As a result, a number of Arrowverse actors signed on as series regulars across all four shows last year, though few of them actually appeared on all four series. Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold), and John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn) were the most prominent actors to sign these contracts, allowing them to hop between series without problems. For his part, Barrowman spent much of this season on Legends of Tomorrow as a member of the Legion of Doom, though the season 2 finale saw him returned to his home time. Now, based on the actor’s recent comments, fans won’t be seeing Malcolm Merlyn next season.
During Planet Comicon Kansas City this weekend, as reported by Pilar Pedraza, Barrowman told attendees he won’t be a part of the DC universe next season. Additional details are unavailable at this time, such as why Barrowman is leaving The CW’s DC TV universe, but it would seem that the deal he made last year was only for a single season.
Of course, if Barrowman truly doesn’t return to The CW next year, that likely means the deal he made last year was only for a single season. If that’s the case, it remains to be seen what becomes of Cassidy and Miller’s deals. It’s already been revealed that Cassidy will return to Arrow for season 6, but as Earth-2’s Black Siren rather than Laurel Lance. As for Miller, Captain Cold was killed in the penultimate episode of Legends of Tomorrow season 1, and only returned in season 2 as an earlier version of himself from the timeline. If he only signed on for a single season across The CW’s DC TV series, it’s possible he may not return next year either – though fans can take heart that Captain Cold will be on The Flash before the show’s season 3 finale.
So, what Barrowman’s exit from the DC universe means for the character of Malcolm Merlyn remains to be seen as Arrow wraps up season 5, but those who enjoyed his appearances will surely be disappointed about the actor’s departure. However, depending on how Arrow leaves Malcolm Merlyn, perhaps Barrowman could reprise his role again at some point.
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8pm on The CW, followed by The Flash on Tuesdays at 8pm, and Arrow on Wednesdays in the same timeslot. Legends of Tomorrow will return for season 3 on The CW.
Source: Pilar Pedraza