DC Next Week: Gotham, Arrow, The Flash

We’ve seen the newest episodes of the DC shows on Fox and the CW. Now, we wait over the long weekend and some silly football game that attracts millions to their televisions until we finally have new episodes again. So what do we have to look forward to?

On Fox’s Gotham we will be introduced to a murderous Dr. Crane (the father of the Scarecrow from the Batman films) taking severely phobic people down and harvesting their adrenal glands at the moment of death. Meanwhile, more gang activity and drama follows with Falcone (John Doman) and Maroni (David Zayas) and a humbled Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) as Oswald Cobblepot’s plans may be pulled into the light of day. Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) continues to investigate cases, firmly set in his position as a detective, while Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) continues to deal with the lack of movement on the case of his parents’ homicide. Ep. 14 “The Fearsome Dr. Crane” is set to be the first episode of a 2 part story on Gotham. Be sure to watch on Monday night on Fox at 9/8c and see the ep. 14 extended promo below.

On the CW, ep. 12 of The Flash titled “Crazy for You” is set to explore the love lives of both Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). While Caitlin has little luck finding love during a night out on the town, Barry lands a date, meeting Linda Parker (Malese Jow). The meta-human of the week is Shawna (Britne Oldford), a woman who can teleport and breaks her significant other, Clay (Micah Parker) out of Iron Heights Prison. (Why would anyone want to work there? The criminals are constantly breaking out of the place. Insurance and benefits must be good, right?) On the sidelines, Pied Piper (Andy Mientus) makes an offer to Cisco (Carlos Valdes), and Henry (John Wesley Shipp) attempts to help Joe (Jesse L. Martin) and Barry investigate the prison escape, resulting in some injury.  The Flash airs on CW on Tuesdays at 8/7c. The extended promo for The Flash ep. 12 is below.

The following episode of The Flash (ep. 13 – “The Nuclear Man” finds the team potentially hunting down Ronnie (Robbie Amell) after he allegedly attacks a physicist (Bill Dow) by searching for a contact, Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber). The episode also brings the return of General Eiling (Clancy Brown) and Joe enlisting Cisco to further investigate the murder of Barry’s mother.

Meanwhile, on Arrow on the CW, ep. 12 “Uprising” promises a potential return of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) to Starling City, to face off against Danny “Brick” Brickman (Vinnie Jones) and his army of criminals set loose in the city. Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) has a personal vendetta against “Brick” and offers his services in the right for Starling. During flashbacks in this episode, we finally see more of Merlyn’s past, uncovering the mystery of his journey from family man to trained assassin. Be sure to watch Arrow on CW on Wednesday nights at 9/8c. The extended promo for ep. 12 is below.

Ep. 13 of Arrow “Canaries” promises to be more Laurel-centric action. Oliver has returned to the team, but all is not how he left it. Where once he was the leader of a crime-fighting entourage, he now must adjust to a team who has learned to survive without him in a crime-ridden city. The most difficult adjustment may come in the form of Laurel moonlighting as the Canary, a transition to which Oliver vehemently protests. Laurel goes out to fight against Vertigo, and gets a full dose, causing her to face her worst fear – her sister Sara (Caity Lotz).

In the future, we also have promise (possibly in ep. 17) of more Suicide Squad action to come in Arrow and some potential cross-over work with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and The Flash. More updates to come on this as the season develops.

There’s more than enough for any nerd to geek out over in the coming weeks of DC on television. While sports fans can rage about their football game, we all know we’ll just be waiting for each week’s iterations of episodes in the DC universe.

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