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DC All Access :: WILL ARNETT

The star of the new LEGO: The Batman Movie WILL ARNETT drops by DC ALL ACCESS to go behind-the-scenes on the new LEGO Movie adventure!

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iReview :: JUSTICE LEAGUE #14

It’s a new day for the Justice League and just as quickly as it begins a new threat hangs in the planet’s orbit and renders the team inert! The league find themselves at a crossroads asking whether or not their days as Earth’s greatest heroes are over!

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It’s been a bit of a challenge for the Earth’s Most Powerful Heroes of late. The Justice League has entered into some of their most tenuous exploits of late and although time-tested, this latest incarnation of the group still has a lot left to prove — especially to one another. The metal has hardly cooled on the team that was forged at the onset of the latest multiverse reboot when Darkseid and his armies invaded! The original seven realizing their extreme potential for greatness, pooled their resources and accepted the responsibility of becoming the planet’s ultimate defenders, but hardly coalesced immediately as a single force.

In fact, several factions in the group proved detrimental to their early exploits, forcing Batman to work diligently behind the scenes to keep tabs on his teammates. This was of great import when Aquaman ultimately lost footing as the monarch of his realm and Atlantis attacked, a war of great consequence eventually brought together the three factions of the Justice League which lead to their imprisonment when the league’s evil doppelgängers the Crime Syndicate took over the world. Eventually our heroes prevailed, but at great consequences and nearly lost it all again when they found themselves at the center of a conflict between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor!

As the dust settled on the team, Batman ever the most cautious one among them, cited the potential danger in their ranks when their own Man of Steel met his fate and had been replaced by a Superman from an alternate earth/alternate existence who’s agenda wasn’t entirely on the up and up. Before the league could figure out the mystery surrounding their new ally, they found themselves in an unlikely alliance with perhaps the most dangerous individuals on the planet Amanda Waller and her Suicide Squad. The two formidable forces united in an effort to bring down an even bigger threat to the multiverse Maxwell Lord.

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Now licking their wounds and pulling themselves together, the league find themselves once again mobilizing against a new menace that has entered into Earth’s atmosphere, a planet-sized weapon of mass destruction that has taken them out and buried them — with one shot! Justice League #14 written by Bryan Hitch who assumed the mantle of the title after Geoff Johns concluded his historic run, is a welcome pause from the chaos the team had been recently facing. In light of the latest publishing rebrand “Rebirth” continues to examine the legacy of our favorite DC Comics characters, the Justice League not being exception.

Trapped miles underground and confined to a space with limited air, the members of the Justice League are in fight for their lives and suddenly are succumbed by self-doubt. Considering everything they’ve recently faced together they realize how little trust exists between them. Superman confronts Batman as questions about each other’s loyalty is raised, the rookie Green Lanterns — Simon and Jessica — feel they are simply out of their league, even though both have proven themselves time and again. It’s an interesting and very humanize look at a group that hasn’t really gelled, but in this moment, trapped together must find confidence within themselves and each other.

Justice League #14 – “Regroup” written by Bryan Hitch with additional inks by Daniel Henriques is a refreshingly paced narrative that takes a look at the league from a very different perspective. The dangers they’ve faced have lead them to this moment and will define them as the “Rebirth” storyline continues to unfold.

DC Comics REBIRTH :: The Plot Deepens

DC Comics continues to evolve during its latest “Rebirth”! Entering into a second act with a mystery for its greatest detectives to solve!

 

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DC’s Universe — all great and small — are in for a serious shake-up as the events of the imprint wide rebrand “Rebirth” enter now into a very critical second act.

Fans have been patiently anticipating the outcome of DC Comics most recent publishing rebrand an event entitled “Rebirth”. After much of the 2011 “The New 52” reboot which renumbered and retooled (not to mention retconned) much of the imprint’s more than 75 year established mythology and retrofitted most of the major character’s origins to appeal to millennial readers, the attempt at attracting younger readers left most diehard devotees in the dark!

After the time-twisting “FlashPoint” storyline which is considered the epicenter crisis that through everything for a loop and reignited the timeline, many faithful long-time readers discovered that the Flash/Barry Allen’s reckless abuse of the speed force, the energy band that gives him control over time and space caused a major backlash that rewrote history and erased some very important people from history.

