Supergirl gets a new mum, Arrow deals with the fallout and The Flash is reborn: The latest from the CW / DC universe

Warning; spoilers for Supergirl season two, Arrow season five and The Flash season three...

As production ramps up on the latest seasons of the ever -expanding DC superhero universe with The CW, details have been revealed about SupergirlThe Flash and Arrow, which are sure to build the anticipation for their return this autumn.

First up, Supergirl has recast the role of Kara's [deceased] Kryptonian mother, previously played by Laura Benanti (who of course also played her evil aunt Astra in season one). With Benanti unavailable due to her busy schedule, Smallville's Lois Lane herself, Erica Durance, will be playing her for what we assume will be flashbacks in the third season.

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly...

"Unfortunately Laura, who Greg [Berlanti] and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York. But we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara's mother. We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters."

The New Adventures of Superman's Lois Teri Hatcher of course played evil Daxamite queen Rhea, the primary antagonist of Supergirl season two.

Meanwhile, the episode title for the Arrow season six opener has been revealed, the rather telling Fallout. The season five ended dramatically with the island of Lian Yu exploding, potentially killing off almost every main and recurring cast member besides Oliver Queen.

A few weeks ago executive producer Marc Guggenheim teased the cliffhanger to season five...

"People either live or they'll die. There are other consequences that can come out of what happened at the end of [the episode]. While everyone is focused on one thing, you know us on Arrow – we may be doing something else."

This week, the episode title of The Flash season four was also revealed; The Flash Reborn. Season three ended with Barry Allen being forced to sacrifice himself to the Speed Force. The new season will apparently pick up six months later...

One thing fans will be eagerly looking forward to this year is the next big crossover with the three shows and Legends Of Tomorrow. Last seasons saw everyone unite to save the Earth from an invasion by the alien race known as the Dominators. Talking about this year's approach, Guggenheim teased something a little different.
"If we end up doing what we’re talking about doing, it’s going to be pretty cool. The crossover is always the most challenging thing we do, but it’s also the most fun. Every year we feel the pressure [to top the last one]. I feel like each crossover has topped the previous one.

"Topping last year’s, that’s a high bar, if for no other reason than what do you do that’s bigger than aliens? We’ve got some very, very exciting ideas…

"Very early on in the process of doing last year’s crossover, Greg [Berlanti, another of the producers on these shows] said there’s probably no way to get bigger than aliens, so the best way to make the [next] crossover especially epic is if you can’t increase the bombast, increase the emotional stakes and the emotional payoffs, so that’s a very oblique comment on where our heads are at for this season."

In other news, Arrow star Stephen Amell has suggested he would be totally up for a crossover with fellow The CW show Supernatural, if the shows stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki were interested.

"I mean, that's really up to Jensen and Jared. I heard that they're getting a spin-off which is exciting but as the much, much, much, much, much, much, much more senior members of the CW family... it really would be about finding a moment in their schedule to make all the fans happy.

"I'm totally up for it. I'm not trying to pass the buck, but the buck is now sitting at their feet.".

Supernatural is already getting an animated crossover episode with Scooby Doo next season, with a new female-centric spin-off Wayward Sisters also in development with the parent show's Sheriff Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes).

More news on all these superhero shows and the fifth (apparently unconnected Black Lightning). In the meantime you can catch up with our season finale of all four shows below:

All fours superhero shows will return in the autumn, with new episodes shown in the UK on Sky1.

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