Comic-Con: Everything you need to know before the Arrow-verse panels
What's next for 'Arrow,' 'The Flash,' 'Supergirl' and 'Legends of Tomorrow'?
With Comic-Con just a week away, fans of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are thisclose to finally getting concrete scoop on the upcoming seasons. Who survived Arrow‘s island explosion? When will Barry return from the Speed Force on The Flash? Where did Mon-El go on Supergirl? Who else will be joining the Legends of Tomorrow? We hope to get answers to those Qs and much more during the show’s panels at San Diego Comic-Con next Saturday. To prepare for the big event, EW is here to give you a refresher on where each of the super series left off. Plus: A primer on new addition Black Lightning.
- Panel: Saturday, 5:50-6:30 p.m., Ballroom 20
Where we left off: After Oliver’s life was systematically dismantled by Adrian Chase, the Emerald Archer was forced to team up with past foes like Slade Wilson and Malcolm Merlyn to save his friends and family from Lian Yu. However, when Oliver got the upper hand and saved his son William, Chase took his own life to set off the kill switch explosion that may have blown up everyone on the island. (Here’s our finale recap.)
- What we know about season 6: While the powers that be have stayed relatively mum on who survived the island explosion, executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently revealed to EW that death is not the worst that can happen. “There are other consequences that can come out of what happened at the end of [episode] 523,” Guggenheim says. In the wake of all that Oliver went through last season, we’ll also see a changed man next year, with Oliver using his years of experience as more of a mentor. Stephen Amell also recently let slip that Manu Bennett will return as Slade Wilson next season, which will also feature the return of a character we haven’t seen since season 1. Plus: Word has it that the upcoming four-way crossover will have much more emotional stakes.
- Comic-Con burning Q: Who survived the island explosion?
Panel: Saturday, 5:10-5:50 p.m., Ballroom 20
Where we left off: After HR sacrificed himself to save Iris, Team Flash raced to prevent Savitar from splicing himself throughout time before the time paradox could catch up with him. Iris ultimately killed Savitar, while Barry was forced to take his place in the Speed Force after a storm began decimating Central City. (Here’s our finale recap.)
What we know about season 4: With Barry missing in action for at least six months when the show returns, it will be up to Wally to be the new savior of Central City — and he’ll have his hands full since it’s been heavily hinted at that Clifford DeVoe, a.k.a The Thinker, is expected to be the big bad next season. According to WBTV, here’s a tease of what’s in store next year: “With The Fastest Man Alive now trapped inside an extra-dimensional energy, and unknown dangers lurking in the shadows, it will be up to Team Flash to free Barry from his own personal Hell.” The show’s production office also seemed to let slip that the premiere title is apparently “The Flash Reborn,” a possible nod to famed comic book arc Rebirth, in which Barry Allen returns, after sacrificing himself during Crisis on Infinite Earths, as Black Flash — or it could be DC: Rebirth, in which Barry Allen trains a new slew of metahumans after a Speed Force storm turns many of the Central City citizens into speedsters.
Comic-Con burning Q: How will Barry get out of the Speed Force?
Panel: Saturday, 3:30-4:10 p.m., Ballroom 20
Where we left off: After Rhea went back on her word in battle with Kara, Supergirl was forced to launch a device dispersing lead throughout the atmosphere, causing the Daxamites to flee. Mon-El, therefore, had to leave Earth, getting sucked into a wormhole en route. Plus: A flashback to Krypton’s destruction revealed that another infant escaped. (Here’s our finale recap.)
What we know about season 3: That infant is actually Reign (Odette Annable), a genetically engineered world killer who will be the big bad next season. Erica Durance also joins the cast, replacing Laura Benanti as Kara’s mother Alura. And though Alex and Maggie seemed to get engaged in the finale, their relationship’s future is TBD since Floriana Lima will only be sticking around in a lesser capacity.
Comic-Con burning Q: Where did Mon-El go? (Likely the Phantom Zone, but hopefully we’ll get confirmation.) And: Does the Alura recast mean Kara’s mom is… alive?!
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
- Panel: Saturday, 4:10-4:50 p.m., Ballroom 20
- Where we left off: In the wake of Doomworld, in which the Legion of Doom rewrote reality and basically killed off most of the Legends, the team accidentally broke time, subsequently crash-landing in Los Angeles 2017, where they saw a smattering of buildings from various time periods and a T. Rex hoard approaching their ship. (Here’s our finale recap.)
- What we know about season 3: The Legends will be attempting to fix their mistakes — well, if Rip Hunter‘s new Time Bureau will let them. Here’s a logline for next season: “After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom, the Legends face a new threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they have essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms – a scattering of people, animals, and objects all across time! Our team must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. But before our Legends can jump back into action, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly established Time Bureau call their methods into question. With the Time Bureau effectively the new sheriffs in town, the Legends disband – until Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) discovers one of them in the middle of his well-deserved vacation in Aruba. Seeing this as an opportunity to continue their time traveling heroics, Sara (Caity Lotz) wastes no time in getting the Legends back together. We reunite with billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), the unconventional historian-turned-superhero Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), and Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm. Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority over the timeline and insist that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends.” Oh, and despite not being explicitly mentioned in the logline for season 3, Maisie Richardson-Sellers will be back as a series regular next season. Plus: Billy Zane will guest-star as P.T. Barnum, as the show aims to introduce more historical figures and reveal their untold stories. Tala Ashe also joins the cast as a new series regular, playing Muslim hacktivist Zari Adrianna Tomaz, a new member of the team aboard the Waverider.
- Comic-Con burning Q: Who else will be joining the Legends next season?
Panel: Saturday, 4:50-5:10 p.m., Ballroom 20
What we know about season 1: The CW’s new superhero show from Greg Berlanti, Salim and Mara Brock Akil tells the story of metahuman Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who has been out of the game nearly a decade when he’s forced to suit up again to protect his daughters. Here’s the official logline: “Jefferson Pierce is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce’s crime-fighting days are long behind him…or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns — to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.” Plus: The Akils have teased that Tobias Whale will be the first season’s main villain — there won’t be villains of the week, per se.
Comic-Con burning Q: Who’s playing Tobias Whale? And will Black Lightning ever cross over with Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and/or DC’s Legends of Tomorrow?
Supergirl returns Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET, The Flash returns Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET, while Arrow moves to Thursdays on Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Black Lightning will debut midseason on The CW.