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ICYMI | The Latest ELSEWORLDS Image Revealed!

On the latest image released from The CW’s upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover event, the prime time Trinity are front and center…with a little help from a friend.

With only weeks until the highly anticipated “Elseworlds” crossover takes over The CW’s primetime landscape, the folks behind the DC series have shared another image, this one putting the network’s “trinity” of leads front and center and joined by one of the surprise guest stars that have been announced will be part of this year’s event. Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Arrow star Stephen Amell (cast as the Scarlet Speedster) and The Flash lead Grant Gustin in the archer’s hood, stand at the ready alongside John Wesley Shipp wearing a redo of his “Flash” suit from 1990.

The image mirrors the behind-the-scene still that was released several works ago which revealed guest star Shipp suited up as The Flash when he starred in the CBS 1990 series. Many fans attribute that series with reigniting the genre fandom as superheroes began to take a more mainstream take in popular culture largely due to the success of director Tim Burton’s Batman. There’s still plenty about this season’s “Elseworlds” story arc that is still much of a mystery including the introduction of Ruby Rose as Gotham City’s own Batwoman and the return of Superman.

What is being promised is a more streamlined storyline that puts the focus squarely on the Arrowverse primetime leads, the “trinity” of characters so to speak. In the past the crossover had ballooned to include the casts of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which would often bring the total number of the ensemble to well over 25 heroes taking on that week’s threat of the week. Last year’s “Crisis on Earth-X” truly reached a  blockbuster level of production. This year the series’ show-runners decided to scale it down if just a bit, but the stakes are just as high as ever!

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Entertainment Weekly had the honor of releasing the first “official” image from one of the upcoming crossover episodes that reveals the lead stars all front and center, joined by guest star Shipp. Though much of the storyline is still a secret — and cudos to the production staff for keeping it hidden from fans — the “Elseworlds” storyline as often illustrated in the comics presents adventures in “alternate realities”. With Oliver (Amell) and Barry (Gustin) obviously swapping roles, and the intrusion of DC Comics world-watching Monitor also part of the arc, the multiverse may be facing a new crisis.

The primetime trinity assembles with the help of a Flash from the past in the latest image reveal from the upcoming “Elseworlds” crossover event featured in Entertainment Weekly [ew.com].
Our three heroes strike a familiar pose preparing to take on whatever challenge “Elseworlds” presents. The 3-part event will take them out of their usual haunts as they all converge on Gotham City joining forces with Batwoman and even getting some help from the Man of Steel.

The series stars have noted that though the script has been toned down to just 3-parts, the scope of the story is bigger than ever! The crossover event’s production scheduled also afforded the team the luxury to coincide with the series hiatus, closing out the first half of most of the primetime line-up. The shows will take a break returning in January, with the exception of DC’s Legends which will return to wrap-up its season in April; it’s Monday night time slot will be temporarily taken over by Black Lightning moving over from its usual time on Tuesday night following The Flash.

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On The Set | ELSEWORLDS New Dynamic Duo

Behind the scenes of The CW epic crossover event hits a fever pitch when a supergirl reveals a caped crusader that is braver and bolder than anything fans have seen!

As if this week couldn’t get anymore exciting for fans of The CW hit shows The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl with the revelations that the cast of this season’s epic CW crossover event “Elseworlds” added recurring guest star John Wesley Shipp into the mix wearing a very familiar costume suggesting a “Flash” from the past will be suiting-up for the adventure, Supergirl headliner Melissa Benoist took to social networking to introduce what looks a braver and bolder pairing, guest star Ruby Rose in fall Batwoman gear!

Though the audience has known since it was announced late this summer at San Diego Comic-Con that the DC TV trinity would be heading out of the comfort zones of their respective home turfs and visiting neighboring Gotham City to introduce the newest caped wonder, little else has been exposed of the “Elseworlds” theme surrounding this year’s event. Along with the pics of John Wesley Shipp apparently in his classic 1990 Flash suit, fans have also glimpsed Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin wearing each other’s battle fatigues, and a black-clad Superman!

