Arrowverse

The Arrowverse is an American media franchise and shared fictional universe that is centered on various television series airing on The CW and web series airing on CW Seed. The series were developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Phil Klemmer, and Geoff Johns, and based on characters appearing in publications by DC Comics. The shared universe, much like the DC Universe in comic books, was established by crossing over common plot elements, settings, cast, and characters that span across four live-action television series and two animated series.

The fictional universe began with Arrow, based on the character Green Arrow, which debuted in October 2012. It was shortly followed by The Flash in 2014, and the animated web-series Vixen in 2015. The universe was expanded in 2016, when in January of that year a new series titled Legends of Tomorrow debuted, which would star characters who originally appeared on both Arrow and The Flash. The universe then expanded yet again later that year when the CBS series Supergirl was moved to The CW for its second season, where it has remained. A second animated web-series, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, was released in 2017, which followed Ray Terrill / The Ray, who would make a live-action appearance during that year's crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X". In addition to the live-action and web-based series, the universe has spawned three promotional tie-in live-action web series, Blood Rush, Chronicles of Cisco, and The Flash: Stretched Scenes; released in 2013, 2016, and 2017 respectively. Since 2014, there has been a yearly crossover event involving many of the live-action series of the Arrowverse. Additionally, Matt Ryan has reprised his role as John Constantine from the NBC series Constantine, in guest appearances in episodes of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, before becoming a series regular for the latter.

Arrowverse
DC on The CW
Promotional image for the 2016–17 television season
Created by
Original workArrow
Print publications
Novel(s)See below
ComicsSee below
Films and television
Television series
Web series
  • Vixen
  • Freedom Fighters: The Ray
Miscellaneous
Crossovers
Years2012–present

Development

In January 2012, The CW ordered a pilot for Arrow, revolving around the character Green Arrow and developed by Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, and Marc Guggenheim.[1][2] Stephen Amell was cast in the titular role.[3] When developing the series, Guggenheim expressed that the creative team wanted to "chart [their] own course, [their] own destiny", and avoid any direct connections to the series Smallville, which featured its own Green Arrow (Justin Hartley).[4] In July 2013, it was announced that Berlanti, Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns would be creating a spin-off television series based on The Flash.[5] The character, played by actor Grant Gustin, was set to appear in three episodes of Arrow's second season, with the third acting as a backdoor pilot for the new series,[6] though a traditional pilot was eventually ordered instead.[7]

In January 2015, the CW announced that an animated web-series featuring the DC heroine Vixen would be debuting on CW Seed in late 2015 and be set in the same universe as both Arrow and The Flash.[8] Amell and Gustin reprise their respective roles in the series,[9] and the character of Vixen was expected to make a live-action appearance on The Flash and/or Arrow as well.[10] The next month, it was reported that another spin-off series, described as a superhero team-up show, was being discussed by The CW for a possible 2015–16 midseason release. Berlanti, Kreisberg, Guggenheim, and Sarah Schechter would executive produce the potential series, which would be headlined by several recurring characters from both Arrow and The Flash. That May, the CW officially confirmed DC's Legends of Tomorrow for a January 2016 premiere.[11][12] Pedowitz later stated, "There is no intention, at this point, to spin anything else off" to add to the universe,[13] though after Vixen was renewed for a second season he said that, "Hopefully, that character could actually spin itself out, if not, maybe join as one of the Legends" in Legends of Tomorrow.[14]

In August 2015, in a video about the production of Vixen's first season, Guggenheim referred to the series' shared universe as the "Arrowverse",[15] which Kreisberg confirmed was the name the producers use for it.[16] The universe has also been referred to by the media as the "Flarrowverse", "Berlanti-verse" and "DC TV-verse".[17][18][19] In October, additional Arrow showrunner Wendy Mericle revealed that the producers had begun having someone track all the characters and plots used by each series, in order to make sure everything lines up,[20] though The Flash executive producer Aaron Helbing noted in April 2016 that "sometimes the schedules don't line up exactly...and that stuff is out of our control", such as when the Flash is shown using his abilities on Arrow that month, while not having them the same week on The Flash.[21] In August 2016, the CW announced the animated web-series Freedom Fighters: The Ray for CW Seed, with the intent of the actor cast as Raymond "Ray" Terrill to appear in the live-action series, much like Mari McCabe / Vixen.[22]

In July 2018, it was revealed that the CW was developing a script for a potential series centered on Batwoman, intended to launch after the character debuted in the "Elseworlds" crossover event. The series, if picked up, would be written by Caroline Dries with an intent to air in 2019.[23] In August, Ruby Rose was cast as Kate Kane / Batwoman.[24] In January 2019, the series received a pilot pick-up from the CW.[25] The four already-running series on The CW were confirmed for a further season through the 2019–20 television season on January 31, 2019.[26]

Series

Series Season Episodes First aired Last aired Showrunner(s) Status
Television series
Arrow 1 23 October 10, 2012 May 15, 2013 Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim[27][28][29][30][31] Released
2 23 October 9, 2013 May 14, 2014
3 23 October 8, 2014 May 13, 2015 Marc Guggenheim[32]
4 23 October 7, 2015 May 25, 2016 Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim[33]
5 23 October 5, 2016 May 24, 2017
6 23 October 12, 2017 May 17, 2018
7 22[34] October 15, 2018 TBA Beth Schwartz[33] Airing
8[26] TBA TBA TBA TBA Pre-production
The Flash 1 23 October 7, 2014 May 19, 2015 Andrew Kreisberg[35] Released
2 23 October 6, 2015 May 24, 2016 Andrew Kreisberg,[36] Gabrielle Stanton,[37] and Aaron and Todd Helbing[38]
3 23 October 4, 2016 May 23, 2017 Todd and Aaron Helbing,[39] and Andrew Kreisberg[40]
4 23 October 10, 2017 May 22, 2018 Andrew Kreisberg and Todd Helbing[33]
5 22[41] October 9, 2018 TBA Todd Helbing[33] Airing
6[26] TBA TBA TBA TBA Pre-production
Supergirl 1 20 October 26, 2015 April 18, 2016 Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Sarah Schechter and Andrew Kreisberg[42][43] Released
2 22 October 10, 2016 May 22, 2017
3 23 October 9, 2017 June 18, 2018 Andrew Kreisberg, Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner[44]
4 TBA October 14, 2018 TBA Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner[33] Airing
5[26] TBA TBA TBA TBA Pre-production
Legends of Tomorrow 1 16 January 21, 2016 May 19, 2016 Phil Klemmer[45] and Chris Fedak[46] Released
2 17 October 13, 2016 April 4, 2017
3 18 October 10, 2017 April 9, 2018 Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim[33]
4 16[47] October 22, 2018[48] TBA Phil Klemmer and Keto Shimizu[33][49] Airing
5[26] TBA TBA TBA TBA Pre-production
Web series
Vixen 1 6 August 25, 2015 September 29, 2015 Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg[50] Released
2 6 October 13, 2016 November 18, 2016
Freedom Fighters:The Ray 1 6 December 8, 2017 Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim[51]
2 6[a] July 18, 2018

Arrow (2012–)

Billionaire playboy Oliver Queen returns home after being stranded on a deserted island for five years. Upon his return to Starling City, Oliver rekindles his relationships and spends his nights hunting down wealthy criminals as a hooded vigilante.

