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When Arrow aired it's very first episode back in 2012, no one could have predicted the success that would eventually spawn off The Emerald Archer. Fast forward three years, and viewers have now seen The Scarlet Speedster join in on the fun, as well as other major supporting characters, such as Firestorm on The Flash, and Arsenal, Black Canary, and The Atom on Arrow.
With The CW expanding their established universe, one question that was often asked is whether The CW would eventually bring the Justice League to the small screen, or at least some variation of it, considering they have a couple of members on their shows.
What was often considered wishful thinking, may actually end up being reality. According to Deadline, The CW is working on a project that will focus on a superhero team-up, specifically major players from Arrow and The Flash.
This is the project CW president Mark Pedowitz vaguely referenced at TCA in January. It will not be part of the current pilot cycle. With the creative auspices and talent involved, I hear that it could go straight to series, possibly for next midseason.
So who exactly will be a part of the new spinoff? Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Caity Lotz, and Wentworth Miller are currently attached to star.
Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) was introduced in the premiere episode of season three of Arrow. When the character was first introduced, viewers wondered whether the producers of the show would remain faithful to the comics, and have him shrink on Arrow. While the idea of seeing him shrink on Arrow was slim, it was always a possibility on The Flash.
Throughout the season, viewers caught little glimpses of Ray working on his suit, toying with the viewers patience, but it paid off. During 'Nanda Parbat', viewers finally saw Ray don The A.T.O.M. suit, as he soared through the night skies of Starling City.
The amount of effort put into the suit was a clear indication that Ray Palmer's Atom was not going anywhere, and as you may have guessed, Ray will be joining the the spinoff.
Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) was mentioned during the premiere episode of The Flash, as the late fiancé of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). It was later revealed that Ronnie was vaporized in a blast caused by the particle accelerator explosion, but in reality, Ronnie somehow merged with physicist, Martin Stein (Victor Garber).
The recent episodes of The Flash focused extensively on Ronnie and Martin's relationship, taking on the feel of a backdoor pilot. 'The Nuclear Man' focused on the struggles of Ronnie and Martin working together, while 'Fallout' established the unity, and acceptance of Ronnie and Martin. After their encounter with General Eiling (Clancy Brown), the duo decided to head off to Pittsburg, where they believe a colleague of Martin's will help them with their abilities.
Just like The Atom, there was a tremendous amount of effort to effectively bring Firestorm to the small screen. Those efforts were very clear because every scene that featured the fiery hero in action, was preciously done. Not to mention, Firestorm may have had the best nuclear explosion on television ever! Currently, Victor Garber is attached to star as Firestorm, but seeing as Firestorm is a duo hero, it can be safe to assume that Robbie Amell will join the series as well.
Caity Lotz will star in the superhero show but as many are wondering, how exactly? Lotz's Sara Lance was tragically killed in the premiere episode of season three of Arrow by Thea Queen (Willa Holland). She was shot in the chest by three arrows, fell off a roof, and died in the arms of her sister, Laurel (Kate Cassidy).
Her death would later play a role in helping Laurel to become a hero, picking up the mantle left by Sara. During Brick's (Vinnie Jones) siege of Starling City, Laurel rose up and suited up for the first time, becoming The Black Canary. Since then, Lotz returned briefly in a hallucination caused by the drug vertigo, where she fought Laurel.
While it is entirely possible that Lotz could play a new character, the possibility for that option would be very slim. Lotz has done a great job establishing a tough female hero. But how exactly would she return? Well, as it happens, there may exist a pit somewhere, with the ability to return people from the dead.
Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable) has access to The Lazarus Pit, a natural phenomenon with restorative powers. While the healing properties of the pit have not been shown in full capacity on Arrow, Ra's can be seen dipping his wounded hand in the pit during a preview for the next episode of Arrow.
Since Sara was the love of Nyssa (Katrina Law), it is not entirely farfetched for Nyssa to plead for Sara's revival. As it so happens, Black Canary was dipped into the pit before. In Birds of Prey, Black Canary was heavily injured, which resulted in the loss of her famous Canary Cry. She was then dipped into the pit to heal her of her wounds, and restore her cry. This seems like the logical route for the producers to take, but as we've seen time and time again, they are unpredictable.
Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) isn't exactly a hero, so don't expect him to be a part of the new team. Seeing as Cold is interested in upping his game, you can expect him to rise up to a big threat to have a whole team of heroes to go up against him.
Last time viewers saw Cold, he was being transported to Iron Heights Prison, alongside Heatwave (Dominic Purcell) before being rescued by his sister. During the ride, Heatwave was upset that they didn't run away with a painting and their guns, claiming that they had everything but Cold says, "Everyone's seen The Flash now. This changes everything. Again." What could he mean by this? Whatever it means, don't expect it to be good news for the heroes.
The Flash and Arrow
Their two night crossover was well received by fans. How well? So well, that it was Arrow's highest rating ever! So will these two have a role in the new spinoff? Absolutely. While they may not appear in every single episode, you can bet that these two will definitely have a role to play in the premiere episode, and at some point during the end of the season. The possibilities are endless.
You can't really have a team with just three heroes, or five if you include Arrow and The Flash. Luckily, The CW has managed to snag, "three major DC Comics characters."
Additionally, in a tidbit that should get fans fired up, I have learned the new project will include three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a TV series.
Who could these three characters be? That is yet to be known but whoever they go with, you can be assured that it will be epic.
The Flash returns with all new episodes on March 17, and Arrow returns the following day on March 18 at 8/7c on The CW.
Are you excited for The CW's newest spinoff?