Superhero Insider: Arrowverse drops big twists heading into hiatus
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 fall finales featured Kara meeting her match in Reign on Supergirl, Barry being framed for murder on The Flash, the Legends of Tomorrow teaming up with a former foe, and Oliver being betrayed on Arrow. Here are the highlights:
It’s the moment viewers have been waiting for basically since the show hinted at Reign’s arrival: the ultimate showdown between Supergirl and the Worldkiller. First off, if the season premiere opened with this epic battle between Reign and Kara, it would not have had nearly as much impact. Supergirl perfectly built up this showdown by allowing us to get to know Sam (Odette Annable) as she discovered her true lineage. And boy is that scary, because Reign looked like she was turning in 50 percent effort and easily beat Kara into submission. While it’s scary to think Reign could literally make Supergirl bleed, her presence is hauntingly powerful. Long live Reign! —Natalie Abrams
Related: Read our recap here.
Holy body-swap, Batman! In Tuesday’s episode, the Thinker, whose metahuman powered brain was killing his old body, swapped bodies with new telepathic metahuman Dominic, whom Caitlin has tried and failed to save from Amunet Black in the episode. It was a surprising development, since the episode sort of led us to believe that DeVoe was after Barry’s body seeing as how he kidnapped him at the top of the hour. However, that wasn’t the case. He simply needed to keep Barry out of the action so that his plan to transfer his consciousness into Dominic’s young and healthy body could go through. However, his villainy didn’t end there, and he gave Barry one hell of a wedding/Christmas present by planting his old body in Barry’s apartment and calling the cops, thereby framing him for murder. (In the interest of focusing on what I enjoyed about the episode, I’m going to ignore that Barry could’ve easily avoided being arrested by, I don’t know, using his powers!) —Chancellor Agard
Related: Read our recap here, and our breakdown of that Trial of The Flash nod here.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
It’s been a slow burn from nemesis to frenemy to ally, but Eva Sharpe all but cemented herself as a friend of the Legends during the fall finale, teaming up with the group to rescue a time-displaced young Martin Stein and prevent a future in which the Vikings rule the world. Jes Macallan has been a fantastic addition to the show, and her chemistry with Caity Lotz is off the charts, so it should come as no surprise that the fall finale majorly hinted at possible romance in their future. (This look says it all.) —N.A.
Related: Read our recap here. Plus: Franz Drameh has exited Legends.
Legends of Tomorrow gave us our first Arrowverse villain team-up in season 2 with the Legion of Doom. Now, Team Arrow finds itself up against a supervillain group made up of street-level foes. In Thursday’s midseason finale, it was revealed that Cayden James has assembled a villainous cabal that includes Vigilante, Anatoly, Dragon, and his frequent collaborator Black Siren, immediately becoming one of Team Arrow’s most formidable foes. What makes this particular configuration of villains so interesting is that each one of them has some personal connection to a member of Team Arrow, which raises the stakes of their eventual confrontation. Hopefully, Oliver reunites with Rene, Dinah, and Curtis before that time comes, because I’m not sure if he can handle that cabal on his own. That being said, I’m really excited about this villain team-up because it means more Anatoly and more Cayden James, two of my favorite characters. —C.A.
Related: Read our recap here, our breakdown of that betrayal here, and our interview with Rick Gonzalez here.
This Week’s Crossover Moments
- On The Flash, Iris hilariously threw shade over Oliver and Felicity stealing their thunder with the double wedding.
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Supergirl returns Monday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by The Flash on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. ET and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET., and Arrow bows Thursday, Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.