Cody Rhodes Talks ‘Arrow’ Guest Appearance

Ahead of Rhodes’ debut on tonight’s episode Arrow, CBR spoke exclusively with the now former WWE superstar on how his exit from the world of wrestling lead to his opportunity to guest star on the show.

Just over a year ago, Stephen Amell entered the ring at WWE Summerslam with his tag team partner Neville as the two faced off against Stardust(Cody Rhodes) and Wade Barrett. After months of an on-going feud which included several appearances on Monday Night Raw by Amell as well as numerous trash talking videos via social media, things culminated in spectacular fashion when Amell jumped from the top rope taking out both Barrett and Stardust. Amell tossed Barrett back into the ring for Neville to hit his high-flying signature finisher and secure the win.

Ahead of Rhodes’ debut on tonight’s episode Arrow, CBR spoke exclusively with the now former WWE superstar on how his exit from the world of wrestling lead to his opportunity to guest star on the show.

Selfishly, in my mind, when we did the initial crossover, I always thought, “That would be cool if Stardust made his way to ‘Arrow.’” As time went by, Stephen and I became buds. I thought that ship had maybe sailed. Then, in a dramatic fashion, I left WWE. When that happened, I had more time on my hands. I decided, “Why not? Why not read for it? I’m not asking for anything.” I went through the proper channels. “Let’s go read. Let’s get in the room.”

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Rhodes knowing he didn’t exploit his position as a celebrity as well as the humility he brought when approaching his audition for the show.

Tonight’s rematch between Amell and Rhodes feels like a dream come true knowing Amell will be in full Arrow gear with Black Neely’s rousing score behind them as they duke it out.

To read the full interview head on over to CBR.

Arrow airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

WRESTLING STAR CODY RHODES BRINGS THE SMACK DOWN TO STAR CITY —Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) has his new team, they are ready to hit the streets but Oliver doesn’t feel they are ready. Headstrong Wild Dog (guest star Rick Gonzalez) defies the Green Arrow’s orders and sets out on his own after a new drug dealer, Derek Sampson (guest star Cody Rhodes), who is terrorizing Star City. Sampson proves more powerful than Wild Dog and it is up to the Green Arrow to go head to head with Sampson to save his teammate.

SOURCE: CBR

‘Arrow’: “A Matter of Trust” Clip

Former WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes A.K.A. Stardust is set to make his debut on tonight’s episode of Arrow. Rhodes will play a new drug dealer pushing a drug called “Stardust” around Star City. The preview gives us a taste of the fight scenes to come and echo the style and tone of the earlier seasons. Clips like this showcase exactly why I love this show.

Former WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes A.K.A. Stardust is set to make his debut on tonight’s episode of Arrow. Rhodes will play a new drug dealer pushing a drug called “Stardust” around Star City. The preview gives us a taste of the fight scenes to come and echo the style and tone of the earlier seasons. Clips like this showcase exactly why I love this show.

Arrow airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

WRESTLING STAR CODY RHODES BRINGS THE SMACK DOWN TO STAR CITY —Now that Oliver (Stephen Amell) has his new team, they are ready to hit the streets but Oliver doesn’t feel they are ready. Headstrong Wild Dog (guest star Rick Gonzalez) defies the Green Arrow’s orders and sets out on his own after a new drug dealer, Derek Sampson (guest star Cody Rhodes), who is terrorizing Star City. Sampson proves more powerful than Wild Dog and it is up to the Green Arrow to go head to head with Sampson to save his teammate.

‘The Flash’: “The New Rogues” Preview

Barry gets trapped in the mirror world next week on The Flash as the iconic rogue Mirror Master makes his long-awaited debut.

Barry gets trapped in the mirror world next week on The Flash as the iconic rogue Mirror Master makes his long-awaited debut.

Rather than using technology for his abilities like he did in the comics, Mirror Master is the latest meta-human who was affected by the particle accelerator explosion. The episode will feature the return of Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold although he is not present in the preview but we do get our first look at Jesse Quick looking awesome in her full costume as she begins her training with Barry.

WENTWORTH MILLER RETURNS AS CAPTAIN COLD; MIRROR MASTER AND THE TOP BATTLE WITH THE FLASH — Barry (Grant Gustin) continues to train Jesse (guest star Violett Beane) and when a new meta-human, Mirror Master (guest star Grey Damon), appears on the scene he lets her tag along. Mirror Master has teamed up with his old partner, Top (guest star Ashley Rickards), and is looking for Snart (Wentworth Miller) to even a score. Jesse is quick to join the chase but defies one of Barry’s orders which results in disastrous consequences. Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes.

‘The Flash’: “Magenta” Spoiler Recap/Review

The Flash returns with another solid episode that’s all about embracing who you are.

The Flash returns with another solid episode that’s all about embracing who you are. Things get started with Barry and Iris going on their first date. The two try to drown out the rest of the world and focus on each other but soon it becomes clear there are some things about themselves they just can’t ignore. It’s not long before they get interrupted by not only a burglary next door to the restaurant they’re dining in but an emergency call from Cisco as well.

Turns out it’s not an emergency. Just Wells and Jesse arriving through a breach from Earth-Two with a new problem: Jesse is now a speedster and she’s eager to become a superhero. Wells is terrified, understandably so, and he’ll do whatever has to be done to convince her not to use her powers.

