CW to launch Arrow-Flash Spinoff featuring Atom, Captain Cold, and Firestorm

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From Deadline:

DC Comics superheroes are uniting in a potential new drama series at the CW, a spinoff from hits Arrow and The Flash that will feature several fan-favorite recurring actors/characters from both shows. I have learned that the network has teamed with Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim for a project eyed for next season toplined by Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz.

The untitled project, now in development, is described as a superhero team-up show. Routh, Miller and Garber will reprise their popular DC Comics characters  — Arrow‘s Ray Palmer/The Atom (Routh), Flash villain Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Miller), and Flash‘s Dr. Martin Stein (Garber). Because her Arrow character Sara Lance was killed off, with her sister Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) taking over as the Black Canary, it is unclear whether Lotz will play the same or new superhero.

The project is in early stages of development, so there is a possibility for other Arrow/Flash characters to cross over to the new spinoff. Additionally, in a tidbit that should get fans fired up, I have learned the new project will include three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a TV series.

Source: Deadline

Commentary: We're reaching critical mass where every show on TV will be a comic book adaptation...  As long as they are going to all be as good as Flash, Arrow, and Gotham, I really don't have a problem with that.  

I am really curious about Caity Lotz being announced for this show, since Sara is dead.  I really doubt they would cast her in a different role, that would be weird.  And, comic characters come back from the dead all the time, so it wouldn't be that unusual for Sara to be in this show as Black Canary.

I also love that they seem to have Captain Cold as a "good" guy.  DC has done this some with him on the Justice League since Forever Evil, and it's been a surprisingly good fit for the character.  Wentworth Miller has done a great job with the role on The Flash, and more Wentworth Miller is never a bad thing.

There is a lot of speculation on who the other characters are.   I am hoping that the condition "three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a TV series" only refers to live-action.  Pretty much any character I would care about has appeared in some capacity through Justice League Unlimited, Brave and the Bold, and Young Justice.