Superhero movies and TV shows have always been super-popular, but in recent years we have seen tons of shows popping up about them- Smallville, Supergirl, The Flash, Heroes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gotham, Daredevil; I could go on and on. Three of these popular series are the CW's The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. And one of the best parts about superhero movies or shows in general (besides the obvious) are the costumes! More specifically, the hot girls who wear said costumes in portrayal of their given character.
Of course, there are endless beautiful women on this planet (and perhaps, since we are talking sci-fi, here, on other planets, too...), but there is just something about a woman with superpowers who is extra sexy, don't you think? It is hard to put my finger on what it is, exactly, but I think we can all agree that there just is.
One thing I love about this list is that while some of these actresses are recognizable even to those who do not watch these shows, there are many who are lesser-known, which is kind of a treat because it is like something new and shiny to ogle. What is that saying? I believe it goes, "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold." Well in this case, silver or gold doesn't matter. The new, the old, they're all gorgeous, and on this list they are all superheroes of one kind or another. So go ahead and meet the 15 hottest actresses on the CW's The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow.
15 Katrina Law
Katrina Law is not one of these shows’ main characters, but her character of Nyssa al Ghul has been in several episodes of Arrow for a few years now. Nyssa is one of the daughters of Ra’s al Ghul. This Jersey girl can thank her interesting combination of her Taiwanese (on her mother’s side) and German/Italian (on her father’s side) heritages for her unique beauty. She says a common question people ask her is “What are you?”, referring to her ethnicity. She was once Miss New Jersey Teen USA, as well as on four Varsity teams, including weightlifting. This CW hottie keeps fit with dance, karate, and soccer, which she has played from a young age. You can see Katrina in an array of performances besides Arrow, a few of them being Spartacus: War of the Damned and The Resistance, two other television shows she had a recurring role in.
14 Katie Cassidy
Katie Cassidy is known for playing Laurel Lance/Black Canary on all three of these CW shows. Sadly, her character was killed off in the 18th episode of Arrow’s season four earlier this year. But she had a good run. She is good friends with her co-star Emily Bett Rickards and last winter the two celebrated New Year’s together in Miami. They were photographed showing off their toned physiques in bikinis, and proving that both on and off set, they stay in shape like any superhero should. But while she may be a great superhero, it seems that horror flicks are her forte. She has been in tons of them. To name a few, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Harper’s Island, Black Christmas, and When a Stranger Calls. Not shockingly, playing a superhero or playing a hunted teen in a horror film or playing whatever character she is at the moment is not the beautiful gal’s only talent. She also models, and was a cheerleader in high school.
13 Caity Lotz
Let’s begin with the lovely and talented Caity Lotz, shall we? If you are a fan of CW shows, you will likely recognize her as Sara Lance/White Canary from Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. But she has done much more than act in this relatively new show. Besides several smaller roles in movies and TV shows, she had a recurring role on the show Death Valley. The 29-year-old lights up the screen with her golden blonde hair, mischievous smirk, curvy body, and deep, sexy voice that has become somewhat of her “trademark,” so she definitely had to be a part of this list, no question. But even with all she has going for her both physically and mentally, Caity is most proud of something a little different than most people would think (or be proud of, themselves): her feet. She says, “I like my feet. I have a tattoo on my foot with my last name. They're dancer feet. They're pretty. My toes are proportioned nicely. And they're strong - I can pinch people with my toes.” Hmm, can’t say I have ever even paid that close attention to my own feet.
12 Amy Pemberton
Also from Legends of Tomorrow is the gorgeous Amy Pemberton, who voices the character of Gideon, one of her bigger roles, but definitely not her only role. Others include Storage 24, and she played the leading role of Cassie in the sci-fi movie Death Machine. Nice to put a face to the name, isn’t it? And what a pretty face it is. The British actress and singer apparently, from what I can see, is very beautiful and should get some screen time already, although she is quite good at doing voiceover work, which she has done a good deal of. She also seems to be able to rock any color hair- blonde, brunette, you name it. She pretty much just always looks good, and that is a surefire way to get on this list. She meets all the criteria: she works on one of the CW shows we are talking about, and is hot. And there ya have it.
