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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: Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow did not air new episodes this week.
This is awesome | For everyone lamenting a serious lack of James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) in the most recent run of episodes, this bit of casting news is a good sign. This Is Us star Lonnie Chavis, who plays young Randall on NBC’s tearjerker, has joined The CW’s superhero drama for a big James-centric episode. Chavis will play a young alien named Marcus who ends up bonding with James after his mother attacks National City. “City of Lost Children” airs May 8 and finds CatCo’s new CEO at a crossroads as he struggles with his calling as Guardian as well as his day job. TV Line first reported the news.
Not holding back | When Arrow returns for the final run of season five, The CW’s first superhero series isn’t holding back, if the new sizzle reel for the remaining episodes is any indication. From Prometheus (Josh Segarra) continuing to harass Oliver (Stephen Amell) and his team to new hope for “Olicity,” here are the seven biggest reveals from the trailer:
1. Prometheus isn’t done destroying Oliver
While Oliver, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Team Arrow were finally able to get photographic evidence showing Adrian Chase taking off his Prometheus hood, they haven’t been able to catch him and bring him to justice. Felicity is heard saying, “Chase has been in the wind for a week.” So it’s safe to expect a mini-time jump when the series returns.
2. Familiar faces return
Since Prometheus is “picking off” Team Arrow one-by-one, that means Thea (Willa Holland) will finally return from … well, wherever the show is pretending she’s been for the past few episodes, all so she can be a target. The trailer also reveals the returns of Yao Fei (Byron Mann), Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Derek Sampson (Cody Rhodes), Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin), Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) and Black Siren (Katie Cassidy).
3. Hope for Olicity?
There are several shots throughout the sizzle reel showing Oliver and Felicity closer than ever, including one where their arms are around one another and it looks like they’re about to kiss. Is the show heading toward a romantic reunion between the two, even after he killed her boyfriend?
4. Finally closing the island chapter
It’s been a long time coming, but Arrow is finally going to finish the island flashback storyline it began in the series premiere. Oliver has gone through a lot in the five years that he was presumed dead, not all of it actually on Lian Yu, but the show is returning to the island to catch up to where it all began in the premiere. It also looks like Oliver might get taken to the island as Konstantin Kovar’s (Dolph Lundgren) prisoner and not of his own choice.
5. Black Siren’s plan
When Earth-2 Laurel Lance returns to Star City, it looks like her first stop is taking Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) hostage. Does this version of Laurel still feel anything for her father, or does she view her connection to Earth-1 Laurel’s father a weakness? The trailer also shows her beating Team Arrow’s new Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy), so expect some Siren-on-Canary violence.
6. Sister showdown
Another complicated family dynamic comes via the al Ghul sisters. Nyssa and Talia (Lexa Doig) are shown facing off and fighting in the sizzle reel. Is it for control of the League of Assassins, or something more personal?
7. Deathstroke, an ally?
The reason for Deathstroke’s return has been revealed. After Diggle (David Ramsey) tells Oliver they can’t beat Prometheus alone, Oliver is seen walking into the ARGUS prison on Lian Yu, holding out Deathstroke’s mask in his hand. Offscreen, Slade is heard saying, “Hey, kid — I’m glad you came back.” Can Oliver really trust Deathstroke as his ally, or is he just asking for more trouble letting out one of his greatest opponents?
What do you think of all the shocking news revealed for the DC Comics shows this week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow will return for season three on The CW in the fall.
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