The Flash (2014–)

After witnessing his mother's supernatural murder, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective Joe West and his daughter, Iris. Barry becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. A particle accelerator malfunctions, bathing the city center with a radiation during a thunderstorm, and Barry is struck by lightning. Awakening after a coma, he discovers he can move at superhuman speeds. Barry vows to use his gifts to protect Central City. As the Flash, Barry also pursues his mother's murderer, the Reverse-Flash.[52]

Vixen (2015–16)

After her parents were killed in Africa by local corruption, Mari McCabe inherits her family's Tantu Totem, gaining the powers of animals, using them to fight as Vixen to stop threats like those that claimed her family.[53]

Supergirl (2015–)

Kara Zor-El, who was sent to Earth from Krypton as a 13-year-old and taken in by the Danvers family, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. After an unexpected disaster, Kara is forced to reveal her powers, and becomes National City's protector.[54][55]

In November 2014, Berlanti expressed interest in his CBS series Supergirl existing in the same universe as Arrow and The Flash,[56] and in January 2015, The CW president Mark Pedowitz revealed that he was also open to a crossover between the series and networks. However, CBS president Nina Tassler stated that month that, "those two shows are on a different network. So I think we'll keep Supergirl to ourselves for awhile."[57] In August 2015, Tassler revealed that while there were no plans at the time to do story crossovers, the three series would have crossover promotions.[58] In January 2016, Tassler's successor Glenn Geller said "I have to be really careful what I say here" in regards to a potential Supergirl/Arrowverse crossover, so "Watch and wait and see what happens."[59]

In February 2016, it was announced that Gustin would appear on the Supergirl episode "Worlds Finest", with Berlanti and Kreisberg, also Supergirl executive producers, thanking "the fans and journalists who have kept asking for this to happen. It is our pleasure and hope to create an episode worthy of everyone's enthusiasm and support."[60] In "Worlds Finest", Supergirl is established as being in an alternate universe where the Flash helps Kara fight the Silver Banshee and Livewire in exchange for her help in returning home.[61] The events of the episode intersect with the events of the eighteenth episode of The Flash season two, "Versus Zoom".[62] The crossover required "a lot more logistical trickery" than the usual Arrowverse crossovers due to Gustin filming The Flash in Vancouver alongside Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, while Supergirl was produced in Los Angeles.[63] The producers chose to use the Flash as the character to crossover, due to his ability to travel between various Earths, and because it was "a little more fun at first to bring the veteran from that show to the chemistry of a new show." Berlanti stated that "in a perfect world", the crossover would have featured both Gustin and Amell's Green Arrow, "but logistically that would have been a nightmare to try and do both shows. We had to facilitate one."[64] Gustin was optimistic that the crossover in 2016 would allow another crossover the following year with the rest of the Arrowverse shows.[62]

In May 2016, it was announced that Supergirl would move from CBS to The CW for its second season, as well as moving production from Los Angeles to Vancouver, where the CW Arrowverse series film.[65] The second season premiered on October 10, 2016.[66] It was also announced that Supergirl would appear on Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow during the 2016–17 season crossover episodes, though Guggenheim cautioned that "She is going to be coming over but we're not going to do a full on Supergirl crossover".[67] Kreisberg also confirmed that, despite the series moving to The CW, the title character's universe would not be integrated into the Arrowverse.[68] The Earth the series inhabits is Earth-38 in the Arrowverse multiverse,[69] and has been informally referred to as "Earth-CBS" by Guggenheim, named for the network where Supergirl first aired.[70]

Legends of Tomorrow (2016–)

Rip Hunter travels back in time to the present day where he brings together a team of heroes and villains in an attempt to prevent Vandal Savage from destroying the world and time itself.[71][72]

Freedom Fighters: The Ray (2017–18)

Centered on the character Raymond "Ray" Terrill who is a reporter who gains light-based powers after being exposed to a genetic light bomb. Ray discovers the bomb in his investigation of a secret government project attempting to harness the power of light and weaponize it. The series was inspired by Grant Morrison's Multiversity.[22] Guggenheim noted there was "a very specific reason" the series was titled as it was, in order to introduce the Freedom Fighters and Earth-X. He continued, "Morrison came up with an idea we really responded to: The Freedom Fighters are made up of various minorities targeted by Nazis-women, gay men, Jews. We wanted to honor that idea. At the same time, it's an origin story about the Earth-1 iteration of The Ray."[73]

Earth-X is a world in the multiverse where the Nazis won World War II and the New Reichsmen rule over present day America.[74] There, the Ray is a member of the Freedom Fighters along with Uncle Sam, Black Condor, Human Bomb, Phantom Lady, and Red Tornado,[75] while Overgirl, an alternate version of Supergirl and alternate versions of Green Arrow and Flash make up members of the New Reichsmen.[75][73] Cisco Ramon / Vibe, Curtis Holt / Mister Terrific, and Mari McCabe / Vixen also make appearances.[73]

Recurring cast and characters

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  • This table includes recurring, main characters, who have appeared in at least two series as a member of the principal ("main") cast for at least one of those.
  • A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the series, or that the character's presence in the series has not yet been announced.
  • An R indicates the actor had a recurring role in the series.
  • A G indicates the actor made a guest appearance in the series.
  • A V indicates a voice-only role.
  • A number beside a character's name indicates the character is from that alternate world (i.e. a 2 indicates a character from Earth-2).
Character Television series Web series
Arrow The Flash Supergirl Legends of Tomorrow Vixen Freedom Fighters: The Ray
Barry Allen
Flash
Grant GustinR [76] Grant Gustin[76] Grant GustinG [60][77] Grant GustinR V [9] Scott WhyteV R [b]
John Constantine[c] Matt RyanG [78]   Matt Ryan[79]  
Alex Danvers38 Chyler LeighG [80] Chyler Leigh[81] Chyler LeighG  
Kara Danvers
Supergirl
38
Melissa BenoistG [80][82] Melissa Benoist[83] Melissa BenoistG   Melissa BenoistV R [d]
John Diggle
Spartan
David Ramsey[84] David RamseyR [85] David RamseyG [86] David RamseyG [77]  
Dinah Drake
Black Canary
Juliana Harkavy Juliana HarkavyG   Juliana HarkavyG  
Gideon Amy PembertonG V [87] Morena BaccarinR V [88]   Amy Pemberton[89]  
Carter Hall
Hawkman
Falk HentschelG [90]   Falk Hentschel[91]  
Nate Heywood
Steel
Nick ZanoG [92]   Nick Zano[93]  
Curtis Holt
Mister Terrific
Echo Kellum[94]   Echo KellumG   Echo KellumG V [95]
Jefferson Jackson
Firestorm
Franz DramehG [80][96] Franz Drameh[97] Franz DramehG V [98]  
J'onn J'onzz
Martian Manhunter
38
  David HarewoodG [82] David Harewood[99]  
Laurel Lance
Black Canary
Katie Cassidy[100] Katie CassidyG [101]   Katie CassidyG [102] Katie CassidyR V [103]  
Laurel Lance
Black Siren
2
Katie Cassidy[104] Katie CassidyG [103]  
Quentin Lance Paul Blackthorne[105] Paul BlackthorneG [106]   Paul BlackthorneG [107]  
Sara Lance
White Canary
Caity LotzR [108] Caity LotzG [77][80] Caity Lotz[109]  
Mari McCabe
Vixen
Megalyn EchikunwokeG [110]   Megalyn EchikunwokeV [111] Megalyn EchikunwokeG V [95]
Malcolm Merlyn
Dark Archer
John Barrowman[112] John BarrowmanG [113]   John BarrowmanR [114]  
Mon-El38   Chris WoodG [82] Chris Wood[115]  
Ray Palmer
Atom
Brandon RouthR [116] Brandon RouthG [116]   Brandon Routh[117] Brandon RouthR V [98]  
Oliver Queen
Green Arrow
Stephen Amell[118] Stephen AmellR [119] Stephen AmellG [80] Stephen AmellR [120] Stephen AmellR V [9] Matthew Mercer R V [e]
Thea Queen
Speedy
Willa Holland[121] Willa HollandG [77]  
Cisco Ramon
Vibe
Carlos ValdesR [122] Carlos Valdes[123] Carlos ValdesG [80][77] Carlos ValdesR V [124] Carlos ValdesG V [125]
Rene Ramirez
Wild Dog
Rick Gonzalez[126]   Rick GonzalezG  
Mick Rory
Heat Wave
Dominic PurcellG [80] Dominic PurcellR [127] Dominic PurcellG [80] Dominic Purcell[117]  
Kendra Saunders
Hawkgirl
Ciara RenéeG [128] Ciara RenéeR [128]   Ciara Renée[129]  
Felicity Smoak
Overwatch
Emily Bett Rickards[130] Emily Bett RickardsR [131] Emily Bett RickardsG [80][107] Emily Bett RickardsR V [124]  
Leonard Snart
Captain Cold
  Wentworth MillerR [132]   Wentworth Miller[117]  
Caitlin Snow
Killer Frost
Danielle PanabakerR [122] Danielle Panabaker[133] Danielle PanabakerG [80][77]   Danielle PanabakerG V [95]
Martin Stein
Firestorm
Victor GarberG [80] Victor GarberR [134] Victor GarberG [80] Victor Garber[117] Victor GarberG V [135]  
Ray Terrill
The Ray
  Russell ToveyG [136]   Russell ToveyG [136]   Russell ToveyV [136]
Eobard Thawne
Reverse-Flash
[f]
Tom CavanaghR [137] Tom Cavanagh[137]
Matt LetscherR [138]
Tom CavanaghG [137] Matt Letscher[114]
Tom CavanaghG [137]
 
