Welcome to a new dawn of DC TV - one which warrants a Hall H appearance at Comic-Con!
Following the Marvel Studios panel, DC and Warner Bros. filed in with a whole host of characters to showcase their upcoming series in an event titled, “Night of DC Entertainment”.
Arrow star Stephen Amell was the moderator for the event and started off the evening on stage with Flash star, Grant Gustin for a new trailer that used every inch of the Hall H screen.
— Flash TV Talk (@FlashTVTalk) July 27, 2014
Attendees were then treated to a showing of the The Flash pilot which includes an appearance by Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen. While they do that, let’s take a look at the Comic-Con teaser released earlier this week for The Flash.
Love the shout out to Ray Palmer aka Atom there with “Palmer Technologies, Bigger Isn’t Always Better” plus the crossword answers. And a fantastic use of the classic Jurassic Park vibrating cup of water move with the cup of coffee.
Also released were the new WBTV and DC Comics logos for The Flash: “so electric they sizzle.”
After the The Flash pilot, Amell was joined on stage by Ben McKenzie who plays Jim Gordon in the upcoming Gotham series. They then aired the Gotham pilot and while they do that, let’s take a look at what Comic-Con has brought to us from the Fox show.
If Gotham somehow does not find an audience and is not successful, the marketing department at Fox is making sure that they are in no way culpable. There has been no less than a hundred trailers, including a new one for Comic-Con which has the best bit of Penguin yet.
Plus – alluding to Arkham which if you listen closely you can hear the goosebumps of excitement raise on nerds the world over. Not only did they put out yet another trailer but they’ve been all over twitter like it’s their job this week. I’m a big fan of these “before there was” gifs.
— Gotham (@Gotham) July 26, 2014
— Gotham (@Gotham) July 25, 2014
— Gotham (@Gotham) July 24, 2014
As if they needed to, they’ve taken their viral marketing a step further with the creation of the “Gotham Chronicle” website. This tumblr page looks fantastic and sets itself apart from other tumblr blogs because it has that grassroots news type of feel. And because they didn’t have enough, they made a trailer/video for that as well.
Now with the Gotham trailer over, it is time to fill all these chairs. Has there ever been a larger collection of DC characters on one stage before? Probably has but it sure seems like a lot.
— Arrow – GreenArrowTV (@GreenArrowTV) July 27, 2014
First up is Matt Ryan who plays John Constantine on NBC’s Constantine. Ryan tells audience that Constantantine is based on the Constantine and Hellblazer comics and the show will bring on characters from those comics such as Jim Corrigan, Zed, and perhaps even Spectre. Given that Jim Corrigan becomes Spectre, chances are good.
During the extended season three trailer for Arrow we learn one big piece of somewhat expected but still amazingly awesome news… R’as al Ghul is coming to Arrow! Those who have watched the show and it’s many ties to the League of Assassins, including Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) earlier in the second season, are surely not blindsided by any means, but that’s a big “get” for Arrow. In addition to R’as al Ghul, it was announced that Ted Grant, aka Wildcat, would be joining the show. If the first two seasons are any indication, we’ll either see little of Wildcat here and there throughout the season or there will be an episode in which he plays a part.
Geoff Johns takes over the moderator duties and on stage comes the largest panel Hall H has ever seen as almost the entire cast to all four shows - Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, and Gotham- assemble. Even Angelica Celaya, who started work yesterday as Zed on Constantine is in attendance.
— Monica Daniel (@Monica_Edits) July 27, 2014
Bruno Heller was asked about why he decided to do Gotham and why start with the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents. “Origin stories are my favorite part of the DC Universe.” Well going with the origin of not only the Dark Knight but also his host of villains sure is one way to tackle that. As Heller went on to say, “what is more iconic and seminal than the death of the Wayne’s?” When asked about the relationship between Harvey and Gordon, Ben McKenzie comments that “Harvey knows how the city works Jim believes he knows how the city ought to work and between those worlds is Gotham.”
— Gotham (@Fox_Gotham) July 27, 2014
Perhaps one of the boldest moves on the part of Gotham is the choice to create an original villain for the series. Fish Mooney is played by Jada Pinkett Smith, is a crime lord in Gotham and when asked about the role she remarks “It’s a very unique experience, to be part of a franchise like this and have the opportunity to collaborate with somebody like Bruno, Danny to create a character like this, it’s just amazing.” David Mazouz, who plays the young Bruce Wayne, makes note that Bruce Wayne doesn’t become Batman until he is 25, “Hopefully this show will run until I’m 25!” As for Camren Bicondova who plays the not-quite-yet Catwoman, “I didn’t know I was auditioning for Selina Kyle. She’s mysterious – you don’t know what she’s thinking about.”
