CW’s ‘Arrow’-‘Flash’ Spinoff Will Feature ‘Big’ DC Comics Villain ‘Who Hasn’t Been Used Yet’

Flash/Arrow Spinoff Villain Will Be DC

DC Comics’ Justice League may be a few years away from fruition on the bigscreen, but the comicbook publisher is steadily building a powerful roster of superhero shows on TV. The CW’s hit “Arrow” has already spawned an equally successful spinoff in “The Flash,” and now executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim are looking to further cement their empire with another super-powered offshoot, this time taking characters from “Arrow” and “The Flash” and combining them in an epic team-up series. The spinoff will be produced by the trio, along with Sarah Schechter.

Update, 5/14: The CW has officially picked up the spinoff to series with the title “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”

Berlanti — who is also exec producing CBS’ “Supergirl” series with Kreisberg, Schechter and Ali Adler — told Variety that the new show is designed to be “most similar to our crossover episodes, where you feel that ‘event-iness,’ but all the time.”

“For us, first and foremost, with all of [our shows], it’s about ‘how is it its own thing?’ Because we don’t just want to do it to do it,” Berlanti explained before the casts of “Arrow” and “The Flash” hit the stage at PaleyFest on March 14. “Some people do that and then they’re three episodes in, thinking, ‘Why did we do this?’ So for me, I compare the shows to old Westerns; we have a lot of lone gunmen and sheriffs in town, and this one is very much an ode to things like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ or those great heist pics like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ where you get all of those colors at the same time, and a true ensemble, and that was the fun of it.”

“Legends” will feature previously established heroes and villains from “Arrow” and “Flash,” including “Arrow’s” Brandon Routh, as Ray Palmer/The Atom; Caity Lotz, who portrayed the (seemingly dead) Sara Lance/Black Canary; “The Flash’s” Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein/one half of Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond, the other half of Firestorm played by Robbie Amell, will not be involved in the spinoff), Wentworth Miller as villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold, and Dominic Purcell as his partner in crime, Mick Rory/Heat Wave. The show will also introduce at least three major DC Comics characters who have never been in a television series before: Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson, Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders, aka Hawkgirl, and Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter.

“In picking them, it was very much about picking, ‘who are some of the most popular characters we’ve created?’ and also, tonally, who went with who? How disparate could we make it?” Berlanti explained. “And we’re also introducing these three new characters… I think it’s really important that we have another female hero on the show, and this one is really exciting… And then you want that Rat Pack-y kind of vibe of all this crew hanging out, as disparate and as different as they are.”

Both “Arrow” and “Flash” have already featured some of DC’s most iconic villains, including Ra’s al Ghul, Deathstroke and Reverse Flash, and it was important for Berlanti to find someone equally worthy for the new spinoff, which means he’s focusing on “making sure that the villain that we have on that show is distinct too… another big character who hasn’t been used yet.”

“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.

Which DC Comics villain do you think would make a good antagonist for the spinoff? Hit the comments with your theories.

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  1. harlan kane says:

    Theres only one…
    Vandal Savage.
    Love to see DC s ironman Steel
    Glad to see they picked hawkgirl.

  2. Tony says:

    Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter,not sure the third,I really wish it was more to create a small Justice League.

  3. Jon says:

    raven? gorilla grodd finally plays a role?

    • cdhaskell says:

      I hope that Gorilla Grodd become the partner of the Brain(the Doom Patrol foe) to face the Justice League.

      • James Lewis says:

        That seems a stretch, Gorilla Grodd has never been a good partner, and just because Monsieur Mallah is a gorilla, I hope they don’t water Grodd down enough to make him partner with someone. He’s a fantastic solo villain, on par with the best of the best in the DC universe, he doesn’t need to have help, and if he does, it’s minions, not equals.

      • cdhaskell says:

        I must agree with you about Gorilla Grodd is better off as his own as the head of any evil group. He and the Brain wouldn’t get along in the first place because they both wanted to be the leader and he don’t need an allies.

  4. cdhaskell says:

    How about the heroes facing the Injustice league in the spin-off?

  5. kevin nam says:

    hi am a big DC fan and I kinda suggest for this spinoff to include clark kent (tom wells) like even in ome epsd atleast smallville had th arrow and the flash producers need to consider that

  6. Harry says:

    Berlanti said three major DC characters who have never been on a tv show before and, from my reading, states one of them will be female. Characters may means villains, but from the tone I would guess heroes to work alongside Arrow, Flash, Atom, Black Canary and Firestorm. Zatanna has been on Smallville already, as has Star Girl, Hawkman, Dr Fate, Cyborg, Aquaman…. Green Arrow.