Harrison Wells2 Tom CavanaghG [80] Tom Cavanagh Tom CavanaghG [80]  
Iris West Candice PattonG [80] Candice Patton[139] Candice PattonG [80]  
Wally West
Kid Flash
  Keiynan Lonsdale[140] Keiynan LonsdaleG [80][141] Keiynan Lonsdale  
  1. ^ Although marketed as a six-episode second season, it was only made available as a single 30-minute special.
  2. ^ Whyte voices Blitzkreig, an alternate version of the Earth-1 Flash.[73]
  3. ^ Ryan previously appeared as the character in the NBC series Constantine. The Arrowverse version of the character is the same that had appeared in the NBC series.[78]
  4. ^ Benoist voices Overgirl, an alternate version of the Earth-38 Supergirl.[73]
  5. ^ Mercer voices Black Arrow, an alternate version of the Earth-1 Green Arrow.[73]
  6. ^ Tom Cavanagh portrays Eobard Thawne in the form of Earth-1's deceased Harrison Wells in the first and fifth seasons of The Flash in a main role, in a recurring role in the second season, and in a guest role in the crossover events "Crisis on Earth-X" and "Elseworlds".[137]

After Miller's exit as a series regular during Legend of Tomorrow's first season, it was revealed he signed a deal with Warner Bros. to become a series regular across any of the shows in the Arrowverse. The deal was initially focused on Miller and his characters of Leonard and Leo Snart appearing on The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Berlanti stated that Miller's deal was "the first contract not applicable to just one show," adding "In success we hope to continue with other characters finding their way across all the shows."[142] Barrowman signed a similar deal to Miller in July 2016, allowing him to continue being a series regular on Arrow as well as The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow,[143] followed by Cassidy for her character Black Siren.[144]

Crossovers

Official crossover events

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  • A grey cell indicates the series was not a part of the crossover event.
  • The number in parentheses next to the episode title indicates which part of the crossover it is.
TV season Crossover title Episodes Ref(s)
Arrow The Flash Supergirl Legends of Tomorrow
2014–15 "Flash vs. Arrow" Season 3, Episode 8
"The Brave and the Bold" (2)
Season 1, Episode 8
"Flash vs. Arrow" (1)
[131]
In Central City, a metahuman who uses people's emotions to rob banks turns the Flash against the Arrow. Then, in Starling City, the two heroes face off against Captain Boomerang.
2015–16 "Heroes Join Forces" Season 4, Episode 8
"Legends of Yesterday" (2)
Season 2, Episode 8
"Legends of Today" (1)
[145][146]
The Flash and the Green Arrow team up to take on Vandal Savage, who is looking for Kendra Saunders and Carter Hall, the reincarnations of Hawkgirl and Hawkman. Legends of Tomorrow, especially the first season’s main plot, is set up during the events of this crossover.[147][146]
"Worlds Finest" Season 1, Episode 18
"Worlds Finest"
[148][149]
[150][151]
The Flash passes through an extradimensional breach while testing a tachyon accelerator, entering the universe of Supergirl and Superman.  He teams up with Supergirl in order to take down Livewire and Silver Banshee, after which Supergirl assists him in returning to his universe. While not officially part of the crossover, "Versus Zoom", the eighteenth episode of the second season of The Flash, featured Barry entering and exiting the breach to Earth-38 between two moments.
2016–17 "Invasion!" Season 5, Episode 8
"Invasion!" (2)
Season 3, Episode 8
"Invasion!" (1)
Season 2, Episode 7
"Invasion!" (3)
[152][70][153]
The Flash recruits Supergirl from Earth-38 to help him, the Green Arrow, and the Legends of Tomorrow face off against a race of alien invaders called the Dominators. Though Supergirl does not have a participating “Invasion!” episode, the end of the Supergirl episode "Medusa", with Barry and Cisco recruiting her from her universe, is considered the beginning of the crossover, resulting in her appearing in the other series' episodes.[70]
"Duet" Season 3, Episode 17
"Duet"
[82][154]
A musical crossover between The Flash and Supergirl, where the Flash and Supergirl face the Music Meister. The end of the Supergirl episode "Star-Crossed" began the musical crossover that primarily occurs during "Duet".[82]
2017–18 "Crisis on Earth-X" Season 6, Episode 8
"Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2" (2)
Season 4, Episode 8
"Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3" (3)
Season 3, Episode 8
"Crisis on Earth-X, Part 1" (1)
Season 3, Episode 8
"Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4" (4)
[155][156]
Barry Allen and Iris West's friends come to Central City to attend their wedding, only for the event to be disrupted by villains from Earth-X. Though Freedom Fighters: The Ray did not have an episode as part of the 2017–18 crossover, the series further explores The Ray, Earth-X, and other characters and concepts seen in "Crisis on Earth-X".[155][74][75][73]
2018–19 "Elseworlds" Season 7, Episode 9
"Elseworlds, Part 2" (2)
Season 5, Episode 9
"Elseworlds, Part 1" (1)
Season 4, Episode 9
"Elseworlds, Part 3" (3)
[157][158]
Arkham Asylum doctor John Deegan rewrites reality, which results in Oliver Queen and Barry Allen swapping lives. In the new reality, they are the only ones that know that they are in the wrong lives and have each other's powers, which prompts them going to Gotham City with Kara Danvers / Supergirl to confront Deegan. The characters Batwoman, Nora Fries, Lois Lane, the Monitor and Psycho Pirate are also introduced to the Arrowverse in the crossover, which also features the return of Superman.
2019–20 "Crisis on Infinite Earths" TBA TBA TBA TBA [159]
Continuing from the "Elseworlds" crossover.

