Warning: Slight Spoilers Ahead!
2017 is shaping up to be the year of the superhero. Not only are movie superheroes setting records and dominating at the box office (we’re still obsessed with Wonder Woman!), but they’re taking over fall TV as well. From new shows, like The Gifted and Marvel’s Runaways, to some old returning favorites like Jessica Jones, masked heroes are all over the small screen. And we’re not complaining. There’s nothing we love more than watching our favorite TV stars save the world again and again.
This week, all FOUR of CW’s superhero shows are returning, finally giving us some answers after all the cliffhangers they left dangling last spring. They’re also planning another major crossover event, bringing all our favorite characters from The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow together once again. We can’t wait to watch Oliver Queen be surly around literal cupcakes Kara Danvers and Barry Allen even as they all work together to fight off alternate realities, aliens, weird ancient curses, or whatever surprises are in store this time. (We’re praying it’s an Olicity wedding, FYI.)
Since all of our superhero CW shows are returning this week, we’re bringing you an official roundup of each – including premiere dates, speculations for the new seasons, tie-in books and SPOILERS that you don’t want to miss:
Returning: October 10th at 8pm EST
Tie-in Read: The Flash: Hocus Pocus, Barry Lyga (Amulet Books, October 3, 2017)
Returned: October 9th at 8pm EST
Tie-in Read: Supergirl: Age of Atlantis, Jo Whittemore (Amulet Books, November 7, 2017)
Acclaimed middle grade author Whittemore is tackling Supergirl this time, giving us a story that has Kara investigating the appearance of a mysterious sea creature that’s somehow tied to a rise in superpowers across the city.
Returning: October 10th at 9pm EST
Tie-in Read: Legends of Tomorrow: The Atom, Roger Stern (DC Comics, February 20, 2018)
Though not an official CW tie-in novel, this collection of stories about The Atom is a must read for any Legends fan. Featuring tales from huge creators in the DC Universe, it’s the ultimate guide to understanding The Atom (played by Brandon Routh on the show!).
Thanks to Lian Yu exploding at the end of Season 5 – and maybe taking a good chunk of Team Arrow along with it – there has been very little press around Season 6 of the fan-favorite vigilante show. So it’s hard to say where we’re headed when mostly we’re just praying to every god we can think of that Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is still alive. She is, right? SHE HAS TO BE, RIGHT? We do have some speculations though, including a potential Olicity wedding and a lot of father/son bonding time between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and William (Jack Moore). The theme of this upcoming season is family, so we’re sure that it’s going to focus a lot on the dynamics of Team Arrow and how family plays into all of their relationship. And while we don’t know much about the ‘big bad’ yet, we do know that it’s going to be massive.
Returning: October 12th at 9pm EST
Tie-in Read: Arrow: A Generation of Vipers, Susan & Clay Griffith (Titan Books, March 28, 2017)
Directly connected to the recent Flash book, The Haunting of Barry Allen, the latest Arrow read sees our heroes on a journey to Markovia where they need to defeat Count Wallenstein and his army in order to save Barry’s life.
Which CW superhero show are you most excited for? How hard will you riot if Olicity don’t get married this season?? Let us know in the comments!