It was then Arrow‘s turn.
— Down And Nerdy (@downandnerdy757) July 27, 2014
After a year as the vigilante/Hood Guy and another as “something more”/Arrow, it looks like Green Arrow has finally arrived. Colton Haynes favorite part of becoming Arsenal? “It’s the coolest costume in the world. They gave me a butt.” And millions of fangirls/boys swooned.
— Willa Holland (@Willaaaah) July 26, 2014
As for Malcolm Merlyn and his reappearance in Starling City and reunion/I’m your daddy relationship with Thea? “It’s going to be the most amazing, the most dysfunction father-daughter relationship on TV ever.” Willa Holland remarks that she is scared and frankly, from what we know of Malcolm Merlyn, that is probably the appropriate response.
— Paul Blackthorne (@PaulBlackthorne) July 27, 2014
They make the move over to The Flash but not without asking Emily Bett Rickards who plays “that blonde IT girl”, who she thinks Felicity will choose – Oliver or Barry Allen? “What about Ray Palmer?” What about Ray Palmer indeed. She too, like Stephen Amell, will be appearing on both shows. Later in the panel Greg Berlanti announced that one episode of either The Flash or Arrow is titled “Flash versus Arrow” so I doubt the crossovers between the two will be limited to just the early episodes.
Andrew Kreisberg, who plays double duty as executive producer on both Arrow and The Flash, commented on why The Flash is a brighter show than Arrow and it’s simply because they wanted the two shows to have two different feels to them. Where Arrow is dark, they wanted The Flash to be lighter with more blue sky. Given that the amount of blue sky on Arrow for two seasons now has been very limited, this won’t be hard to achieve.
— FlashWritersRoom (@FLASHtvwriters) July 27, 2014
When talking of Barry Allen, Grant Gustin says he loves that he is full of hope and optimism. That he can be both brilliant and a dork. Jesse L. Martin got quite the crowd response when his response to what drew him to The Flash was “well I’d obviously played a detective before.” Anyone who has turned on a television at any point in time in the last fifteen years has no doubt seen him play the detective Ed Green in Law & Order. He continued on to comment that in all those years as Ed Green he never got to shoot anyone, now he’s shooting metahumans.
It has to be a trip for John Wesley Shipp to be back at Comic-Con and with The Flash especially. The man who was the first to play a live-action Flash is now happy to “pass the torch” to Gustin as he plays Henry Allen in the new show. Personally, I was most wanting to hear from Tom Cavanagh on his character Harison Wells. Of course, as they usually are, he was cagey when asked about Wells’ interest in Barry Allen only willing to divulge that “in the comic book world, people are not always what they seem to be.”
On to Constantine, which also happened to bring along a trailer to Comic-Con.
David S. Goyer’s favorite part about John Constantine? He doesn’t have spandex or superpowers. I imagine Goyer is not alone in that. He did talk a bit about the casting process of John Constantine and that they weren’t looking for an American who could do a British accent. As for Matt Ryan, well he’s “reading as many comics as possible.” Good luck Mr. Ryan, just when you think you’ve read them all… you find a new dark alley to get lost in. In addition to The Spectre, Papa Midnight “and more” were also teased.
After the moderated questions came questions from the audience and they were the usual fare, including asking Stephen Amell to remove his shirt. There were a few noteworthy ones however. One audience member asked Bruno Heller about a shared universe between Gotham and Constantine and his response? “Never say never.” Which really means never, but hey, why not imagine the impossible?
The other audience question of note was fielded by Andrew Kreisberg and was about the Easter eggs in Arrow and The Flash and the possibility of Hal Jordan as/or a Green Lantern in the show. Kreisberg did say that he hoped all the Easter eggs would pay off but would not give a yes or no answer to the Hal Jordan/Green Lantern topic. That’s all the leeway I need to now convince myself that Hal Jordan is going to appear on both shows and it is going to be fabulous.
— Andrew Kreisberg (@AJKreisberg) July 27, 2014
That brings us to the end of a “Night of DC Entertainment”! What is your favorite bit of news from the panel? The big bad of Arrow season three being Ra’s al Ghul? The adorable David Mazouz wanting to play Bruce Wayne until he is 25? Or perhaps it’s Colton Haynes’ butt?
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