The CW and Warner Bros. Television has announced that Arrow, the series that started the revolution of comic book television, and Greg Berlanti’s empire, will be ending its run next fall with its eighth season. The final season will run for an abbreviated ten episodes.
The cast and crew of the series have been taking to Twitter and Facebook since the news with overwhelming words of praise and gratitude. With its flagship show ending, where does this leave the CW’s DC Multiverse at? Will a new series step up in its place?
The pilot for The CW’s Batwoman series continues to expand its cast with Entertainment Weekly reporting that Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II) joining as the male lead, Jacob Kane. The Father of Ruby Rose’s titular Batwoman.
Kane is described as “a former military colonel with a chip on his shoulder for Batman, Jacob Kane now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows, and has made it his mission to protect his city better than the Dark Knight ever could. But it’s only a matter of time before his unwavering disdain for vigilantes puts him at odds with Gotham’s new caped crusader…who also happens to be his own daughter.”
The upcoming Batwoman pilot has found its arch-nemesis, it would seem. Deadline is reporting that Rachel Skarsten (Reign) is joining the Batwoman pilot as Alice, a Lewis Caroll-inspired villainess who may be closer to Batwoman than Kate Kane suspects. In the comics, Alice is Elizabeth Kane, Kate’s twin sister, though it’s unclear if that familial connection will remain in the show.
According to the report from Deadline, Alice will serve as Batwoman’s Joker, being “the leader of her own Lewis Carroll–inspired Wonderland Gang,” as well as being described as “swinging unpredictably between maniacal and charming.”
After her introduction in the Elseworlds crossover between The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl on The CW, the pilot for Batwoman has started its casting process with the first big reveals for the series that give us a great idea of what to expect. Joining Ruby Rose as Kate Kane will be Meagan Tandy (Teen Wolf), Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage) and Nicole Kang (You).
Meagan Tandy is set to play Sophie Moore, one of Kate’s first loves in the comics, she is described as “a high-level private security agent and one of Gotham’s staunchest protectors. Despite her bite and regimented outlook, Sophie has a soft side, illuminated by Kate Kane’s return.”
Camrus Johnson, meanwhile, has been cast as Luke Fox, the son of Batman ally Lucius Fox that suits-up as Batwing in the comics. Luke “considers himself the guardian of all things Batman — specifically his symbol — he also recognizes the city’s need for a new hero.”
Lastly, Nicole Kang will portray Kate’s step sister Mary Hamilton. “Excitable, talkative, and an influencer-in-the-making, what Mary lacks in a filter she makes up for with her compassion for Gotham’s underserved communities, proving she has more in common with Kate than she thinks.”
One of the most iconic event series in the history of comic books is officially headed to The CW next year, as the finale of the Elseworlds Arrow-verse crossover concluded with a tease for Crisis on Infinite Earths. In the comics, Crisis on Infinite Earths, written by Marv Wolfman and published in 1985, features a villain known as the Anti-Monitor battling the likes of Superman, Supergirl, and Flash, among others, in an attempt to destroy all life in the Multiverse, that ended when heroes and villains alike across multiple worlds banded together to stop the threat.
The kicker? The event ended with the deaths of Supergirl and The Flash, Barry Allen. The Crisis has been teased since the very first episode of The Flash, so seeing it finally come to fruition is immensely exciting.
Stephen Amell has released the official Elseworlds poster on his Twitter account for The CW’s three-night superhero crossover event. The poster reveals that destiny will be rewritten with Amell and The Flash actor Grant Gustin switching roles in the upcoming romp through the multiverse.
The crossover will start with The Flash on Sunday, December 9th continuing through Arrow on Monday, December 10th, before it all comes to an end in Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11th. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.
The first official image of Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2) as Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, from the upcoming Arrow crossover has leaked online, and it’s something to behold. The costume is incredible comic accurate, and seeing it in motion should be pretty fantastic.
The crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl begins shooting soon, with an early December air-date, and sets up Batwoman for her own solo series, which is expected to debut in 2019. Hit the jump to check out the image in full.
The cast for the upcoming annual Arrow crossover just keeps getting bigger, as we now know the villain of the piece. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeremy Davies (LOST) has signed on to play John Deegan, “a doctor at Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Gotham City, who might just be crazier than the inmates he treats.” This is most certainly a new take on John Dee, a.k.a. Doctor Destiny, famous for villainous turns in the JLA, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman.
What’s interesting is that this also confirms a Gotham City setting for a good chunk of the crossover as our heroes attempt to stop Doctor Destiny.
In what can only be called a coup for casting, Deadline is reporting that Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black, The Meg) has been cast as Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, for the upcoming Arrowverse crossover, as well as her own show produced by Greg Berlanti, and Caroline Dries.
Rose is an open member of the LGBTQ+ community, making her a perfect representative to the world of Arrow, as well as a great choice for the openly gay Kate Kane.