Constantine (2014–2015)

By May 2015, Amell had had discussions with DC Entertainment about portraying Queen on NBC's Constantine, starring Matt Ryan; saying, "The reason that I was going to guest star on Constantine...was [Constantine's] an expert when it comes to the Lazarus Pit, which is now something that is a part of and will continue to be a part of Arrow." Amell stated that, even though Constantine was not renewed for a second season, a crossover "was and is still on the table".[160] Guggenheim revealed a desire to integrate John Constantine into the Arrowverse, saying, "A lot of the pieces are in place, except for that one final piece, which is what's the fate of Constantine? That's the tricky thing. But it comes up in the writers' room constantly — we have a number of ideas, one idea that's particularly exciting to me. We're in a little bit of a wait-and-see mode".[161] In July 2015, Mericle added on the subject, "It's something we've been talking to DC about and it's just a question of some political things, but also [Ryan]'s schedule."[162]

In August 2015, it was confirmed that Ryan would appear in Arrow's fourth-season episode "Haunted" for a "one-time-only-deal". Guggenheim said, "This is something the fans were clamoring for," praising DC for being so "magnanimous and generous in giving us this one-time dispensation." Due to Arrow and Constantine sharing the same studio, the producers of Arrow were able to use Ryan's original outfits: "The trench coat, the tie, the shirt...the whole wardrobe is being taken out for [sic] storage and shipped up to Vancouver [where Arrow shoots]." John Badham, a director on Constantine, directed the episode that Constantine appears in.[163] Mericle confirmed that this version of Constantine would be the same character that had appeared in Constantine.[78] On filming the episode, Guggenheim referred to it as "a Constantine/Arrow crossover" and felt that "we got the chance to extend Matt Ryan's run as Constantine by at least one more hour of television. I think you'll see he fits very neatly into our universe. It never feels forced".[164]

In July 2017, Guggenheim indicated that "really good conversations" had taken place with Ryan to appear again in the Arrowverse,[165] and in October 2017, it was revealed that Ryan would appear in two episodes of the third season of Legends of Tomorrow, "Beebo the God of War" and "Daddy Darhkest", with the appearance taking place chronologically after "Haunted", revisiting the setting of Arrow's fourth season and the events following that season's final episode. Klemmer described the tone of the episodes as "The Exorcist meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".[79] Ryan was made a series regular for the fourth season of Legends of Tomorrow.[166]

Jesse Schedeen of IGN felt in October 2018 that none of the character's Arrowverse appearances thus far "really directly reference the events of the Constantine series, leaving it up in the air as to whether this John Constantine is the same character from that series or if Ryan is merely playing a different, very similar version of his character."[167] In November 2018, Ryan spoke to the relationship between the character seen in the NBC series and the one seen on Legends of Tomorrow and in the Arrowverse. He said the two were the same character with "the same DNA", and likened each appearance to that of different comic book writers and artists working with the character: "He has the same outline, but he looks different. The hair is slightly different. He has a slightly different cadence sometimes. Different artists and different writers write him in different ways." Ryan also noted that while the fourth season of Legends of Tomorrow mentions the Astra storyline from the NBC series, it would not explore the Brujeria storyline, though Constantine "still carries that baggage around with him".[168]

Marketing

In April 2015, to celebrate the season three finale of Arrow and season one finale of The Flash, The CW released a short promo titled "Superhero Fight Club".[169] The short features characters from Arrow and The Flash battling each other in a hero vs. villain showdown. Characters include The Arrow, Flash, Arsenal, Black Canary, Dark Archer, Reverse-Flash, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, Firestorm, Ra's al Ghul, and Atom in a cage match fight, with Black Canary and Arsenal vs. Dark Archer, Arrow vs. Ra's al Ghul, Flash vs. Captain Cold and Heat Wave, which is interrupted by Reverse-Flash, until Firestorm intervenes and the Atom makes an appearance at the end.[170] In September 2016, The CW released the promo "Superhero Fight Club 2.0" to promote the start of the 2016-17 season with the addition of Supergirl to their lineup, as well as their new mobile app, where the promo could exclusively be viewed initially. The new Superhero Fight Club sees Green Arrow, Flash, Atom, Firestorm, White Canary and Supergirl go up against a new fight simulator created by Cisco Ramon and Felicity Smoak, while John Diggle and Martian Manhunter observe. After defeating the simulator, Cisco releases Gorilla Grodd into the arena for the heroes to face.[171][172] In January, 2018, The CW released the promo "Suit Up", featuring the various heroes putting on their costumes in order to promote the return of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl from their first mid-season break, as well as the premiere of Black Lightning.[173]

Reception

Ratings

Series Season Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Viewers
(in millions)
Last aired Viewers
(in millions)
Average viewers
(in millions)
Rank 18–49 rating (rank)
Arrow 1 October 10, 2012 4.14[174] May 15, 2013 2.77[175] 3.68 130[176] 1.2 (125)[177]
2 October 9, 2013 2.74[178] May 14, 2014 2.37[179] 3.28 128 (119)[180]
3 October 8, 2014 2.83[181] May 13, 2015 2.83[182] 3.52 135 1.3 (111)[183]
4 October 7, 2015 2.67[184] May 25, 2016 2.19[185] 2.90 145 1.1 (110)[186]
5 October 5, 2016 1.87[187] May 24, 2017 1.72[188] 2.21 147 0.8 (133)[189]
6 October 12, 2017 1.52[190] May 17, 2018 1.35[191] 1.76 181 0.6 (163)[192]
The Flash 1 October 7, 2014 4.83[193] May 19, 2015 3.87[194] 4.62 118 1.7 (90)[183]
2 October 6, 2015 3.58[195] May 24, 2016 3.35[196] 4.25 112 1.7 (69)[186]
3 October 4, 2016 3.17[197] May 23, 2017 3.04[198] 3.50 120 1.4 (78)[189]
4 October 10, 2017 2.84[199] May 22, 2018 2.16[200] 3.04 151 1.1 (108)[192]
Supergirl 1 October 26, 2015 12.96[201] April 18, 2016 6.11[202] 9.81 39 2.4 (27)[186]
2 October 10, 2016 3.06[203] May 22, 2017 2.12[204] 3.12 129 1.0 (115)[189]
3 October 9, 2017 1.87[205] June 18, 2018 1.78[206] 2.82 154 0.9 (125)[192]
Legends of Tomorrow 1 January 21, 2016 3.21[207] May 19, 2016 1.85[208] 3.16 135 1.2 (104)[186]
2 October 13, 2016 1.82[209] April 4, 2017 1.52[210] 2.57 141 0.9 (127)[189]
3 October 10, 2017 1.71[199] April 9, 2018 1.41[211] 2.24 170 0.8 (137)[192]

Critical response

Series Season Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Arrow 1 85% (35 reviews)[212] 73 (25 reviews)[213]
2 96% (14 reviews)[214] N/A
3 89% (8 reviews)[215] N/A
4 85% (10 reviews)[216] N/A
5 90% (19 reviews)[217] N/A
6 79% (7 reviews)[218] N/A
The Flash 1 93% (60 reviews)[219] 73 (27 reviews)[220]
2 94% (22 reviews)[221] 81 (4 reviews)[222]
3 86% (20 reviews)[223] 80 (4 reviews)[224]
4 76% (18 reviews)[225] N/A
Supergirl 1 92% (71 reviews)[226] 75 (33 reviews)[227]
2 92% (19 reviews)[228] 81 (4 reviews)[229]
3 80% (13 reviews)[230] N/A
Legends of Tomorrow 1 65% (36 reviews)[231] 58 (22 reviews)[232]
2 87% (9 reviews)[233] N/A
3 88% (7 reviews)[234] N/A