The anticipation surrounding this year’s crossover has never been more exciting, and given that it appears to have scaled down the story arc by excluding the crew from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and perhaps even avoided working in the cast of the newest series Black Lightning it appears the showrunners are taking this opportunity to introduce through the proverbial “backdoor” the continuing adventures of Batwoman especially since FOX announced this would be the final season for their Batman prequel Gotham.

Check out the image of this World’s Finest pairing from behind the scenes here:

This Season | The CW 3-Night Event Crossover Goes Batty!

The CW is promising to raise the capes promoting its 3-Night DCTV crossover event bringing together the most iconic characters! Just follow the signal!

The Arrowverse is about to get much bigger this season! When our DCTV heroes return from their summer hiatus to reclaim The CW primetime, they’re going to be bustling with all kinds of new adversaries and challenges to face! On The Flash after facing off against The Thinker, Barry and Iris (Grant Gustin and Candice Patton) will have to deal with the mysterious arrival of their daughter — from the future! On Arrow Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) finds himself in prison, and on Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) there’s a doppelgänger loose!

Although many of the details surfacing about the upcoming series appear to suggest that this season the stakes have never been higher, Arrow is entering into uncharted territory with its Seventh Season. After one of the most perilous attacks on his family and friends, the Green Arrow has had to fend off against attacks from all sides, but even Oliver (Amell) couldn’t escape the feds and at the conclusion of last season, our hero found himself incarcerated for his activities as Star City’s hooded vigilante, so how will the Arrow fair against the Bat?

The CW DCTV crossover events have become the most highly anticipated spectacles of the year, and every season the writing team has found themselves delivering on bigger, blockbuster storylines. The first big crossover event featured an “Invasion!” the second a “Crisis on Earth-X” and now it looks like our heroes will be heading into uncharted territory when the find themselves in Gotham City. The epic 3-night event will introduce Batwoman, the costumed alter-ego of Kate Kane who has been cast by Ruby Rose.

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This season’s 3-night event begins on Sunday, Dec 9 with The Flash on a special date and time, and continues on Monday, Dec 10 on Arrow and will conclude on Supergirl also airing on a special date and time, Tuesday, Dec 11. Noticeably missing from the line-up the additional CW DCTV shows DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning. The team series will be experiencing several shake-ups when it returns in the fall, including a shuffling of its roster which will now include the demonologist John Constantine (Matt Ryan).

As to how the story will unfold when the three titular heroes venture into the underworld of Gotham City, is still under speculation. The stomping grounds of DC Comics’ Dark Knight Detective have been mentioned in relation to their relevance in the Arrowverse on several occasions, including Bruce Wayne, though this will be the first time that characters connected to Batman will be appearing inline with The CW series. Gotham which is now entering into its fifth and final season on FOX has not necessarily suggested to exist inside the same continuity.

Whether Ruby Rose will be following suit (similarly to how Grant Gustin spun out of Arrow into headlining The Flash) and reprise the role of Batwoman in her own series is still being negotiated by the network, but the expectation is that Batwoman will be joining the line-up as a mid-season replacement. The actress has received mixed reactions to her casting as the openly gay character; Ruby Rose is herself part of the LGBTQ community, and among only a handful of actors working in Hollywood who identify as “gay”. Regardless she will undoubtedly slip beautifully into the role.

Among the heroes and guest stars that have been confirmed to join the cast and properly welcome Rose into the primetime family are Tyler Hoechlin who will be reprising his role as the Man of Steel, Superman first introduced on Supergirl. It has also been reported that Lois Lane will also be appearing in the crossover, though the actress to play the part has yet to be cast.

ICYMY | Crisis on Earth-X

While we sit and wait for December to roll around, the current Blu-ray releases of the latest releases of Arrow | The Complete Sixth Season and The Flash | The Complete Fourth Season feature all four-parts of the epic crossover “Crisis on Earth-X” from last season. The four-night event traversed all-four of The CW primetime series and featured the largest gathering yet of costumed heroes on television. The year will certainly prove to be something special. As to whether the additional series DC’s Legends or Black Lightning will connect is yet to be seen.

The CW DCTV primetime takeover debuts in October.

