As The CW preps to launch its superhero TV slate early this October, it’s worth mentioning that some milestone episodes are coming this year. Notably, Arrow‘s fifth season will see its 100th episode in just a few months, and the writing team has some special plans in store for this achievement.
As TV Line reports, this 100th episode of Arrow not only comes in the middle of the season’s run but will be smack in the center of a four-episode crossover that also features the network’s series The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. To celebrate that fact, fans will be seeing two dearly departed characters return to the small screen.
The first, Jamey Sheridan a.k.a. Robert Queen, was revealed in a tweet from executive producer Marc Guggenheim during the assembled cast’s table read:
Arrow 100th Episode Table Read. No Flashpoint. No flashbacks. pic.twitter.com/bs4KXiPVNx
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) September 23, 2016
And though she doesn’t appear in that behind-the-scenes image, Katie Cassidy took to her own Facebook page to post an image of her own confirming that she will indeed be appearing in the 100th episode as well:
Since Guggenheim said that there would be “No Flashpoint. No Flashbacks.” in his tweet, one can only assume that this crossover special will have something to do with the time-traveling members of the Legends of Tomorrow.
And on that front, we have news that Stephen Amell will be appearing in the spin-off series’ Season 2 premiere as Oliver Queen. Airing Thursday, October 13th at 8pm on The CW, the premiere’s synopsis is as follows (via CBM):
LOST AND FOUND — GUEST STARRING STEPHEN AMELL — After the defeat of the immortal villain Vandal Savage and the exposure of the corrupt Time Masters, a new threat emerges. Dr. Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), an unconventional and charming historian, is thrust into the action. After making a shocking discovery, Nate seeks out Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) for help in finding the scattered Legends. Once reunited, the Legends continue their new mission to protect the timeline from temporal aberrations – unusual changes to history that spawn potentially catastrophic consequences. Their first stop is 1942 to protect Albert Einstein from being kidnapped before the Nazis destroy New York City with a nuclear bomb. Meanwhile, Ray (Brandon Routh) notices that Sara (Caity Lotz) has a mission of her own, which leads them both to face her nemesis, Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough). Victor Garber, Arthur Darvill, Dominic Purcell and Franz Drameh also star. Dermot Downs directed the episode written by Marc Guggenheim & Phil Klemmer and Greg Berlanti & Chris Fedak.
So it seems Oliver Queen will be lending a hand (and a bow) to Dr. Nate Heywood, a.k.a. Citizen Steel, who will be introduced to audiences for the first time. I’m assuming it will be a somewhat small role to help reunite the Legends and to kick off their season-long conflict. It looks like the premiere will also shed some light about how Damien Darhk gets involved with the Legion of Doom. Lots of fun stuff coming around the corner!
In related CW superhero series news, we saw an extended trailer for The Flash Season 3, one which saw Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) finding his way through a whole new world and navigating all new relationships with familiar faces. According to EW, and star Candice Patton, this version of Iris West will have some big moments in the premiere:
All I can tell you is that there’s quite a big reveal when it comes to Iris in the premiere — though that doesn’t mean she’s wildly different in the Flashpoint timeline. “She’s a fixed point for Barry Allen, so no matter where we see her, no matter where we find her, she’s still very similar to the Iris that we’ve always known and loved, which is why Barry sees her as the shining star in the sky. He can always find her somewhat the same.”
For folks who would like Iris West to get back into reporting a bit more, Patton also teased that she “read some stuff where we’re moving in that direction.”
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