The CW Releases Synopses for The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 5:30PM
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 5:30PM
The CW Releases Synopses for The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow
The CW is about to get a huge shake-up this season, now that Barry Allen has triggered Flashpoint and Supergirl is moving to the same channel as the rest of the DCTV shows. Now, the network has released synopses for all of their DC shows, and they preview The Flash changing its entire continuity, Superman's arrival on Supergirl, the Legends adding a member of Justice League of America to their roster, and Arrow copying Daredevil season two introducing a new vigilante into the mix.

First Supergirl's synopsis recaps the first season for the fans who didn't watch it on CBS, and then previews the events of next season. Among other things, Kara will quit her job as Cat Grant's assistant (allowing Calista Flockhart to downgrade to recurring status, now that the show films in Vancouver rather than LA), and will team up with her cousin, Superman, to fight a few famous villains, including Metallo. We also know that she will eventually end up in the same universe as the Flarrowverse shows in time for a huge crossover, probably as a result of some Flashpoint shenanigans.

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Now, in Season Two, Kara has left the safety of being Cat Grant's assistant in order to figure out what she really wants to do, while as Supergirl she continues to work at the DEO, protecting the citizens of National City and searching for Jeremiah and Cadmus. Along the way, she will team up with Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) to battle new villains, as she strives to balance her personal life with her life as a superhero.
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Meanwhile, just as we suspectedArrow is doing its own version of Daredevil vs. Punisher. As vigilantes start to copy Green Arrow and another, more deadly vigilante arrives to town, Oliver has to question his entire view of his secret life and his responsibility towards Star City.
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Newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With Diggle back in the military and Thea adamant about hanging up her hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they're no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow's public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles, rather than allies, in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.
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Legends of Tomorrow actually has the most revealing synopsis of all, with the summary revealing the origin of the newest member—a new version of Vixen—and the role of Nick Zano's series regular character, Dr. Nate Heywood:

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After the defeat of the immortal villain Vandal Savage and the corrupt Time Masters who colluded with him, a new threat emerges. Dr. Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), an unconventional and charming historian, is thrust into the action upon making a shocking discovery - the Legends are scattered throughout time.

Nate must find a way to rescue season one's beloved team of heroes and rogues, including billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who has created an exo-suit with the power to shrink him to miniscule size, as the Atom; Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), the White Canary, a trained assassin; Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson "Jax" Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm; and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), aka Heat Wave, a career criminal. When the Legends encounter the J.S.A (the Justice Society of America, the precursor to DC's Justice League) in the 1940s, Amaya Jiwe (Maisie RichardsonSellers), aka Vixen, joins the team. While the team reunites, a mystery looms - the fate of former captain Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill).

Once reunited, the Legends continue their new mission to protect the timeline from temporal aberrations - unusual changes to history that spawn potentially catastrophic consequences. When Nate, the grandson of J.S.A. member Commander Steel, unexpectedly finds himself with powers, he must overcome his own insecurities and find the hero within himself. Ultimately, the Legends will clash with foes both past and present, to save the world from a mysterious new threat.
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Unfortunately, the synopsis for the most game-changing season is, of course, the least revealing. The Flash released a synopsis for season three, but it's really just a summary of the last two seasons, right up until Barry changes the timeline and creates a Flashpoint situation.

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Until recently, 26 year-old Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) lived a normal life as a perpetually tardy C.S.I. in the Central City Police department. He was secretly in love with his best friend, Iris West (Candice Patton), daughter of Barry's surrogate father, Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin). Joe adopted Barry fifteen years ago after Barry's mother was murdered and Barry's father, Henry Allen, received a life sentence for the crime – though Barry always maintained that a mysterious "Man in Yellow" was responsible. Then the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator exploded, creating a dark matter lightning storm that struck Barry, bestowing him with superspeed and making him the fastest man alive. But Barry wasn't the only person who was given extraordinary abilities that night. The dark matter also created meta-humans, many of whom have wreaked havoc with their powers on the city. With the help of his scientist friends at S.T.A.R Labs, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), and Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh), Barry began a journey as The Flash to protect the people of Central City from these powerful new threats. With this team, Barry was finally able to defeat the Man in Yellow, aka The Reverse Flash, but in their epic battle, a Singularity was ripped in space and time that threatened to destroy them all. 

After successfully closing the Singularity from destroying Central City, Barry thinks he's seen the worst… but the arrival of Jay Garrick (Teddy Sears) reveals that the Singularity actually opened portals to an alternate Earth, known as Earth-2, which is being terrorized by a formidable evil speedster named Zoom. As Zoom sends an army of Earth-Two meta-humans to Earth-1 to defeat Barry, he receives unexpected assistance from the Earth-Two doppelganger of his former mentor, Harrison Wells. Meanwhile, Cisco discovers that he, too, was affected by the dark matter of the Particle Accelerator and must come to terms with his newfound powers. As Barry struggles to juggle life as a hero, he opens his heart to Patty Spivot (Shantel VanSanten), a spunky detective paired with Joe West, but realizes just how hard it is to find happiness when the lives of everyone you love are at stake. He finds some solace in the companionship of his father, Henry Allen, who was freed from a wrongful life sentence... but when Zoom kills Henry before Barry's eyes, Barry's newfound stability is shattered. 

Blinded by anger, Barry unwittingly plays into Zoom's game and uncovers the evil speedster's true goal: to destroy all Earths in the multiverse. In the race of his life, Barry ultimately gets the upper hand against Zoom and defeats his nemesis. But unable to celebrate victory, Barry makes a world-shaking decision and speeds back in time to the night his mother died to stop Reverse Flash from killing her, irrevocably changing his past and redetermining his future.
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The Flash returns for season three on October 4, followed by Arrow the next day, October 5. Supergirl premieres the following week, on October 10, followed by Legends of Tomorrow on the 13th, all at 8pm on The CW.
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