A pair of Vertigo Comics properties are in development for the small screen. The CW is working to bring Lauren Beukes, Dale Halverson, and Ryan Kelly‘s Survivors’ Club to life, while Universal Cable Productions is looking to make a The Invisibles TV show based on the classic series by author Grant Morrison. Read More »
When TV shows get cancelled or even come to a natural end, they’re not truly over – instead, they wait in limbo until a network gets desperate enough to resurrect a piece of intellectual property that has name recognition.
Both movies and television have used this tactic countless times in recent years, and The CW – who just did this with Charmed, by the way – is going back to the well once again with a reboot of the USA Network mystery series The 4400. Read More »
Conceptually, Legends of Tomorrow is… odd. Its first season brings together supporting heroes and villains from The Flash and Arrow and sends them tumbling through time, including (but not limited to) petty thieves Heatwave and Captain Cold (Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller of Prison Break, playing off each other in deliciously operatic fashion), scientist Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and car mechanic Jefferson ‘Jax’ Jackson (Franz Drameh), who combine to form a single, flame-headed nuclear superhero F.I.R.E.S.T.O.R.M., undead assassin The White Canary (Caity Lotz), John Constantine (Matt Ryan; yes, that John Constantine) and boyscout superhero Ray Palmer/The Atom, played by none other than Brandon Routh of Superman Returns.
Full disclosure: the first season leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a messy, dour collection of decent-to-good character moments focusing on an underwhelming villain, Vandal Savage (Casper Crump, who performs admirably) on the heels of two equally underwhelming heroes, Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawk-Girl (Ciara Renée), but the reason I’m keen to write about Legends is because its second season is functionally a soft reboot. The show changes up its structure entirely, leaning hard in to the inherent ridiculousness of inept superheroes given the ability to travel anywhere in history. I mean, why wouldn’t they go hang out with J.R.R. Tolkien during World War I?
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Heads up, National City: a criminal mastermind is coming your way.
Iconic Superman villain Lex Luthor is going to appear in a recurring capacity in the fourth season of The CW’s Supergirl. Read More »
Few live-action superhero stories capture the Golden Age spirit of these characters as they were originally intended. Supergirl, which began on CBS before joining The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow over at Y.A-hub The CW, kicks off its fourth season on October 14, and we figured now might be a good time for a recap. (You can read our rundown of the best Flash episodes here). Sent to Earth to look after her cousin Kal-El just as her planet was destroyed, Kara Zor-El, AKA Kara Danvers, arrived after a trip through a wormhole, by which time her cousin had already grown up and donned the Superman mantle. Like her comicbook counterpart, Supergirl has always existed in the Man of Steel’s shadow, but with DC’s film universe opting to take a darker approach to Clark Kent, it was up to Supergirl to pick up the slack and fill the void with a sense of hope.
While it meanders from time to time (just as any 20-plus episode network show with a quick turnaround would), Supergirl still manages to use its stellar cast of characters, led by Melissa Benoist (Glee) to tell some of the most thoughtful superhero stories of the modern era. With an ever-evolving supporting cast, including Kara’s sister Alex (Chyler Leigh), a government agent with a tender coming-out arc and David Harewood as DC staple J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter, the show manages to keep both socially conscious subtext (and, occasionally, actual text) in its crosshairs. So, without further ado, here are ten episodes you should probably catch up on.
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Meet The CW’s Batwoman. The TV network has released the first look at Ruby Rose in costume as the Gotham City caped crusader, who will make her small-screen debut in this winter’s upcoming Arrow-verse crossover between the CW comic book shows Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl.
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“My name is Barry Allen, and I am the Fastest Man Alive.”
After a sincere pilot with occasional Sherlock-esque graphics that were swiftly abandoned, The Flash quickly morphed from a potential procedural into a superhero soap opera. And The CW’s second “Arrowverse” show was off to the races.
Central City forensics expert Barry Allen (Grant Gustin, Glee) first showed up on Arrow, and after spending several months in a lightning-induced coma, he awoke to super-speed and world of meta-humans using their powers for evil. The heart and soul of a show where every second character could be described as such, Gustin’s at times pissy, always well-meaning Barry is a wonderful addition to the modern superhero pantheon. Despite its ups and downs, The Flash manages to be one hell of a neat show about a found family trying to be better — towards each other, and themselves.
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Today, The CW cast Ruby Rose as their Batwoman for a crossover event between their Arrowverse shows – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – this season. Yesterday, CW President Mark Pedowitz spoke to the Television Critics Association. While he didn’t share this news then, this announcement puts yesterday’s Batwoman talk in perspective.
Find out what the plans are for Batwoman to have her own series and how the crossover will introduce her below.
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Ruby Rose will be The CW’s Batwoman. In a piece of pitch-perfect casting, the gender-fluid and openly gay actress will be playing the lesbian caped crusader in The CW’s ever-expanding Arrowverse.
Rose is set to first don Kate Kane’s mask and fiery red wig in this fall’s Arrowverse crossover event before headlining her own solo series currently in development at the network.
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San Diego Comic-Con is over, and with it came a sneak peek at what fans can expect from the new seasons of The CW’s DC Comics television universe. The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning were all on hand to give a look at what’s in store for all these superheroes, and you can watch the trailers for each of the shows below, as well as get some new information about what’s coming up for them in their new seasons. Read More »