Well here is another one in the WIN WIN column for Warner Bros. Television, The CW and especially for all us fans. Deadline reports that the network has plans for a superhero team-up show set in the same TV-verse as their two DC Comics-based hits Arrow and The Flash. Slated to be featured will be the establish popular characters played by Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/Canary) and Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold).
While the show is still in the earliest stages of development, reportedly the series will also feature three additional DC characters who have not yet appeared on TV. With the names attached to the show, there is really no need for a so-called back door pilot. Palmer, Lance, Stein and Snart have collectively had enough screen time and set-up to hit the ground running in a new show.
It is interesting to note that while Victor Garber’s name is mentioned, the other half of Firestorm, Robbie Amell, is not. When last seen on The Flash, the duo who merge to become DC’s Nuclear Man were on their way to Pittsburgh in hopes to find answers in regards to controlling their powers. Also in non-spoiler news to fans, Caity Lotz’s Sara Lance was killed off in Arrow early in season three, so it’s up in the air exactly how she will be a part of the show.
As much as fans have good reason to be thrilled, the news is not a total surprise. There were grumblings at the CW TCA session in January that a third DC-based show would hit the network at some point in the future.
“We are in preliminary discussions to expand the Flash-Arrow universe,” CW chief Mark Pedowitz revealed to the attending press.
Fans had their money on Brandon Routh’s popular Ray Palmer character getting the next show, since he is currently a major player in this season of Arrow, and traditional super powered heroes are not overall in line with the gritty credo of the series. Palmer has been working his way to suiting up as DC’s The Atom, and finally donned the techy armor on last night’s Arrow. There are surely windows still wide open for other established Arrow/Flash characters to get added or appear in cameos.
The Flash made a big deal of playing up Firestorm this season, a hero born from a mass scale particle accelerator accident that merged Victor Garber’s Dr. Martin Stein and Robbie Amell’s Ronnie Raymond. The same incident also gave Barry Allen the super speed abilities of the Flash. It became anyone’s guess recently if it would be The Atom or Firestorm who was being groomed for the next spin-off series. In the end it looks like The CW has bigger plans which will expand their DC Comics playground even further and years before the Justice League hits the big screen.
Frankly seeing how The CW and WB TV have really done an outstanding job building their world with Arrow and Flash, there should little room for doubt that this will something to really look forward to, even more so with this solid cast. The project, produced by Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim, could very well go straight to series for a mid-season debut in early 2016.