Commentary

After the first Arrow/Flash crossover, Brian Lowry of Variety talked about the spin-off series and the crossover, applauding the producers for replicating the success of Arrow but with "a lighter tone" and "a hero with genuine super powers" in The Flash, and calling the crossover an appropriate moment for everyone concerned to take a short but well-deserved victory lap." Lowry also said that the crossover "does a nifty job of bringing the two series together, although probably not in a manner likely to boost the shared audience between them much more than already exists."[235] Meredith Borders at Birth.Movies.Death. called the crossover episodes "fun" and said positively that "too much happened that was unrelated to one show or the other – and that's a good thing. While the crossover episodes were definitely open to new viewers of either The Flash or Arrow (or both, presumably), with each episode wrapped up tidily by the end of its hour, plenty of show-specific plot stuff was advanced without spelling it out for newbies. New viewers to either show could follow along and have a good time, but veteran viewers were rewarded with major storyline motion."[236]

Following the release of the first trailer for Supergirl, Paul Tassi wrote for Forbes about why he felt that series should be kept separate from the Arrowverse: He called the moment in the Arrow third-season finale where Barry Allen appears briefly, but abruptly leaves since "Arrow needs to let its own characters solve its problems", a "weird moment" that shows "the cracks [that] form when it's just two shows that have to work together on the regular." Tassi then noted the further complications of adding Supergirl, saying, "The more shows you have, the more heroes you introduce, the harder it is to keep explaining away why they're not constantly around to help each other. Supergirl already has that problem built-in with Superman, who it seems will not be a regular fixture on the show, and I'm sure there will be many excuses as to why he's too busy to help Supergirl fight her latest battle. Add in Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow mythology, and it's probably too much to juggle....I think Supergirl deserves to launch without Arrow and The Flash on its shoulders, and be allowed to find itself before being assimilated into an existing universe."[237]

With the premiere of Legends of Tomorrow, ScreenRant's Alice Walker discussed how the series "has hurt Arrow and The Flash", noting that the latter required minimal setup when it was spun-off from the former and had an element of mystery surrounding its quality with "a "wait and see" attitude" from audiences, while Legends was instead met with much excitement long before its release leading to each piece of news concerning it being "publicized and met with fanfare – to the detriment of the other shows involved." Walker felt that audiences knowing which characters would appear in Legends, and how, took "the thrill out of the story" of the other series as such information spoiled some of their upcoming plot twists, including the resurrection of Sara Lance or the fact that Ray Palmer "could never really pose a threat to Oliver [Queen] and Felicity [Smoak]'s relationship, or run Palmer Technologies long term, since it was widely known that he would be a huge part of Legends." Additionally, the annual Arrow/The Flash crossover suffered from also trying to set up Legends, which was "too much to ask from the already crowded storylines and ended up feeling like an exercise in synchronicity, with producers planting more seeds than they could reap. The crossover event was no longer a fun way to contrast the two shows; it now had to serve the much larger purpose of setting up an entirely new world." Walker stated that the premiere of Legends "means that Arrow and The Flash can finally stop dedicating so much time and plot to laying the groundwork for the spin-off, and start focusing on the fundamentals of their own shows again."[238]

After the "Elseworlds" crossover teased the comic Crisis on Infinite Earths would be adapted in the 2019 crossover, Mike Cecchini of Den of Geek stated, "The Arrowverse is becoming the most intricate, risky live action superhero universe in history. Yes, it's at least as big and crazy (perhaps even moreso in some ways) than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we had best enjoy this while we have it, because it's unlikely we'll ever see this much crazy DC Comics love on screen in one place at one time ever again."[239]

Other media

Comic books

Title Issue(s) Publication date(s) Writer(s) Artist(s)
First published Last published
Arrow[240] 13 October 10, 2012 October 23, 2013 Andrew Kreisberg (#1–8) and Marc Guggenheim (#1–12, 0) Sergio Sandoval (#1–3, 5–6, 8, 10); Jorge Jimenez (#1 – 3); Mike Grell (#1–4, 6, 9–10)
Eric Nguyen (#4, 9); Julian Totino Tedesco (#4); Xermanico (#5–7, 10–11)
Omar Francia (#5, 8, 11); Pol C Gas (#6; 8); Victor Drujiniu (#6–8, 12)
Le Beau Underwood (#7, 9); Allan Jefferson (#7, 9–12); Juan Castro (#7–8, 12)
Victor Drujiniu (#8; 12); Pol C Gas (#8); Omar Francia (#8; 11); Jonas Trindade (#11–12)
Arrow: Season 2.5[241] 12 October 8, 2014 September 9, 2015 Marc Guggenheim (#1–12); Yuko Shimizu (#4); Keto Shimizu (#5) Joe Bennett (#1–5; 7–12); Jack Jadson (#2); Craig Yeung (#3–5; 7–12); Szymon Kudranski (#4–7)
The Flash: Season Zero[242] 12 October 1, 2014 September 2, 2015 Andrew Kreisberg (#1–10); Katherine Walczak (#4); Brooke Eikmeier (#4)
Lauren Certo (#7–9); Kai Wu (#7–9); Phil Hester (#10); Ben Sokolowski (#11); Sterling Gates (#12)
Eric Gapstur and Phil Hester (#1–4; 6–11); Marcus To (#5; 10); Ibrahim Mustafa (#12)
Arrow: The Dark Archer[243] 12 January 13, 2016 June 15, 2016 John Barrowman; Carol Barrowman; Marc Guggenheim; Andrew Kreisberg Daniel Sampere
Adventures of Supergirl[244] 6 May 11, 2016 July 20, 2016 Sterling Gates Bengal (#1); Pop Mhan and Jonboy Meyers (#2); Ray McCarthy and Emanuela Lupacchino (#3); Carmen Carnero (#4); Emma Vieceli (#5–6); Cat Staggs (#5);

Books

Novels

On February 23, 2016, Titan Books released Arrow: Vengeance, a tie-in novel by Oscar Balderrama and Lauren Certo, which is set before and during Arrow's second season, which details the origins of Slade Wilson, Isabel Rochev, and Sebastian Blood, and how they would all eventually meet and collaborate with each other to battle Oliver Queen/The Arrow as seen in the TV series. On November 29, 2016, Titan released Flash: The Haunting of Barry Allen, a tie-in novel by Susan and Clay Griffith, which is set during The Flash's second season and Arrow's fourth season, which detailed that after he closed the temporal anomaly that nearly destroyed Central City, Barry an older version of himself, beaten, injured, and batter, but before he can speak, his doppelganger disappears. Barry then starts experiencing glitches in his powers, moments that leave him immobile and ghostly during missions. When a group of his worst villains, including Pied Piper, Weather Wizard, and Peek-a-Boo, decide to launch an assault on him, so Barry decides to seek help from his most trusted ally, Oliver Queen/Green Arrow. The story continues in Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, by Susan and Clay Griffith, which was released by Titan on March 28, 2017, which detailed Team Flash and Team Arrow working together to eliminate the bizarre energy that threatens to kill the Flash. When their quest leads them to Markovia, they must get past an army of mercenaries and assassins to face the mysterious Count Wallenstein.