We know that The CW will be introducing Batwoman during this year’s annual Arrowverse crossover, but it’s now been confirmed that she’ll be getting her own solo series in 2019. Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) is penning the pilot, and she will be executive producing the series alongside DC veteran and production juggernaut, Greg Berlanti.
“Batwoman revolves around Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet: in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
That was a fantastic ending to a fantastic story, with the OMAC Arc coming to a massive conclusion, and setting up the future for so many characters. Batwoman no longer has the shadow of the Colony over her, but her Dad still remains. Red Robin and Spoiler are going on what sounds like a timeline hopping road trip adventure, and two of the greatest Batgirls are training together. Lastly, Clayface is alive! Holy crap, that’s amazing! Heartbreaking, but amazing. I can’t wait for the inevitable moment Cass and him see each other again. What a way to end a story… setting up so many more.
Hector Hammond is such a strange character. I see this going badly for the Green Lantern Corps with such a powerful telepath on the battlefield. But, that’s not even the craziest twist in this issue! Guy Gardner choosing to join the Darkstars. There’s something fishy going on there. It just seemed like such a throwaway moment for something that should have been huge. John Stewart proved himself ever the tactician, as well. Even showing a bit of arrogance in the face of Zod. That was pretty awesome for a character who hasn’t been given much time to shine since Rebirth began.
Scott Snyder has a knack for making you think that things are going well. That the heroes are coming back and could actually pull this off. But, out of nowhere, it’s all undone, and that hope is swatted down like a fly. I thought that the multiple leagues would save Colu, and Earth would be spared, but unfortunately that’s not how things went. Now, with one issue left, the Omega Titans are surrounding Earth, waiting for the Trees to fully bloom, and the planet to be absorbed by the victor.
Damn, what a start to the Flash War! Having the old, brave Iris who will do anything to protect her family back has already instilled a new energy into this book. The initial basis for this was really seeming like Wally acting more like a child than the seasoned veteran that he truly is, but they brought it back at the end with the prospect of saving Wally’s children, who were pretty great parts of the older DC Universe. I can just imagine a crossover with the Super Sons.
Just like that, The Silencer’s cover is blown to her son, and he’s absolutely going to think she is the coolest damn person in the world. As per usual, Deathstroke is playing all the angles in an attempt to end the war within Leviathan, but it would seem he may have placed his trust on the wrong side. We’ll have to see where it all ends up, but it’s sure to be brutal, with a lot of bullets.
That was a sad ending to a really fun story. The team has a name, and little by little they’re starting to work together more cohesively, and befriending each other in some pretty great ways. This team has real chemistry with each other from a character standpoint, so it’s pretty easy to see why they’re such great reads. I’ll say, though, after 4 issues of exposition, it’ll be nice to get into a good size arc with these fantastic characters. Especially Plastic Man.
That took a turn I wasn’t expecting. So, the armor was meant for Diana all along, that makes sense. Now, in a twist of fate, Wonder Woman is swept away by the Star Sapphires at the most inopportune moment, while Jason, who is clearly being groomed for greater things, is left to defeat the Dark Gods, on his own. It would seem the Fates knew much more than they let on with Jason.
Arrow star, Stephen Amell, confirmed in a press conference today that The CW is taking the next step forward with its “Arrowverse” and introducing Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, to the universe, as well as her home city, Gotham City. Kate Kane was re-introduced to the DC Universe in the New 52, and has gone on to become one of the leading LGBTQ characters in all of comics.
We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be doing another crossover event this fall on the CW, and we’ll be introducing a new character. For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific. The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it.
This was a beautiful end to a beautiful story arc. This is honestly one of the best ways to a story like this ending that I have ever seen. The thought that Thanos is so strong-willed and powerful that just the thought of never becoming his future self erases his self from existence. It was instantaneous… no drama, no waiting with baited breath. It was quick, and a solid ending for an fantastic story.
THAT. WAS. AWESOME. Call me gullible, but never in a million years would I have expected Ulysses Armstrong to take control of a newly created Brother Eye, and recreate OMAC. That was such an incredible reveal for the Rebirth introduction of OMAC. That absolutely blew my mind. I knew this story was going in some pretty great places, but the Colony is being destroyed from the inside before it even had a chance to get going, and that’s pretty great.
The return of the Darkstars! It’s been quite a while since the Darkstars were able to make an impact on the Green Lantern Corps, but their build-up, between this book and even the ending pages of Metal, has made them already a formible and intimidating enemy. The story of Tomar-Tu almost seems to have been tailor-made for this, as well… like this is what they’ve been working towards with him from the beginning of Rebirth.
Thus far, Sideways is the weakest of the New Age of Heroes books, with his story taking longer than the others to really kick into gear. On top of that, he also feels the most distant from the rest of the DC Universe, with all of his supporting cast being new to the world. Hopefully things change in the next issue or so, and it starts to ramp up a bit more.
A lot of good loose ends tied up here at the end of this arc, and the splash page with the entire Flash family running together legitimately gave me goosebumps. It’s build-up and satisfying moments like that, that make comic books worth it with these larger than life characters. Now, we’re inching closer to Flash War, and I can’t wait.
