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Familiar Face Gets a New Superhero Identity on ‘Arrow’

MadisonMcLaughlin

Last season of Arrow got mixed reviews from fans; some people didn’t like how far it strayed with the gritty realism of the first two seasons, and others hated the emphasis on the romance between two of the main characters (you know the ones we mean). So what has the show got up its sleeve for season five? It seems like it’s masks and more masks if these casting announcements are to be believed, and why shouldn’t they be? Now in the mix is a character we’ve already met, but who will come back to Arrow this season with a new secret identity.  (more…)

Vixen

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow‘ looks to be adding to their ensemble with the news that the character Vixen would appear on the series. Mari McCabe, portrayed by actress Megalyn Echikunwoke (above), was introduced last season on ‘Arrow.’ The Detroit vigilante imbued with the animalistic powers of a sacred totem was well-received on the show and with The CW‘s Berlanti-verse, where all their superhero shows (The Flash, Supergirl, and the previously two mentioned), it is easy for the character to transition to this different series. Unfortunately, due to scheduling and potential upcoming film projects, the actress seen previously won’t be the one used in the time-traveling show. (more…)

Willa feature

Shared universes. In comic books, it helps maintain continuity and allow for superheroes to be aware of one another and become involved, if need be. It’s the cornerstone of having a universe-wide event that spans across many, or all, of the titles the publisher produces. But the concept of multiple universes, or multiverses, may be too much for a non-comic book reader to grasp. The CW’s ‘The Flash’ has done a great job at explaining different universes existing, such as Earth 2, where it shows similarities to the world you know, a universe running parallel if you will, but with some deviations that define it as a different world. A shared universe would be better received by ALL fans, regardless of comic book knowledge, and would make for compelling scenarios both of the small screen and the big. But a number of actors have expressed their frustrations at their not being included in the film properties’ plans. The latest to speak up? ‘Arrow’s Willa Holland. (more…)

archie_riverdale

It’s tough being the CW, they already have so many successful programs that they only picked up three for the fall, and only two of them will debut in October. The odd man out is Archie. Well, make that Riverdale, the new CW series based on the long-running comic book character and his friends from super-producer Greg Berlanti (whose superhero series make up 40 per cent of the CW’s fall programming). You’ve heard for a while that this is not going to be your mother’s Archies, as Berlanti and Co. were going for something “modern”, “dark”, and “subversive”. Prepare to click all three boxes as you sink into the sorted and scandalous world of Riverdale. (more…)

arrow_legends

This morning, the CW announced it’s fall schedule at the upfronts, the annual presentation of all U.S. networks announcing their new shows and new line-ups. It was revealed today that the CW intends to make 8 pm the DC hour with Supergirl on Monday, The Flash on Tuesday, Arrow on Wednesday, and Legends of Tomorrow on Thursday; to borrow a joke, the CW should basically change its name to DCW, right? That might not be too far off, because in the spirit of the Supergirl/Flash crossover, which was one of the former’s highest-rated episodes of the season, the CW is looking to its first mega-crossover of all four series. (more…)

supergirl-and-the-flash

The first season of Supergirl has been a success for CBS, but in the weird case of the so-called Tiffany network, the definition of success is somewhat graded on a curve. For example, a show like Person of Interest would be a huge hit on every other American network, but because it airs on CBS it’s does so-so in the ratings, hence its fifth and final season being burned off this May and June. That brings us back to the Girl of Steel, another hit any network would be glad to have, and as fate would have it, they may come September. According to reports, Supergirl may be moving to the CW. (more…)

Legends 13.5

Things are heating up in this episode of the CW series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.  With only three episodes left until the season one finale, the stage is being set for whatever inevitable cliffhanger is in store.  If you, like many, have been enjoying the last few Vandal Savage-free episodes, unfortunately the reprieve ends here.  The show’s (or at least, this season’s) big bad is back, and with a vengeance.  The Legends have traveled to London in 2166, a mere 3 days before Savage kills Rip’s wife and son, with the hopes of giving it one last go at stopping the evil mastermind.  There are some twists and turns and several surprises in this episode.  Some new faces, some old ones, some flashbacks.  And of course an epic fight scene or two.  All standard fare for a fun episode.  Interested?  Want to read more?  Hop on board!  BUT, beware of SPOILERS.  (more…)

Legends 12.2

If last week’s episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow didn’t make a fan and believer of you, then this is obviously not the show for you.  That’s ok, because there are plenty of those who are already on board with the CW’s latest superhero serial.  It’s done well enough that the network has officially ordered a second season.  Of course, that could be because it would be messier to cancel it at this point, when so many well-loved characters from The Flash and Arrow are bound up in the show.  But either way, it’ll be interesting to see where the series will go in its second round.

Last week, we journeyed to the Old West and met Jonah Hex, a fan favorite in the DCverse.  This week, the Legends are on the run from the latest weapon of the Time Masters, a ruthless bounty hunter known as The Pilgrim.  She is out to kill the Legends before they joined forces, at various points in the timeline.  Can they save their younger selves in time?  Read on to find out, but only if you’re ok with SPOILERS.  You’ve been warned.  (more…)

arrow-island

Like a certain other drama series that had an island setting part of the time, Arrow was set-up divided between present day happenings and events on an island in the Pacific Ocean where our hero learned valuable lessons about life and death. While those flashbacks were sometimes annoying by breaking up the main thrust of action in the present day story, they did have their own life, and they were necessary to the story revealing how Oliver Queen went from rich playboy to superhero vengeance-seeker. But in it’s fourth season now, Arrow seems to be really struggling with the flashback format, and the producers seem to know it. (more…)

Legends 11.7

This is the episode many of the comicbook fans have been waiting for, the introduction of Jonah Hex to the Arrowverse.  As each episode of the CW’s new show, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow gets a little better than the last, hopefully the fan base becomes a bit a larger.  It would be a shame to lose this show before we see what it can do.  If this episode is anything to judge by, it seems it can do quite a bit.  This week sees the Legends in the Old West circa 1871, in a town called Salvation, which is being overrun by a group of bandits called the Stillwater Gang.  What secrets and mysteries will light be shed on this time?  Can the Legends unite with Jonah Hex and save the day?  Will they be able to formulate a plan to stop Vandal Savage before the time bounty hunters find them?  Read on to find out.  But, beware of spoilers! (more…)