‘Supergirl’: Not to Merge With Arrowverse

Fans of The CW superhero line up have been wondering just how Supergirl is going to appear in the Arrowverse after it was announced Supergirl would be making the jump from CBS to The CW.

Fans of The CW superhero line up have been wondering just how Supergirl is going to appear in the Arrowverse after it was announced Supergirl would be making the jump from CBS to The CW.

When Supergirl was first developed by Executive Producers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg it was originally pitched as the next superhero to introduce into the Arrowverse on The CW, however. The Network’s President Mark Pedowitz passed on the series thinking that another superhero series would oversaturate the network with DC’s heroes. The show was picked up by the CW’s parent network CBS and ordered to series with a little hope that it still had the potential to crossover with The CW’s series. CBS had planned to keep the series to themselves for the first season and then begin to crossover later on if at all.

After not performing to the satisfaction of CBS, Supergirl tested the waters by having The Flash  accidentally travel to Kara’s universe resulting in Barry seeking out Kara’s help to return to the Arrowverse. The crossover boosted the series to the its highest ratings yet and certainly raised some eyebrows over at CBS.

It came as no great surprise when it was announced Supergirl would be making the jump from CBS to The CW but the question on everyones mind was how? Would the series merge with the Arrowverse? If so how would that explain Superman’s existence in the Arrowverse that he is clearly absent from?

Well we finally have our answer. Supergirl will not be merging her universe with our heroes in the Arrowverse. It’s unfortunate but it makes sense. The only way it could be possible would be if Flashpoint were to reset the timeline, however. That would completely undo previous seasons of The CW’s shows set in the Arrowverse ultimately rendering them a pointless waste of time. Instead Kara will be traveling to The CW’s existing dimension to team up with the rest of the heroes for the three-part crossover event which will see the heroes take on The Dominators.

You can get a sneak peak at the crossover in the extended trailer for Legends Of Tomorrow which also includes a look at the Justice Society of America. Brace yourselves though, The JSA costumes are bad. I mean really bad.

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Supergirl premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

‘Arrow’: Season 5 Premiere “Legacy” Spoiler Review

Five months after the death of Laurel Lance—A.K.A. Black Canary—Oliver, Felicity, and the former members of Team Arrow are still mourning the loss of their friend. The theme of the episode is moving forward as it deals mostly with the team coming to terms with how things have changed and the fact that they will never go back to the way they were.

The premiere kicks off with Oliver disarming four bombs rigged together by Anarchy. It’s a great scene that has the flavor of season one and two flowing through it. The action, tone, and music is all there. Complete with Blake Neely’s rhythmically building strings and that awesome synth as the music ramps up to the series’ main title card.

Cuddy is back on the streets. Chadwick Boseman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) makes his debut as the villainous Tobias Church. Boseman is an incredibly talented actor and he should make an excellent addition to the series, however. His performance in the episode is unremarkable. He wasn’t bad, he just wasn’t that good…

As far as we know, his goal is a bit generic. He wants to kill the Green Arrow and he’s putting together all of Star City’s major criminal organizations to do so.

Little does he know the Green Arrow is about to give them a run for their money as he puts together not only an anti-crime unit, but Team Arrow 2.0 as well. It’s kind of weird that the anti-crime unit is only comprised of four officers though. I mean what is this, Baltimore?

The promise Laurel asked Oliver to make just before she died was revealed in this episode and it didn’t disappoint. It actually got me on board with Evelyn Sharp when she was sprinting the streets of Star City last season, calling herself Black Canary. The Black Canary is a symbol of hope that drives fear into the criminals of Star City and it needs to live on. I would imagine Oliver will say something similar later on to the son of John Diggle, Connor Hawke, who will become the next Green Arrow.

It’s nice to see Oliver actually being the Mayor. The show has tended to breeze over the politics in past seasons with Oliver and his mother, Moira, in their political campaigns. At least they are dealing with it now even if the the plots main source of conflict is being the Mayor itself.

