Finally, the time has come. “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Legends of Tomorrow” are back at San Diego Comic-Con and ready to spill all of the secrets about their new seasons. Which villains are coming to terrorize your favorite cities — and eras, where “Legends” is concerned — and what familiar faces will you see? And perhaps there’s a new costume or two that will be revealed?
The Comic-Con panels for these shows always prove to be something truly special and if you can’t be there, this is the next best thing. Follow along with Zap2it as we live blog everything that happens with the three superhero shows — and maybe toss in a little “Supergirl” for good measure.
The festivities kick off at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. PT and will continue until we know all they’re going to tell us about these shows everybody loves so much.
We are starting off strong, the “Legends” cast is taking the stage as we speak.
The Justice Society will be made up of Vixen, Citizen Steel, Obsidian, Stargirl and Dr. Mid-Nite.
Stephen Amell will appear in the “Legends” premiere as Mayor Oliver Queen. Neal McDonough is back as Damien Darhk and Jonah Hex will reappear in episode 6. Also, they haven’t said who yet, but there’s a surprise guest waiting in the wings here in Ballroom 20.
“Time has been left unguarded” after the Time Masters were destroyed, EP Phil Klemmer says. That leaves an opening for what he calls “time douchebags” to mess things up. The Legends simply can’t stand for that.
Instead of one villain, we’re getting a team! Matt Letscher as Eobard Thawne, Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn are your new baddies, the Legion of Doom. And Barrowman is in the house, which makes the crowd go wild. “I’ve got a little experience with time travel,” he says.
Of note: Captain Jack Harkness (Barrowman) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) make an interesting “Doctor Who” connection on “Legends.”
EP Marc Guggenheim says the show hasn’t told all of Hawkgirl and Hawkman’s story yet. They could always come back, but no word on when.
That’s a wrap on “Legends,” but first and foremost Arthur admitted what in the beginning of the show he kept reading Dominic Purcell’s lines because his character was named Rory — like Darvill’s “Doctor Who” character.
It’s time for “The Flash”! After so many revelations in the “Legends” panel, there’s bound to be some surprises coming up.
First up, we’re getting some new footage!
In the altered timeline, Barry’s parents are alive, Cisco is the richest man in America, Joe and Iris don’t know Barry and Reverse Flash is alive. We also got the first look at Kid Flash. It’s clear to those Barry clues in that this isn’t his world, but it’s Reverse Flash (Matt Letscher) that dumbs this world Flashpoint.
The entire cast is here, plus new cast addition Tom Felton. Welcome to the speed party, Draco Malfoy. Tom Cavanagh is among those that are here, though it’s still unclear how he will exist in this timeline.
This year there will be two big bads. One is a speedster to be revealed later, the other is Dr. Alchemy, who we got a glimpse of. “He’s a bad dude and he’s going to be a formidable adversary to the Flash,” an EP reveals. Tobin Bell will voice the character.
The Flashpoint Paradox WILL impact “Arrow.” It will alter Diggle (David Ramsey), which we’ll get to during the “Arrow” panel.
In the beginning, Grant Gustin says Barry is living in a “blind bliss,” ignoring the bad stuff around him because he’s still got his family back.
“When we find him, he’s been living in this timeline for three months,” Gustin says. Barry and Iris are acquaintances who went to school together, but that’s about it. He works with Joe, but they don’t have that bond fans love.
The inevitable “When is WestAllen happening” question comes up and Jesse L. Martin just starts laughing. “In any timeline, Barry and Iris ultimately find each other,” an EP says.
“This shipping thing is wow.” – Candice Patton saying what we’re all thinking.
Carlos Valdes looks downright uncomfortable with all of the fan love in the room. Soak it up, Carlos.
“Cisco is an ostentatious billionaire,” Valdes says of Flashpoint. “He flossin’.” His best quality as a person in this world is making money.
In the Flashpoint timeline, Joe isn’t happy, Martin says. Joe and Iris have a serious issue that isn’t going well and Joe is on the verge of losing his job until Barry saves it for him.
Tom Cavanagh won’t say much about his character in Season 3, but he’s hoping to hit triple digits on the number of characters he plays at some point.
Keiynan Lonsdale had no idea his transformation to Kid Flash would happen to quickly into his run on the show. As for how he compares to Barry’s Flash, Lonsdale says, “I try to play him with a good, lighthearted sort of cockiness to him.” So, you know, a kid.
Tom Felton, who gets crazy cheers in Ballroom 20 doesn’t know much about who he’s playing, but admits, “You should see every character I play as a threat.” There’s some friction between his character Julian and Barry right off the bat.
“Harry left and he’s gone,” Gustin says. That means his relationship with Barry is also gone.
