Last Thursday, I wrote about the Arrowverse and what to expect from its new seasons this October. I began by going over Arrow, and now, I will continue with the remaining shows, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
Following the exploits of forensic scientist-turned-superheroic speedster Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), The Flash has proven to be a hit for the CW. Not only has it met the expectations of its predecessor, Arrow, but also many regard it as being the superior program. Through its first two seasons, the show’s thrilling story, likable characters, impressive effects engaged fans, and shocking reveals. However, it appears that there will be monumental changes occurring in the upcoming season.
In the last scene of The Flash’s Season Two finale, the titular hero, frustrated by all of the tragedies he endured over his life, travels back in time to prevent his mother’s murder at the hands of the “Reverse-Flash” Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher). This action in turn drastically alters the timeline that led Barry to become the Scarlet Speedster, and subsequently creates a new reality, which Thawne dubs “Flashpoint.” In this universe, Barry’s parents, Henry (John Wesley Shipp) and Nora (Michelle Harrison) are still alive. However, Barry loses his friendship with Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), who initially raised him after his mother died and his father was unjustly incarcerated for her murder. It also affects Barry’s relationship with Joe’s daughter, Iris (Candice Patton); in the original timeline, the two had a romantic connection, but in Flashpoint, she barely remembers him. Barry’s friend, “Vibe” Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) also underwent a significant change. The geeky, affable comic relief character from the first two seasons is now a conceited multi-millionaire tech mogul who wants nothing to do with Barry. Finally, since the events in Barry’s life that led him to become the Flash had been altered, Central City is protected by another speedster: Joe’s son, “Kid Flash” Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale).
As fans will readily tell you, Season Three of The Flash will adapt the “Flashpoint” storyline from the comics. In that arc, Barry’s decision to shift the timeline to save his mother resulted in a complete reboot of the DC Universe. That raises a question over whether or not these changes are permanent. Storytelling conventions lead us to believe that everything will go back to normal in the end, but it is something that is eating at dedicated followers of the show. From the trailers, it seems that the universe is telling Barry that what he did was wrong and that he needs to set things right, so that appears to point in the direction of “no.” Also, from what has been shown in the trailers so far, the plot in Arrow looks as if it was unaffected by the change, so it is likely that the original timeline will remain intact. Still, it will be interesting to see Barry adapt this new reality, and if and how he will go back to his old one.
Speaking of time travel, this October will mark the beginning of the sophomore season of Legends of Tomorrow. Centered around the adventures of former supporting characters from Arrow and The Flash, this year will show our heroes – led by Captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) – in their journey to become the new Time Masters (after the original order was dismantled at the end of the first season). Not only that, but we will also be introduced to the Justice Society of America in their struggle against the Legion of Doom.
Comic book enthusiasts should be excited about this season. As many readers know, the JSA is a huge organization in the DC Universe and a forerunner of the Justice League. In addition, the team will feature beloved heroes from the pages of the comics, such as “Hourman” Rex Tyler (Patrick J. Adams), “Stargirl” Courtney Whitmore (Sarah Grey), and “Obsidian” Todd James Rice (Lance Henriksen). Moreover, the main cast will include Nathan Heywood (Nick Zano), a historian who could potentially adopt the mantle of “Commander Steel” from his grandfather, Henry Heywood, Sr. (Matthew MacCaull), as he does in the books. Furthermore, the Legion of Doom is another important fixture in the minds of comic book fans as one of the premiere villain teams in the DC Universe. The criminal syndicate will feature antagonists from previous seasons of the Arrowverse, like “Dark Archer” Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), and the aforementioned “Reverse-Flash” Eobard Thawne. The season will also include the Legends facing off against Nazis, which is always a fun premise for a superhero story (see the cover of Captain America Comics No. 1). Overall, Season 2 of Legends of Tomorrow is set to be an enjoyable romp for comic book buffs and sci-fi lovers alike.
Thus concludes my analysis of the upcoming seasons of the Arrowverse. I could not include everything here because there is so much that fans can anticipate from these shows. I couldn’t even get into the crossovers with Supergirl that each show will have (Side note: I didn’t talk about Supergirl in detail because a) it’s not officially part of the Arrowverse, and b) I haven’t finished watching its first season). We all will have to wait and see what this year will hold for the Arrowverse, because as the fans have come to realize, you never truly know what to expect from these series.