But then comes Oliver using Laurel’s death to rationalize killing. Thea was right. Putting killing back on the table is a huge step backwards and it dishonors Laurels memory. Team Arrow stood for something better than that. Hopefully Oliver will stop guilt tripping himself and move on. Not everything is his fault. Laurel knew what the consequences of being a vigilante were when she joined the team back in season three.

The flashbacks were… the flashbacks. We finally get to see Anatoli again and even Oliver’s book which contains the infamous list from season one but other than that, there really wasn’t much to it. All we know is that Oliver is beginning his initiation into the Bratva and he wants to kill Kovler. Okay, cool…

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The season five premiere is the third episode directed by series stunt choreographer James Bamford. Arrow has always had fantastic fight choreography so you expect an episode directed by Bamford to push the envelope and it did. This show is produced very fast so they try to move the camera a lot to limit the amount of setups they have to edit together. The episode featured some impressive camera operation but what was most impressive was—you guessed it—the action. The stunt choreography was great and we even got some zip line arrow action, however. It was visual effects supervisor Armen Kevorkian who took things to the next level when Oliver jumped out of a window and fired a cable arrow, attaching himself to Church’s helicopter and going along for the ride. The parachute arrow was a nice trick as well.

Overall, the episode did an okay job laying the ground work for the season. It featured a powerful exchange between Oliver and Lance at Laurel’s statue—even if the Russian proverb was just another excuse to rationalize killing— it was well written and well performed and would have gotten me to buy in to Oliver being a killer again if it wasn’t for the fact he was still being a baby, making it about himself. While Thea stepped up to the plate as she donned the Speedy suit again, it was only temporary. She won’t be returning to Team Arrow… yet. Diggle—who is off on assignment in eastern Europe—had a small but impactful scene as he skyped with Oliver helping convince him to form a new team. Unfortunately Wild Dog only made a brief appearance and Evelyn Sharp was completely absent. If Team Arrow 2.0 is going to be such an important component for the season, the beginning of its formation should have closed out this episode.  Instead we got to learn that Felicity already has a new man in her life (Seriously, who cares?) as we went into the ominous closing tease for Prometheus, the main antagonist for the season but like Team Arrow 2.0, we’ll have to wait until the next episode to learn more about him.

7.5 – GOOD

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‘Arrow’ is Back in New Season 5 Clip

Ahead of tonights premiere of season five of Arrow, The CW has released a clip from the episode which has the Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) kicking the shit out of Anarchy (Alexander Calvert) and stopping him from detonating four bombs in Star City.

We also get to see his first encounter with Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez), who is seen attempting to disarm the bombs that Anarchy has rigged together.

What stands out about this clip is that the flavor of season one and two seems to be back. Arrow has been widely criticized for the lighter tone it took on in season four when it introduced mystical elements into the shows plot with the underwhelming villain Damien Darhk (Neal Mcdonough). The show lost focus as it began to shift Oliver from a main to a supporting character, bringing Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) to the forefront. Felicity would have been a more appropriate title for the back half of season four. But with the violence and brutality seen in this clip, complemented by the fantastic swelling synth by Blake Neely—maybe, just maybe—Arrow is back. I wouldn’t get your hopes up though as the show is set to introduce Wild Dog and Artemis (Madison McLaughlin) to Team Arrow. As if the Arrow cave wasn’t already crowded enough.

Arrow season five premieres tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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NEW BEGINNINGS — After Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) death and the departures of both Diggle (David Ramsey) and Thea (Willa Holland) from Team Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) takes to the streets solo to protect Star City’s citizens as the Green Arrow. With Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) guiding him from the bunker, Oliver is forced to deal with a city that has become overrun with both criminals and a slew of new (and painfully inexperienced) vigilantes. Watching Oliver try to balance his jobs as both the mayor and also the protector of Star City, Felicity suggests he form a new team, but Oliver resists. However, when a deadly new criminal, Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman), enters the picture, Oliver realizes the best thing for the city might be a new team of superheroes. Meanwhile, the flashbacks take us to Russia where Oliver faces off against the Bratva.

James Bamford directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle.

‘The Flash’: Season 3 Premiere “Flashpoint” Spoiler Review

The Flash returns with a solid premiere that that stands on its own from its comic book predecessor.

