It’s been a busy few days when it comes to news from DC on their upcoming TV projects. Not happy to be premiering their brand new series Legends of Tomorrow tonight in the US, stories have come out involving Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Constantine and more. So sit back, strap in, and catch up thanks to the handy SquareEyed news round-up.
Special thanks to our friends over at Following The Nerd for helping to compile this list.
No Arrow/Flash crossovers planned for Legends of Tomorrow
So, Warner Bros’ Arrow and Flash spinoff Legends of Tomorrow is making its debut in the US tonight. However, beyond the two-part pilot, don’t expect there to be any crossovers with the parent shows in the first season.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim has confirmed to IGN that the main characters will spend the rest of the 16-episode first season wandering through time and space; “We want to create a time travel show, and once you’re doing that, you’re not interacting with your other characters, which I think we were all very fine with. There’s no plan to return them to their sister shows any time soon. We really love the ensemble that we’ve built, and a big part of the cache of the show is the dynamic between this group of people. While we always say it’s fun to mix and match and constantly replenish the team, we don’t want to do that without losing the magic that we currently have.”
Although with that in mind, there’s still (limited) crossover potential with the team encountering past or alternate-reality versions of Cisco, Damien Darhk and Ra’s al Ghul, with some credence being given to the possibility of young Oliver Queen or Barry Allen cropping up.
There’s been no word on how the series will end at episode 16, but Guggenheim and the production team are already looking to the future and assuming a full second season of 20-odd episodes, “It’s just an assumption. I haven’t heard anything, it’s not official, it’s just we’ve been assuming it, and even in our little discussions, when we assume it, we’ve been saying we’ll probably try to break up that 20-plus season, or whatever number it is, into two halves.”
Supergirl crossover with the Arrow/Flash universe needs to happen soon says executive producer
DC Comics Producer Greg Berlanti, who is looking after Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, has said that if a crossover involving Supergirl is to happen, they need to get the wheels turning within the month at The CW and CBS: “I would love it, a lot of things would have to go right and people would have to say ‘Yes,’” Berlanti said.
“It would have to figured out very soon. It would all have to be figured out in the next month or so. As it remains right now we’ve talked internally about how cool it would be, but we haven’t had official conversations. [The CW chief Mark Pedowitz] is supportive.”
Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg said: “I’m as proud of Supergirl as anything I’ve ever done and in some ways prouder because it’s so hard to actually pull off the sheer scale of it,” Kreisberg said. “And while I’m so proud of the pilot and some of those early episodes, I do think there was an expectation of what it should be, what the ratings should be, what the character meant. And because it’s a female superhero as well, I think there were expectations on the part of the audience and the people we were making the show with.
“And I think it’s taken a while to shake out. Once we stopped trying to make the show to be everything for everybody else and just started telling stories we wanted to tell with these amazing actors, the show has become a lot easier to make.”
Supergirl had initially opened to strong numbers (13 million viewers) but has been dwindling over the run of the season (8.8 million at mid-season), so it could be seen as a boost to get Arrow or, more likely, The Flash to crossover to bring in newer viewers.
Supergirl has cast its young Superman
Not done with Supergirl news yet, It looks like the reports of Superman being a presence in the Supergirl series are on the money as a young Clark has now been cast.
But it’s not what you might think… when Supergirl returns on the 8th February the first episode will be called “For The Girl Who Has Everything” and in it we’ll see a young Kal-El who, for the three of you who don’t know, will grow to become Superman.
In the role will be Daniel DiMaggio (Tales of Halloween, Tiger’s Tail).
How will he fit into the story? If the episode’s synopsis is anything to go by… “Kara’s friends must find a way to save her life when a parasitic alien attaches itself to her and traps her in a dream world where her family is alive and her home planet was never destroyed. Also, Alex, Hank and the DEO must fend off a Kryptonian attack while Kara is out of commission.”
Constantine won’t return to Arrow, says Marc Guggenheim
While there have been rumours that Matt Ryan might get another stab at playing Constantine in future seasons of Legends of Tomorrow, news has come in that we may be wise to not hold our breath.
Arrow showrunner and executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussed John Constantine’s future in the Arrow-verse and, sadly, it sounds like it has already ended: “Back when Constantine was on, we were talking about a crossover. Then ‘Constantine’ wasn’t on, so we stopped talking about a crossover.
“It took a while. I think it was actually something Matt Ryan and Stephen [Amell] started talking [about]. It was always in the cards. When we were given the character, we were given the character with the understanding and the agreement that this is a one-off.”
Now, Guggenheim does state that at the time it was a one-off which doesn’t exactly mean the character cannot come back but reading between the lines we reckon it’s no longer looking good for Constantine in Legends of Tomorrow.
Stephen Amell Tweets pic of Vixen from set of Arrow
The CW’s animated web series featuring African-born superhero Vixen just got renewed for another season.
But that’s not the big news. The producers have decided that the character deserves a role in the main DC TV Universe, and she’s heading for the fifteenth episode of Arrow’s fourth season. Voice actress Megalyn Echikunwoke is reprising her role, and going on this Tweet by Stephen Amell, she’s already getting well and truly immersed in the role:
— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) January 21, 2016
For the uninitiated, Vixen wears a totem that has the power to draw upon the Earth’s morphogenetic field and give her the abilities of any animal that ever lived. Born in Africa and later based out of New York, she uses the totem’s power to fight crime.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow have cast their Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex is coming to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and now we have a face to go with the role.
Yes, Texas Rising and Ray Donovan actor Johnathon Schaech has confirmed via Instagram that he has been cast as the DC character. A character that, since he is based in the old west, we thought we’d never see on TV screens… and yet, thanks to time travel, he will feature in Legends of Tomorrow.
The actor will be a guest star but there is apparently a lot of possibility that he could become a regular character.
A true legend of the Old West, a morally ambiguous gunslinger with a penchant for danger. Surprisingly, he knows a thing or two about time travel and the future, but is at home in the Wild West. He’s been battling outlaws and gangs for awhile now, and advises the team to be extra careful when they arrive in the small town of Salvation.
And finally, the please let it be true story: Did Danny Trejo just throw his hat in the ring for the role of Lobo?
Could a live action version of The Main Man aka Lobo be happening sooner than we realised? If this tweet by Trejo is anything to go by then yes:
— Danny Trejo (@officialDannyT) January 19, 2016
Though what future project he’s referring to is still to be confirmed, his hint of “Super Dupe” certainly seems to suggest he could be appearing in a future episode of Supergirl.
But is he just putting himself forward for the role? Could this be part of all the DC news from last night? Will he be in the cinematic universe? Or perhaps Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow or perhaps Supergirl.
This would be perfect casting and a dream come true if this is the case, Trejo practically IS Lobo.