While Wonder Woman and Doctor Strange stole the show at San Diego Comic-Con, there was a lot we learned about the CW’s ever-growing collection of superhero shows. Here are the reels that were shown, and what was revealed at the panels.
Going into its fifth season, it looks like Arrow is going to be training some rookies. It looks like Diggle (David Ramsey) and Thea (Willa Holland) aren’t really around, and even Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) has a new boyfriend. So Ollie will be training a new crew of heroes, including Curtis (Echo Kellum, newly promoted to series regular), who hilariously chokes on the salmon ladder.
As for other plotlines, Ollie is going to be getting back to defending the city while being an absolutely terrible mayor, according to Amell, and the show will apparently be scaling it back a bit. No more domes, no more nukes, just good old fashioned crime and punching. But yes, Laurel will be back, as Katie Cassidy has signed a free-floating deal that lets her appear on any Arrowverse show.
Just as a reminder, at the end of the last season, Barry saved his mom, thus screwing up the entire timeline. Despite doing that, as we can see from this trailer, Barry has kept his speed but is trying to live as a civilian. But, of course, his picture perfect world has a few cracks, not the least of which is that Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) is running around as Kid Flash and, uh, Barry has illegally imprisoned the Reverse Flash, Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) in a cell without a toilet. Considering Letscher is a cast regular on Legends of Tomorrow next season, we rate Eobard’s likelihood of staying in captivity somewhere around 0%. There’s also yet another mysterious speedster running around in a black suit.
Also revealed is that the big villain next season will be Doctor Alchemy, voiced by Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell. As for crossovers, Felicity will be coming back, reviving our hopes that she and Barry will begin the great awkward nerd romance of television history.