Welcome to Geek Girl Authority’s Into the Arrowverse. Each week we recap the weekly episodes of Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning. And preview the next episode.
The Crisis on Infinite Earths left the Arrowverse looking a little different after it was all said and done. Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is dead and all Arrowverse shows now take place on the same Earth. We know the world would be different after Crisis. Just how much are we going to need to adjust to?
The primary heroes have a council now. Their HQ is an old STAR Labs research facility that they used in the Invasion crossover. Barry Allen/Flash (Grant Gustin) had a table made with coordinating chairs that had all of the superhero logos on the back. There was even a chair for the Green Arrow. This looks like the beginning of a Justice League.
A few little things changed for our Arrowverse family. John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) got their daughter back. During Flashpoint, Flash changed the timeline so his mom never died. And then changed it back. John and Lyla had a daughter, Sara before Flashpoint. And after they had a son, John Jr. Now they have both. I guess the universe has a way of righting some wrongs.
Another offspring change, Clark Kent/Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) announced they were expecting during the Elseworlds crossover. They had a boy at the beginning of Crisis. At the end of Crisis, they had boys…plural. How many? I’m assuming 2. We may not find out until this Superman gets his own show, already ordered by The CW
We haven’t seen or heard about any changes for The Flash or Batwoman yet. There are still some unfinished business in all of the shows. Here’s the synopsis and trailers for the Arrowverse Winter premiere week on the CW.
Batwoman (S01E10) “How Queer Everything is Today
Before the crossover, Batwoman/Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) was dealing with the fallout of Alice’s (Rachel Skarsten) master plan to punish their father. She framed Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) for Catherine Hamilton-Kane’s (Elizabeth Anweis) murder. And Sophie (Meagan Tandy) was having some issues deciding if she’s still in love with Kate or not. Like I said, unfinished business.
“While Gotham busies itself reacting to Batwoman’s awkward encounter, Alice celebrates her ultimate act of vengeance with Mouse (Sam Littlefield). A devastated Mary (Nicole Kang) focuses on Jacob Kane’s trial, while Sophie seeks advice about her love life from someone unexpected. As they tackle the newest threat to Gotham, Luke (Camrus Johnson) prioritizes protecting Batwoman’s secret, and Kate must decide what she is willing to do to honor Batwoman’s identity…and her own.”
Supergirl (S05E10) “The Bottle Episode”
Supergirl/Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) is going to have a rough time adjusting to her new world. Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) rewrote his story when he became the Paragon of Truth. In the After-Crisis life, Lex is a good guy and is loved by the public. A huge 180 from who he was before the Crisis. Team Supergirl has their memories in tact, but I’m not sure if there’s much that they can do to change the world’s minds about Lex.
“The subsequent complications from the Crisis leave Supergirl to face a chaotic threat.”
Black Lightning (S03E10) “The Book of Markovia: Chapter One: Blessings and Curses Reborn”
Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning (Cress Williams) is the newest member of the Arrowverse. It doesn’t appear much has changed except his location. Jefferson returns home to Freeland to clean up the down and deal with Markovia.
“Jefferson navigates his new reality following the events of the Red Wave, and Lynn’s (Christine Adams) determination to save the meta kids deepens her troubles. Meanwhile, Anissa/Blackbird (Nafessa Williams) faces new challenges. Lastly, Jennifer’s (China Anne McClain) bond with Brandon (Jahking Guillory) begins to grow.”
Arrow (S08E09) “Green Arrow and the Canaries”
With Oliver gone and Arrow still having two episodes left, it remains to be seen how Crisis will impact the lives of Team Arrow. We know for certain that Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy Rodgers) and Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) are going to the future to team up with Mia Smoak-Queen (Katherine McNamara) We’ll learn more about that in the next episode of Arrow.
“It’s the year 2040 in Star City and Mia Queen has everything she could have ever wanted. However, when Laurel and Dinah suddenly show up in her life again, things take a shocking turn and her perfect world is upended. Laurel and Dinah are tracking a kidnapping victim with direct ties to Mia and they need her help. Knowing it will change everything, Mia can’t help but be a hero and she, Laurel and Dinah suit up once again to save the city.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (S05E02) “Meet the Legends”
The Legends return this week with a new season. Change is a natural occurance for the Legends. In fact, at the end of season four, Zari Tomaz (Tala Ashe) changed her history when she entered the temporal zone to save Nate Heywood (Nick Zano). She is no longer a Legend and her older brother Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) replaced her. We got a brief glimpse of Behrad in the final moments in the finale.
The Legends are going to have their hands full with some historical bad guys on the loose. On a trip to Hell to save Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) greates regret, Astra (Olivia Swann) released said bad guys. We’re talking about the worst of the worst in world history.
“Sara (Caity Lotz), Ray and Mick (Dominic Purcell) are shocked to discover that the Legends have become famous. It seems that everyone except Sara is loving the spotlight, so much so that they invite a documentary crew on board the Waverider to film them as they investigate a strange new blip in the Timeline. The Legends discover that their new problem is none other than Rasputin, who happens to be straight out of hell, and it might be tougher than they thought. Meanwhile, Constantine thinks he knows the reason behind these new blips and informs the team that it won’t be easy to defeat.”
Arrowverse Return Schedule
Batwoman and Supergirl return Sunday, January 19
Black Lightning returns Monday, January 20
Arrow continues Tuesday, January 21. The series finale will air Tuesday, January 28.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season five premieres on January 21.
The Flash will return Tuesday February 3.