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Without Supergirl's endurance, it can be hard for us mere mortals to keep up with all of the latest Arrowverse news at times. Sure, the four DCTV shows are on hiatus right now during their mid-season breaks, but that doesn't mean we can rest easy.

Following a conference at the Television Critics Association this week, The CW revealed so much information about their upcoming TV slate that not even Barry Allen could keep up with ease. Fortunately for fans everywhere, we're here to deliver the most comprehensive round-up of news to be found on any Earth in the multiverse, so suit up and join us as we break down what could be the most exciting year yet for superhero fans on The CW.

Arrow [Credit: The CW]
Arrow [Credit: The CW]

1. Black Flash Will Return Across Multiple Arrowverse Shows

The Flash [Credit: The CW]
The Flash [Credit: The CW]

After defeated Zoom at the end of Season 2, the Time Wraiths turned him into the Black Flash before dragging him into the Speed Force. It was only going to be a matter of time before the demonic speedster returned to our screens, so we're not too surprised that executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed this would occur in the second half of Season 3. However, we didn't expect to hear that The Black Flash won't just stop at terrorizing Barry and his friends.

While discussing his return, Kreisberg explained that:

“He will [be] the classic comic book Grim Reaper aspect. It’s just going to be on multiple shows. He’s a classic character and we have storylines on multiple 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. How do you stop the Devil? It presents an interesting challenge for the heroes of the respective shows in which he appears.”

The Flash [Credit: The CW]
The Flash [Credit: The CW]

As are also battling a speedster of their own right now, it makes sense that the Reverse Flash might be joined by the Black Flash, but we're intrigued to see how the character could potentially fit into & too.

One thing that Kreisberg was deliberately vague about was whether actor Teddy Sears would reprise the role or whether this new version of Zoom would be created through CGI, like Savitar. While Kreisberg simply stated that he's "not sure", Sears himself shed some more light on the subject recently in an interview with TVGuide, revealing that;

“It would be a lot of fun to drop back into that world. We’ll just have to see if the guys on the other end feel the same way. It sounds like they do, but it’s funny – now I belong to Fox, so there’s lots of people that would have to give a thumbs up. But I really hope so.”

2. No Superman Spin-Off Is Currently In The Works

Supergirl [Credit: The CW]
Supergirl [Credit: The CW]

Despite only appearing in two episodes of Supergirl, Kara's famous cousin left a lasting impression on fans of the show, leading many to suspect that could end up starring in his own solo venture on The CW.

However, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The CW president Mark Pedowitz dashed our hopes, explaining that;

"Tyler did a great job. There’s no plan to do a series, though. There are no plans at the moment for him to return [to Supergirl]. If they wish to have him return, we’d love to have him."

Supergirl [Credit: The CW]
Supergirl [Credit: The CW]

Saying that though, executive producer Greg Berlanti discussed the matter further at the TCA conference, and it turns out that the door may be open for future appearances from Tyler Hoechlin after all:

“Look, we were just really lucky. We asked to have him come on for the first couple episodes and they were great about it. We’d love to have Tyler back, he’s amazing, he was great in the role. In success, I think all those things are possible. I’m always the guy who says ‘yes’ if there seems to be an appetite for it and the people involved are really nice.”

3. Mr Mxyzptlk Has Been Cast In Supergirl

Mr Mxyzptlk [Credit: DC Comics]
Mr Mxyzptlk [Credit: DC Comics]

Even if Superman doesn't return to National City anytime soon, one of his most unusual rogues is set to take on Supergirl in the second half of Season 2 — and no, we're not talking Brainiac.

The villain in question is an imp from the fifth dimension called Mr. Mxyzptlk — pronounced 'Mix-yez-pitel-ick' — who can warp reality itself, making him an incredibly dangerous foe. Fortunately, the mischievous antagonist tends to be more annoying than overtly evil, and in the comics, Mr. Mxyzptlk can easily be vanquished by tricking him into saying his own name backwards... as if it wasn't hard enough to say it forwards.

The CW have cast Peter Gadiot for the latest live screen adaptation of Mr. Mxyzptlk. Part of Gadiot's appeal is undoubtedly his work on Once Upon A Time In Wonderland where he played Cyrus, a genie whose isn't too dissimilar from this iconic Superman villain.

4. Constantine Will Return In A Brand New Animated Show

Even though Constantine's ratings were surprisingly low, comic book fans were still outraged when it was canceled by NBC after just one season, resulting in an immediate petition for the Hellblazer's return to our screens.

While a live action follow-up isn't on the cards just yet, fans of Matt Ryan's performance as Constantine can now enjoy the next best thing in a new animated show set to continue the spellcaster's story. Debuting on CW Seed alongside the likes of Vixen, Constantine has been initially developed as a six episode series, but considering how well received his introduction to The CW was on Arrow last season, we wouldn't be surprised if this is only the beginning of Constantine's triumphant return to TV.

5. The Villain For The Flash/Supergirl Musical Crossover Has Been Confirmed

Batman: The Brave and the Bold [Credit: Cartoon Network]
Batman: The Brave and the Bold [Credit: Cartoon Network]

During the TCA conference, The CW also confirmed a long-standing rumor regarding the identity of the villain who will set The Flash & Supergirl musical crossover in motion.

That's right — as we already suspected, the evil antagonist who brings out the Broadway star in our heroes will be the Music Meister, a villain who previously appeared on the animated series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold. What's still unclear though is who The CW will cast in the role, but as the noted musical theater star Neil Patrick Harris originally voiced him in the cartoon, we wouldn't be surprised to see him reprise the role of Music Meister in live action.

Discussing the possibility of this, Harris told IGN that;

“I’ve heard about it, but that’s as much as it has been. I mean, I did the Music Meister in a recording booth in L.A. […] 15 years ago or something, y’know, and it comes out a year later. […] It was a fun episode, it was a good thing to day. But I’ve heard that Joss [Whedon] is involved in some way, but I don’t know if that’s true or not. … He wears a big zoot suit, from what I remember. The song was fun to sing, so I don’t know; we’ll see.”

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The 4-way alien crossover that capped off last year was the most ambitious event that The CW have planned to date, but if this constant stream of developments is anything to go by, Arrowverse fans should prepare themselves for the most exciting year yet on the DCTV network.


What are you most excited to see next in the Arrowverse?

(Sources — Entertainment Weekly, IGN, TV Guide)


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