A fourth novel entitled Arrow: Fatal Legacies was released in January 2018. It is co-authored by Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim and James R. Tuck, and is set between the fifth-season finale and sixth-season premiere of Arrow.[245] A fifth novel, following The Flash villain Weather Wizard in his attempts at revenge, was released in May 2018. Written by Richard A. Knaak, the novel is titled The Flash: Climate Changeling.[246]

In May 2017, it was announced that Abrams Books would be releasing two trilogies of middle-grade novels for The Flash and Supergirl, written by Barry Lyga and Jo Whittemore, respectively.[247] The first of these novels, The Flash: Hocus Pocus, was released on October 3, 2017. The novel takes place in an alternate timeline where the show's "Flashpoint" event never occurred, and The Flash must fight a villain known as Hocus Pocus who can control the minds and actions of people.[248] A sequel, The Flash: Johnny Quick was released on April 3, 2018,[249] as well as a third novel titled The Flash: The Tornado Twins released on October 2, 2018.[250]

The second of these trilogies began in November, 2017 with Supergirl: Age of Atlantis. The novel features Supergirl dealing with a surge of new powered people in National City, as well as a mysterious humanoid sea creature captured by the DEO who is seemingly attracted by the new superpowered people.[251] A sequel, Supergirl: Curse of the Ancients, was released on May 1, 2018,[252] with a third novel, titled Supergirl: Master of Illusion, released on January 8, 2019.[253]

Guidebooks

The first guidebook to be released was Arrow: Heroes and Villains by Nick Aires and published by Titan Books, released in February 2015.[254] Described as "a companion" to the series, the book features sections on the various characters of the series, along with descriptions, backgrounds, comic book origins, and "where they stand as of the end of the second season of 'Arrow.'"[255]

A follow up to Heroes and Villians by the same author and publisher, titled Arrow: Oliver Queen's Dossier, was released in October 2016, during the series' fifth season. The book is presented as information collected by the Green Arrow and Felicity Smoak over the course of his four years of activity. Included in the book are "handwritten notes" and "police reports" regarding the Green Arrow and those he targets.[256]

In May 2018, Titan Books and Aires released a guidebook similar to Oliver Queen's Dossier, but for its sister series, The Flash, from the perspective of Cisco Ramon. S.T.A.R. Labs: Cisco Ramon's Journal features "his confidential journal entries, covering everything from his tech designs, the villains and other heroes the team encounter, the team’s personal challenges and his own Vibe abilities prior to Flashpoint."[257]

A second guidebook for The Flash was released in November 2018, this time published by Abrams Books. The Secret Files of Barry Allen: The Ultimate Guide to the Hit TV Show features the Flash's "top-secret notes", as well as "classified S.T.A.R. Labs dossiers on everyone in Central City", an episode guide on the first four seasons of the series, and details on the life of the Flash "in Barry's own words."[258]

A similar guidebook for Supergirl is currently scheduled for a March 2019 release from the same publisher. Supergirl: The Secret Files of Kara Danvers: The Ultimate Guide to the Hit TV Show will feature "detailed profiles on characters and super powers, a heroes and villains gallery, episode guide, and more" from the first three seasons of the series.[259]

Promotional tie-ins

Blood Rush

On November 6, 2013, a six-episode series of shorts, titled Blood Rush, premiered alongside the broadcast of Arrow, as well as online. The series, which was presented by Bose, and features product placement for Bose products, was shot on location in Vancouver, similarly to the main show. The miniseries features Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes and Paul Blackthorne reprising their roles of Felicity Smoak, Roy Harper and Quentin Lance, respectively. The episodes set during the course of the second season of the television series, show Roy coming to Queen Consolidated to have a meeting with Oliver. As he is out, Felicity tells Roy to go wait in the lobby. As Roy leaves, Officer Lance calls Felicity, telling her that the blood sample the Starling City police found on the vigilante, which Felicity destroyed, has resurfaced. Felicity then calls Roy, using Oliver's voice encoder, asking him to break into the lab to retrieve the sample. Felicity guides Roy through the lab, where he is able to recover the sample. As Roy is leaving, doctors enter the room, seemingly trapping him. He notifies Felicity, who then hacks into the building's PA system, and issues an evacuation notice, giving Roy a chance to escape. Roy gets out of the room before it enters into lock down, and is able to avoid two guards with the help of Felicity and exit the lab. Roy returns to Queen Consolidated, and Felicity offers to mail the acquired sample for Roy as he goes in to meet with Oliver.[260]

Chronicles of Cisco: Entry 0419

On April 19, 2016, a four-episode series of shorts, titled Chronicles of Cisco, premiered on AT&T. The series features Valdes and Britne Oldford reprising their roles as Cisco Ramon and Shawna Baez respectively. Set in the second season of the television series, the series sees Cisco attempting to make the Flash suit bulletproof and body-odor proof. While working on these, he receives a late-night Meta-Human Alert within S.T.A.R. Labs, and learns that Peek-a-Boo triggered the alert. She has come to S.T.A.R. Labs to make Cisco create a weapon for her, as he did for Golden Glider, Captain Cold, and Heatwave. When he does not cooperate, she shoots him. Cisco survives being shot, realizing that the orange soda he spilt on his shirt was the missing catalyst to his bulletproof formula. Cisco tries to bring Peek-a-Boo back to the pipeline, but she locks him in the cell instead. Cisco is then seen being woken up due to a call from Barry. He believes he dreamt the whole experience, until he finds the bullet that shot him on the ground.[261]

Stretched Scenes

On November 14, 2017, a three-episode series of shorts, known as "Stretched Scenes", premiered. The series, presented by Microsoft Surface, features Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Panabaker, and Candice Patton as Ralph Dibny, Cailtin Snow, and Iris West respectively. Set during the show's fourth season, it shows Dibny as he continually bothers Cailtin and Iris for their help, or for attention. The shorts premiered online as well as during the commercial breaks of the episodes "When Harry Met Harry...", "Therefore I Am", and "Don't Run".[262][263][264]

Multiverse

In October 2014, Johns explained that DC's approach to their films and television series would be different to Marvel Studios' cinematic universe, stating that their film universe and TV universes would be kept separate within a multiverse to allow "everyone to make the best possible product, to tell the best story, to do the best world."[265] The second season of The Flash began to explore this concept of the multiverse, by introducing Earth-2, which features doppelgängers of the inhabitants in the Arrowverse (or Earth-1).[266] In the episode "Welcome to Earth-2" of The Flash, glimpses of the multiverse are seen, including an image of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist as Supergirl and an image of John Wesley Shipp as the Flash from the 1990 television series, implying that those two television series exist on alternate Earths to the Arrowverse;[267][268] Supergirl was confirmed as an alternate Earth, later designated as Earth-38,[69] with The Flash crossover episode "Worlds Finest" (2016),[269] while Shipp reprised his role as Barry Allen from the 1990s series in the annual crossover event "Elseworlds" (2018) with his native earth designated as Earth-90.[270][271] Freedom Fighters: The Ray is set on Earth-X.[74] As of 2019, some of the Earths confirmed to exist in the Arrowverse multiverse include Earths 1 through 52, Earth-X,[272] Earth-90,[271] and Earth-221.[273]

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Barry Allen (Arrowverse)

Bartholomew "Barry" Allen is a fictional character in the television series The Flash, based on the DC Comics superhero Barry Allen / Flash, created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino. Adapted for television in 2014 by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, Barry Allen has been continually portrayed by Grant Gustin and is the alter-ego of the superhero The Flash.

In the series, Barry is portrayed as a smart, goofy and tardy character, who works at the Central City Police Department as a crime scene investigator. The series begins by showing his backstory depicting the murder of his mother by a supernatural yellow blur and the false imprisonment of his father for the crime. Barry is struck by lightning created by the explosion of the particle accelerator sending Barry to a nine-month coma. After waking up he finds himself in S.T.A.R. Labs and develops metahuman powers; the power of speed. Throughout the series, he is constantly training himself to control and enhance his powers. He uses his powers along with his team to fight criminals and other metahumans who have misused their powers.

Barry Allen and his superhero persona have also appeared in a digital comic book series, and with Gustin appearing in crossovers on the television series Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the animated web series Vixen, all set within the Arrowverse. Gustin has won an IGN award for his performance.

