The CW has made a real commitment to comics based genre viewing in the soon to arrive fall tv season. It may seem like a gamble, but if it pays off, they will have all but cornered the market for the DC universe of characters on tv.
The CW has never shied away from showing the sorts of shows that appeal to both younger audiences, and genre fans alike, and this tv season they have a schedule that is so loaded with comes based series they could even change their name to the DC channel.
With confirmed hit shows like Arrow, and The Flash, being joined by the second seasons of Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, the DCEU is expanding to the bursting point, and only time will tell if its the right move at the right time for this to happen. The eternal, and entertaining fight between good and evil has found new home.
It seemed like a good time to examine these shows and talk about what to expect from them in their upcoming seasons. There has also been talk of a four way crossover event involving all of the DC based series. Sounds like fun.
Legends Of Tomorrow
After watching and reviewing this series last year, I found it ultimately disappointing for most of the season. The characters and how they were portrayed failed to engage me, for the most part. This was not due to the actors being poor at their craft, but the uninspired writing that made most of the episodes ho-hum experiences. In addition Vandal Savage never amounted to being the great villain that I and other fans thought he would be, in fact, after a few episodes watching him grunt and grimace his way through the season, trying to look menacing in an over-the-top fashion, he became, for me, almost comical, but not in a good way.
This year the show has lots of new stuff being introduced. Stopping short of overhauling the cast, it will still feature the talents of Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Arthur Darvill, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, Franz Drameh, Ciara Renee, and Dominic Purcell, back in their respective hero roles in Season 2.
The exceptions being that Miller will not be a regular on Legends of Tomorrow Season 2. Instead, he will split his time between both Legends and The Flash, appearing in a recurring role on both shows throughout the season. Also executive producer Marc Guggenheim says audiences will see a lot less of Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the next season.
While the original cast members will be back, there will also be some additional new faces. The Season 1 finale unveiled that Adams will be playing Rex Tyler aka Hourman. He, along with the Justice Society of America, will be a major part of Legends’ sophomore season. In addition, the character of Vixen will be a series regular next season. Also coming on board are Obsidian, Stargirl and Dr. Mid-Nite will also be making an appearance as members of the JSA in season 2.
There will be a change of missions. The Legends spent the entire first season chasing down time-traveling immortal, Vandal Savage, in an attempt to save the world. But they’ll be tasked with a very different mission in season two. They also won’t be on the run from the Time Masters anymore, a plot device that the show’s freshman season devoted a lot of time to.
Sounds like there’s reasons to be hopeful the series might improve for season 2, and fix the problems that made season 1 such a disappointment.
Legends of Tomorrow returns for Season 2 on The CW on Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Hopefully the series will include less of the Mary Tyler Moore new- girl-in-town sitcom vibe this time around, and get down to some super heroine adventure type stories that depict her as a confident strong woman, instead of an overly sensitive, and developing teen.
We know Kara has a new boss, Ian Gomez has joined the show to play Lucas “Snapper” Carr, and we will be seeing less of Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, although she’s still in charge from afar.
National City is about to see an influx of new faces. According to reports, Supergirl Season 2 will introduce at least five new characters in its sophomore season — including Lex Luthor’s sister, Lena who will be played by Katie McGrath.
The other new characters are recurring roles and include: The Doctor, the diabolical female leader of Project Cadmus who surgically implants prisoners with alien technology (sounds a bit Hugo Strange), and Maggie, an out and proud detective for the newly formed Science Police, which deals specifically with metahuman and alien threats who will be played by Floriana Lima.
Project Cadmus, the mysterious organization, will apparently play a big role in the second season, and the organization will prove to be a major foe for Kara and friends.
Superman will be appearing in season 2 of the series, the Man of Steel will be appearing on Supergirl in the flesh in the early episodes of the series’ upcoming second season. The character will be played by Tyler Hoechlin. There’s also talk of the Legion of Doom being part of season 2.
In addition, Lynda Carter, who played the original Wonder Woman, will guest star on Supergirl Season 2. The actress will reportedly play the role of the President of the US next season.
Despite moving to a different network, the show is expected to maintain its original time slot of Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET. Which puts it up against Gotham which airs in the same time slot on Fox,
Season 1 of Arrow was defined by its rough, despondent look at the world of a broken man turned vigilante. Oliver Queen, having just returned from five years on a hellish island, was violent and even homicidal, possessing few qualms about ending the lives of his enemies. Queen’s character has since been softened considerably, operating under a strict “no killing” moniker and a decidedly more forgiving attitude. It looks like we might be making a return to the Season 1 version of our lead hero. What this means is still to be determined, but I like the sound of it, sounds like maybe the first two seasons of Daredevil may have lit a fire under the butts of this show’s creators, and inspired them to return to a darker sort of show.
