Who must I have emotionally given to the story I’m telling? And emotionally, there had to be two characters in the story as part of Barry and Iris’ journey: Black Lightning and Batwoman.”
Of course, Javicia Leslie’s Ryan Wilder is already busy enough shooting her own show, but once Wallace spoke batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries he managed to delete her participation. And it sounded like it wasn’t difficult.
“It turns out that Javicia was more excited than anyone else,” he says. “She actually wanted to be at this five-part event even more than we could use her because she would have been taken away from her own show, which would have been bad for the batwoman people and of course we don’t want to hurt our sister show.”
Chyler Leigh’s Sentry from super girl followed, with the series finale fresh on everyone’s mind, but the biggest surprise might be Katherine McNamara’s return as Mia Smoak-Queen, the Green Arrow of the future who would one day get her own spin-off series called Green Arrow and the Canaries.
“I have no idea what the plan was for the spin-off if it had happened,” he says. “But we looked very specifically at that backdoor pilot episode and what it presented and then we did our own starting point from where we thought Mia’s journey would take her. I’m happy to report that it fits Barry perfectly and most importantly, very well.” ties into Iris’ emotional journey. We pick it up in a very unique way from that backdoor pilot. I know that series never happened, but not only are we opening the door for Mia Queen again, but we’re tearing him down and keeping him permanently open so that she can return at any time.”
It takes a great villain to need all this extra heroic help, and that’s exactly what Armageddon brings out in the form of Despero, the red-skinned, three-eyed, fin-headed alien with the intense mental powers…who also shares the distinction of being the villain of the original Justice League of America #1. And while he spends a lot of time in a more “manageable” human form, the first episode also shows off an impressive, comic book-like look for the bad guy at the right times.