11 Susanna Thompson
By far the oldest on this list is 58-year-old Susanna Thompson. Let’s give her some credit here- she looks damn good! I never would have guessed she is nearly 60 years old. On Arrow, she plays Moira Queen, the ruthless and calculating mother of Thea (Willa Holland, also on this list). Susanna is otherwise known for her longtime roles in NCIS, Star Trek: Voyager, and Once and Again, among countless other television shows she has been a part of. Interestingly, she is trained in Aikido and stage combat. Pretty impressive for a lady her age. For all of you who like cougars, MILF’s, or mature women, here is your eye candy. Her film credits include When a Man Loves a Woman, Little Giants, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, and a few other feature films starring Hollywood A-listers. She maintains her physique by going to the gym and exercising regularly.
10 Celina Jade
Celina Jade does it all; she is an actress, singer/songwriter, model, and martial artist. To add to all of that, she is also drop-dead gorgeous, is she not? The Hong Kong native plays Shadow/Mei on Arrow. Her dad was the American Kung-Fu star Roy Horan (who worked with Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee), and who must have been very proud of his little girl for her leading role in Legendary Assassin. She also got a record deal with a Japanese producer, went to college in London (where she graduated with honors), and for a time, regularly appeared on Chinese television. That is one worldly woman! Now 30, the starlet has built up her resume in America with her involvement in things like Man with the Iron Fists, Love Connected, and Blue Bloods. Her dedication to martial arts has likely kept her petite frame toned, but I don’t know what to credit for her shiny hair and perfect face.
9 Elysia Rotaru
Playing Taiana Venediktov on Arrow is the beautiful Crystal Elysia Lorraine Rotaru, known professionally as just Elysia Rotaru. Taiana was a prisoner on Lian Yu, a former dive instructor, and the sister of the late Vlad. And Elysia does a superb job of portraying her. She is both an actress and producer, known best for her roles in Arrow, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Supernatural, but the Canadian has appeared in several lesser known productions, as well. She also once played a young woman who was possessed by Silver Banshee in an episode of another DC Comics series, Smallville. But interestingly, while many of the women on this list have also been in two or even all three of the CW shows we are talking about, Elysia has just been in one, Arrow. It’s a shame, given how attractive she is, but I guess a pretty face and a hot body are just a dime a dozen in Hollywood.
8 Audrey Marie Anderson
Our second oldest woman on this list after Susanna Thompson, is Audrey Marie Anderson, who plays Lyla Michaels on Arrow and The Flash. She is 41, and still looks great. She used to be a model for big brands like Gap, Target, and American Eagle Outfitters, but launched her career into acting, appearing in several recurring roles over the years. Some of the shows she was a large part of include Point Pleasant, The Unit, The Walking Dead, and Ice. Like Susanna Thompson, she too was on Once and Again. Some of her movies are Drop Dead Sexy, Mockingbird, Moonlight Mile, and Least Among Saints. According to measurements.me, she is considered to have an “average” build, but if you ask me, she looks pretty damn good. At 41 years old, she is not “average”, but hot at 5’6” and 128 pounds. They also claim she is worth $2 million, so Audrey is sitting pretty the way I see it, with a rocking bod and a rocking bank account.
7 Ciara Renee
Next up is Ciara Renee, who is impressively a part of all three CW shows. In all of them, she plays the same character, Kendra Saunders/Hawkgirl. To be fair, in Arrow, she was really only in one episode, and Legends of Tomorrow is by far the show she has been in the most, but it is still pretty cool that she was at one time or another a part of them all. A New York City girl, Ciara has appeared in several Broadway shows, and only a few television shows besides these three CW ones, both for small, walk-on roles. But she is obviously extremely talented, and extremely beautiful, too. She just turned 26 last week but sadly will not be returning to Legends of Tomorrow for Season Two, though she may in the future. The producers like to have a rotating team of characters to keep things fresh. Makes sense.
6 Maisie Richardson-Sellers
One more hot actress from Legends of Tomorrow is Maisie Richardson-Sellers. Like some of the others we have talked about so far, she is thus far lesser-known, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that she is Amaya Jiwe/Vixen now for Season Two and is doing great. And even though she is “lesser-known”, she is at least a little known, having been in The Originals in a recurring role, and the 2015 movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Korr Sella. She also played Michal on the Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets. Interestingly, her role in Star Wars was earned after just beginning to audition, and it was her very first role. She is an English actress who is now 24. She attended the prestigious Oxford University in England where she acted in and directed several plays before graduating with, perhaps surprisingly, a degree in Archaeology and Anthropology. Beauty and brains, I like it!
