Right before the start of [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021) producers said over and over that the show won't properly crossover with Arrow or The Flash. However, this fact won't prevent our ragtag team from meeting future or past versions of well known heroes.
While talking to Comicbook.com Arrow EP Marc Guggenheim confirmed that Stephen Amell will indeed reprise his role during an upcoming episode of the show but with an unexpected twist:
“Every once and a while, we do an episode where the 10-year-old me has to pinch himself. We’re not only introducing our version of Connor Hawke to our universe, we’re going to meet the 2046 version of Oliver Queen, and Stephen Amell is going to be reprising his role from Arrow. As an added bonus to comic-book fans, Oliver is missing his left arm and will be sporting a goatee, in a nod to the character’s appearance in the seminal Dark Knight Returns. We think this episode features some of the coolest things we’ve ever done.”
Not only the show is going to introduce a new version of Connor Hawke, Oliver's son in the comics, but also we are going to see a thirty-years older version of Oliver finally supporting his famous goatee like his comics counterpart with one arm missing. This is going to be so badass.
Here's what looks like Oliver in the animated adaptation of the Dark Knight Returns. Amell also talked about his upcoming appearance, describing a tone "completely different" from Arrow and The Flash.
I can imagine that Oliver has suffered from Savage's plans to take over the entire world and had to make a lot of sacrifices. Thus, you can surely expect a gritty, darker version of the Green Arrow, certainly a lot more than what Oliver was during season 1.
This special appearance is just the first of many that will see past/future version of Cisco (Carlos Valdes), Barry (Grant Gustin) and even Ra's-Al-Ghul (Matt Nable) being visited by our Legends.
Also, with the episode set in 2046, we can still speculate about Connor's parentage: is he Oliver's son ? Or maybe Oliver and Felicity's son ?
With so much questions I can't wait to be there.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.