New Arrow, Flash spinoff series is basically 'Magnificent Seven' with superheroes

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

Fans are obviously excited, but still a bit confused, in regard to exactly how the new team-up series from the creators of The Flash and Arrow will actually work. Well, let Greg Berlanti put it into western terms you can understand.

Berlanti, who produces both flagship shows and is developing the new spinoff, chatted with Variety about the upcoming team-up spinoff and said they view the concept as a Magnificent Seven meets Ocean’s Eleven mash-up. With superheroes. The series will star Arrow’s Ray Palmer/The A.T.O.M. (Brandon Routh), Arrow’s Sara Lane/Black Canary (Caity Lotz), The Flash’s Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and The Flash’s Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller). The show will also feature three new heroes. Rumored candidates include Booster Gold and Static Shock.

Here’s an excerpt from Berlanti’s comments:

“For us, first and foremost, with all of [our shows], it’s about ‘how is it its own thing?’ Because we don’t just want to do it to do it. Some people do that and then they’re three episodes in, thinking, ‘Why did we do this?’ So for me, I compare the shows to old Westerns; we have a lot of lone gunmen and sheriffs in town, and this one is very much an ode to things like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ or those great heist pics like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ where you get all of those colors at the same time, and a true ensemble, and that was the fun of it…

In picking them, it was very much about picking, ‘who are some of the most popular characters we’ve created?’ and also, tonally, who went with who? How disparate could we make it? And we’re also introducing these three new characters that we’re casting right now… I think it’s really important that we have another female hero on the show, and this one is really exciting. I can’t wait for people to find out — we just have to cast it right, as always. And then you want that Rat Pack-y kind of vibe of all this crew hanging out, as disparate and as different as they are.”

Along with all that, Berlanti also revealed that the series will feature its very own major DC baddie. He says it's not a character they’ve used in the past, but said it is “another big character” apparently on the level of Ra’s al Ghul or Reverse-Flash.

What do you want to see from the spinoff series?

(Via Variety)