Superhero Insider: CW superheroes lean into comics lore
Each week, we break down the biggest moments from Supergirl, The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and Arrow — both here on EW.com and on SiriusXM's EW Live every Friday during Superhero Insider.
This week's fresh batch of episodes featured Alex and Kara going home on Supergirl, a big Thinker reveal on The Flash, the introduction of Richard Dragon on Arrow, and a huge Easter egg on Legends of Tomorrow. Here are the highlights:
Monday's flashback-heavy episode was full of many surprises, but the biggest was one very striking name-drop. After one of their high school classmates is murdered, young Kara and young Alex — played by the perfectly cast Izabela Vidovic and Olivia Nikkanen, respectively — start investigating and eventually find the killed kid's laptop. Kara suggests they ask Clark's best friend Chloe, who likes computers and has a "Wall of Weird" thing, to take a look at it. The Chloe they're referencing is, of course, Chloe Sullivan of Smallville, who was played by Allison Mack. This isn't the first time Supergirl has drawn on Smallville‘s mythology: On both shows, Clark was friends with Lex before the latter went full evil. Apart from featuring that cool Easter egg, "Midvale" also reminded us of the significant role Alex plays in Kara's life. Young Kara decided to hide her powers because she was scared Alex would get hurt if she used them, which makes what happened in the pilot even more meaningful because Alex being in danger is what compels Kara to use her gifts. —Chancellor Agard
Related: Read our recap here, and our interview with Melissa Benoist and Chyler Leigh here, and Benoist's preview of Mon-El's return here.
Barry was met with a surprise when he came face to face with Clifford DeVoe, a.k.a. the Thinker at the end of Tuesday's episode. When the door of DeVoe's suburban home opened, Barry found himself staring at the sight of domesticity: The Mechanic, wearing a lovely dress, introduced herself as DeVoe's wife, and DeVoe, who appears to be confined to a wheelchair, abandoned his Metron cosplay for college professor-chic. This was the last thing the audience and Barry were expecting when Team Flash confronted the season's Big Bad for the first time; however, the character's comic book history may help explain this twist. In the comics, DeVoe's brainpower uses up so much energy that it weakens him and causes him to prematurely age. If the show is planning to follow that part of the character's backstory, that might explain why DeVoe is always confined to some kind of chair, whether it be an everyday wheelchair or Not-The-Mobius-Chair chair. —C.A.
Related: Read our recap here.
DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
In an episode that otherwise leaned into the misogyny of 1930s Hollywood — the timing of which could not be poorer — Legends‘ one shining light during this hour was Helen of Troy learning that women can be warriors too. Frustrated that all men seem to do is start wars because of her, Helen was pleasantly surprised to see the women of the Waverider defending themselves and fighting their own battles. Hence, Helen didn't want to return to Troy, with Zari dropping her off on a secluded island filled with warrior women where there were no boys allowed. And just as I prepared my tweet of shock asking whether Zari just went to Wonder Woman's home, a chyron labeling the island Themyscira sent my geek heart a flutter. —Natalie Abrams
Related: Read our recap here, and our breakdown of that Wonder Woman Easter egg here.
Of course Diggle's drug dependence would come back to haunt him! As revealed during Thursday's episode, the drug kingpin the team has been hunting, Ricardo Diaz, a.k.a DC Comics villain Richard Dragon, is the same man who has been providing an experimental steroid to help with Dig's nerve damage. (Totally called it!) The reveal leads to some hefty emotional work for Diggle and Lyla, and also forces Diggle to come clean to the team. —N.A.
Related: Read our recap here.
This Week's Crossover Moments
- On Legends of Tomorrow, before Sara and Damien's duel, she taunted him by bringing up the fact that Arrow‘s Oliver Queen had killed him.
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Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET, followed by DC's Legends of Tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET., and Arrow airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.