The Dominators are headed to The CW's "Arrow"-verse, but they'll be a little different from the alien race of the same name in DC Comics' "Invasion!" event. According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, DCTV's Dominators will be "mind-controlling space invaders alarmed by Earth's surging population of metahumans."
The keyword here is "mind-controlling." In the comics, the Dominators are a race of super scientists ruled by a caste system; however, they possess no powers of their own. The comic book storyline saw them form an alliance with other powerful alien species like the Daxamites and Thanagarians in order to stomp out the metahuman threat before it could reach the stars, even as they tried to harvest the metahuman gene for themselves. Despite their advanced technology, however, they were never shown to have mind-controlling capabilities -- unlike their upcoming television counterparts.
Of course, this makes sense for adapting the comic for television. After all, the storyline the crossover is based on is a sci-fi space opera, which would demand a lot of CGI and prosthetics if it were adapted panel-by-panel. In order to bring the event down to a smaller scale suitable for television, then, a mind-control storyline would deliver just as much action and drama.
Plus, it wouldn't be terribly far out of bounds as an adaptation of "Invasion!" In the final chapter of the event, anyone carrying the metahuman gene lost control of their powers, causing them to be a danger not only to others, but themselves. As such, anyone who was not affected was deployed to stop and rescue the metahumans -- a scenario that pit heroes and villains against each other for the greater good. In the show's adaptation, then, the Dominators could mind control Supergirl, the Flash, Green Arrow or any of their friends into fighting one another; this would pose a challenge for those in full control of their own actions, as they would be mindful of their teammates' well-being while their affected teammates would not.
Take, for instance, the crossover photo above. While there's little context for what's going on in this scene, it appears as though both Green Arrow and the Flash are hiding from Spartan, who has his gun drawn. However, if Spartan was being controlled by the Dominators, he could very well be looking for them in order to do them harm. We'll just have to wait until November 28, when "Invasion!" kicks off in "Supergirl" Episode 8, to find out.
Starring Melissa Benoist as the Girl of Steel, “Supergirl” airs Mondays at 8 pm ET/PT on The CW. The network is also home to Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster in “The Flash,” airing Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/PT, Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer in “Arrow,” airing Wednesdays at 8 pm ET/PT and Arthur Darvill, Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz in “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” airing Thursdays at 8 pm ET/PT.