For nearly all the time that the heroes have been working themselves through the current Earth-0 timeline (the Prime-Earth in the DC Comics Multiverse) someone had been missing from existence, someone significantly important to the post-Crisis universe. DC Universe: Rebirth written by Geoff Johns reintroduced Wally West, the one-time Kid Flash who succeeded Barry Allen as the Flash and who we learned had been trapped in a nexus between time and space.

Wally had been trying to reconnect with the “real world” but there were other elements at work, someone else was closely watching these events as they took place — and that someone had interfered in the Prime-Earth continuity. By the time Wally escapes from his captivity, he enters into a world that doesn’t remember who he is and also learns that a significant amount of time (10 years) has been stolen!

Now reunited with his former teammates in the Titans Wally is working to collect the pieces of his life. In the most recent issue of Titans #7 while has a meeting with Superman, who is himself a displaced version of his former self who existed before the events of the “FlashPoint” and was trapped on the patchwork world of Telos during “Convergence”. The mystery of who has tampered with the time stream is about to start taking shape…

In the upcoming April issues of Batman and The Flash a four-part arc entitled “The Button” will begin to put readers on the path to the climatic reveal of the story behind that smiley face button that Batman found imbedded in his Batcave wall. The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe, will be teaming up in issues #21 and #22 of the respective titles with a story by Tom King and Joshua Williamson, with art by Jason Fabok and Howard Porter.

Given the speed at which the “Rebirth” storyline is progressing and the considerable importance of factoring in the characters from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s iconic Watchman graphic novel into the equation, after “Rebirth” arrives at its conclusion it is safe to say…the DC multiverse may never be the same again!

“The Button” the next arc leading to the inevitable climax will debut in April and May and will also be released in special lenticular covers by Jason Fabok.

“Supergirl” Casts a Wonder Woman as its President!

When Supergirl returns this fall she’ll not only have a new network to call home, but the Leader of the Free World will be played by Wonder Woman Lynda Carter!

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Supergirl (Melissa Benoist pictured here with Grant Gustin as The Flash) is about to make history having cast none other than Lynda Carter as the President for an arc appearing this fall when the show joins The CW line-up.

Oh the dog days of summer! By now genre fans have begun foaming at the mouth in wide-eyed anticipation of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con which takes over geek-dom from July 21-24. This year’s “Night of DC Comics” which has commandeered Hall H on the penultimate evening, will no doubt be one of the event’s biggest draws. The CW has announced its premiere line-up featuring the #DCTVCW universe heavy-hitters including The Flash which returns on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and is followed up on Wednesday, Oct. 5 with the Season 5 premiere of Arrow.

The newest of the “combined” DC TV Universe television series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will begin its sophomore season on Thursday, Oct. 13, but another hit show that will be transition to the network and help fill out a help a super-heroics will be Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist which will premiere its second season on The CW reassuming its time slot on Monday, Oct. 10. Fans are already wildly anticipating this new season which already has viewers curious about exactly who crash landed on Earth in the Kryptonian shuttle in the final scene of the cliffhanger!

Though the producers have already made incredible gains in the show’s eager appeal having made two very important casting announcements this past week that include Tyler Hoechlin the one-time “alpha” of the pack on MTV’s Teen Wolf has been tapped to wear the cape and curl of DC Comic’s most prized celebrity. Hoechlin will be playing Superman, join the show in the fall in an arc that will rejoin Kara with her famous cousin. It’s expected that the Man of Steel will be making appearances throughout the season, but for now has only been teased to appear in the first two episodes when Supergirl returns in the fall.

In more incredible stunt casting news Greg Berlanti has landed another veteran superhero headliner into the mix when Lynda Carter the star of the 1970’s hit show Wonder Woman will be appearing on Supergirl as the President of the United States. During the first season it was often hinted that the Leader of the Free World was indeed a woman. With Senator Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential nominee on the fast track to the White House, many viewers had assumed the line was just a presumptive nod thrown in for color by the show’s writing staff.

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Still a stunning beauty Lynda Carter the “original” Wonder Woman will be returning to primetime this time defending the Free World as the President of the United States.

