The CW may soon be expanding its superhero universe. The network is reportedly developing a spin-off featuring characters from both of its current DC Comics series, Arrow and The Flash.
The possibility of a spin-off project was first hinted at during January’s Television Critics Panel press tour. At the time, the potential series was described as focusing on the character of The Atom, played by Brandon Routh in Arrow. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the developing show would actually reunite Routh and Caity Lotz, who played the character of Sarah Lance, otherwise known as the Black Canary. Aside from the two Arrow alums, the series will also include two characters from The Flash, Victor Garber’s Dr. Martin Stein (currently one half of Firestorm) and Wentworth Miller’s Leonard Snart (a.k.a Captain Cold).
In addition to the actors reprising their comic roles, the show may also introduce several new faces. Per THR, the potential series will feature three additional DC characters, who have not been previously featured on either Arrow or The Flash. Though the network hasn’t revealed which characters these will be, all three will reportedly have key roles in the superhero team-up.
While the star-studded lineup alone is reason enough for excitement, plenty of questions remain regarding the potential project and the characters involved. As fans of Arrow know, Lotz’s Canary was killed in season three of the series, which makes her involvement the upcoming team-up particularly interesting. Whether her character will be revived or she’ll be playing an entirely new character is still unclear. The inclusion of Garber’s Martin Stein character raises questions as well – mainly whether Firestorm’s other half, Ronnie (played by Robbie Amell on The Flash), will also be joining the team or if Stein will find a way to participate solo.
Since the show is only in the early stages of development, it will likely be a while before viewers get more information on the show and how exactly it will bring these particular comic characters together in the first place. Still, fans may be happy to know that the ambitious project is in good hands. The potential series hails from Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, creators of Arrow and The Flash, as well as Marc Guggenheim (another Arrow co-creator).
Given the success that the CW has had with both of its current DC Comics series, it’s no surprise that the network is eager to revisit some of the same characters in another show. Arrow remains one of its most popular shows and was recently renewed for a fourth season. Meanwhile, The Flash has quickly proven to be a big hit since its October debut and has also already been greenlit for a second season. With a strong cast and creative team behind it, the coming potential spin-off would hopefully deliver more of what fans love by mixing the best aspects of both shows- Arrow‘s dark action and The Flash‘s colorful, lighthearted fun.
With Arrow and The Flash on their slate and this spin-off now in the works, the CW seems to be quickly becoming the dominating presence within the DC TV universe. But they’re not the only network who has had success with a series based on a DC character. Fox’s freshman show Gotham has also fared well over the course of its first season. Meanwhile, CBS currently has Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist, in the works.
The Flash/Arrow combination spin-off is not part of the CW’s current pilot cycle, but should it move forward, the project has the potential to earn a straight-to-series order. If it does get picked up, the series may air during midseason of next year.