8:15am PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
DC TV Watch: 'Supergirl' Takes Major Step Forward With LGBT Story
Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox's Gotham and what it all means. (Note: The Flash did not air a new episode this week.)
Alex comes out: The mystery of who is going to come out on a DC Comics show has finally been solved: Alex (Chyler Leigh) on Supergirl. Kara's sister realized through her growing friendship with Maggie (Floriana Lima) that she was gay, and she looked hopeful and excited about her new self-discovery while discussing it with her crush at the end of this week's episode. "Alex has put her hopes and dream on Maggie, which may or may not sit well with Maggie," says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. "But watching them navigate Alex's coming out, their own ongoing romantic relationship will make up the emotional crux of the next few episodes."
Good cop breaks bad: The one person at the GCPD who has always been ethically sound, moral and all-around good has officially joined the dark side. Capt. Barnes (Michael Chiklis) finally succumbed to his blood poisoning in this week's episode, and with his rage amplified, he decided that everyone in Gotham was guilty and needed to be killed. It's interesting to note that when Barnes was first introduced on the Fox series, he was the pinnacle of law and order, and was supposed to be the mirror for Jim Gordon's (Ben McKenzie) darkness that was starting to come out. Now that Barnes has gone bad, does that mean Jim is going to tip the scales back to good? Gordon did hear Barnes' latest victim whisper his name, so he now has an idea that his boss might be connected to the gruesome killings he's investigating. Will Gordon be the one to take down Barnes?
Prometheus unmasked? While speculation surrounding new villain Prometheus has been swirling ever since producers revealed he had a connection to something Oliver (Stephen Amell) did in season one, Arrow may have revealed who is behind the mask in this week's episode. After Thea (Will Holland) discovered that Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) had never stopped drinking, she decided to drag him to an AA meeting, but a quick cut scene at the end of the episode showed that he had one of Prometheus' throwing stars at home and a gash on his arm where Artemis (Madison McLaughlin) had cut Prometheus during a fight. Is there more than just alcoholism going on beneath Lance's surface? Is he finally getting revenge on Oliver for ruining his daughters' lives? Or, more likely, is this just a red herring meant to distract viewers from the real identity of Prometheus?
Legends of Tomorrow
Where's Rip? The former leader of the Legends team hasn't been name-dropped in quite some time after his disappearance, but Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) is not gone for good. "That's going to be something that is always going on in the background, and in some cases the foreground, in the various episodes," says executive producer Marc Guggenheim of the search for Rip. "We don’t want to change the mission statement from fixing aberrations to going to save Rip, because the bat’s been taken out of their hand because they don’t know how to find him. Even if they were to say priority number one was finding Rip, I don’t know how they’d go about it given the nature of his disappearance." And "you will find out before the Legends do" about what happened to Rip.
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Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; and Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.