DC Characters on TV
The CW show focusing on Oliver Queen, known in the show as the vigilante Arrow, has just been confirmed for a third season, scheduled to air in Fall of 2014. The show exists in its own universe that is shared by the Flash, and the network is owned by Warner Bros. The shows could exist in the same universe as Man of Steel, but there has been no confirmation of that. Rumors that Arrow star Stephen Amell would appear as Green Arrow in Man of Steel 2 were promptly shot down by the show’s star.
Arrow has introduced several well known DC characters besides the Flash. The character of Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke (played by Manu Bennett) is a series regular. Black Cannary is a recurring guest star, although the character behind the mask is the sister of Dinah Lance, who is Black Canary in the comics. The Suicide Squad has been introduced, and is made up of the DC characters Bronze Tiger, Deadshot, and Shrapnel, with Amanda Waller leading the team. Ra’s al Ghul has also been mentioned, and his daughter Nyssa Raatko (not to be confused by Talia al’Ghul) has been introduced. If the film universe incorporates this show and Flash, it will also need to incorporate the growing world the show is creating.
- The showrunners have been trying to get Nightwing and other Batman-centric characters to appear in the TV show, but they faced several legal hurdles. Those hurdles just increased exponentially with Batman returning to the big screen earlier than expected in Man of Steel 2, and if Nightwing appears in the film, that would likely end the possibility of him appearing on the show. [7/25/13]
- The character of Roy Harper will eventually take on the role of DC superhero (and Green Arrow protege) Arsenal. [4/13/14]
NBC is currently developing a TV show based on the character of John Constantine from the Hellblazer series; Daniel Cerone (Dexter) will act as showrunner, and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) is attached as an executive producer. The show will take place in America, but Constantine (played by Welsh actor Matt Ryan), will remain a blonde haired Brit.
- NBC has officially ordered a pilot for the proposed Constantine TV show. 1/17/14]
- The main antagonist of the first season (at least) will be Papa Midnite, a voudun shaman and businessman. In the comics Papa Midnite and Constantine have a long, strange relationship. They have been both allies and enemies, as the situation dictates. [3/7/14]
- The cast is rounded out by the character Liv (Lucy Griffiths), a young lady with the ability to see the supernatural world, which makes her a target for demons. Charles Halford will play Chas, Constantine’s frequently frustrated pal. In the comics the character is often unwittingly in the crosshairs because of his friendship with Constantine, but the TV show describes him as being known for his survival skills, which may go beyond human abilities. Finally, Lost’s Harold Perrineau has been cast as Manny, an angel responsible for watching over Constantine, who has the ability to posses others. [3/7/14]
- The story begins with Constantine in an asylum following an incident where a 9-year old girl was dragged to Hell. This follows the original comic, which saw a young Constantine spend time in the asylum Ravenscar. [4/24/14]
- Constantine won’t initially have his iconic trenchcoat, but he will eventually. [4/24/14]
The Flash (2014)
The possibility of a Flash movie has been volleyed around for years now, but it slowed down following the dismal showing of Green Lantern. There was plenty of discussion about the character receiving the big screen treatment, and that may still happen at some point, but for now the only thing confirmed is that there will be a CW television show featuring the Flash starring Glee’s Grant Gustin as Barry Allen. The show will be titled The Flash, and is expected to debut this fall.
Although The Flash exists in the same universe as Arrow, the properties will have a different feel. Arrow has been described as having a “crime bent,” while the Flash show will have more of a sci-fi flavor. It’s likely that the two series will have future crossovers.
- The original plan was to introduce the Flash in Arrow, then bring him back in what would be a backdoor pilot. The character was received well enough in his first appearance that CW decided to go ahead and greenlight the show.
- The Flash will be helmed by two out of the three Arrow creators – Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti – with writing from DC comics’ own Geoff Johns.
