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Arrow 423 "Schism" - Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) © 2016 The CW Network, photo by Bettina Strauss

Wonder what’s up next season for your favorite sci-fi superheroes? The Executive Producers of Supergirl, The Flash, The Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow came by the TV Critics Association tour to give the television journalists an update.

TCA Summer Press Tour 2016 - Executive Producers Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Marc Guggenheim, Wendy Mericle and Phil Klemmer
Executive Producers Aaron Helbing, Todd Helbing, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Marc Guggenheim, Wendy Mericle and Phil Klemmer at The CW’s 2016 Summer TCA Session at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, August 11, 2016 ©2016 The CW Network, photo by Chris Frawley

Can you take us into the new seasons, reminding us of how the series was left and where you’ll be picking up?

Andrew Kreisberg: On The Flash, at the end of last season we saw Barry make the fateful decisions to travel back in time and save his mother from the Reverse Flash.

When he did, he created an alternative timeline, where his mother is still alive, as a seminal story from the comic books called Flashpoint.

So that’s where The Flash picks up with Barry living in this new version of events, and having to deal with both the benefits that are produced for him and also some of the costs.

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The Flash, 223 “The Race of His Life” – The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Zoom ©2016 The CW Network, photo by Katie Yu

And on Supergirl we ended last season with a mysterious pod crashing in National City. Obviously, the identity of the person in the pod is now confirmed at Mon-El.

In the premiere, a threat is going to arise that’s going to require Supergirl and Superman to team up.

Supergirl Season 2 - Melissa Benoist and Tyler Hoechlin
Supergirl Season 2 – Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) ©2016 The CW Network, photo by Frank Ockefels III and Diyah Pera

Arrow Season 5

Wendy Mericle: On Arrow, when we last saw Oliver, Diggle and Thea had left the team. Oliver was starting over. We do look at this season as a bit of going back to our roots.

When we come into the (new) season, Oliver will still be out there fighting crime on his own. He will also have taken up the mantel of the city’s mayor. So we’re going to be exploring both him as a hero, in a very traditional sense as the mayor, and also as the Green Arrow.

We’re going to see a whole bunch of new recruits. The City’s going to have a new breed of criminals as well as a new breed of vigilantes who have been inspired by the Green Arrow.

He’s going to bring them into the fold and try to create a new legacy for himself.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 2

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – Vixen (Maisie R-Sellers) ©2016 The CW Network, photo by Frank Ockenfells III

Phil Klemmer: At the end of Season 1 of Legends, we semi-accidently blew up the Vanishing Point and the Time Masters.

We also succeeded in vanquishing the Vandal Savage and avenging Rip’s family and saving the world. Everything we set out to do, they accomplished.

The irony being that now there’s nobody left to police the timeline. Our ragtag bunch of time travelers who sort of signed up for this one-off, saving the world, now are left holding the bag.

There are no Time Masters, and all matter of criminals have been unleashed across history. Our guys obviously don’t have a very delicate touch when it comes to talking care of anything. They’re certainly not law enforcement by nature. [They] find themselves being the A Team version of Time Masters, even though they’re clearly the B Team.

The Flash Season 3

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The Flash, Season 3 – Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) ©2016 The CW Network, photo by Cate Cameron

Do the timelines in the different universes affect the other universes?

Andrew Kreisberg: No. In fact, one of the plot points on Flash this season is that what gets affected in one dimension does not change the other.

So there are characters that are from other dimensions who come to The Flash and remark on the changes.

Supergirl Musical Crossover

TCA Summer Press Tour 2016 - Executive Producer, Greg Berlanti
Executive Producer, Greg Berlanti at The CW’s 2016 Summer TCA Session at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, August 11, 2016 ©2016 The CW Network, photo by Chris Frawley

Greg Berlanti: There will be a musical crossover (for) a pair of episodes in the back half of the year between Supergirl and The Flash.

You may know my own personal love of musicals, and actors who have been in them. And we have a number of people who can sing, across the shows.

I think they’re going to be mostly pre-existing songs. We have been talking about trying to write at least one original song per episode.

I know Jeremy, Carlos (Valdes), Jesse ((Martin), Grant (Gustin) and Melissa (Benoist) can all sing. Who am I missing?

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Arrow 422 “Lost in the Flood” – Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Thea Queen (Willa Holland) ©2016 The CW Network, photo by Katie Yu

Greg Berlanti: (John) Barrowman, Victor Garber. There is a lot of time travel shows this year. There is only one time travel show, where Victor Garber will be singing Edelweiss to a bunch of Nazis. That is happening.

Using Victor Garber, does that mean that characters from the other two shows are also going to be on the musical episode?

Greg Berlanti: We haven’t planned it all out yet. I’m sure the studios are looking at me like, how are we going to pay for this? But that would be my hope, and Victor was pitching me some songs the other night at dinner.

Any other updates?

Andrew Kreisberg: Yes. One of the characters on one of the shows is going to be exploring their sexuality; coming out. And we’re very excited about that.

Mark Guggenheim: On Arrow episode 507, we will be introducing Vigilante, the George Perez/Mary Wolfman iteration of that character. We’re very excited about that.

Wendy Mericle: We are going to be in Russia this season. Also in our flashbacks we are going to be bringing in Dolph Lundgren as one of our big bads.

Phil Klemmer: Lance Henriksen is going to be appearing for the first time in –

Marc Guggenheim: (episode) 205 of Legends of Tomorrow as Obsidian, a member of the JSA.

Andrew Kreisberg: One more piece of Supergirl news. We want to announce that Chris Wood is joining the show playing Mon-El.

There were reports that you were negotiating with Fox to acquire the character of Batman for the season, is that true?

Andrew Kreisberg: That wasn’t true. We saw that rumor online as well. That would be a neat trick if somebody could pull it off, but that’s not happening.

Judy Sloane

Judy is Film Review Online's regular Los Angeles based reporter.