Heart. Humor. Heroics.

Flashpoint wastes no time as the episode kicks off with Kid Flash chasing down The Rival. The visual effects are definitely improving in this show. I can’t imagine what it’s like to put together these visual effects under a television schedule but visual effects supervisor Armen Kevorkian crushes it.

Barry and Iris together are charming. Their chemistry was stronger this episode than it ever has been before. It’s clear no matter what timeline they are in, the two are destined to be together. I’m glad she said yes when he asked her out on a date. I’m sick of the whole will they won’t they dynamic they’ve had for the last two seasons. It’s frustrating and it doesn’t make for compelling television.

Like all premieres on The CW, things start off happy but the clock is ticking for the characters. It’s never long before the rug’s pulled out sending the characters into disarray. What was ironic about it for this premiere was that it was time itself that was causing Barry’s side effects after he created Flashpoint. I’m glad to see Matt Letscher back in the mix as Eobard Thawne. He is fantastic and it’s great that the writers found a creative way for him to return.

ENTER CISCO. Carlos Valdes proves he can do anything. This guy is seriously a fucking legend. I could use some of the arrogant billionaire playboy Cisco in every episode.

Barry covering for Joe was also a nice touch. The reversal of their dynamic was refreshing and I couldn’t help but get a John McClain vibe from Joe when Barry took him to work.

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The showdown between Flash and The Rival was a little weak. It wasn’t bad, however. For a premiere episode I expected something a little more exciting. The two tornados coming together was pretty good. Definitely a call back to the shows pilot episode. But what made the scene was when Candice Patton crushed it as Iris as she helped Barry find his inner strength to defeat The Rival. She’s hit or miss for me in the show but she’s definitely evolving and improving as an actress.

Barry having to ask Reverse Flash to kill his mother so they could return to their timeline was tragic but necessary. I hope the writers can find more creative ways to work Nora Allen (Michelle Harrison) back into the story. The scenes between Barry and his mother are some of the best in the show. It was hard to watch her take a knife to the chest again. Also, the editing that came after when Barry and Reverse Flash returned to the original timelines was awesome.

What made this episode stand out was that it had the heart that season two was lacking. The connection between Barry and his mother and his desire to save her drove season one to exceptional heights. Without that, season two fell a bit flat. But that emotion was back front and center in this episode as Barry had to lose not only his mother again, but his father as well.

The premiere is a solid episode that stands on its own from its comic book predecessor. While Flashpoint itself doesn’t last long, its repercussions will ring throughout the season. Starting with Iris being estranged from Joe and an ominous tease for Dr. Alchemy’s introduction, the premiere ended piquing just enough of the interest it needed to generate in order to get people excited for the next episode.

8.0 – GOOD

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‘Arrow’: Marc Guggenheim Talks Olivers Legacy in Season 5

It’s just one more day until the premiere of Arrow’s fifth season. EW spoke with executive producer and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim about whats ahead for Oliver and co. as Prometheus is set to drive Oliver back to killing.

It’s just one more day until the premiere of Arrow’s fifth season. EW spoke with executive producer and co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim about whats ahead for Oliver and co. as Prometheus is set to drive Oliver back to killing.

We’re dramatizing Oliver’s desire to evolve, but this concept of legacy keeps threatening to pull him back to the early days,” says EP Marc Guggenheim, teasing that there will be callbacks to season 1 as Oliver faces off against a mysterious new villain, Prometheus, whom he “bears a measure of responsibility for the creation of.

Hopefully season five restores the show to the greatness that was season one and two. While we know the flashbacks are set in Russia this season, Oliver has to make his way back to the island by the finale to sync up with the show’s pilot episode.

We also still have yet to see island Oliver set Slades original mask on a pike so theres a possibility the two could duel once more on Lian Yu.

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

Arrow season 5 premieres tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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Reverse Flash Warns Barry in Season 3 Premiere Clip

Flashpoint is just about here! We get our first feel for season three in the new clip as Reverse Flash warns Barry that if they remain within this timeline, time itself will be the end of them both.

