Unlike Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment believes in the separation of TV and film. That’s why, to the disappointment of many fans, you won’t see Stephen Amell‘s Green Arrow and Grant Gustin‘s Flash get a well-deserved promotion to the two-part Justice League film coming up in 2017 and 2018. Still, corporate synergy knows a good opportunity when it’s looking at it in the face, so when the DC Comics heroes return to TV in the new year, they will have a special sneak preview of Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and all the assorted movie characters that the TV universe can aspire to but will never be allowed to join.
When The Flash returns on January 19, the regularly scheduled new episode of iZombie (based on another DC Comics book) will be preempted for two new specials. The first one will be a sneak peak of the upcoming Arrow/Flash spin-off Legends of Tomorrow, which, coincidentally, will premiere just two days later on Thursday January 21.
The second special will be the money shot, because it’s about movies for which a lot of money has been spent. The special called DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League will put a spotlight upcoming DC Comics-based films Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and the recently begun shooting Wonder Woman. Collider provided the full synopses for the specials.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THEIR TIME IS NOW is an in-depth look at the origin stories of the heroes and villains of the highly-anticipated new series, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, premiering Thursday, January 21, 2016 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). Featuring show clips and interviews from LEGENDS, ARROW, and THE FLASH executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer, and Wendy Mericle, THEIR TIME IS NOW introduces viewers to the immortal madman Vandal Savage, the time master Rip Hunter, and the motley band of heroes and rogues he assembles to try to save the future of humanity: Hawkman, Hawkgirl, White Canary, The Atom, Firestorm, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave.
DC FILMS PRESENTS: DAWN OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE invites viewers behind the scenes of the exciting new movies coming out of the DC Films universe, culminating in the thrilling world premiere of the all-new trailer for “Suicide Squad,” DC’s misfit crew of antiheroes forced into saving the world this summer, with director David Ayer Hosted by filmmaker/writer/lifelong comics fan Kevin Smith, with special guest DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, the special showcases the explosive landscape of DC’s greatest heroes, kicking off with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in theatres this March, and with a sneak peek from the upcoming Wonder Woman feature film.
Get a look at never-before-seen footage, and see interviews with such stars as Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot, and directors Zack Snyder and Patty Jenkins—just a few of the creative forces behind the much-anticipated film franchise that will bring together the greatest collective of Super Heroes in the upcoming Justice League feature film. And because no Super Hero could make his or her mark without a truly formidable foe, the special also provides glimpses of DC’s most famous Super Villains.
While we’ve seen a lot about Batman V. Superman, but this will be our first new look at Suicide Squad since the release of the Comic Con trailer back in July, and our first look at Wonder Woman period. Sounds like good watching, huh? As if you have another hour to waste on the CW in a typical week, right?
Once again, those specials will air at 9 pm on Tuesday January 19 on the CW.