Grant, Tom and Carlos have amazing chemistry everywhere — even on this stage as Grant beatboxes, while Tom and Carlos talk over each other. Just hilarious.
And now it’s time for a tap-dance contest between Grant and Jesse. This panel is insane.
They called it a tie an ended it with a chest bump. What else would you expect from Barry and Joe?
Crossover alert: Emily Bett Rickards will return to “The Flash,” as Felicity comes to give Oliver some “advice,” as Grant Gustin calls it. Given how radically he’s changed there world, he probably needs it.
First fan question comes from a hue in a “Flash” T-shirt and “Arrow” jacket. He’s in the right room.
That fan wants to know if we’re going to se Bart Allen anytime soon. Right now, an EP says it’s not in the cards but “anything is possible.”
With the “Legends” crew traveling through time, the ripples of Flashpoint won’t impact them much. However, a “Flash” EP reiterates that it will be felt and seen on “Arrow.”
Last fan question is about having Kevin Smith come direct. The cast can’t say enough good words about working with him. “It’s a long season and we love our job, but we’re tired,” Grant says. Kevin changed that, bringing a freshness to set and getting everyone excited to be there.
The first time Kevin saw Grant in the Flash costume, he started to hyperventilate. “It’s makes you excited to do what we do,” Tom says.
Candice Patton wants to see Iris visit “Supergirl” and become part of CatCo.
With that, “The Flash” comes to an end. Up next is “Arrow”!
Time for new “Arrow” footage!
Oliver and Felicity are building a new Team Arrow, which Curtis! Mr. Terrific is born!
John Barrowman is back on stage with the cast, so he’s definitely still on “Arrow.”
The footage revealed the big bad for the year. “We call him Prometheus,” Marc Guggenheim says. It’s not the one from the comics, but somebody new. He’s an archer like the Green Arrow, but also has a sword and looks downright vicious.
EXCELLENT NEWS: Katie Cassidy is not gone forever. She joins John Barrowman and Wentworth Miler in signing a contract that will allow her to appear throughout the various “Arrow” universe shows.
“I definitely don’t think this is the last year of the show, but it is the end of a chapter,” Stephen Amell says. Originally “Arrow” was conceived as a 5 season story.
The 100th episode will be part 2 of the 3-part crossover this year. The week after is the midseason finale. “It’s timed kind of perfectly,” Guggenheim says.
As for Felicity this year, “Girl’s going to be dealing with a lot of bottled up emotions,” Emily Bett Rickards says.
Paul Blackthorne jokes that now that he’s out of work, Lance is an Uber driver.
When we pick up Diggle’s story, he’s in Chechnya. He’s still dealing with the fallout of Season 3, including the deaths of his brother and Laurel.
Guggenheim says the show will look in on Curtis’ marriage as he becomes entrenched in the team. After all, his husband is bound to wonder why he’s coming home covered in bruises.
Oliver isn’t a mayor moonlighting as a vigilante. He’s a vigilante moonlighting as a mayor. “What a garbage mayor he is,” Amell says. “And he’s terrible because he’s alone. There’s no team.”
“Longtime fans of Green Arrow know what a politically-inspiring character Oliver Queen is,” Amell says. “He’ll have to get his head out of his you-know-what and start working with others.”
Right around episode 5 is when we’ll find out more about Oliver and Felicity’s relationship. In the meantimes, things will be “ambiguous,” according to show runner Wendy Mericle.
In the premiere, Amell says there’s a scene where Oliver and Felicity speak as equals on the team. “I think it’s pretty clear that Oliver loves Felicity. But I don’t know if that means they’re going to be together.”
At one point, there was a discussion to maybe make Malcolm Merlyn Oliver’s dad. They decided it was “too Darth Vader” and dropped it. That’s how Thea became his daughter.
A fan asks which Marvel character they’d all like to play.
Echo Kellum: Apocalypse
Emily Bett Rickards: Wolverine
Stephen Amell: Wolverine
John Barrowman: Agent Carter
Willa Holland: Storm
David Ramsey: Moonknight or Jean Grey during the Dark Phoenix Sage.
Stephen Amell wants the world to know if they ever dare to reboot “Die Hard,” it should be him as John McClane.
Last question is whether Bruce Wayne will come to “Arrow.” No, he won’t. Watch “Gotham.” Though, never say never. Not a bad way to wrap up fan questions.
Actually, there was time for one more which leads to an impromptu singalong with the cast. Nevermind, that’s exactly how this panel should end. Bless these people.
And, of course, the cast is singing and clapping along. That’s what we’re going to call an official wrap on the “Arrow” panel.
Sending everyone home happy, the panel and crowd sings “Happy Birthday” to Emily, who is celebrating her special day tomorrow, to send everyone home happily.