Flashpoint is just about here! We get our first feel for season the in the new clip as Reverse Flash warns Barry that if they remain within this timeline, time itself will be the end of them both.

I’m excited to see how they handle their version of Flashpoint. Obviously it won’t be anything like the comics or the animated feature. But that’s what make it even more worth doing. This gives everyone involved an opportunity to step out and bring their creativity to the table while paying homage to the source material. Hopefully Flashpoint will help the show get back to being as good as it was in season one.

The Flash season 3 premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE TO HAVE EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER WANTED? — Barry (Grant Gustin) is living his dream life – his parents are alive, he’s asked Iris West (Candice Patton) on a date and he can finally be a normal guy as Central City has another speedster, Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale), running around saving the city. When Barry starts forgetting parts of his old life, the Reverse Flash (guest star Matt Letscher) taunts his nemesis and tells him that there will be serious repercussions for Barry and the ones he loves if he continues to live in this alternate universe. In addition to losing his memories, his powers will also start to fade. When disaster strikes, Barry must decide if he wants to continue to live in this world as Barry Allen or return to his universe as The Flash. Jesse Warn directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Brooke Roberts.

‘Arrow’: Diggles New Helmet Revealed in Latest CW Promo

Diggle’s got a brand new helmet and its still just as goofy. Since his character was first given a helmet in season 3, there has been an outcry for a replacement that doesn’t look horrible. The new helmet which was revealed in a promotional video for The CW’s fall lineup looks something like Magneto meets Megaman.

Diggle’s got a brand new helmet and its still just as goofy. Since his character was first given a helmet in season 4, there has been an outcry for a replacement that doesn’t look horrible. The new helmet which was revealed in a promotional video for The CW’s fall lineup looks something like Magneto meets Megaman.

The new helmet, designed by Cisco at Star Labs, features a red visor to help conceal Diggles identity on the mean streets of Star City. While it is an improvement, its not enough to make a difference. I guess we will have to be satisfied that it isn’t lopsided like his previous helmet.

Arrow season 5 premieres Wed. Oct 8th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Susanna Thompson Returns to ‘Arrow’

Entertainment Weekly just reported that Susanna Thompson will be reprising her role as Moira Queen for Arrow’s upcoming 100th episode! How she will be returning is still unknown but it would be safe to say it will be in the shows flashbacks.

Entertainment Weekly just reported that Susanna Thompson will be reprising her role as Moira Queen for Arrow’s upcoming 100th episode! How she will be returning is still unknown but it would be safe to say it will be in the shows flashbacks.

Susanna Thompson originally left the show when Moira Queen was killed off towards the end of season 2 by Deathstroke(Manu Bennett), who will also be returning this season. If the flashbacks take place in Star(ling) City during the shows 100th episode, it’s likely we’ll also get to see the return of Tommy Merlyn(Colin O’Donnell) and Laurel Lance(Katie Cassidy). As weary as I am to get back into the show, all this news definitely has my attention. Season 5 is shaping up to be pretty exciting!

Arrow season 5 premieres Wed. Oct 8th at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

SOURCE: ET

The Dominators Set As Villains For CW’s Crossover Event

This year The CW’s mega-crossover event will feature The Dominators as the main villains set to take on the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. The four-episode event will be the networks biggest crossover event in history.

This year The CW’s mega-crossover event will feature The Dominators as the main villains set to take on the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. The four-episode event will be the network’s biggest crossover event in history.

In an interview with THR, Marc Guggenengheim said:

“We’re taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called The Dominators, who’d previously vexed the Legion of Superheroes. We’re using cutting-edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.”

It sounds promising but time will tell whether or not the producers were able to achieve film-quality effects on a television budget.

For those unfamiliar with The Dominators, they are an alien race who are interested in the genetic potential of the human race. Specifically, the metagene, which is the fictional gene that changes one from a human to a metahuman.

The Flash season three premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., Arrow season five premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m., Supergirl season two premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. and Legends of Tomorrow season two premieres Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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SOURCE: THR