- Rick Cosnett has been cast as Detective Eddie Thawn. The role is almost certainly connected to that of Flash’s greatest enemy, the time-traveler known as both the Reverse Flash and Professor Zoom, whose real name was Eobard Thawne. [2/7/14]
- Danielle Panabaker has been cast as a woman that will become the super villain Killer Frost. [2/7/14]
- Smash and Law & Order’s Jesse L. Martin has been cast as Allen’s mentor and best friend, Detective West. [2/7/14]
- The role of Iris West, Barry Allen’s future wife, has been filled by newcomer Candice Patton. [2/7/14]
- S.T.A.R. Labs will play a major role in the show. [2/9/14]
- Even if the show doesn’t succeed, the showrunners have claimed that Gustin will remain a part of the universe that began with Arrow. [2/9/14]
- John Wesley Shipp, the actor who played the Flash in the short lived 90’s TV show of the same name, will appear in the new show in an unknown role. [2/11/14]
- The comic character Captain David Singh, will appear as a recurring character. [3/7/14]
Warner Bros. and Fox are teaming up to create Gotham, following a bidding war over the property. The show has been in development for over a year, and Fox decided to order a full season even without seeing a pilot. Gotham will follow rookie homicide detective James Gordon as he investigates crime in the city. The show will not focus on Bruce Wayne, Batman, or any specific Batman villain, but it will show some of them at early points in their careers. Gotham will begin shortly after Bruce Wayne’s family dies; it will end with Wayne putting on the cowl for the first time. The showrunner will be Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist).
- Donal Logue will play Detective Bullock, who in a departure from the comics will be Gordon’s mentor. [2/8/14]
- The show will feature characters like The Riddler and Penguin, but they won’t appear in costume. [2/8/14]
- Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland) has been cast in the lead role as James Gordon. Gordon will be a former college football player and a war veteran, and still be at an early point in his career. [2/8/14]
- Sean Pertwee will play Bruce Wayne’s butler and future accomplice, Alfred Pennyworth. The character is described as “a tough-as-nails ex-marine from East London, Alfred has loyally served the Waynes and now, in the wake of their tragic deaths, he’s fiercely protective of the young Bruce.” [2/11/14]
- 14-year old David Mazouz (Touch) will play a solitary, pre-teen Bruce Wayne. Newcomer Camren Bicondova will play Selina Kyle, a teenage orphan. [3/7/14]
- Jada Pinkett Smith will play Fish Mooney, a gangster and club owner. Robin Lord Taylor will appear as Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, an employee of Mooney. [4/13/14]
- Gordon will be married to Barbara Keen (played by Erin Richards), an ER doctor.
- Gordon’s boss will be Captain Sarah Essen (played by Abryna Guevara). In the comics Essen and Gordon have an affair, but the show is following its own storyline. [4/24/14]
Another CW production of a DC property, but this one comes from the Vertigo line. Writer Chris Roberson’s iZombie is being developed as a supernatural procedural show from Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars. A pilot has been ordered, with the series potentially airing in 2014. The TV show will divert from the source material, and feature a different main character named Liv, who will be played by The Lovely Bones’ Rose McIver. Liv will be portrayed as a med student-turned-zombie, who works in the coroner’s office to eat brains that sustain her. She also gains the memories of those she eats, which she then uses to help solve crimes.
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion’s dark and twisted Vertigo comic series was briefly considered for the big screen treatment, but it soon came to rest in the halls of TV … and then TV limbo. The property has bounced around several development studios, including a lengthy stay at HBO where it seemed close to being greenlit. That went away though, and so did the TV show.
There is new life in the project though, and things seem to be moving ahead quickly. No doubt bolstered by its success with The Walking Dead, AMC is developing Preacher thanks to Seth Rogen and Adam Goldberg, who are coming off of writing – and in Goldberg’s case directing – the hit comedy This is the End. Joining them is Breaking Bad executive producer Sam Catlin, who will act as showrunner, as well as Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon, who will acts as executive producers for Original Films. That is by no means a guarantee that the series will make it to screen, but things are looking good.
- Ennis will have a role on the show as a consultant. [3/13/14]
- Rogen and Goldberg claim “the weirdness is in,” but the biggest restriction they are facing is from the language. [4/24/14]
- Ennis sent Rogen and Goldberg a document and told them that they said “You can f**k around with anything, just not the three main characters and their dynamic. That’s the story, It’s a character story.” [4/24/14]
- AMC wants the series to go on a “Walking Dead-type path.” [4/24/14]
- Arseface will appear in the show, and he will be represented on screen using physical makeup rather than CGI. [4/24/14]
Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s crime drama set on a modern-day Indian reservation is in development at WGN America. The comic ran as a Vertigo imprint for 60 issues, and focuses on the Oglala Lakota people that reside in the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The main character, Dashiell “Dash” Bad Horse, returns to the reservation after 15 years as an undercover FBI agent, and attempts to break up organized crime, drug rings, and more.
There is no word yet on when the show might air, but WGN America is looking to expand into original programming in a big way. The show will be be overseen by Banshee’s Doug Jung, who will also write the pilot.
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