There are exciting times ahead for fans of fun superhero shows, as The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow are all returning to our screens for the back halves of their new seasons on Sky 1 (and don't forget, if you fall behind on any of the shows, they are all available on Catch Up after broadcast).
With each show promising new developments, let’s take a look at how things were left in their mid-season finales and what’s in store for each of them in the months ahead.
How things were left: Okay, so Supergirl's cliffhanger was actually the lead-in for the four-way alien invasion crossover, but there's still a lot for Kara/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) to deal with in the rest of the season. For one thing there's the unresolved tension between Kara and arrived-by-pod Draxonian Mon-El (Chris Wood), plus the reveal that her adoptive father (Dean Cain) is still alive after all these years. And although Lillian Luthor (Brenda Strong) had her dastardly alien-killing plan thwarted by daughter Lena (Katie McGrath), we're certain she won't take that defeat lying down.
So what's coming next? As things stand, Kara doesn't yet know that James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) has been running around playing superhero as Guardian, so expect Supergirl to get super-peeved about that sometime soon. The show is also going pretty heavy on the potential Kara/Mon-El romance angle, so that will probably kick into high gear in the next few episodes. Also, it seems likely that the Martian Manhunter's (David Harewood) relationship with last surviving White Martian M'gann (Sharon Leal) will be explored further. We're also assuming Tyler Hoechlin's Superman will be back at some point, given the positive fan reaction to his earlier appearances this season.
What we know for sure: There are several exciting developments planned over the next few episodes. Firstly, Kevin Smith is directing the mid-season return episode, entitled “Supergirl Lives”, in which Supergirl and Mon-El find themselves trapped on an alien planet with a red sun, meaning they have no powers. Secondly, thanks to trailers and episode synopses, we know that supervillains Livewire (Brit Morgan) and Roulette (Dichen Lachman) are both set to return, while Supergirl will also be fighting a new, created-for-the-show alien race called the Maaldorians in Smith's episode. And, oh yes, Supergirl will be re-teaming with The Flash (Benoist's erstwhile Glee co-star Grant Gustin) for a special musical episode called Duet, the details of which are still being kept under wraps.
What we'd like to see: So far, Supergirl has had a lot of fun putting its own spin on various classic Superman stories (such as Supergirl being exposed to Red Kryptonite or fighting Bizarro Supergirl) and we'd like to see that continue, preferably with the introduction of more famous Superman villains, such as fifth dimension imp Mr. Mxyzptlk (rumoured, but so far not confirmed). We're also still hoping that the show manages to repeat its greatest trick to date and pull off the stealth introduction of another popular DC character, as they did with the Martian Manhunter. Power Girl (an alternate-Earth version of Supergirl), maybe? It's a distinct possibility, especially now that Cisco has given Kara a device that lets her open portals into other Earths. Plus, it would allow Benoist to have fun playing a jaded, cynical version of her super-upbeat Supergirl persona.
How things were left: Hoo, boy. Things are never easy for poor old Barry, are they? Just when he finally seemed to have made peace with creating the Flashpoint time-line, he took another trip into the future and watched a future version of himself fail to stop the evil speedster god Savitar from murdering Iris (Candice Patton) right in front of him. Also, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) finally got speedster powers and is itching to use them, fighting alongside Barry as Kid Flash.
So what’s coming next? It seems pretty clear that the rest of Season 3 will focus on Barry and the rest of Team Flash attempting to stop the future in which Savitar kills Iris from happening. Cleverly, Barry comes up with a plan that also allows him to continue chasing regular supervillains, because he figures that if he can prevent certain details that he saw in the future from coming true, then maybe he can change things enough to save Iris.
What we know for sure: The mid-season return episode will unfold pretty much as out-lined above, as Barry tries to prevent Wally from helping him catch a villain called Plunder (Stephen Huszar), because that's what he saw in the future. We know that Barry will go back to the future again, aided by Cisco and what looks like a jerry-rigged time machine, judging by the trailer. We also know that DC Comics character Gypsy (Jessica Camacho) will be making a guest appearance as an inter-dimensional bounty hunter pursuing H.R. (Tom Cavanagh), and that Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) will continue to struggle with keeping her evil Killer Frost identity in check. However, the very best news is that fan favourite Gorilla Grodd will be returning later this season, alongside non-evil gorilla Solovar. And, oh yes, there's also that musical crossover episode with Supergirl to fit in at some point too.
