8:15am PT by Sydney Bucksbaum
DC TV Watch: 'Arrow' Villain Levels Up
Welcome back to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on the small screen. Every Saturday, 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, Supergirl and Black Lightning, and Fox's Gotham.
The big news: Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) is down one Longbow Hunter thanks to Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Rene (Rick Gonzalez) kidnapping Silencer (Miranda Edwards) during an FBI mission. But he now has super strength thanks to a serum he stole from the CDC.
What this means: If Diaz was tough to take down before, he's damn near impossible for the fractured Team Arrow to defeat now. Oliver's still in prison (and now he's being taken to super max thanks to a prison riot), and he was really the best/only chance the team had at taking down Diaz when the latter had only normal strength. The Dragon's new super serum has made him totally unstoppable, and the most formidable opponent this show has had yet. And just what exactly does Felicity have planned for the Silencer? There's no way this secret hostage crisis is going to end well for her and Rene.
Other noteworthy moments: Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) had a little trouble in paradise this week on an off-books ARGUS mission. Diggle discovers that Lyla is trading the information they had acquired to a very shady person behind his back, so when he confronts his wife about it, she reveals that something is fishy in their government organization and she's trying to figure out what's really going on. If this is foreshadowing for Lyla getting in over her head and ultimately losing her life for digging around in dangerous places, things are not going to go well for Diggle this season.
And in a shocking turn of events, for the first time this season Arrow has no island flash-forward scenes. While "less is more" certainly worked for the island storyline in recent seasons when it was flashbacks, the creative juice the future arc is giving this season means this episode suffers from the lack of the flash-forwards. Hopefully, next week brings the flash-forwards back so fans can finally find out what's going in Star City 20 years in the future.
Plus, check out an exclusive clip below of the next episode of Arrow, "Level Two," in which a desperate Felicity thinks about resorting to torture to get information out of the Silencer. Is this a line she can actually cross? And is it one she'll be able to come back from when this is all over?
The big news: Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) got her new suit as teased in the Comic-Con trailer, and it's not for any reason worth celebrating.
What this means: After last week's kryptonite bomb irradiated the entire planet's atmosphere, Kara almost fell to her death. Thankfully, J'onn J'onzz (David Harewood) flies to her and catches her in time, but she is already so irradiated that she isn't healing, even under a yellow-sun light. Alex (Chyler Leigh), desperate for her sister not to die, enlists Lena's (Katie McGrath) help. Lena has developed a kind of suit that keeps its wearer from breathing any of the atmosphere, which means that Kara is now stuck in a kind of bubble for the foreseeable future while the DEO attempts to figure out a way to rid the Earth's atmosphere of kryptonite. Many fans had speculated that this new suit was a kind of upgrade for Supergirl, but it's actually quite the downgrade as she's no longer able to live her human life until the atmosphere is cleared, further separating her from the humans with whom she's trying to connect.
Other noteworthy moments: This week's episode also serves as the origin story for Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer). Spanning back years, all the way to Supergirl's season one finale, fans were able to see all the major events of the series through the eyes of innocent human bystanders who have had to pay the price of all the world-spanning alien battles over the past few years. It was an honest look at how a normal, kind person like an intelligent college professor could become twisted into an intolerant, full-of-hate domestic terrorist through bad fortune and luck, blaming an entire race for losing his house, job and father. The hour holds an incredible relevance to this past week's real-world terrorist attacks, and it will be interesting to see if/how Supergirl frames a potential solution within the mythology of the show.
Legends of Tomorrow
The big news: The Legends effectively lose one team member in Nate (Nick Zano) as Constantine (Matt Ryan) moves into the Waverider (but still doesn't consider himself a part of the team).
What this means: After spending the hour lamenting his bleak financial situation (apparently being a Legend pays only in the memories they all make together), Nate decides to join the Time Bureau to make some real money after convincing his government agent father to funnel billions into the time-travel branch. This means Nate and Ray (Brandon Routh) are going to spend some time apart, aka the telepathic pig/naked Ray being carried in Nate's arms was a last hurrah for these BFFs for the time being. It goes without saying: That's a huge bummer.
