It's been a little over a month since we found out that all four DC Comics/Warner Bros pilots were picked up for series. Not even two months have passed! Thankfully each of the shows have put out more info to help pass the time until we finally get our chance to see these shows in the fall.
The one show we haven’t seen much of anything from is Rob Thomas’ new CW show, iZombie. The announcement that iZombie had been picked up was followed shortly by the news of recasting. Could that be the reason behind no trailer yet? Actually, for the briefest of moments there was a leaked trailer but it has since been taken down. Another reason there hasn’t been much released is iZombie will be a midseason premiere on The CW.
But it hasn’t been complete radio silence from the iZombie camp. On their Facebook page they released not only a promo poster for the show but also a still of the star of iZombie, Rose McIver.
If you weren’t aware that iZombie involved a blond woman eating brains, you know now. Hopefully we’ll see more in the coming months.
While the tagline for the first The Flash teaser was “Don’t Blink”, The CW could have kept with the same theme for the first released video of iZombie. If you don’t blink, and you know what you are looking for, you can see the briefest of looks at the upcoming show in this CW First Look. It also includes bits of The Flash and of course, my personal favorite, Arrow.
Speaking of The Flash, a new video popped up this past week, and at first glance one might think we’d get info on Harris Wells as the video is with Tom Cavanagh. Unfortunately that isn’t the case, but it is still interesting, and with every bit more we see of The Flash, my feelings regarding Grant Gustin being an almost perfect Barry Allen are only further solidified.
Sticking with The CW, the writers of Arrow have returned to the writing room and have floated out some casting calls. TVLine got their hands on them and it looks like there will be some new faces this season, in addition to the returning ones (mainly that of John Barrowman who has been bumped up to a series regular for season 3).
DANIEL | Though Daniel could be a fake name to throw off spoilerholics, this 20something gent — a major recurring character for Season 3 — is a handsome, enigmatic and highly intelligent entrepreneur developing groundbreaking technology. (Picture a business magnate in Ryan Gosling’s body.) Though exuding charm and confidence in public, he privately harbors a tragic past that will drive him to become a tech-powered superhero. Watch for this formidable fella to be a love interest for Felicity and a rival of Oliver’s – both personally and professionally.
SETH | A well-educated criminal with grand ambitions and a knack for chemistry, this potentially recurring character gains power over his enemies by exposing them to a drug that drains their willpower. Oh, and he is very much a physical match for The Arrow.
TOSHI | Majorly recurring in (at least) the Hong Kong flashbacks, Toshi will serve as Oliver’s teacher and handler, and eventually become a friend. A well-trained operative, skilled in weaponry, combat and intelligence gathering, he is also a devoted father and husband.
AKIKO | Toshi’s wife is another of Oliver’s Hong Kong caretakers, and is herself highly skilled in martial arts.
I saw one site suggest that “Daniel” is perhaps Dick Grayson but it seems more likely (in my mind, at least) that it is actually Ted Kord. Let me go on record, if Blue Beetle ends up in Starling City and does not bring along his best friend, the one and only Booster Gold, I will revolt. There will be expertly crafted and strongly worded emails sent to anyone and everyone I can think of. That’s right nameless secretary sitting in a production office cubicle, brace yourself.
There have been numerous times Ted Kord or his company, Kord Industries, has been mentioned or referenced in the show to date, so it wouldn’t be that surprising.
What was surprising was how so much emphasis was put on Harley Quinn in promos for the ”Suicide Squad” episode earlier in the season only to then have the character not have any impact beyond being an easter egg for DC fans. Turns out, as Stephen Amell told fans in a Phoenix Comiccon panel, she was originally also supposed to have a brief appearance in the Arrow season two finale, but was cut for time. This is a world we live in today folks, Harley Quinn is cut for time.
You can check out the entire panel below, if you’ve got an hour it’s a fun watch.
Both The Flash and Arrow will be returning in October on The CW.
Moving on from The CW, another Warner Bros. show, Constantine, is also making news of late. And it is exciting news. Watch this new Constantine trailer below and see if it doesn’t jump out at you.
Nope, you aren’t imagining things, that is indeed Doctor Fate’s Helmet of Nabu.
One of the early members of the DC Comics family, Doctor Fate aka Kent Nelson, made his debut in the spring of 1940. He has remained visible through the years, though at times as someone other than Kent Nelson, such as most recently in the Earth 2 series where it is Khalid Ben-Hassin under the golden helmet.
Much like with seemingly everything that happens in the comic book television and film world, the sight of this helmet immediately started speculation of whether or not a Doctor Fate in NBC’s Constantine would have any bearing on the long rumored Guillermo del Toro project, Justice League Dark. Could DC and Warner Bros. be preparing the world for the greatest cross-medium/cross-network mashup of one single universe involving all these properties? Highly unlikely. But a girl can dream can’t she?
Rounding up our catch-up on all things DC TV, there was a very select (I’m guessing select as I certainly wasn’t privy to it) group of people who got the chance to see a screening of the Gotham pilot recently. Before you get all nervous, thankfully those people came out raving about the show. Whether or not that will translate into a successful series (as there have been plenty of shows throughout history that had a great pilot only to fall flat when trying to fill out a 22 episode season) remains to be seen, but having a good pilot is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
After the Gotham viewing, the fine folks over at CBR sat down and talked all things Harvey Bullock with Donal Logue. They asked about a so-called razor edged morality involved with the character -
I’m sure that’s exactly where we’re going to play it. I can’t imagine it being that different. I mean, the thing is, there’s been a few incarnations, but that’s where I think Harvey’s always been. Ultimately, he has revealed himself to be a little bit of a fearless, good cop at heart. I’m fairly cynical. I believe a bit in moche politique – you kind of have to get in bed with the devil. I think that’s who he is. It’s absurd to be that idealistic if Gotham is the Jungian shadow of the world, you know what I mean?
You had me at “Jungian shadow of the world” Mr. Logue.
That’s about all the news fit to print in the world of DC TV for now, so we want to hear from you. What show are you most looking forward to this coming season? Are you chomping at the bit to see Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue in Gotham or is the Arrow spinoff, The Flash, more your speed?
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