Tomorrow NITE ON :: THE FLASH It Gets Musical!

SUPERGIRL and THE FLASH are about to get symphonic when this dynamic duo take on an enemy that gleefully has them all singing a new tune!

It was inevitable! When you have a cast as talented as the individuals appearing on The CW action series Supergirl and it’s companion show The Flash and starring two former members of the Glee you was only a matter of time before Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin would find themselves soft shoeing their way into primetime!

On this week’s episodes of the DC Comics based series (produced by Greg Berlanti) the Maid of Might and the Scarlet Speedster come face-to-face with an old friend turned new fiend, when their one-time Glee co-star Darren Criss steps onto the seen as the villain Music Meister — a middling musician who casts a spell on the dynamic duo rendering them…musical!

The Flash — “Duet” —  Pictured (L-R): Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Melissa Benoist as Kara — Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW –© 2017 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Sure the episode is stunt, but no less a treat for fans who have loved all these actors during their time on the hit musical that aired on FOX. Also in the mix will be several melodically inclined players including Jesse L. Martin and Victor Garber both actors with extensive ties to Broadway. Carlos Valdes who plays the ever-dependable Cisco “Vibe” Ramon, is also a stage veteran.

So before we cast judgements let’s take a minute to sit back and relax and take in the fun. After all in a year that saw Hollywood re-connect with musicals, practically hailing La La Land the best movie of the year”, Benoist and Gustin don’t have to surprise their audience with their ivory pipes and slick footing — we know they’re talented!

 

iReview :: SUPERGIRL #204 – “Survivors”

The Maid of Might finds herself in an underground arena fighting for her life before a high-stakes audience!

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One of the greatest tricks introduced into the genre-show has been the element of a mythology. It started with daytime soap operas which pioneered the idea of serialized and extending storylines, and was perfected with the advent of perhaps the most popular television series in the line, a little known primetime behemoth called The X-Files. Chris Carter’s exploration of the supernatural and paranormal against the backdrop of an investigational drama incited by conspiracy, led to a string of similar inspired genre shows.

With the DC TV Universe continuing to expand into primetime and dominating the 8 o’clock hour on The CW, the series creators have capitalized on more than 75 years of already established mythology published in the pages of DC Comics. With the move of Supergirl now siting alongside the other Berlanti Productions based on the DC Comics characters all on the same network, a pattern is beginning to emerge to establish a synchronous narrative that weaves a tapestry and is based on a long established legacy.

Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist as the Maid of Might is among the best examples of how that legacy is leading to a very innovative story that is evolving beautifully and continues to surprise. The fourth episode of the show’s sophomore season entitled “Survivors” is picking things up very easily from the initial thread introduced at the top of the season which is examining the presence of aliens on earth. Kara teamed-up with her famous cousin, and the world’s greatest hero Superman (played by guest-star Taylor Hoechlin) in the season’s opener.

The threat of CADMUS a scientific think tank dedicated to containing and controlling the alien presence on Earth is at the epicenter of the xenophobia that is coming to light since Supergirl made her identity public and chose a similar path inspired by Superman to protect National City from any danger. Since then National City has become a hub of sorts for all interstellar despots and refugees, some hide in plain site while others in the shadows, others still have been discovered to frequent a dive bar tended to by Ms. Martian (new series regular Sharon Leal).

J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter (David Harewood) is intrigued by the discovery of the last living daughter of Mars and he confronts M’gann (or “Megan”) about her existence on Earth and how she escaped the genocide inflicted on their planet by the White Martian. Experiencing survivors remorse M’gann rejects J’onn’s offer to mentally bond. Instead we learn that Ms. Martian is actually taking part in an underground fight club run by the elite criminal mastermind Veronica Sinclair (guest-star Dichen Lachman) calling herself Roulette.

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Supergirl — “Survivors” — Pictured: Dichen Lachman as Roulette – Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

To appeal to the insatiable interest of the socially elite in National City, Roulette is running high-stakes gladiatorial combats pitting extra-terrestrials against one another for the pleasure of her wealthy audience. When someone dies in Roulette’s arena, the loser is discarded like yesterday’s trash. Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) of the NCPD has been collaborating with DEO agent Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh) and when a body turns up the two go undercover to learn more about Roulette’s cage fights.