Just binge-watched season 4 of the series, because details sometimes fall by the wayside. The end of last season saw the team splitting up, and Oliver appointed as interim mayor of Star city. Right at the end, Felicity showed up at the bunker, and confirmed she’ll be hanging around. Of course we all know they will be getting back together in some form or another. The Comic-con trailer shows Oliver training some newcomers, in his, what i suppose you would call Arrow dojo. Watching last season over again served to remind me how much I like this series, but that there’s always room for improvement. Looking forward to season 5.
From new vigilantes to new villains to new costumes, Arrow promises viewers something of an overhaul when Season 5 rolls around, but not in really fundamental ways. For example, it seems like the split-up between Oliver and Feliity is still in effect, at least for now, and I do remember reading somewhere that Diggle’s headgear will undergo a change, but other than that, the show sounds like it will be basically the same. After all, why mess with success?
Some new faces will be joining the series this season. First, we have Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), a loose-cannon hero with a penchant for recklessly shooting and killing. Also joining the team will be the appropriately-named “Vigilante” (Josh Segara), who acts as Star City’s District Attorney by day, and a crime-fighter by night. Fellow archer Artemis (Madison McLaughlin) will round things out, having already appeared in Season 4 as the rogue impostor version of Black Canary.
Echo Kellum made his debut as Curtis Holt last season, and ended up being one of the highlights of the entire run of episodes. In the comics, Holt is better known as his superhero alter-ego, Mr. Terrific. Now that he’s been officially confirmed as a series regular, we could be in for a full realization of this, hinted at by Oliver calling him “terrific” in the Season 4 finale. He certainly has the qualifications: Holt is a genius inventor, former Olympic decathlete, and has officially inserted himself into Oliver’s inner-circle. There are also hints about a Green Lantern connection being established with the show.
Not a whole lot is known right now about the challenges Team Arrow will face in Season 5, but we do have some details as to who might oppose Oliver and friends on a larger scale. Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead) has been cast as the newest villain, a crime boss named Tobias Church. As far as we can find, Church doesn’t have a comic book equivalent. This makes him an entirely new character, that sounds a little like another version of Kingpin.
‘Arrow’ Season 5 is set to premiere on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8|7c, on The CW.
After a major twist ending in Season 2 saw Barry (Grant Gustin) saving his mom from the Reverse-Flash (and therefore irrevocably changing his past and future), fans began speculating that it could signal the beginning of the iconic DC Comic event, Flashpoint.
In June, Gustin addressed the rumors, confirming that the Season 3 premiere will be entitled — you guessed it — Flashpoint. For those unfamiliar with that particular comic arc, the story followed Barry as he similarly went back in time to prevent his mother’s murder, causing ripples that create a totally altered world where he has no powers and Central City has a different hero. That being said, fans shouldn’t expect to see the story play out exactly as it does in the comics.
It’s been confirmed that Iris’s long-lost brother, Wally West, will be suiting up as Kid Flash in Season 3. The news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to fans, as both he and Jesse were hit by a speed force wave in S.T.A.R. Labs in Season 2. That instantly sparked speculation that one or both of them would soon be meeting their speedster fate, and it looks like that will be the case for Wally.
Viewers can also expect some non-speedster new faces to show up in Season 3. According to TVLine, Harry Potter vet Tom Felton has joined the upcoming season in a series regular role. Felton will reportedly play Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI at the Central City Police Department who suspects there’s more to Barry Allen than just his good guy reputation. The character is expected to make his debut early on in Season 3.
Aside from having Wally West appear as Kid Flash in Season 3, it looks like there will also be another speedster showing up in upcoming episodes. Photos of a mysterious black-suited speedster on set have leaked online, although it’s unclear what character it is and who exactly is playing him. As for the identity of the character, most fans are speculating that it could be the villainous Black Racer, given the similarity in costumes. The Black Racer can bring death to even the most powerful foes with a single touch.
Also scheduled to appear this season is Ashley Rickards who has signed on to play the spinning Top, “the Bonnie to Mirror Master’s Clyde,” alongside Grey Damon’s Mirror Master. A featured player in Geoff Johns’ critically acclaimed run.
In addition we can expect the return of Grodd next season. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg confirms that there will be a two-episode arc in which Barry Allen and the rest of Team Flash are seen visiting Earth-2’s Gorilla City, where we last saw Harrison Wells dropping off Grodd.
I am really excited about this, the first comic I ever bought as a kid, was an edition of The Flash that featured Grodd, and Gorilla City, and I cant’t wait to see how they depict it in the show.
So there you have it, the question now is will the CW’s gamble payoff or will it flop? I, for one, will be paying close attention to see how things go. I would like to take a moment to express appreciation for the CW’s commitment to genre entertainment. I have ben waiting for so0mething lie this my entire life, and wish them well. I should note my favorite DC comics based series is Gotham, which, of course, is broadcast on Fox which I am also really looking forward to seeing this season as well. Happy viewing.
‘The Flash’ Season 3 is set to premiere on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00-9: 00pm on The CW