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Old Man Oliver is coming to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
The CW loves to cross over its super hero shows, and Legends of Tomorrow is no different. The show’s entire roster, with the exception of Time Master Rip Hunter (Arthur Darville), is comprised of cast members from CW’s Arrow and The Flash. The shows have a long history of cross-pollination, with Barry Allen’s first appearance having been in a two-episode arc of Arrow.
February 25th’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow will mark that show’s first major use of one of the starring characters from the CW’s other shows. Oliver Queen did appear in the pilot episode, but only briefly as a sympathetic ear for Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh). In the upcoming episode, the time-traveling team of heroes and villains which make up the show’s roster will travel to the year 2046, where they will encounter an aged, goateed, one-armed version of the Emerald Archer. This take on the character is a nod to the version which appeared in Frank Miller‘s classic The Dark Knight Returns, where he helped Batman weaken Superman in advance of their epic final battle.
Discussing the show with Entertainment Weekly, showrunner and co-creator Mark Guggeinheim said “Every once and a while, we do an episode where the 10-year-old me has to pinch himself… we’re not only introducing our version of Connor Hawke to our universe, we’re going to meet the 2046 version of Oliver Queen, and Stephen Amell is going to be reprising his role from Arrow. As an added bonus to comic-book fans, Oliver is missing his left arm and will be sporting a goatee, in a nod to the character’s appearance in the seminal Dark Knight Returns. We think this episode features some of the coolest things we’ve ever done.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.