J’onn is disappointed to learn that under the name of Ms. Martian M’gann has been competing as one of Roulette’s star attractions, and when the two find themselves facing each other death, J’onn refuses to kill M’gann. The two are confronted by the arena’s greatest combatant Draaga (played by John De Santis) and the two are joined by Supergirl, who learns about the alien’s weakness from Mon-El (new series regular Chris Wood) the refugee from Daxam, a sister world to Krypton that shared the planet’s fate.

Now on Earth, Mon-El is learning to fit in. Kara decides to take on the responsibility of mentoring Mon-El, especially since it will in some way fulfill her original destiny to protect her cousin Kal-El, who grow up without her guidance to become Superman. The two agree that the time to put aside the differences of their people and learn to depend on each other since they both have so much in common. Mon-El is grateful for Kara’s help and looks forward to proving himself as capable a hero as Supergirl.

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The episode capitalizes on how comfortable and familiar the characters are becoming with one another and scores very high to continue to establish its unique brand against the tapestry of its predecessors. The complexities of a world, a culture that is coming to terms with its place in a universal community that accepts there are visitors here from other planets, is moving into the spotlight on Supergirl. The series growing cast of supporting players, including Maggie Sawyer and Mon-El are also well crafted additions that easily expand on the character drama.

At the conclusion of the episode J’onn visits M’gann and apologizes for having come on so strong and hopes that the two, the last of their kind, can become close friends. M’gann agrees that she is also open to a fresh start. After J’onn leaves, M’gann reveals her true origins — that she is in fact not a Green Martian like J’onn, but a White Martian — the treacherous species that exacted a genocide on J’onn’s people! This plot twist will undoubtedly develop over the course of the season, and may or may not lead to the revelatory moment that makes Ms. Martian a hero in her own right.

“Survivors” is told from the perspectives of Mon-El and M’gann — both are outsiders trying to fit in and learn to survive any way that they can. By comparison their paramours Supergirl and J’onn are proving that they have a purpose, as the last of their kind, they stand as heroes and examples of the best hope for a cooperative between Earth and its interstellar kindred.

Supergirl • Episode #204 — “Survivors” directed by James Bamford and James Marshall written by Paula Yoo & Eric Carrosco. (Original Airdate: October 31, 2016)

iReview :: Supergirl Episode #201 “The Adventures of Supergirl”

The Girl of Steel returns with a new season on a new network and proves she’s had the might all along to play in the big league!

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It’s no surprise that CBS just didn’t know what to make of the superhero genre. It had a chance in the 90s to break the mold of primetime television and introduced into its mainstream line-up The Flash which starred John Wesley Shipp. Following the theatrical blockbuster Batman in tone and texture, the series would only last a single season, but it left an indelible impact on its audience. Cut to a generation later and The Flash returned, spinning out of the Arrow on The CW it reignited an entirely new fandom and fascination with the superhero genre.

CBS wanted to get in on the action and requested that the production team that created both Arrow and The Flash give them their own DC Comics adaptation for primetime. That series was Supergirl which borrowed heavily from the standard set by The Flash including a lead actor,  Melissa Benoist, that won an audience appearing on the FOX musical comedy Glee. The rest — as they say — is history, and in this case — history repeating itself. It appeared that CBS truly didn’t know what to make of the series (befuddled perhaps by the genre) and cast it off.

Cast off after one season, just like it had The Flash in 1990, CBS released Supergirl from the confines of mainstream network television and give the series a new home. In a move that surprised no one, the series was added onto the already DC Comics heavy-ladened line-up on The CW, back on its regular Monday night time slot (competing against another DC Comics television series FOX’s Gotham) — and the fit couldn’t be any more perfect!

The series production itself has also been moved to Vancouver, shooting on the same sound stages as the rest of the DC TV shows produced by Greg Berlanti and his production team. It all makes perfect sense and it shows! The premiere episode of Supergirl even takes its title from the successful relaunch of the comic from the  The episode entitled “The Adventures of Supergirl” even goes the distance to expand the universe of Kara Zor-El by teaming her up with her famous cousin Superman/Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) for the first time!