It has now been confirmed that Carter though not necessarily wearing her tradition red, white and blue star-spangled armor, she will be replacing her tiara for a more conservative pant suit. Though perhaps they’ll let her keep the invisible jet with its superior stealth technology in lieu of Air Force One. The show producers haven’t yet confirmed for how many episodes Carter’s President will be appearing, but with the the show’s move to Vancouver from sunny Los Angeles to join the rest of The CW, Berlanti Productions there has been speculation that some series regulars may not be coming back.

Actress Calista Flockhart made a great impression as media mogul Cat Grant in the first season, though now it’s up in the air whether Flockhart will be rejoining her cast mates when production resumes next month in Vancouver. We’ll have to wait and see how it will take shape, but one thing is for certain, with the success of the DC TV Universe outshining the film franchises, it’s undoubtedly crossed television executives minds what the show runners of these hit genre shows have up their sleeves, after all, from our perspective The CW still has one more day of the week to fill! Friday anyone?

Supergirl premieres on The CW this fall Monday, Oct. 10 @ 8pm EST.

 

The CW’s “The Flash” Races Toward a Reboot?

After facing perhaps his most dangerous adversary, opening up the world to the multiverse, it looks like when The CW hit series The Flash returns in the fall Barry’s world will be dramatically different…

It certainly felt like Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) had no other choice but to confront the evil ZOOM! in a battle to save the multiverse as the second season of The CW’s hit show The Flash spiraled toward a relentless climax. The closing arc had left our hero with very little to lean on, especially after having lost his ability to tap into the Speed Force, then regained his powers after gaining a better understanding of the energies that now course through him ever since the particle accelerator experiment that turned him into the fastest man alive.

But with every action, there’s a reaction, and even though Barry and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs had every good intention especially of bringing down the tyranny of ZOOM! in the end the villain made haste in a final escape that ultimately cost Barry dearly. His only living parent Henry Allen (John Wesley Shipp) was fatally struck down by his enemy, and ultimately lead The Flash to one final race — the race of his life — to stop ZOOM! from putting in play a plan that would ultimately destroy the multiverse. The Flash and his friends were able to stop ZOOM! and even freed his prisoner on Earth-2…

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In the race of his life, The Flash (Grunt Gustin) takes on the menace of ZOOM! for the fate of the multiverse in the Season 2 Finale of The Flash.

It was revealed that “the man in the iron mask” was another speedster, one whose identity ZOOM! had assumed, and whose powers he had stolen — Jay Garrick! To long time DC Comics readers, the name is synonymous with the legacy of “The Flash”. Garrick is the original Golden Age version of the hero, where the more commercially popular Silver Age version (Barry Allen) is more widely known. For the #DCTVU in an even more brilliant twist, the true Jay Garrick bares a striking resemblance to Barry’s father Henry.

Jay Garrick, the “original” Flash is now played The CW show by actor John Wesley Shipp, the “original” Barry Allen/Flash from the 90’s CBS show The Flash. The strange twist of fate, as anyone can imagine, comes at a great shock to Barry having just recently lost his father so violently to ZOOM! and now seemingly found a kindred spirit in his parallel-earth doppelgänger, but before the two Flashes have time to bond, Garrick decides to resume course to his own world — Earth-3 — and leaps through a breach.

Feeling alone and abandoned, although his future may be the brightest its ever been… Barry saves his friends, rescues the multiverse, and even gets the girl. He and Iris (Candice Patton) finally profess their love to one another and decide the time is ripe for them to follow their hearts. Unfortunately Barry’s heart — and mind — are at present unaligned and all he can think about is the one fatal mistake he made once before. He had the perfect opportunity to prevent the Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother.

Now all Barry can think about is making things right! At least by himself! He decides that he has no other alternative but to travel back to that very moment, some 14 years ago, and save Nora (Michelle Harrison) from death, but in doing so, The Flash irrevocably alters the entire timeline, initiating a “FlashPoint” effect that will have as yet unexplored consequences for our hero. Today, Grant Gustin has been teasing fans via social networking. Slipping back into “Barry Allen’s skin” and preparing for Season 3’s new arc.

