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Welcome back 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, Supergirl and Black Lightning, and Fox’s Gotham.
[Editor’s note: THR will continue to cover the onscreen events of the DC TV series as producers Warner Bros. Television investigate Arrow, Supergirl, Legends and The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who has been suspended following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Here is how the stars responded to the allegations.]
Legends of Tomorrow
About that wonderful reference … | After Arrow dropped a casual Bruce Wayne mention a few weeks ago, the floodgates have opened for other comic book Easter eggs on all The CW’s Arrow-verse shows. Legends of Tomorrow served the ultimate mic drop at the end of this week’s Helen of Troy-themed episode, when new team member Zari (Tala Ashe) decided to “hack” time and drop off the displaced Trojan in her same era, but not in the middle of the Trojan War where she would be the unwitting mascot for a war she never wanted. Instead, Zari took her to an island full of warrior women, where no men are allowed. If that wasn’t enough of a clue to get fan tongues wagging, the chyron on the bottom of the screen confirmed in the final frame of the episode that the island was Themyscira, aka the home of Wonder Woman. Now this doesn’t mean Gal Gadot’s inspiring big-screen Wonder Woman Amazonian hero is all of a sudden going to show up on The CW series (The Hollywood Reporter confirmed with Warner Bros. TV that this is just a fun reference, nothing more), but what a thrill to see that kind of comic book connection in DC’s TV universe. More of this, please!
Wait, what name did she say?! | Not to be outdone by Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl also decided to throw caution to the wind and have some fun with the DC Comics universe. But instead of referencing a movie hero, the series connected to another, older DC TV series. In flashbacks to Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex’s (Chyler Leigh) childhood, the girls bonded for the very first time in solving their friend’s murder. While trying to uncover evidence on a damaged and encrypted laptop, Alex mentioned sending it off to her friend “Chloe” who was really good with technology, and even had a “Wall of Weird.” And with that, all Smallville fans let out a huge cheer. Of all properties or names to drop, no one predicted that it would be a Smallville character (especially since Smallville‘s Superman, Tom Welling, looks a lot different from Supergirl‘s version, Tyler Hoechlin). But again, what a fun twist of fate to hear the OG DC TV series get a fun shout-out.
Awkward timing | The Flash is telling Ralph Dibny’s (Hartley Sawyer) slow journey from corrupt, womanizing and skeezy disgraced detective turned private investigator into the heroic Elongated Man. But that may now be the most ill-timed story given what’s happening behind the scenes with showrunner Andrew Kreisberg. During this week’s episode, Ralph made lewd comments to all the female members of Team Flash as he predicted their personal measurements. The disgust on everyone’s face was only a fraction of what viewers felt. This was a poor, tone-deaf creative choice on any day of the week but it’s especially bad given Hollywood’s current narrative.
No more secrets | No surprise here: Diggle’s (David Ramsey) “experimental steroid” that he’s been taking to suppress his tremor is actually an illegal drug he’s been buying from new big bad Ricardo Diaz aka Dragon (Kirk Acevedo). Diggle was naive to think the serum he’s been buying under cover of darkness and secretly injecting himself with was anything above board, but this is the worst-case scenario. Dragon started making moves that the new leader of Team Arrow couldn’t ignore, so he was forced to take his own supplier down. Because he realized just how deep he was in it, Diggle finally confessed to Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson) about his tremor and his drug use, and then continued his apology tour to the whole team in the bunker — minus Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Oliver (Stephen Amell) who were reuniting after Oliver’s trip with Slade (Manu Bennett). Everyone took it surprisingly well, and Curtis (Echo Kellum) even decided to try to work on a more appropriate solution for Diggle, since this is a guy who created a chip that cured paralysis.
Except for this one | Despite Diggle’s promise to Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) that there would be “no more secrets” now that his are all out in the open, Dinah still kept hers. She still hasn’t told the team that she let Vigilante (Johann Urb) go, or that he left her a romantic present. Going off of Arrow’s track record, fans can expect this secret to explode in only a few episodes.
Baby Batman breaking hearts | As annoying and bratty as Bruce (David Mazouz) has been acting recently, taking his billionaire party boy character mask a little too seriously, it’s undeniable that it’s giving the young actor some real meat to work with this season. Watching him alienate his loved ones, especially Alfred (Sean Pertwee), as a result of his guilt over getting his friend killed by Ra’s al Ghul (Alexander Siddig), was totally and completely heartbreaking. Is this the turning point where Alfred starts acting like Bruce’s employee instead of his guardian and friend? Or can Bruce fix the fractures he’s putting in their relationship before it’s too late?
Gotham airs Thursdays on Fox. Supergirl airs Mondays, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow air Tuesdays, Arrow airs Thursdays; and Black Lightning will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 16, all on The CW.
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