Unless you really haven’t been paying attention, you probably know that both the CW’s superhero shows, “Arrow” and “The Flash,” have been spending their respective fourth and second seasons delicately setting up the upcoming spinoff “Legends of Tomorrow.” With the annual crossover event between the two heroes being dedicated to setting up the new power team, a teaser image of two key players in the event has been released.
In order to get fans excited for the high-concept event this year, “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim took to Twitter to post a teaser image showing the usual members of Team Arrow, plus Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel). The two new characters are plucked directly from the pages of DC Comics and will help round out the team in “Legends of Tomorrow.”
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) November 10, 2015
While it’s fun to see the characters standing next to the heroes fans have come to know and love over the course of four seasons, it isn’t the first time that Hawkgirl and Hawkman have been revealed to the public. According to Variety, the heroes were featured in a promotional image for the crossover that came out in September. In fact, Hawkgirl already made her onscreen debut in the first season finale of “The Flash.” As the outlet notes, the duo’s comic book counterparts are soulmates and reincarnations of Ancient Egyptian royals. Together, they’re fated to be reborn again and again throughout time. Fortunately, that’s not such a bad gig given that they can access the powers of the Hawk God Horus, which gifts them with special powers including the ability to sprout wings and fly.
In what is likely an effort to make sure both “The Flash” and “Arrow” fans make the jump to “Legends of Tomorrow” when it comes out in 2016, it looks like the crossover event will force fans of both shows to watch the full 2 hour block of television in order to get the entire story. Speaking to Zap2It in October, “Arrow” star Stephen Amell explained the situation.
“Last year was designed so that if you were a fan of one show or a fan of the other show, you could enjoy 108 of ‘Flash’ and 308 of ‘Arrow’ independent of one another. It’s not the case this year,” the actor said. “In fact, most of 'The Flash' episode takes place in Star City, and most of the ‘Arrow’ episode takes place in Central City. We have a common villain, which was not the case last year, and just in general, we’ve done an excellent job of weaving not just two shows, but three shows together.”
“The Flash” and “Arrow” crossover will debut the week after Thanksgiving and set up everything fans need to know for “Legends of Tomorrow.” Which DC Comics character are you most excited to see come into the TV world? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.