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The Flash — “Escape From Earth-2” Pictured: Grant Gustin as The Flash — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

In the comic series FlashPoint was the catalyst event that ultimately lead to the DC Comics publishing reboot that launched The New 52. The storyline revealed the consequences of Barry’s actions after saving his mother’s life. The Flash unleashed a “butterfly effect” that plunged the planet into a world war between super-powers, revealed a dangerously tortured Batman let loose on Gotham along a fatal trajectory towards annihilation! Yes…it’s a bleak future indeed. In the end Barry has no choice but to make things right.

Even without the benefits of an expansive DC Comics Universe, the television landscape that has evolved over the course of the last several seasons on The CW largely in part to the efforts of Greg BerlantiMarc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg has exceeded fans expectations and created a serialized narrative that spans four network television series (although the latest to join the fold Supergirl has yet to address its place in the convergence to The CW) that have captured our imaginations in primetime.

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Producer Greg Berlanti strikes his most heroic pose alongside his premiere team of heroes Grant Gustin as The Flash and Melissa Benoist as Supergirl.

If Barry’s actions have a relevance beyond his own Tuesday night 8pm EST time slot, or if his “FlashPoint” affect will transcend to the companion series Arrow (returning in the fall to its Wednesday night slot) or the third spin-off  DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Thursday night’s lead-in) and whether The Flash — which has journeyed over to CBS to visit Supergirl — has affected that series’ continuity are all questions, audiences of the show are eager to have explained. We can only speculate — and what fun is that!

What are some things we might want to see happen as a result of The Flash “FlashPoint” that could happen on the primetime series? Well…for starters:

  1. Nora Allen is alive! How great would it be especially for Barry if his mother played by Michelle Harrison has an opportunity to interact with her son? Having prevented her murder Barry’s family would remain intact. His father Henry played by John Wesley Shipp wouldn’t have gone to jail and been there for Barry’s formative years. In the comic Barry rescues Nora, but at a great cost, including his superpowers. Having the Allens back would also resonate with their next door neighbors…
  2. The West Family! Although he’s pined after Iris West (Candice Patton) the daughter of his surrogate father Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) for most of his life, how will not being raised by Joe affect Barry’s development? In the comics, Iris has moved on, gotten married and has a daughter of her own. Perhaps this would give the writers an opportunity to bring Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) back.
  3. The Father Figure! Sure Henry Allen may be alive as well seeing as Barry completely altered the timeline, but a heart surgeon isn’t going to necessary be able to make things right when his “super hero” son starts to realize that things aren’t as clear and present as they should be. In the comic series, Batman (Thomas Wayne) helps Barry recreate the accident that turns him into a speedster in the first place. Batman (at present) doesn’t play a part in the #DCTVCW Universe (not yet) but there’s a character from the 1990’s original series, based on a classic Golden Age hero that could be fashioned into an alter-ego for a detective turned vigilante! Introduce Joe West as the Deadly Nightshade which is based on the DC Comic’s character of Sandman a member of the Justice Society of America.
  4. The Flash of Two Worlds! And speaking of the Golden Age of heroes, it was of course revealed in the season finale that ZOOM! was impersonating Jay Garrick (also played by John Wesley Shipp). At the end of that episode Garrick resumes his name and title of “The Flash” and whisks back to his own parallel-earth, but what if he returns to help Barry set things right, after all as we’re learning in the current “Rebirth” series, the consequences of that butterfly effect left the world dramatically changed and the preservation of its heroes legacies must be maintained.
  5. What about that particle explosion? With The Flash no longer in the picture, Reverse-Flash doesn’t have a reason to threaten the past and murder Harrison Wells. The particle experiment can go as is and not bring Barry together with his eventual colleagues at S.T.A.R. Labs leaving Cisco, Caitlin and even Ronnie Raymond (Firestorm) unaffected.

Just a few things to think about, as we all contemplate over the summer and wait for the announcements that are sure to come with San Diego Comic-Con 2016 starts to roll around. In the meantime start counting down to Tuesday, Oct. 4 with The Flash returns to The CW for its premiere of Season 3 “FlashPoint” emminent!

DC Comic’s “Rebirth” Titan(ic) Turn

The DC Universe continues to reshape itself and at the center of it all the former sidekicks are proving centrifugal to the legacy.

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Wally West returns to make things right and rejoins his friends as the Titans begin to take shape in the current issue of Titans: Rebirth #1.