It’s been such a mystery to what end Darkseid has been trying to hard to reach Themyscira, but it was a bit of a let-down that his entire goal was to turn the Amazons into Parademons. It’s entirely possible there’s more to his plan here, but so far this isn’t quite what I expected. At least the fight between Diana and Darkseid was brutal as hell. That was perfect.
That was the absolute best way to reintroduce newer readers to General Sam Lane and his tensions with Superman, while also creating a new arc involving Hank Henshaw and the inevitability of the corruption of Superman’s Kryptonian technology. I’m not sure where that story is going, but it’s sure to blow up in Superman’s face in some crazy way.
There are so many moving pieces to the story taking place in Detective Comics right now, but like a game of chess, each piece is vital to the endgame, and it’s looking to be a great story. Batwoman and the Colony, the fall of the Knights Program and Batman’s unraveling trust, Tim’s interactions with Ulysses Armstrong. These are all leading to something bigger, and better, and it will be fun to see where it leads.
The thought of Zod and his family playing possum against the Green Lantern Corps, and then just absolutely laying waste to an entire squad of Lanterns is insane. That was one of the most brutal beatdowns I have ever seen a Green Lantern endure, and seeing Zod and Hal Jordan fight each other at full strength is going to be quite the sight.
That was easily the most somber and straightforward issue of Mister Miracle, and it was a joy to read. I’m honestly hoping that this is all, in some way, canon, and Jacob being a New God becomes a thing that affects other books in some way. The back-story for Barda and Scott was nice, and the way they named their son was fitting, given their history together. Definitely a beautiful read.
This is easily one of the best stories Flash has had since Rebirth started. Grodd is a believable villain with a great plan, full of twists and turns. Each time we think the Flash Family might have gained the upper hand, it was still always part of his plan. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this arc, because it’s sure to be a good one.
The new, more powerful, Jason is definitely an intriguing player in all of this. Given the hint of the Greek Pantheon from the past, it’s probably going to be the Old Gods that gave Jason his newfound abilities and golden armor, but it’s still too hard to tell at this point. The biggest takeaway from here? Darkseid is getting desperate, and invading A.R.G.U.S. headquarters seems like a hell of a risky thing to do.
Now that is how you introduce a kick-ass multiverse-trekking story. Such an interesting plot, with one of the most insane multiversal twists I have ever seen. Doom becoming Galactus and swallowing the entire universe?! That is anime level crazy, and I absolutely love it. It’s stories like this that make me miss the Fantastic Four.
As with every story he’s in, Booster Gold doesn’t get the glory of saving the day in the end. I’m glad to see this story finally over, but it laid the groundwork for a lot of good stuff in the future, particularly the re-introduction of General Sam Lane after years away from the fold.
The personal trial of Batwoman that brought together the Bat-family was pretty tense, with each member making their own points, and all making sense. However, Barbara once again shows that she’s the most human of all of them, being the only one to put together Bruce’s personal connection with Kate Kane. The big takeaway here, of course, is Batwoman’s decision to join the Colony. One that Batman had been trying to keep from happening…
The final issue of the Milk Wars crossover was just as weird as everything else, but it managed to pull everything together in an actually comprehensible way. Most impressive for a story that was so all over the place, with such drastically different ways of telling a story that is only half-told. We never received all the pieces until the end, but it all made such incredible sense, even though it really shouldn’t have. Nicely done.
When the Green Lanterns go in, rings blazing, it makes for a hell of a good read. Kyle Rayner being infected with Hal’s willpower was pretty amusing, and John’s plan to go to the Guardians while the others do what’s necessary was pretty well thought out.
An interesting twist as the end of the last issue, Barry seemed freed of his powers, like shackles being taken off his wrists. But now, he seems desperate, as if he has to get them back at any cost. Freeing Godspeed seemed like a solid strategy, in my opinion, and the small moments with Wally West being a hero in Central City were charming, and gave me goosebumps.
This is still a great throwback to the 90’s and early 2000’s, with the huge rush of assassin-themed characters that kick too much ass. Once again, Romita Jr.’s artwork pushes this well beyond the scope of what it even would be, and the interaction of certain DC characters in this more grounded world just works really well. It’s definitely something I’d like to explore more of.
The Terrifics has already positioned itself as being, inevitably, one of my favorite new books. Plastic Man is top three in my favorites, and Mr. Terrific is up there, as well. Couple those great characters with a cosmic, universe-saving plot involving some retro-style storytelling and you have a damn good read ahead of you. God, I love Plastic Man.
This was the most exposition heavy issue of Wonder Woman in actual years, as Diana and Steve spend the majority of time catching us up with what’s been happening throughout the last several arcs, as well as reminding us of characters we may have forgotten. But, it leaves us with two major questions: Where has Themyscira gone, if no longer on Earth? And, where the hell did Jason go, now that he’s got a costume, and clearly much more confidence?