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Meet the New Allies and Enemies Coming to Arrow and The Flash This Year

Plus: Which one will be LGBT?

Jessica Roy

On Saturday night, Warner Brothers and DC Comics did a mega-block of panels of all their TV shows at Comic-Con, starting with Arrow and The Flash. Here's what we learned:


Arrow's Stephen Amell came out in a brand new badass costume, which you can see above, and announced himself as the Green Arrow. "You have not failed this city!" he shouted at the crowd.

Executive producer Greg Berlanti said of the new costume: "We've always said the progression [of the show] is from Arrow to Green Arrow, and this is a big step in that direction."

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As for villains, the Arrow team will have a lot to contend with: Damien Darhk has already been announced, but in the panel, Berlanti and fellow executive producer Marc Guggenheim said Batman villain Anarky and another "big villain" will be in this season.

In the ally category, Mister Terrific will be a friend of Felicity's. Berlanti said they get asked a lot when they're going to add new LGBTQ character to the show.

"This version of Mister Terrific happens to be gay, " Berlanti announced.

Watch the highlight reel they showed from the most recent season of Arrow:

The Flash

The next season of The Flash will pick up a couple of months after the events in the finale, and will deal with the fallout of the cataclysm that took place in that last episode.

Our main antagonist for this season of The Flash is Zoom, who's faster than both Flash and the Reverse Flash.

But there will be even more new faces: They announced they're introducing Jay Garrick this year, to be played by Teddy Sears from Masters of Sex. While the comic book version of Jay Garrick was the first to take up the mantle of The Flash, on the show he's a cryptic figure who arrives to warn Barry and S.T.A.R. Labs of some immense danger coming. Take a look at Sears and the character Jay. They got the jaw right!

Rainer Hosch/ © 2015 DC Entertainment

And in the love interest department, Shantel VanSanten will play Patty Spivot, a cop who partners with Det. Joe West. Patty loves science and is crushing hard on Barry Allen. She also has a keen interest in metahumans. See VanSanten and her comic book counterpart:

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Wally West (who in the comics was the first Kid Flash and the third Flash) will also be added to the cast, though casting for the part wasn't announced.

Check out the highlight reel from The Flash:

Arrow returns Oct. 7 at 8/7c and The Flash is back the day before at 8/7c on The CW.

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