Other noteworthy moments: What isn't a noteworthy moment in this week's episode? The evil Disney fairy godmother breaking out into the darkest song imaginable? The incredible prescience of the Salem witch trials and watching innocent women suffer at the hands of ignorant, power-hungry men? Gary (Adam Tsekhman) showing off his missing nipple to Nate's extremely buttoned-up father? Sara (Caity Lotz) crashing and burning while trying to make a pun? The fact that the Waverider apparently has a "narc mode" for Sara to spy on her team? Mick (Dominic Purcell) and Constantine being the most incompatible roommates ever? This episode is top notch bananas in the best possible way.
And while fans still don't know what's hunting Constantine, it's apparently much worse than being sent to hell forever, according to the evil fairy godmother who refuses to trade her sentence for being Constantine's bodyguard. Yikes.
The big news: Metahumans aren't the only thing giving Team Flash a run for their money; thanks to the Thinker's (Neil Sandilands) Enlightenment disaster last season, his dark matter-infused satellite that crashed down created meta-technology in Central City, giving anyone who comes into contact with it metahuman abilities.
What this means: Cicada (Chris Klein) might not be a metahuman after all; his dagger could be what's giving him the ability to dampen other metahumans' powers. It also means that every conflict Team Flash comes up against this season will have another layer to figuring out how to stop each villain of the week, depending on if the villain is a metahuman or just a human using meta-tech.
Other noteworthy moments: Another huge revelation came this week care of Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). While taking down the villain using a meta-tech cellphone to hypnotize people using headlines (giving new meaning to the term "fake news"), Nora reveals the reason why she has such a chip on her shoulder when it comes to Iris (Candice Patton). Apparently in the future, Iris puts a metahuman dampener chip in Nora when she's just a child, so Nora never knew she had speedster powers until six months ago. Iris lied to Nora her whole life to "protect" her, and Iris doesn't know why she would do that. But she does believe she would have a good reason to do it, and Barry (Grant Gustin) backs her up, splintering their family dynamic to the point where Nora moves out of their apartment.
Big question here: If Barry constantly saves the day using his powers in death-defying ways, why is he so terrible at softball?! Yes, he was not athletic before the particle accelerator explosion, but with his powers, he should be the best athlete there is now. He could obviously mask his newfound powers and pretend to be bad at sports to keep his cover, but there's no logical explanation for why he would actually suck at sports when he is the fastest man alive. His performance in his work team's intramural game is baffling.
The big news: Tobias Whale (Marvin "Krondon" Jones III) planned his arrest in last week's episode so he could clear his name for the murder of Jefferson's (Cress Williams) father.
What this means: As THR speculated last week, Whale manipulated the entire situation of his arrest. He had all the evidence from the past murder destroyed so the police couldn't actually charge him with anything. After spending days in interrogation, the police are forced to let him go, completely exonerated. Whale now plans to take up a position in society again, flaunting his freedom in the face of everyone who tried to bring him down. Jefferson is definitely not going to take this quietly. He's already flirted with the idea of killing Whale, will he cross that line now that the law let him down?
Other noteworthy moments: Jennifer (China Anne McClain) reaches her breaking point in this week's episode when her parents tell her she can't go back to school. Her powers are still so unpredictable and uncontrollable, they decide to home school her instead. Frustrated with that decision, Jennifer then reaches out to Khalil (Jordan Calloway) as a form of rebellion. Will this be what Khalil needs to come back to the good side, or will he sway her over to the bad side now that he's Whale's No. 2?
The big news: The final season of Gotham has finally been scheduled... and it's supersized!
What this means: Fox announced this week that season five (aka the final season) is set to premiere Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. But that's not all: The network also expanded the episode order for the final season, adding two episodes. That brings the official episode count for season five to 12, which means the series finale will be the 100th episode. What a way for the Batman prequel to end!
Supergirl airs Sundays, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow air Mondays, The Flash and Black Lightning air Tuesdays, all on The CW; Gotham returns Jan. 3 on Fox.