What we’d like to see: Two words: Gorilla City. And it sounds like that's a distinct possibility, given the Gorilla Grodd news above. The introduction of multiple Earths means that literally anything is possible on The Flash now, so hopefully they'll go a little crazy and introduce some of the stranger characters from The Flash's Rogues Gallery. Like, say, The Top? (Super-power: spinning really, really fast. No, really).
How things were left: The mid-season cliff-hanger was a proper WTF moment, with Oliver/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) returning to the Arrow cave and discovering Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) just standing there like they hadn't killed her off at the end of Season 4. As if that wasn't bad enough, Oliver is still reeling from a devastating attack by season villain Prometheus, in which he was tricked into killing Felicity's cop boyfriend. Oh, and Diggle was abducted by various military types.
So what's coming next? The mystery of Laurel's return looks set to occupy at least the first few episodes of the remainder of the season. Of course, Oliver and the rest of Team Arrow 2.0 (including Mr Terrific, Ragman and Wild Dog) will have to take down Prometheus (whose real identity remains a secret), plus the unimaginatively named vigilante Vigilante is still running about too. Also, someone needs to break Diggle out of jail. Again.
What we know for sure: In exciting news for DC Comics fans, the back half of the season will see the appearance of Batman villain-slash-love interest Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig). The character is somehow tied to the ongoing flashback sequences and Oliver's quest to defeat Russian mobster Kovar (Dolph Lundgren), but whether or not she will also be appearing in the present-day sequences remains to be seen. Either way, the character is on board for the rest of the season, so expect her to feature heavily. We also know, from the trailers, that Green Arrow and Wild Dog will face a villain capable of emitting what looks like a shockwave power, though whether that will turn out to be an established comics villain or a newly invented character for the show is unclear.
What we'd like to see: More trick arrows. Oliver's already busted out a parachute arrow, a bullet-proof screen arrow and a wrapping-cable arrow this season, so hopefully that trend will continue. Underwater arrows, handcuff arrows and drill arrows are all trick arrows that have appeared in the comics, so hopefully we'll get to see at least one of those in an upcoming episode.
DC's Legends Of Tomorrow
How things were left: The mid-season cliff-hanger teased the return of Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), who's been missing since the Season Two premiere. With Rip apparently holding the key to the location of the legendary Spear of Destiny (a mystical artefact that can be used to re-shape time), the Legends will have to find Rip in order to stop the Spear falling into the hands of teamed-up supervillains Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), collectively known as the Legion of Doom.
So what's coming next? It seems certain that the Legion of Doom and the Spear of Destiny will continue to dominate the remainder of the season. There's also the small matter of Martin's time-aberration-created daughter Lily (Christina Brucato) to contend with, not to mention the fact that Mick / Heat Wave is hallucinating appearances from supposedly-dead former partner Leonard Snart / Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), who's set to make an extended return at some point. However, the key focus, at least for the next few episodes, is likely to be on Rip's return.
What we know for sure: The trailers and official synopsis for the mid-season return episode indicate that Rip is stuck in 1967 and has been “completely re-programmed”, with no memory of his previous identity as a space adventurer and rogue Time Master. That's a great set-up which will presumably allow Darvill to have a lot of fun as a different version of the character – he apparently thinks he's a film student called Phil and is easily scared. We also know that the Legends will visit 1776 and meet George Washington, as well as encountering Queen Guinevere (Elyse Levesque) in an episode called Camelot/3000. Oh, and that Legends co-stars Victor Garber and John Barrowman (both of whom have extensive musical theatre experience) will both somehow find their way into the Flash / Supergirl musical crossover episodes.
What we'd like to see: The time-travel set-up gives Legends Of Tomorrow an enormous amount of potential and the best episodes have had a lot of fun playing with various genres, such as gangster movies, samurai movies and westerns, so hopefully that trend will continue. So far, the show has made relatively little use of the various members of the Justice Society of America (despite the Season 1 cliff-hanger indicating they'd be playing a big part), so with any luck, there'll be another JSA-focused episode before too long. Basically, we're still hoping Plastic Man will show up.
Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow and Arrow all return to Sky 1 from week commencing Monday 30th January. Don’t forget, they are all available in Catch Up > Channels > Sky 1 after broadcast too.
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