Elseworlds (Arrowverse)

"Elseworlds" is the fifth annual Arrowverse crossover event, featuring episodes of the live-action television series The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl on The CW. The crossover began on December 9, 2018, with The Flash, continued on Arrow on December 10, and concluded on Supergirl on December 11. "Elseworlds" introduces the characters Batwoman and Lois Lane to the universe, as well as the fictional Gotham City. In the crossover, Green Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl are drawn to Gotham City to confront Dr. John Deegan over his work at Arkham Asylum.

The crossover was confirmed in May 2018 at The CW's upfront presentation, where the inclusion of Batwoman and Gotham City were revealed. Throughout that August and September, casting for the crossover was revealed, including Ruby Rose as Batwoman, Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, and the announcement that Tyler Hoechlin would return to portray Superman. The title of the crossover was also revealed at the end of September, with filming beginning in October 2018. Additionally, "Elseworlds" sees Arrowverse actors portraying other roles, as well as John Wesley Shipp reprising his role as Barry Allen / Flash from the 1990 series The Flash. The conclusion of "Elseworlds" revealed "Crisis on Infinite Earths" as the next crossover, scheduled to air in late 2019.

Invasion! (Arrowverse)

"Invasion!" is the third annual Arrowverse crossover event, with episodes of the television series The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow on The CW, and is inspired by the 1989 comic miniseries Invasion!. Events at the end of the Supergirl episode "Medusa" on November 28, 2016 marked the beginning of the crossover, which began on November 29 with The Flash, continued on Arrow on November 30, and concluded on Legends of Tomorrow on December 1. Each of the main three episodes were titled "Invasion!". In the crossover, Barry Allen recruits Kara Danvers / Supergirl from Earth-38 to Earth-1 to help his team, Oliver Queen and his team, and the Legends to defeat the alien race known as the Dominators.

Development of a crossover between the three series and Supergirl began in May 2016, when it was learned that Supergirl would move to The CW from CBS for its second season. By the following September the scripts for each episode were written, and were filmed in October 2016. The premise and episode titles were also announced in September. In "Invasion!", the main cast members of each series appear in (at least) their own series; Melissa Benoist appears as Supergirl in the entire crossover. A number of actors and characters from previous Arrow seasons returned to reprise their roles, since Arrow's episode doubled as its 100th.

The three episodes of the crossover received positive reviews, with critics praising the interaction among the actors in each series and each episode's advancing season storylines as part of the crossover. The Dominators storyline was regarded as its weakest link, with reviewers finding the alien race's motivations unclear. Ratings for the episodes were high, with each breaking records in viewership and the 18–49 rating and contributing to the most-watched week on The CW in six years. A fourth crossover, "Crisis on Earth-X", occurred the following year.

John Constantine (Arrowverse)

John Constantine is a fictional character who originally appeared in the NBC television series Constantine, and is based on the DC Comics character of the same name, created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, and John Totleben. Following the show's cancellation, Constantine appeared on the fourth season of the CW's Arrow, retroactively establishing Constantine as part of the Arrowverse. Constantine would later appear as a recurring character during the third season of Legends of Tomorrow, before being upgraded to cast member in its fourth.

John Diggle (Arrowverse)

John Diggle (also known by his alter ego Spartan) is a fictional character portrayed by David Ramsey in The CW and DC Comics Arrowverse franchise. Diggle, an original creation by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, first appeared in the 2012 pilot episode of the television series Arrow. In the series, Diggle is introduced as a military veteran and Oliver Queen's new bodyguard. Over time his relationship with Oliver evolves and he becomes his best friend and confidante in his crusade as the Green Arrow, joining him as Spartan and for a while succeeds him as the Green Arrow. After Oliver returns as the Green Arrow, he leaves the team and joins A.R.G.U.S.

Ramsey reprises his role in the Arrowverse series The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. The character also appears in the Arrow's tie-in novels and digital comics, as well as the Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game. While Diggle was originally created for the TV series, since 2013 a character of the same name has appeared in the Green Arrow comics.

Laurel Lance (Arrowverse)

Dinah Laurel Lance is a fictional character in the CW's Arrowverse franchise. The character is based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by writer-artist team of Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino and was adapted for television in 2012 by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. The character has been continually portrayed by Katie Cassidy.

Originally introduced in the television series Arrow as an assistant district attorney and Oliver Queen's ex-girlfriend, she later takes up the mantel of Black Canary. Following the character's death, Cassidy went on to play a version of the character with the moniker Black Siren, originating on the alternate reality known as Earth-2.

List of Arrow characters

Arrow is an American television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. The series premiered on The CW television network in the United States on October 10, 2012, and is currently in its seventh season.

Arrow follows the story of billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). He is discovered after being stranded for five years on an isolated island. When he returns home, Queen secretly becomes a bow-and-arrow-wielding vigilante in order to honor his father's legacy and atone for his family's sins.

Throughout the series, he is joined by others in his quest to protect Star City (formerly Starling City). The characters that eventually aid Queen's vigilante efforts include: former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), I.T. expert and skilled hacker Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), former assassin Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), aspiring vigilante Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), Oliver's sister Thea (Willa Holland), and attorney-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). The group also receives support from Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) who works at the police department. During the first five seasons of the shows, characters from Oliver's past appear in a separate story arc based on Oliver's flashbacks, which highlight parallels from Oliver's history that shape events in the main story. Starting season seven, a series of flash-forwards focus on Oliver's son William and Roy Harper, exploring how present events would affect their future and Green Arrow's legacy.

The following is a list of main characters who have appeared in the television series; for a list of guest and recurring characters see List of recurring Arrow characters. Many of the characters appearing in the series are based on DC Comics characters.

List of DC Multiverse worlds

The DC Multiverse is a fictional continuity construct that is used in DC Comics publications. The Multiverse has undergone numerous changes and has included various universes, listed below between the original Multiverse and its successors.

List of Legends of Tomorrow characters

Legends of Tomorrow is an American television series, developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on several characters from DC Comics. The series premiered in the United States on January 21, 2016, for The CW television network, and it finished its first season on May 19, 2016. The second season premiered in October 2016 and ended in April 2017, while the third season premiered in October 2017 and is concluded in April 2018.

Legends of Tomorrow follows Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) whose mission is to stop Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) from killing his wife and child, and destroying the world. The team members (The Legends) who join Rip in the first season are: Martin Stein (Victor Garber); Ray Palmer / The Atom (Brandon Routh); Sara Lance / White Canary (Caity Lotz); Jefferson Jackson (Franz Drameh); Kendra Saunders / Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée); Carter Hall / Hawkman (Falk Hentschel); Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell); and Leonard Snart / Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). Amy Pemberton voices the A. I. Gideon. At the end of the season, Snart sacrifices himself to save the Legends and Kendra and Carter depart following Savage's defeat. The second season focuses on the remaining Legends fixing points in time that have been changed, called "aberrations"; they are joined by historian Nate Heywood / Steel (Nick Zano) and Justice Society of America member Amaya Jiwe / Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers), and are pitted against the Legion of Doom, composed of Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and a time-displaced Snart. At the end of the season, Rip departs following the Legion's defeat. The third season focuses on the Legends repairing anachronisms they have caused through time during their final battle with the Legion of Doom. In addition, they deal with Rip Hunter's Time Bureau, and stalked by a demonic entity, Mallus, whose disciple, Nora, has resurrected Damien Darhk, her father, and Amaya's future granddaughter Kuasa. The team is joined by computer hacker Zari Adrianna Tomaz (Tala Ashe) and speedster Wally West / Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale). During the season, Martin dies during the Earth-X invasion and Jefferson departs following Martin's death. At the end of the season, Amaya departs following Mallus's defeat. The fourth season focuses on the Legends dealing with the fugitives a group of monsters of mythic origins that were released when they freed Mallus in order to defeat him being scattered throughout time. The team is joined by Occult detective John Constantine (Matt Ryan) and shape-shifter fugitive Charlie (Maisie Richardson-Sellers). During the season, Wally departs to focus on himself and Nate departs to work for the Time Bureau.

