5:51pm PT by Aaron Couch, Lesley Goldberg
CW Plots Star-Studded 'Flash'/'Arrow' Spinoff
The CW superhero universe may be getting bigger.
The network is eying a star-studded spinoff featuring characters from Arrow and The Flash, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim are behind the project, which would unite Arrow's Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The Atom and Caity Lotz whose Arrow character Sara Lance/Canary was killed off this season. It is unclear if she would revive the character or don a different identity. Also in the mix would be The Flash's Wentworth Miller, with the Prison Break alum playing Leonard Snart (the villainous Captain Cold) and Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein (one half of Firestorm).
Arrow and The Flash found success this season with a series of crossover episodes, and it is possible other characters from those shows could pop up on this spinoff, which is described as a superhero team-up series. For now, the drama is in early development but considering its star power and success of its creative team, could go straight to series for next midseason. Three additional DC characters, who have not been featured on Arrow or The Flash, are also said to play important roles in the drama.
This is the project that was first hinted at during January's Television Critics Association press tour, when it was described as spinoff featuring Routh's Atom.
The DC "team-up" also comes as Berlanti and Kreisberg are busy prepping CBS' DC Comics take on Supergirl, which has a series commitment at the network. The potential Arrow/Flash team-up also hails from Warner Bros. Television and Greg Berlanti Productions' topper Sarah Schechter.
It comes as DC has found mega-success on the small screen with Fox's Gotham in addition to Arrow, The Flash and potentially Supergirl.
Routh joined Arrow this season as billionaire inventor Ray Palmer, with him making his debut in The Atom suit in Wednesday's Arrow. Lotz's Sara was an important part of team Arrow during season two. She was previously thought to be dead, and was killed of early on in the current season three.
Miller's character Captain Cold, the only villain of the bunch, has appeared in two episodes of The Flash so far, with him giving The Flash (Grant Gustin) among his toughest battles, using a specially created gun that has the ability to shoot freezing cold and ice. Meanwhile, Garber's Stein recently completed a two-episode arc on The Flash as a scientist who became fused with twenty-something Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), with the pair unwillingly combining to become a destructive force.