SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “We Fall,” the latest episode of Arrow.
Arrow just namedropped another DC superhero team: the Outsiders. In “We Fall,” the latest episode of Arrow, Curtis “Mr. Terrific” Holt tried to come up with a name for the new team he had formed with Black Canary and Wild Dog. He suggested that they call themselves the Outsiders and was quickly shot down.
Introduced in 1983, the Outsiders were a superhero team founded by none other than Batman. He gathered metahumans like Metamorpho, Katana and Geo-Force to found this team and named them the Outsiders due to the fact that the group was comprised of heroes who weren’t quite mainstream. Notable, Black Lightning — who just debuted his very own show on The CW — was a part of this team.
In the 2000s, the Outsiders rose again with an all-new roster. Birthed out of the dissolution of the Teen Titans, this new team included characters like Nightwing and Arsenal, the latter of which appeared in Arrow for a few seasons. Black Lightning’s daughter Thunder, who also appears in Black Lightning, was also a member of this team. She was also a part of the team’s third incarnation, alongside Katana, Catwoman and more.
The group appeared in the Green Arrow comics after the DC Universe rebooted as the New 52. Katana was also a part of this group, which was presented as a villainous secret society. Oliver’s father Robert Queen once led this clandestine organization.
Since Dinah and Rene shot him down so quickly, it’s unlikely that the new team will go by this name. Nevertheless, longtime DC fans will recognize that the name has associations with the comics and some of The CW’s other heroes.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, Arrow airs Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and more.
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