kadabra, who is also a villain from the future,” Kreisberg says. “He knows who Savitar is and comes with a moral conundrum: Do Barry and the team let Abra Kadabra go in order to get Savitar’s identity? It’s a great mortality play. Iris and Barry have a great scene, ‘Can you be a hero if you do one bad thing?’”
Candice Patton offered some hope for viewers upset over Barry and Iris’ recent un-engagement.
“I think for Barry and Iris there’s always a way to come back,” she said. “They are really and truly each other’s true loves. They just have to get on the same page and stick with it.”
Legends of Tomorrow
Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that a cameo is in store for the Legends. Since they travel through time, the Waverider crew can run into literally anyone.
“I will call it a surprise crossover,” Guggenheim told Deadline. “No one knows this because we’ve kept it under wraps, but there’s a surprise cameo, surprise crossover moment in the penultimate episode of Legends.”
Also set to make an appearance in the season finale is Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Black Siren).
Season three will see a pre-existing DC character join the team.
“We’re drawing on an established character who is not from the comics,” Guggenheim said. “Let me be very clear: not original to the show but not from the comics and not from any of the other DC Arrowverse shows.”
Though that explanation was meant to clear things up, it really only complicated the question of who the new character is.
Executive Producer Wendy Mericle told Rotten Tomatoes Arrow will change things up for the season five finale.
“Star City is not in jeopardy. As we’ve joked before, there’s always a terrorist attack on Star City in May,” said Mericle. “Not this time. Prometheus is a very personal villain, very psychological villain and the ending will be appropriate to that.”
There will also be more focus on Felicity’s dealings with the hacker group Helix.
“She got involved with Helix and she’s now in this really dark space. We’re going to see how she comes out on the other end of that,” said Mericle. “There’s always hope on Arrow. As dark as we get, ultimately I think there’s a lot of hope on the show.”
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 pm. The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 pm, followed by Legends of Tomorrow at 9 pm. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 pm on The CW.