(Now) DC Comics promised that when it would enter into the Rebirth the latest companywide “reboot” would be anything but that, and the proof is fair enough in the pudding. The Rebirth was intended to (re)introduce into the line an element that had been missing since the imprint’s last major shift several years ago when it promoted itself as The New 52 — a more contemporary and condensed version of its previous self that after the events in the FlashPoint reset the entire universe.

The DC Comics multiverse was reignited as a younger, sleeker version of itself. With only some minor exceptions, most of the major heroes including SupermanBatman, and Wonder Woman were still a bit green and hadn’t established themselves as similarly as any of their previous incarnations. It was a very bold strategy on the part of the publishing house that was responsible for more than 75 years of continuity and mythology, but DC Comics was in a position to compete with a changing market.

For a short time the strategy worked, but there were some elements missing from the mythology that had endeared these characters with its audience for decades. Although brought up to speed to attract new readership, The New 52 reboot had all but done away with most of the heroes’ longstanding legacies, their profound connection to one another that ultimately had made them standouts in the competitive publishing market. Looking to balance things out DC reestablished interest in its multiverse.

This opened the door for creatives to further push the envelope and think outside the limitations of comic book cannon. Writers were given the freedom to delve into any part of the DC Comics continuity that interested them and tell stories that fit those parameters without fear of damaging the current “timeline”. The Convergence came and went and soon the readership began to lose touch with the direction the stories were going in, until it was decided that a “rebirth” was inevitable.

DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns had been responsible for relaunching two of the bigger titles in the line when he brought back two of its major headliners back from the dead. The Silver Age characters Hal Jordan the Green Lantern and Barry Allen The Flash had both been lost to major crisis, but were returned into mainstream continuity and given all new relevance and a purpose by Johns that returned them to their rightful places among the pantheon of heroes.

That single initiative has made both heroes top sellers for the publisher. Hoping to capture lightning in a bottle (so to speak) a second time, but this time on a much broader scale, Johns along with DC Comics Co-Publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee decided the time was ripe for the entire DC Universe to “rebirth” beginning with the most obvious omission post The New 52 history and answer the question: Whatever happened to the original Teen Titans more specifically Where did Wally West go after FlashPoint?

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Taking that as the springboard for Rebirth the “original” members of the Teen Titans, former sidekicks RobinSpeedyAqualad and Wonder Girl found their way back to one another in the recent Titans Hunt mini-series. Within its pages the story establishes that the original sidekicks, now all grown-up, had their memories wiped and have forgotten their time as one of the DC Universe’s premiere team of allies. For many of them, especially Donna Troy the former “Wonder Girl” their histories were rewritten.

At the conclusion of that series, when the group found themselves reunited (and it feels so good) Nightwing (the former “Robin”) is very conscious of the fact that “something is still missing”. It isn’t until the one-shot special release of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 that we learn the truth — Wally West, the original Kid Flash who inherited the mantle of The Flash has been aimlessly floating between here and every other part of the multiverse. The FlashPoint event simply pushed Wally into nonexistence and he’s trying to get home!

It’s been an uphill battle and just as Wally is preparing to give up he pays one last visit to the one person that has made the greatest impact in his life, and is ultimately rescued from oblivion by Barry Allen The Flash. Now he’s back and slowly but surely everyone is beginning to remember who Wally is — or more accurately: who he was! Memories all realign when Wally decides to visit his former teammates in Titans: Rebirth #1 and literally uses the Speed Force to shock everyone into remembering him.

Thus reestablishing the Titans into the current continuity! There are plenty of gaps to fill in, that’s for certain. Chief among them is why Wally West returned from the ether younger than when the timeline became compromised after FlashPoint and whether he’ll resume using the name “Flash” even though there is still Barry Allen running around. West can’t go back to using “Kid Flash” — that name has already been taken (twice in fact in The New 52 timeline).

More importantly, it appears that it will be the role of these “new” Titans to determine why there is still a 10-year gap of missing memories, and exactly who took them! From the perspective of fans, who stuck it out through every incarnation, it is a very gratifying feeling indeed to see that legacies are once again taking shape and especially that an entire generation will soon properly reconnect with DC Comics second generation of heroes as the Titans come back together again!