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One of the series first promo pictures revealing series lead Melissa Benoist alongside her cousin Superman played by guest star Tyler Hoechlin who will open the new season on its new network The CW.

Having successfully navigated the curve of embracing her super powers, Kara now struggles to balance her life as both National City’s defender Supergirl, and her earthly alter-ego Kara Danvers.  With the help of her famous red caped cousin who flies in just in time to help land a space plane with engine trouble, the two uncover a dangerous plot to kill Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) Lex Luthor’s adopted sister who is now running the company while Lex rots in prison. The mastermind has unleashed the mercenary John Corben (guest star Frederick Schmidt) to do his dirty work.

Meanwhile the D.E.O. has another mystery on their hands when a Kryptonian space craft crashes in National City and a young man (Chris Wood) from Krypton is found unconscious inside!

This first episode truly re-inaugurates the entire season! Almost immediately the tone feels very different, and although the series has ditched its LA sets for Vancouver, it still has a vibrancy that sets it uniquely and wonderfully alongside the rest of The CW/DC TV line-up. With a teleplay by Jessica Queller and directed by Glen Winter (who also worked on Smallville) this first episode of Supergirl feels like a brand new show — perhaps the show that fans were waiting for all along. Benoist is far more comfortable in her characters skin and skin-tight suit, but the heart of her hero is the most powerful aspect that shines right through.

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Faster than a speeding bullet Supergirl immediately won an audience based on following the formula that made The Flash such a hit which always includes “Heroics, Heart and Humor” to make for interesting storytelling.

When it was announced that Berlanti Productions had been commissioned to produce another superhero series based on a DC Comics character for CBS, Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg has said they never flinched! Everyone agreed that the time had come for a female character to move into the lead — that heroine would be “Supergirl”. The cousin of arguably the most famous hero in the world is a genuine favorite among fans, and has been for a long time, and especially after the Silver Age version of the character sacrifices herself to save the multiverse during the epic Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Supergirl appeared as a supporting character on the highly successful television series Smallville which chronicled the ascension of Clark Kent into the Man of Steel. The resonance and appeal of the Last of Daughter of Krypton has always been apparent. Supergirl the series premiered to great anticipation on CBS and mirrored the adoration that comic book fans always had for the Girl of Steel. The creatives behind the show kept faith to the style of storytelling established with its CW counterparts and chronicled adventures taken right from the comic books.

Perhaps that’s why the action adventure series didn’t rate very high with the CBS audience which is married to its CSI investigations and court room style dramas. Now that Supergirl has landed on The CW and aligns with a weeklong of primetime leads based on the DC Comics heroes the show feels revitalized — showing its true muscle! Immediately the show runners went to work on one of the most spectacular stunts to open the new season: the return to television of Kara’s famous cousin Superman!

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Supergirl — “The Adventures Of Supergirl” — Pictured (L-R) Tyler Hoechlin as Clark and Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Proving once and for all the the cinematic and television properties are their own entities, and that there’s more than enough room in this multiverse for everybody. Adding Tyler Hoechlin to the guest star line-up as the Man of Steel was an exceptional; one that paid off as brilliantly as the crossover episode from Season One that brought Grant Gustin over into National City as his CW counterpart The Flash! Supergirl is such a huge part of a great comic book legacy, it should be no surprise to the viewer that attention is being paid to keeping the show as connected to the source as possible — and it’s paying off!

The supporting cast are also very much more relaxed into this new world. Winn Schott (Jeremy Jordan) is now working full-time at the D.E.O. alongside Kara’s sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) under the tutelage of J’onn J’onzz (David Harewood) protecting the planet from foreign incursions on all fronts. We learn right away that Superman and J’onn have met before, and have a tenuous relationship especially because the organization harbors the very element that can stop both Superman and Supergirl in their tracks, but they are able to work side by side for the greater good, and what’s that — an hour of super powered action!

Supergirl is right where she is supposed to be and we now believe that this girl can fly!