The CW Says No to More DC Comics Spin-Offs, Plus Details from The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - 12:39PM
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - 12:39PM
The CW Says No to More DC Comics Spin-Offs, Plus Details from The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl
The CW is becoming DC Comics central, as it already plays host to Arrow, The Flash, Vertigo adaptation iZombie, and upcoming Flash/Arrow spin-off Legends of Tomorrow. And it just so happens that all of these shows have been huge successes, but according to CW president Mark Pedowitz, enough is finally enough, and the network has no plans to take on any other DC properties at this time. 

At the TCA presentation (via LA Times), Pedowitz said, "There is no intention, at this point, to spin anything else off."

So it looks like, regardless of the level of success Legends of Tomorrow is able to attain, it will be the last DC Comics show we'll see for a while. This only makes sense, as the Flarrow universe alone currently takes up about a third of The CW's programming. But even so, Pedowitz reportedly regrets passing on Supergirl once upon a time (as well he should):

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"We hadn't launched 'The Flash' yet, we weren't ready to take on another DC property," said Pedowitz (via Deadline). "In hindsight we probably should've gone that direction… Sometime you lose great shows."
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It's a shame that The CW didn't have the foresight to make Supergirl a part of the Flarrow universe, especially since it seems to have a similar tone to The Flash (not to mention the same creative team). But since Pedowitz seems supportive of the project, it makes it slightly more likely that we'll see a crossover sometime in the future.

Here are a few other highlights from TCA (via THR), including details about The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl:

The Flash will have another flashback episode


The Flash EP Andrew Kreisberg revealed that the fourth episode will depict the particle accelerator explosion once again, but from a different perspective: 

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"We're working on episode four, which is exciting, [and] there is a flashback to the night of the particle accelerator explosion, from somebody else's perspective which we haven't seen before. It's a good one," Kreisberg said.
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The Constantine episode of Arrow will include a resurrection


After Constantine's sadly premature cancellation, fans are finally getting a small cancellation prize, as Matt Ryan's version of the character will make an appearance on Arrow's fourth season. Now, Kreisberg confirmed that Ryan will guest star on the fifth episode specifically, and that the episode is "unbelievable."

"I just read the script for five and it's unbelievable," said Kreisberg. "You're going to be blown away."

He also revealed that there will be a resurrection during the episode, undoubtedly connected to the Lazarus Pit. Since Constantine is guest starring, it may just be a one-off that has something to do with his mythology, but there's also a chance that it will be Sara Lance, coming back to life before she appears on Legends of Tomorrow.

Arrow and The Flash will have backdoor pilots for Legends of Tomorrow


The fourth season of Arrow and the second season of The Flash will both have prequel stories for the Legends of Tomorrow characters, like a backdoor pilot that's scattered over several episodes of two different parent shows.

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"Both Arrow and Flash are helping to set up [Legends of Tomorrow], in both big ways and small ways, which is lovely," Kreisberg said. "The mystery of what happened with Palmer is playing out on Arrow. Sara Lance will also be playing out in the first seven episodes. The Flash, we obviously have Firestorm and Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond. And Kendra Saunders lives in Central City in the Flash finale. Getting to know her. There's going to be a lot happening leading up to the crossover, which is serving as a [quasi] pilot for Legends."
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So regardless of whether the Constantine episode will actually provide backstory for White Canary, we'll definitely be introduced to the Legends of Tomorrow characters very soon (and since Sara Lance is coming back within the first seven episodes, it seems fairly likely it will be episode five).

Heat Wave and Captain Cold are coming back to The Flash


In the same vein, Heave Wave and Captain Cold will both return to Central City ahead of Legends of Tomorrow, if only in a dream sequence:

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"Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) and I did a scene a couple of weeks back [on The Flash]," Purcell teased. "But it was part of The Flash's dream sequence. [And] I know they're developing Captain Cold's relationship with Captain Cold's sister [there]. I think they're going to flesh Heat Wave out in Legends."
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Supergirl will definitely reference Superman


For those who saw the Supergirl pilot, either the leaked version or the sanctioned version at San Diego Comic Con, it seemed to deal with Superman's non-presence rather awkwardly, by referencing him several times but never calling him by name (either Superman or Clark Kent). But apparently, that was just an editing gaffe, and we won't be subjected to an overly cutesy gimmick in which Kara constantly refers to Superman as "my cousin" or just "him."

"I think the couple of times it was said, it was cut," said Kreisberg. "It's not like Simpsons where Bart can have one 'damn' per episode."

And speaking of things that were cut from the pilot, you should also get ready for more Dean Cain and Helen Slater, who only had brief cameo appearances in the first episode:

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"There was originally a flashback sequence [with] Dean Cain and [former movie Supergirl] Helen Slater, and a much longer scene where he's talking about Superman," Kreisberg said. "It's one of my favorite moments of shooting the pilot was seeing Dean Cain talk about Superman. It just kept making me gush. But with the third episode coming out, it's very much about Superman's place in the world, and Kara's place in the world, and why isn't Superman going to be on our show every week. That episode has a lot of discussion about him."
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The Flash returns for its second season on October 6, while Arrow returns for its fourth season on October 7, both at 8pm ET on The CW. Supergirl premieres on October 26 at 8:30 pm ET on CBS, and Legends of Tomorrow premieres midseason 2016 on The CW.
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