5 Sarah Grey
Perhaps you recognize Sarah Grey from the 2014 movie If I Stay, starring Chloe Moretz. No? That is probably because she played the “cute groupie,” but until Legends of Tomorrow, it was the only part she’d had in anything even semi-famous (there were some minor roles and television movies otherwise). Now, thankfully, the 20-year-old Canadian plays Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl on Legends of Tomorrow. 2017 will see her play Amanda in the Power Rangers movie and Hailey in Last Night in Suburbia, another flick set to be released next year. You know, I kind of like that the CW’s shows are casting actresses that are not so well-known; after a while, it is hard to picture the same old people in every role, especially if they had a really distinguishing one in the past. I can never see Courteney Cox as anyone but Monica from Friends, for example. But Courtney Whitmore, a.k.a. Stargirl, a.k.a. Sarah Grey, now that is much better than a face we have seen a million times.
4 Candice Patton
From The Flash, we have Candice Patton, whose acting resume is quite a bit longer than some on this list. But just like all of them, this 28-year-old Texan is attractive in her face, her hair, her body- everywhere. She was essential to this list, especially since BuddyTV ranked her #5 on its “TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2014” list. Wow, being ranked fifth on a list of 100 hot women is very impressive. Then in May of 2015, she was ranked #61 on the Maxim Hot 100 list, also impressive. And I must say I agree. Candice portrays the character of Iris West on The Flash, and has previously been in The Game, Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Castle, Entourage, Sorority Forever, Rizzoli and Isles, and many more television productions, including multiple soap operas like Days of Our Lives. She did make one movie, 2012’s Commander and Chief, but as far as the big screen goes, that is it so far. However, she has the face (and body) for close-ups, so I have a feeling we may be seeing more of her in the future.
3 Danielle Panabaker
Another more recognizable face is that of Danielle Panabaker, who has also been a part of more than one of these CW shows. As Caitlin Snow, she has been in both The Flash and Arrow. Her youthful look is helpful for the 29-year-old to play younger characters, because she does, in fact, look much younger than that. Her baby face and petite figure are definitely assets to her in that respect. But Danielle has played roles across the board, spanning Disney films like Sky High to several television crime dramas like Bones, to horror films like The Ward and Friday the 13th to the legal drama series Shark, to Hallmark Original Movies like Nearlyweds, to sci-fi films like Time Lapse. This girl does it all, and she does it all looking great! But not only is she hot and a talented actress; she is smart as she has an English degree from UCLA, and on top of all of that, she is a kind and decent human being, as she dedicates time and money to several different charities.
2 Willa Holland
Willa Holland played the character of Thea Queen/Speedy in the first four seasons of Arrow. She reprised the role in the second season of The Flash, as well, but just for one episode. Before that, she was best known for playing Agnes Andrews in Gossip Girl and Kaitlin Cooper in The O.C. She is quite successful, especially considering she is only 25-years-old, and obviously, she is very pretty, too. Her looks made her the top child model in the entire country from age seven until she was 11. Willa definitely looks smoking hot on all of her shows, and in all of her movies, but in Arrow, she got to really show off her toned midriff in her superhero ensemble. It showcased that she is not only a gorgeous face, but gorgeous all around. After a photoshoot for Wonderland magazine in the outfit, she was described as such: “With her hair out in soft waves and minimal makeup on her complexion, the blue-eyed chameleon certainly has the looks which have also helped her have a successful career as a model.”
1 Emily Bett Rickards
Emily Bett Rickards is a Canadian actress who portrays Felicity Smoak on Arrow and The Flash. However, she has played Felicity in four shows altogether. The other two are Legends of Tomorrow and Vixen, though only for a very short period of time. In 2015, she appeared in the feature film Brooklyn, with Saoirse Ronan. She has had some other minor roles, and also appeared in Nickelback’s “Never Gonna be Alone” music video in 2008. Originally, she was cast only as a one-episode guest star in Arrow, but had great chemistry with the show’s star Stephen Amell, and was well-loved by fans, so then she was signed for a recurring role in the first season. Eventually, as we know, she became a series regular in the second season. That must have been one damn good first episode she performed in!