    I would hazard a guess – a Green Lantern? Maybe if the movies are going with Hal Jordan the TV universe will go with John Stewart, Guy Gardner or Kyle Rayner. Or vice versa. It won’t be Batman, Superman, Supergirl, Wonder Woman or Shazam due to their movies – I suspect the characters being used in movies won’t be regulars in the TV series, if at all. We also have Martian Manhunter, who I would suggest is a good shout, although he did (sort of) appear in both Smallville and the ill fated Justice League TV movie, with Flash, Green Lantern Guy Gardner, Fire, Ice and Atom.

    Female wise – I dunno. I would have said Vixen but I don’t feel she is well known. Batgirl? Batman could already be operating in Gotham. Huntress has already turned up in Arrow, so I feel she is a no-goOr how about Hawkgirl? She would be my guess. Popular from the rather awesome Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons and she has never been given live action status.

    And maybe someone a little more off the card. I would say Elongated Man or (my personal dream choice) Plastic Man, but due to TV budget constraints this is highly doubtful. Booster Gold and Blue Beetle are always an option as well.

    My guess… Hawkgirl, Booster Gold and Blue Beetle. I can’t wait to find out.

  7. Steve Cade says:

    Mirror Master would be superb, he can disappear, do magical things with mirrors etc. Also, what about a female hero Zatanna the magician! Come on guys, you’ve left the best villian out so far.

  8. Joseph says:

    Once again, the writers display their ineptitude. Do they think viewers are all idiots? In this weeks episode, when the bad guy attacks the police station, the flash neutralizes his power with the grounding device. Then, when the guy is powerless, he simply walks away, when the flash could easily tie him up in a split second?????? How STUPID is this? And then when Barry and Iris are at the waterfront to try and save her dad, they stop to make goo goo eyes at each other and spend time to kiss………… Not even close to a realistic moment. I love the flash but the writers make this kind of sad mistakes in almost every episode.

    • Arcee says:

      Wasn’t The Flash already knocked down and winded as he activated the device? WRT, Barry and Iris…would you have rather he just said “OK, Iris. There is a tsunami coming. BTW, I am The Flash. Surprise! Gotta go. Luv ya. See you later!” There is nothing ever remotely realistic about this show. It is a comic book come to life which is why it is so awesome.

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  10. Maija says:

    I’d like to see more of the Weather Wizard!

  11. Muntasir says:

    the next Villain will be Green Goblin from Spider Man

    • ComicFanatic199999 says:

      With all due respect (which is very little,) you have the brainpower of a slow four-year-old. If you can’t distinguish between DC and Marvel you should, if self-mutilation is too extreme for you, at least learn to (and I apologize for the bad language) keep your big fat mouth shut.

  12. Shonok says:

    dr light will appera for sure his name was mentioned by caitlin on arrow S02e19 when slade attacked her and cisco on star lab, she also said that harrison wells fired him because he was a psycho

    • cdhaskell says:

      Dr. Harrison Well is the last person who should any one psycho. I can’t wait to see see what happened when the writer developed his background and why he killed Barry Allen’s mother and frame Barry’s father.

  13. cdhaskell says:

    I can’t wait to see the various type of villain that will pop up the series. I hope that one of them isn’t Lex Luther because he have be overused in the various TV/film. I hope that Solomon Grundy,Blockbuster,Giganta,and Cheetah will appear in future episode.

  14. hmm we got a green batman why not a black joker

  15. Vandal Savage. Make it happen.

  16. Steve Kos says:

    There is a time traveler on the team and you would need a villain to play off that. Per Degaton comes to mind. Vandal Savage would be cool, but although immortal, he lives in linear time. I’m not sure how that would work.

  17. JFoxxx says:

    Braniac already played a large role in Smallville (portrayed by James Marsters) season 5, 7 and 10 so if it is somebody that has never been on screen before it won’t be him. I think now is the perfect time to bring in a character like Killer Croc, Clayface, Solomon Grundy, Calendar Man, Great White Shark or Prometheus. None of these characters have ever been in a movie or a TV show and Croc would be the best choice because they could start him off as a human Waylon Jones and he could become more crocodile like as the show goes on until he is finally Killer Croc.

  18. kale says:

    I think Hugo Strange would make an great antagonist for the spin off.

  19. Gary says:

    We need to see Brainiac and the Parasite from Superman lore–can’t believe no one’s gone for Parasite against Supes before. One of the great underrated villains.

  20. MicroBioMan says:

    I’m betting on Solomon Grundy — at least eventually.

  21. Muntasir says:

    I think to make it more interesting Sled should escape and add the number of Villains.

  22. Aleksandra says:

    Episode with a Roulette where she makes superheroes to fight against each other would be cool ^_^

  23. rob says:

    hard to say maybe sinistro or faust or braniac but this maybe to big for tv show ?? much more easy be say new superhero in team i think Power Girl be good choice hawkgirl saturn girl etc etc

  24. Riles says:

    I’m thinking Vandal Savage would be good here. Lead a team of villains and has a lot flashback scenes if they want for the character.

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