Last year when Wells recreated the particle accelerator explosion — in order to give Barry back his powers — we saw both Jesse and Wally knocked down by the blast. We’ve been waiting to see what, if any, effect this would have on the both of them. In the Flashpoint timeline, we got Wally as a full-fledged Kid Flash, but it wasn’t until tonight that we saw what the effect the explosion had on them in the Earth One/Earth Two timeline was. While Jesse is quick, Wally is still the same. Or is he? This episode definitely gave us some hope that his power could still manifest but my guess is that Dr. Alchemy will actually give him his speed like he had in Flashpoint. He seemed pretty alarmed when Magenta mentioned Dr. Alchemy speaking to her in her dreams. Almost as if he has been hearing the same voice as well.

The villain of the week Frankie Kane A.K.A. Magenta is an abused foster child who now has the ability to control metal thanks to Dr. Alchemy. After her jerk of a foster father bothers her for the last time, Magenta sends a lamp post through her living room window — striking him in his chest.

It isn’t long before Julian Albert figures out the truth about Frankie and exposes her as a metahuman.

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Joey King as Magenta in The Flash. (The CW)

After nearly killing Julian —  followed by a bit of an implausible escape from The Flash, Magenta goes full Magneto and picks up a tanker to drop on top of the hospital where her foster father is receiving care for his injuries. Lucky for Barry, Iris is there questioning Frankie’s father about his foster daughter.

Barry races to the hospital to stop Magenta from dropping the tanker. He uses his speed to create a wind tunnel but it’s not enough. Barry can’t stop the tanker from falling and take down Magenta at the same time. Wells has struggled to fight the inevitable the entire episode but he finally embraces Jesse’s destiny and speaks the same inspiring words Eobard Thawne spoke to Barry to give him the push he needed to find the strength within himself in order to become a hero. Run Jesse, run.

When I first saw the trailer for this episode and saw Wells repeating that line, my first thought was that they are really starting to wear this line out. But in the context of the episode, not only did the line work, it was inspiring thanks to Tom Cavanaugh’s performance.

Jesse came to Barry’s aid making it possible for him to confront Magenta. While we didn’t get a climactic showdown between her and Barry, what was great about this confrontation was that it showed the kind of hero Barry truly is. Magenta is clearly a misunderstood and troubled teenager who needs somebody to care for her. Rather than using his speed and his fists, Barry was able to defeat Magenta with kindness. It was refreshing to see Magenta taken in by Team Flash as they extended their support to her instead of tossing her in a metahuman cell at Iron Heights like every other villain. Magenta seems like she could make a return later as an ally.

In an episode that was all about embracing your powers, it also showed the person who you are outside of those powers is equally as strong and important. The writers tend to focus on three major things when crafting the story each week: heart, humor, and heroics. Tonight proved the heart is equally as important as the heroics. Unfortunately for such a strong episode, it lacked the humor that made past seasons so much fun. Cisco is going through a tough time and it’s understandable but hopefully, he heals some more soon because I very much miss his clever quips and how much fun he had being a part of Team Flash. His bad attitude sticks out like a sore thumb and could become exhausting if it lasts too much longer. Other than that it was a great episode that continued to show just how much Barry has grown in the three years since he began fighting crime.

7.8 – GOOD

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‘Arrow’: Marc Guggenheim Teases Upcoming Mega-Crossover Event

The upcoming crossover event on The CW will see Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and The Legends of Tomorrow all coming together to take on The Dominators. In the comics, the alien race was harnessing the metagene (the gene that gives metahumans their powers) to enhance members of their own species.

The upcoming crossover event on The CW will see Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and The Legends of Tomorrow all coming together to take on The Dominators.

In the comics, the alien race was harnessing the metagene (the gene that gives metahumans their powers) to enhance members of their own species.

Marc Guggenheim spoke with Entertainment Weekly on how exactly the crossover will unfold and how it will affect (while not taking away from) the 100th episode of Arrow.

People didn’t want to feel like the crossover was highjacking what should be a really seminal episode and a seminal moment for the show Arrow, which I think is wonderful. Greg came up with an idea that really does allow us to have our cake and eat it, too.

The crossover will have a quasi-beginning at the tail end of a Supergirl episode but things really won’t kick off until the next night on The Flash. Barry and Cisco decide the best way to fight aliens is with an alien and it sounds like the two will be traveling to what Guggenheim has dubbed ‘Earth-CBS’ to enlist Kara’s help.

The second hour of the crossover will be the 100th episode of Arrow and will see the return of many cast members including Katie CassidyJohn BarrowmanNeal Mcdonough, and Susanna Thompson. Unfortunately, Colin Donnell‘s schedule could not allow him to return as he is busy shooting Chicago Med but Guggenheim promises the character of Tommy will be represented in the episode he describes as a love letter to the show’s previous 99 episodes.

To read the full interview head on over to Entertainment Weekly.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/ PT, Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

SOURCE: EW

‘The Flash’: Inside “Magenta”

The CW has released a producer’s preview for tonight’s episode of The Flash titled “Magenta”. The episode will see the introduction of Magenta (Joey King) as well as the return of Earth Two’s Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) and Jessie Quick (Violet Beane).

The CW has released a producer’s preview for tonight’s episode of The Flash titled “Magenta”. The episode will see the introduction of Magenta (Joey King) as well as the return of Earth Two’s Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) and Jessie Quick (Violet Beane).

Wells has come to seek Barry’s help in training Jesse after discovering she is now a speedster meanwhile Barry is still dealing with the consequences of Flashpoint.

The Flash airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

‘The Flash’: “Magenta” Clip

Ahead of tomorrow night’s episode of The Flash, The CW has released a clip featuring a look at Magenta (Joey King) just as she is about to unleash her fury on Julian Albert in the Central City police department.

Ahead of tomorrow night’s episode of The Flash, The CW has released a clip featuring a look at Magenta (Joey King) just as she is about to unleash her fury on Julian Albert in the Central City police department.

Will Barry reveal himself as The Flash in order to save Julian?

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.