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What’s the best thing about San Diego Comic-Con? Well, if you’re a fan of The CW’s DC Comics superhero shows, it’s seeing the new trailers for the upcoming seasons of The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. And, this year’s batch did not disappoint.
Below, we pick out the best moments from each trailer:
‘The Flash’: Caitlin is back on Team Flash?
When season 3 ended, Caitlin’s (Danielle Panabaker) future was up in the air. Because she had decided to embrace being Killer Frost, or at least her powers, it wasn’t clear if she would return to Team Flash or strike out on her own. Well, this new trailer shows her back at S.T.A.R. Labs working with Team Flash, which is great news for The Flash fans. Curiously, her hair is no longer white, which suggests she might have taken the cure, or maybe she’s wearing a wig to hide her identity. We’ll have to wait until the new season to find out — Panabaker played coy on the matter during the panel.
The trailer also shows that Iris (Candice Patton) is trying to keep the promise she made to Barry (Grant Gustin) at the end of last season about moving forward, and it ends with Cisco (Carlos Valdes) trying out a device that’ll hopefully bring Barry out of the Speed Force.
The Flash returns Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.
‘Arrow’: Slade made it off the island!
After a brief recap of last season’s explosive finale, the Arrow season 6 trailer throws us into the fallout of the explosion. A shot of a Black Canary vs. Black Siren fight in Star City re-confirms that those two women survive the island, which is fantastic news since Juliana Harkavy was a great addition to the cast in season 5 and Katie Cassidy was definitely missed after Earth-1 Laurel was killed off in season 4.
However, the most exciting part of the new promo is seeing Slade Wilson alive and well off the island. While we already knew that Manu Bennett would return this season, nothing beats seeing him and Oliver (Stephen Amell) shake hands in that hospital room and hearing him give Oliver some more advice, which is so season 1 in the best way possible.
“We walk in two worlds. We can only do that for so long,” says Slade in the trailer. Even without context, it sounds like Slade might be giving Oliver some parenting advice, which makes sense since the trailer also reveals that William is now an even bigger part of Oliver’s life.
Arrow returns Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. on The CW.
‘Supergirl’: ‘Kara Danvers was a mistake’
The Supergirl season 3 trailer offered us our first looks at Smallville‘s Erica Durance as Kara’s mom and at Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar’s threatening turn as Morgan Edge, who isn’t too happy with Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). But, the most appealing thing in the short clip is Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) voiceover, because it’s clear she’s still distraught over the lengths they went to save Earth last season — i.e. filling the air with lead, thereby forcing all of the Daxamites, including her boyfriend Mon-El (Chris Wood), to leave Earth’s atmosphere.
“The decision I made, he couldn’t have made that sacrifice. But me, I couldn’t have lived with myself if I hadn’t,” she says in the trailer. “I will always make the decision I made. I am not a human. I tried to be, but I’m not. Kara Danvers was a mistake.”
That last part should give all Supergirl fans pause. Since the beginning, this show has been about how Kara handles being both Supergirl and Kara Danvers, and to hear she’s decided that trying to live a normal life was a mistake is definitely heartbreaking. Hopefully, Kara realizes that’s not the lesson she should take away from last year’s conflict.
Supergirl returns Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. on The CW.
‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’: A great evil is coming…
The Legends broke time at the end of season 2, which isn’t surprising since they did break the one rule of time travel. So, in season 3, they’re focused on righting what’s wrong. But, as showrunner Phil Klemmer teased when he and the cast came by EW’s San Diego Comic-Con studio, fixing time aberrations is only a small part of the danger they’ll face this season.
“Rip has been hiding something from us. There’s a greater evil coming. Tell me what we’re facing here,” says Sara (Caity Lotz) to a woman in a suit, who we can assume is part of Rip Hunter’s new squad, the Time Bureau. As Sara says that, we’re shown our first look at Kuasa, Amara’s great granddaughter. Judging from the trailer’s scary music, Kuasa and Amara’s eventual family reunion won’t be as heartfelt as when Sara was reunited with her family after coming back from the dead.
Elsewhere in the trailer, it’s revealed Rory (Dominic Purcell) hates clowns, which is the perfect character detail.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. on The CW.