CW's Superheroes Return! How Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends Will Save the Day in 2017

The showrunners from The CW's four superhero shows tease their major four-part crossover, new villains, marriage, and more.

by | October 6, 2017 | Comments

Supergirl, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow (The CW)

The CW’s superheroes will each have some potentially world-destroying problems to deal with when the four series — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow — return over the next week.

On the sixth season of Arrow, not everyone will make it off Lian Yu alive. In season 4 of The Flash, Barry will have been gone from Central City for six months after appeasing the speedforce to save Iris’ live. On Supergirl season 3, Kara will have to come to terms with the major sacrifice she made to save Earth. And on the third season of Legends of Tomorrow, the team will be forced to fix the anachronisms and aberrations they caused when they visited a time to which they’d already traveled before.

Rotten Tomatoes spoke with the executive producers from each of the DC series about how their superheroes will save the day, which villains they’ll have to overcome this season, and new cast members, including genre favorites such as Smallville vet Erica Durance, Lost‘s Michael Emerson, Heroes star Adrian Pasdar and more.

Read on to find out what to expect during The CW’s premiere week, kicking off Monday, Oct. 9.

Supergirl | The Flash | Legends of Tomorrow | Arrow


Premieres: Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.
Stars: Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David HarewoodJeremy JordanCalista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Katie McGrathChris Wood

Supergirl (Benoist) made a major sacrifice at the end of the season 2 finale, sending her love, Mon-El (Wood) away in order save Earth. While the plan worked, Earth might not be safe for long thanks to a mysterious Kryptonian pod containing a baby who will allegedly reign over Earth. Executive producer Robert Rovner reveals exactly how the baby will wreak havoc and teases Mon-El’s eventual reappearance.

Rotten Tomatoes: What can you say about the baby in the teaser from the end of season 2?

Robert Rover: The baby is Reign, played by Odette Annable. She will be a world killer who is genetically engineered by these people on Krypton. We’re excited to tell that story this season, to see Reign come up head-to-head against Supergirl.

(Photo by The CW)

When Mon-El comes back, is he going to be the same guy?

All I can tell you unfortunately is that Mon-El will return at some point, but when he returns and how is one of the central mysteries of our season.

When he does return, is there a possibility that he and Kara could still have a relationship?

She’s grappling with the events of the season finale as we start the season, and she’s wrestling with what it means to be human. How and when it impacts with the return of Mon-El, that we can’t really talk about.

(Photo by The CW)

In the Comic Con trailer, Kara says, “I am not a human. Kara was a mistake.” Is that just her in the aftermath of this sacrifice she had to make in the finale, or is that just growing pains now that she’s accepting her identity as Supergirl?

I think it’s growing pains. She learned the price of being vulnerable and the price of falling in love. She was put on Earth for a reason, so she’s grappling with [the question of] is it better to compartmentalize and throw herself into work at the expense of her relationships and be focused on saving the world — which in some respects is emotionally easier — or is she prepared to try and take a chance on fulfilling her human destiny as well?

What can you say about Adrian Pasdar’s new character?

He’s wonderful. He’s playing Morgan Edge. We’re really excited to have him on. He comes from the comics, and he’s a titan in business. He comes to National City with his own agenda that quickly comes into conflict with Supergirl’s.

(Photo by The CW)

And what about Erica Durance taking the place of Laura Benanti?

Oh she’s wonderful. We’re really excited to have her. It’s great. She’s one of the legacy actors. She was in Smallville as Lois Lane. We always love bringing people who have been part of the DC Universe back into the fold in different roles, so it’s been kind of great having her back in the DC family. We were sad that Laura Benanti couldn’t continue, and we loved her in the role of Alora, but it’s great to have Erica stepping into the role. Kara’s roots and her parents and that loss are so central to her character, so we thought it was important that we continue to have that presence in her life on Earth.

The legacy casting has been so fun. Are there any other people you want to try to get on at some point?

We love having them on and so whenever a new character comes up, we think about if there’s somebody that’s been involved in the DC Universe that could play that part. But besides Erica and the ones we have, like Helen Slater, who continue on the show, we don’t really have any other plans at the present. We love it, and we think the fans love it. We love seeing people that we know and are familiar with step into other roles. And what’s great about them is that they’re all wonderful actors as well. So, you get the excitement of seeing them in the new role but they also bring a lot when they take on these new characters.

(Photo by The CW)

Alex and Maggie’s engagement seemed a little quick. Are they going slow it down a little when we get back?

We love Sanvers and we loved watching them fall in love last season. And we’re disappointed that Floriana [Lima] had other opportunities and other things she had to pursue this season so that she couldn’t come back full time, but what we are able to do is tell a story for them that really honors their relationship. That’s what we’re pursuing and we hope the fans will be as moved by it as we are.

On a larger scale, when Supergirl premiered, seeing Melissa interact with little girls dressed as Supergirl was so inspiring. Then there was Wonder Woman‘s success over the summer. Do you feel a cultural importance on a larger scale when you’re writing, or are you focused on the smaller scale of just making a good show?

One of the things I think we were able to do this season was to tell stories that really spoke to issues that were going on in the real world, and to see how this very strong woman could navigate that and allow us to discuss issues that were topical, and to tell stories about inclusion, and acceptance, and about LGBTQ rights, and all of the stuff we’ve been able to tell. We do focus on letting Supergirl be a voice of strength and optimism and hope, to tell stories that are reflective of what’s going on and to be a source of strength and be there for people who are dealing with all of the stuff that we’re dealing with. I think too it shows that it’s not always her super powers that save the day. It’s her voice and all of her strength that can inspire people that they don’t have to be a superhero to make a difference, that they can use their own strength to persevere. Hopefully the stories that we’re telling challenge people, and help embolden them to be the best that they can be, to persevere under the most trying of circumstances.