The following is a list of characters that have appeared on the television series. Many are named for, or are based on DC Comics characters.

List of Supergirl characters

Supergirl is an American television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the "Superman" franchise and Al Plastino and Otto Binder's character Supergirl. The series stars Melissa Benoist in the titular role of Kara Zor-El / Kara Danvers / Supergirl, as well as Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan, David Harewood, and Calista Flockhart, with Chris Wood, Floriana Lima, Katie McGrath, Odette Annable, Jesse Rath, Sam Witwer, Nicole Maines and April Parker Jones joining in later seasons. In addition to original characters, several other characters from DC Comics universe also appear throughout the series. For its first season, Supergirl aired on CBS, before moving to The CW for its second season.The series follows Kryptonian refugee and Superman's biological cousin Kara Zor-El (Benoist), who, after hiding her powers on Earth for more than a decade, becomes National City's superhero as Supergirl, battles against extraterrestrial and otherworldly threats, criminal masterminds, being targeted by her cousin's rogues gallery, and encountering an emerging community of metahumans within her adoptive world and individuals from parallel universes. Supergirl also deals with Earth's populace's fears and hostility against extraterrestrials and other beings with superpowers, leading her into conflicts with industrialist Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli), Lucy Lane's (Jenna Dewan) father General Sam Lane (Glenn Morshower), and Project Cadmus. She is assisted by a few close friends and family who guard her secrets—most notably her cousin's longtime friend James Olsen (Brooks), her adopted sister Alex Danvers (Leigh), and the Martian survivor J'onn J'onzz (Harewood).

The following is a list of characters who have appeared in the television series. Many are named after (or based on) DC Comics characters.

List of The Flash characters

The Flash is an American television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character the Flash. The series premiered on The CW television network in the United States on October 7, 2014, and is currently in its fifth season. The series is a spin-off from Arrow, a show set in the same fictional universe.

The first season follows police forensic investigator Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who develops super-speed after he is struck by lightning. He is assisted by S.T.A.R. Labs' Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), and Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) in his attempts to use his powers for good and solve the murder of his mother by a superhuman attacker. The murder investigation unjustly imprisoned his father (John Wesley Shipp), leaving detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), father of his best friend, Iris (Candice Patton), to take in the young Barry. The memory of his mother's murder and his father's framing later motivates Barry to put his personal needs aside and use his powers to fight against those who hurt the innocent, thus, shaping him into the Flash.

The following is a list of characters who have appeared in the television series. Many of the characters appearing in the series are based on DC Comics characters.

List of recurring Arrow characters

Arrow is an American television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. The series premiered on The CW television network in the United States on October 10, 2012, and is currently in its seventh season.

The following is a list of recurring and significant guest characters who have appeared in the television series, listed in alphabetical order by surname; for a list of main characters see List of Arrow characters. Many of the characters appearing in the series are based on DC Comics characters.

Metahuman

In DC Comics' DC Universe, a metahuman is a human with superpowers. The term is roughly synonymous with both mutant and mutate in the Marvel Universe and posthuman in the Wildstorm and Ultimate Marvel Universes. In DC Comics, the term is used loosely in most instances to refer to any human-like being with extranormal powers and abilities, be they cosmic, mutant, science, mystic, skill or tech in nature. A significant portion of these are normal human beings born with a genetic variant called the "metagene", which causes them to gain powers and abilities during freak accidents or times of intense psychological distress.

The term as a referent to superheroes began in 1986 by author George R. R. Martin, first in the Superworld role playing system, and then later in his Wild Cards series of novels.

Oliver Queen (Arrowverse)

Oliver Queen, also known by his alter-ego Green Arrow, is a fictional character in The CW's Arrowverse franchise, first introduced in the pilot episode of the television series Arrow. The character is based on the DC Comics character of the same name, created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp and was adapted for television in 2012 by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg. Oliver Queen has been continually portrayed by Stephen Amell, with Jacob Hoppenbrouwer portraying a young Oliver.

In the series, Oliver is a billionaire playboy who returns to Starling City after five years of being stranded after a shipwreck and presumed dead. He spends his nights as a hooded vigilante named the "Arrow" who stops crime in the city. During the first season, Oliver focuses on a list, written by his father, of targets that are taking advantage of the citizens. Subsequent seasons have him venturing into all criminal activity, and he shifts from being willing to kill to having a rule against all killing as a means of stopping assailants. In Arrow, Oliver does not take up the name of Green Arrow until season four. This is due to everyone believing the "Arrow" to be dead, and putting him in need of a new identity. He is a friend and frequent ally of the Central City-based superhero The Flash.

Amell has appeared as Oliver Queen and his vigilante persona in crossovers on the television series The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and the animated web series Vixen, all set within the Arrowverse. The character has also appeared in several tie-in comics and novels, as well as appearing in two video games. Amell has received praise from critics for his portrayal Oliver Queen, and he has been nominated for various awards for his performance, including a People's Choice and Leo Award.

Sara Lance

Sara Lance is a fictional character originally created for the television series Arrow. The character was created specifically for television by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, but incorporates character and plot elements of the Black Canary, a DC Comics superhero. Originally portrayed by Jacqueline MacInnes Wood in Arrow's pilot, she has been portrayed by Caity Lotz since the second season. She initially fights in Arrow under the moniker of The Canary, translated from her Arabic League of Assassins name Ta-er al-Sahfer (Yellow Bird), and later adopts the codename White Canary on the Arrow spin-off Legends of Tomorrow.

Sara Lance has also appeared in a digital comic book series, and while the character was initially introduced as a recurring character on Arrow, Lotz has also appeared in the spin-off series The Flash, adjacent series Supergirl, and is currently a cast member on Legends of Tomorrow.

The Flash (season 5)

The fifth season of the American television series The Flash, which is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / Flash, premiered on The CW on October 9, 2018 and is set to consist of 22 episodes. The season follows Barry, a crime scene investigator with superhuman speed who fights criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities, as he deals with the consequences of his future daughter's time traveling. It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe, and is a spin-off of Arrow. The season is produced by Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. Television, and DC Entertainment, with Todd Helbing serving as showrunner.

The season was ordered in April 2018, and production began that July. Grant Gustin stars as Barry, with principal cast members Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, and Jesse L. Martin also returning from previous seasons, while Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Nicolet, and Jessica Parker Kennedy were promoted to series regulars from their recurring statuses in season four. They are joined by new cast member Chris Klein.

Thea Queen

Thea Dearden Queen, also known as Speedy, is a fictional character portrayed by Willa Holland on The CW television series Arrow, created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. She is the maternal half-sister of series protagonist Oliver Queen / Green Arrow. Although an original creation to the series, she adopts elements from the DC Comics superhero Mia Dearden / Speedy, created by writer Kevin Smith and artist Phil Hester.

Holland was a main cast member on Arrow from its first season until its sixth, and also crossed over to the spin-off Arrowverse series The Flash. Although Thea Queen is loosely inspired by the existing comics character Mia Dearden, a sidekick of Green Arrow, the idea of Green Arrow working alongside his archer half-sister was later incorporated back into the comics in the form of Emiko Queen.

Vixen (web series)

Vixen, also known as DC Comics' Vixen, is an American animated web series from executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg, which debuted on August 25, 2015, on The CW's online streaming platform, CW Seed. It is based on the DC Comics character Mari McCabe / Vixen, a costumed superhero crime-fighter with the power to mimic the abilities of any animal that has ever lived on Earth. The series is set in the Arrowverse, the same fictional universe as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. In January 2016, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on October 13, 2016.

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