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The Arrowverse is a shared fictional universe that is centered on television series airing on The CW, developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, based on characters appearing in publications by DC Comics. The first television series was Arrow, based on the character Green Arrow, which debuted in October 2012. The universe was expanded with the series The Flash in October 2014, which is based on Barry Allen / Flash. The universe is also expanding to animation, with the series Vixen, as well as a third live-action series, that revolves around various characters from Arrow and The Flash teaming up.

Live-action series

Arrow (2012–)

Main article: Arrow (TV series)

On January 12, 2012, The CW was preparing a new series centered around the character Green Arrow, developed by Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim.[1] A week later, the series, now known as Arrow, was ordered to pilot, which was directed by David Nutter, who also directed the pilot for Smallville, a series following Clark Kent on his journey to become Superman.[2] At the end of the month, Stephen Amell was cast in the titular role of Oliver Queen.[3] When developing the series, producer Marc Guggenheim expressed that the creative team wanted to "chart [their] own course, [their] own destiny", and avoid any direct connections to Smallville, which featured its own Green Arrow / Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley), opting to cast a new actor in the role of Oliver Queen.[4] On January 11, 2015, The CW renewed Arrow for a fourth season.[5]

The Flash (2014–)

Main article: The Flash (2014 TV series)

In July 2013, it was announced that Berlanti and Kreisberg, along with Nutter and Geoff Johns, would be creating a television series based on The Flash, with an origin story for Barry Allen.[6] The character, played by actor Grant Gustin, was set to appear in three episodes of season two of Arrow, with the final one acting as a backdoor pilot for the new series.[7] However, it was announced in November 2013 that the backdoor pilot would not be happening, with a traditional pilot being made instead. The decision was made after the first two appearances of the character were well received by CW executives who saw the material. At the time, no decision was made as to whether the character would be featured in the third episode, which was set for the end of the second season and had not been written.[8] It was also confirmed that the character's superhero persona would not be featured on Arrow as originally intended, but will be saved for the pilot episode of the new series.[9] In January 2014, The Flash was officially ordered for a pilot episode.[10] On January 11, 2015, The CW renewed The Flash for a second season.[5]

Untitled Arrow/Flash spin-off

In February 2015, it was reported that a spin-off series, which is described as a superhero team-up show, was in discussion by The CW for a possible 2015-16 midseason release. Berlanti and Kreisberg would executive produce alongside Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter. The potential series would be headlined by several recurring characters from both Arrow and The Flash, including Ray Palmer, Leonard Snart / Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Mick Rory / Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell). Caity Lotz is also mentioned to be among the main cast. There is potential for other Arrow/Flash characters to cross over to the new series.[11][12] In March 2015, Amell confirmed the series would air in the 2015–16 midseason. Additionally, Kreisberg stated more would be revealed about the nature of the series by the end of Arrow's third season, specifically why Lotz is slated to appear, given her previous character, Sara Lance / Canary, was killed at the start of season three.[13] Berlanti also stated there was a particular reason for the other half of Firestorm, as seen on The Flash, Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) not being mentioned in the initial cast announcement.[14] In March 2015, it was reported that Ciara Renée was cast as the superhero Hawkgirl and Arthur Darvill as the time traveler Rip Hunter in the Arrow/Flash spin off.[15][16] In May 2015, Garber revealed filming would being in August 2015, for a January 2016 premiere. Additionally, he said that The CW was impressed with what was shown to them, giving the project a full series order.[17]

Animated series


In January 2015, the CW announced that an animated web-series featuring the DC heroine Vixen would be debuting on CW Seed in late 2015. It will be set in the universe of Arrow and The Flash.[18] The character is expected to make a live-action appearance on The Flash and/or Arrow as well.[19] Amell and Gustin will reprise their roles as Oliver Queen / Arrow and Barry Allen / Flash, respectively.[20]

Shared elements

Beyond brief mentions throughout various episodes, there have been multiple episodes that have featured characters crossing over to other series as well as official crossover episodes.

Further information: List of Arrowverse actors

Character Actor First
Series crossovers Ref
Arrow The Flash Vixen Legends
Oliver Queen / Arrow Stephen Amell Arrow Regular Guest [21][20]
Felicity Smoak Emily Bett Rickards Regular[1] Guest [22]
John Diggle David Ramsey Regular Guest
Laurel Lance / Black Canary Katie Cassidy Regular Guest [23]
Quentin Lance Paul Blackthorne Regular Guest [24]
Barry Allen / Flash Grant Gustin Recurring Regular Guest [7][20]
Cisco Ramon Carlos Valdés Guest Regular [25]
Caitlin Snow Danielle Panabaker Guest Regular [25]
Ray Palmer / Atom Brandon Routh Recurring Guest Regular [26]
William Tockman / Clock King Robert Knepper Guest [27]
Royal Flush Gang Various Guest [28]
Jake Simmons / Deathbolt Doug Jones Guest [29]
Leonard Snart / Captain Cold Wentworth Miller The Flash Recurring Regular [30][31]
Mick Rory / Heat Wave Dominic Purcell Recurring Regular [32][31]
Martin Stein Victor Garber Guest Regular [33][31]

^ 1. Emily Bett Rickards was promoted to series regular of Arrow in season 2, after portraying her character in a recurring capacity for season 1.

Official crossover episodes
TV season Series Ref
The Flash Arrow Vixen Legends
2014-15 season S01E08 – "Flash vs. Arrow" S03E08 – "The Brave and the Bold" [22]


In April 2015, The CW released a short promo video for the finales of Arrow season three and The Flash season one, titled "Superhero Fight Club".[34] The short, shot in Los Angeles and directed by Glen Winter,[35] features characters from Arrow and The Flash battling with and against each other in "Fight Club "-style like fights.[36]

Potential additions

Supergirl (2015)

By September 2014, Warner Bros. Television was looking to create a television series centered around Supergirl. Executive producers for the series include Greg Berlanti (also a creator/producer for Arrow and The Flash), Ali Adler, who are both writing the script, and Berlanti Productions' Sarah Schechter. DC Comics' Geoff Johns is also expected to be part of the project.[37] Berlanti confirmed the show shortly after, and stated it was in development and had yet to be pitched to networks.[38] On September 19, it was announced that CBS had landed Supergirl with a series commitment,[39] and is expected to premiere in 2015 of the 2015–16 television season.[40]

In November 2014, Berlanti expressed interest in Supergirl existing in the same universe as his other series Arrow and The Flash,[41] and in January 2015, The CW president Mark Pedowitz revealed that he was also open to a crossover between the series and networks (due to Berlanti executive producing all three and The CW co-owned by CBS). However, Tassler stated that month that, "those two shows are on a different network. So I think we'll keep Supergirl to ourselves for awhile."[42]


At San Diego Comic-Con 2014, actor David Ramsey revealed that there had been talk of a spin-off that would focus on Arrow's version of the Suicide Squad.[43] However, co-producer/comic book writer Keto Shimizu stated in January 2015 that with the upcoming feature film in development, "it doesn't seem like it’s a possibility."[44]

In January 2015, Berlanti stated that there were "very early" preliminary talks for an additional spin-off series centered on Ray Palmer / The Atom (Brandon Routh).[45]


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