The CW has set DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to return Monday, April 1 and confirmed Arrow‘s new 9 pm timeslot on Monday evenings, starting April 15. In the years since Arrow began its run in 2012, Oliver Queen has been joined by superheroes like Barry Allen on The Flash and Kara Danvers on Supergirl, in addition to a whole team of time-travelers (many of which originated on either Arrow or The Flash) on Legends of Tomorrow. The Arrowverse (as it’s known) isn’t done expanding yet either and formally introduced Kate Kane in last year’s Elseworlds crossover, ahead of the potential Batwoman TV series premiering in the 2018-2019 season.
Of all the Arrowverse series, Legends of Tomorrow has typically had the lowest ratings, if also the most faithful followers in recent years. The show has increasingly danced to the idiosyncratic beat of its own drum along the way, most recently with a midseason finale that broke time itself and transformed the show’s characters into cats and puppets (among other things). Legends is going on a break for the next few months, but fans can take solace in knowing when, exactly, the Waverider crew’s wacky adventures will continue.
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TVLine reports that Legends of Tomorrow will return on Monday, April 1, where it will open the night in the 8 pm timeslot. Arrow, which has been airing in The CW’s 8 pm spot this season, will take a two-week hiatus at that time, before it returns in the 9 pm timeslot on Monday, April 15. Oliver Queen fans need not fret, however, seeing as Arrow season 7 will pick back up well towards the end of this month, following the Arrowverse’s midseason break.
In some ways, it’s fitting that Legends won’t return with the rest of the Arrowverse. The show has almost taken on a life of its own these past two years, to the point that it has nearly as many characters (Zari Tomez, Ava Sharpe, Gary Green, etc.) who originated on the show as it does carryovers from Arrow and/or The Flash. Legends has also delved further into the magical realms of the Arrowverse than its peers, especially with the addition of John Constantine to the time-traveling Legends team in season 4. Between all that and the series’ uniquely zany tone, it feels somewhat appropriate that Legends completely ignored last year’s Elseworlds crossover (save for a throwaway line of dialogue) to continue focusing its attention on its own storylines, instead.
Of course, both Arrow and Legends‘ futures are somewhat up in the air right now, as is the fate of the Arrowverse at large. Last month’s Elseworlds event concluded with a teaser confirming 2019’s Arrowverse crossover will be Crisis on Infinite Earths, as inspired by the comic book event of the same name. This particular crossover has the potential to change the very fabric of The CW’s DC TV universe as we know it, and could even result in some major character deaths (maybe even Green Arrow and Superman’s) along the way. That’s all the more reason for Arrow and/or Legends‘ fans to keep tuning in to both (or either) series, as they begin to lay the groundwork for what’s to come by the end of the year.
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Arrow returns Monday, January 21 on The CW, followed by DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on Monday, April 1.