Supergirl | The Flash | Legends of Tomorrow | Arrow

Pages: 1 2 3 4 Next

Tag Cloud

Calendar HBO Go movie latino Amazon Prime best cults Spectrum Originals TV renewals breaking bad Writers Guild of America Trivia indie FOX period drama singing competition canceled TV shows technology Marvel Studios YouTube Red criterion Adult Swim finale animated Pet Sematary vampires Mary Poppins Returns SXSW Sci-Fi Nickelodeon dceu political drama Captain marvel miniseries Ovation Netflix witnail green book hist USA Comics on TV Horror Esquire Television Academy blockbuster Trailer mockumentary San Diego Comic-Con FX on Hulu MSNBC Awards Tour dragons PBS Acorn TV 2016 Superheroe jamie lee curtis Thanksgiving werewolf Comic Book Podcast Ellie Kemper Bravo crime drama serial killer Extras die hard Teen Baby Yoda Rocky Nat Geo ESPN Winners OWN comics war sports DirecTV Chilling Adventures of Sabrina The Purge Opinion Marathons television Shudder LGBT TBS Endgame TV Land Lifetime Christmas movies Holiday History Pixar Oscars Binge Guide TIFF YouTube Super Bowl Freeform TCA 21st Century Fox Epix BBC America Fall TV children's TV anime Universal twilight mission: impossible CBS All Access space Valentine's Day cops Trophy Talk Emmy Nominations Hulu A24 Logo renewed TV shows universal monsters crossover award winner spinoff Reality Country true crime free movies YA versus discovery Britbox docudrama TLC Ghostbusters teaser reviews historical drama sequel blaxploitation Summer politics Arrowverse stand-up comedy Emmys Cannes Film ABC Family Comedy game of thrones Awards BET streaming cartoon cancelled TV shows USA Network social media OneApp Masterpiece kids 2020 Turner Classic Movies Polls and Games dogs golden globes cats 2017 dark anthology Shondaland Marvel boxoffice Lifetime Dark Horse Comics cinemax screenings ITV Animation Sneak Peek Disney Channel Women's History Month The Witch CNN WarnerMedia richard e. Grant Amazon Prime Video cooking video TCA 2017 travel films unscripted Grammys Hallmark Christmas movies Apple TV Plus DC Universe Mudbound series WGN Musical asian-american Holidays Nominations Stephen King all-time science fiction First Reviews aliens ratings Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt based on movie HBO news robots documentary Comedy Central disaster NBC sitcom Mindy Kaling The Arrangement halloween Rock Funimation 2019 police drama Discovery Channel Family BBC Superheroes Turner Cartoon Network comic cars reboot First Look President Set visit crime thriller Mystery Tubi justice league documentaries talk show PlayStation 2018 chucky child's play dramedy Lucasfilm festivals CW Seed Rom-Com Schedule Vudu Walt Disney Pictures Star Wars Pride Month Marvel Television E! The Walking Dead hispanic natural history A&E cancelled television stoner Certified Fresh strong female leads Watching Series Netflix Christmas movies spider-man PaleyFest biography Action supernatural Sundance Now Election transformers National Geographic romance Pop Starz FXX mutant Interview Mary Tyler Moore book psycho directors independent medical drama GoT Song of Ice and Fire Paramount Video Games foreign MCU E3 indiana jones dc Fox News Creative Arts Emmys Classic Film 24 frames ABC Apple Elton John Biopics concert Paramount Network Columbia Pictures Showtime sag awards Sony Pictures adventure what to watch Disney streaming service Spike Year in Review christmas movies Heroines VICE psychological thriller DC Comics APB BBC One Quiz nature Academy Awards SDCC a nightmare on elm street DC streaming service elevated horror joker Box Office SundanceTV revenge Pirates VOD binge Lionsgate Countdown slashers Black Mirror Film Festival Peacock quibi 4/20 Food Network zombie casting critics screen actors guild AMC 007 facebook Crunchyroll LGBTQ Rocketman TCM zero dark thirty tv talk 71st Emmy Awards Amazon DGA harry potter Sundance TV Apple TV+ theme song HBO Max Cosplay IFC franchise Red Carpet Brie Larson Disney+ Disney Plus See It Skip It Premiere Dates New York Comic Con GIFs Travel Channel zombies Western cancelled TV series El Rey RT21 Chernobyl spanish language X-Men toy story Syfy movies satire FX Tarantino Pop TV name the review rotten movies we love ghosts CMT Music south america Reality Competition Toys Kids & Family 20th Century Fox American Society of Cinematographers cancelled GLAAD Martial Arts Winter TV NYCC Amazon Studios BAFTA composers Sundance TruTV Best and Worst Hear Us Out Musicals TV The CW Avengers 45 Tumblr crime TCA Winter 2020 Disney comedies parents Warner Bros. game show video on demand doctor who scary movies Photos Infographic Character Guide BET Awards romantic comedy Christmas Crackle Anna Paquin IFC Films batman Mary poppins VH1 Star Trek Fantasy Hallmark spy thriller TNT spain adaptation RT History Spring TV diversity CBS Black History Month Tomatazos 2015 canceled YouTube Premium MTV Disney Plus Drama thriller comiccon