True Detective Pikachu Crossover Video Is Terrifying Nightmare Fuel

A new fan made video creates a crossover between Detective Pikachu and True Detective, and it is pure nightmare fuel. Detective Pikachu will be the first ever live-action Pokémon movie, featuring the fan favorite electric pocket monster. True Detective, on the other hand, is the hit HBO series that stands as an anthology crime drama.

Each season of True Detective focuses on a different story and a different set of characters, but when the show premiered in 2014, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were the leads chosen for the show. Detective Pikachu also has a big star attached to the project, with Ryan Reynolds voicing Pikachu. As mentioned above, Detective Pikachu will be a live-action movie, but also feature CGI Pokémon characters. Longtime fans of Pokémon seem to be pretty happy with look of the CGI characters in Detective Pikachu, but this fan made video went in a different, terrifying route.

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Sam & Bill Comedy posted their video to YouTube which mashes together the storyline from True Detective season 1 with characters from the Pokémon universe. In the video, Pikachu is supposed to be McConaughey’s character Rust Cohle, while Ash Ketchum takes the spot of Harrelson’s Marty Hart. The video features multiple Pokémon characters like Team Rocket’s James, Misty, and Officer Jenny, while also including a handful of Pokémon like Wartortle, Vulpix, and Meowth. The Pokémon references don’t stop there either, with the trailer ending on the iconic line, “We gotta catch ’em all“. The full video can be seen below.

While the characters are only from the Pokémon universe, the video is still pulling elements from True Detective as well. For starters, Tommy Kang, who plays Pikachu, has a very realistic McConaughey impression. Also, the way the video is put together is made to resemble the cinematography and visual effects of True Detective. The video even ends with credits that closely resemble the style of True Detective’s intro.

Many YouTubers who make trailer mashups usually just combine audio and video from two different movies, much like somebody did with that Detective Deadpool parody trailer. These guys, however, went above and beyond to create a short video for their production company, Bad Duck Media. The makeup for the Pokémon characters really is terrifying, but that was probably part of the video’s humor. This mashup is no doubt a clever idea, but if nothing else, it will keep fans amused while they wait for Detective Pikachu to be released.

More: Detective Pikachu ‘Screen Tests’ Feature More Pokémon, Tickets On Sale

Source: Sam & Bill Comedy

2019-04-20 07:04:28

Christopher Fiduccia

Elmo Brings Respect To Westeros In Game of Thrones & Sesame Street Crossover

The iconic Muppet character Elmo resolves the House Lannister feud in a new Game of Thrones and Sesame Street crossover video. Currently voiced by Ryan Dillon, Elmo debuted in 1972 as “Baby Monster.” On HBO’s Game of Thrones, Lena Headey portrays the villainous Cersei Lannister, a character who is known for her turbulent relationships with brothers Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).

Various families rely on tradition and violence to survive in Game of Thrones, with the main players forming alliances to ensure long-term control. In the eighth and final season, which premiered April 14, the Game of Thrones characters are currently preparing for the Great War – a battle between the living and the dead. In the north at Winterfell, Tyrion Lannister has joined forces with House Stark’s Jon Snow, and serves as Hand of the Queen to the “Mother of Dragons,” Daenerys Targaryen. In the south at King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister plots against her human enemies, despite previously vowing allegiance to them during the Great War. Meanwhile, Jaime Lannister has arrived in Winterfell to lend assistance during the upcoming Battle of Winterfell, though he receives quite a surprise upon spotting a character from his past, Bran Stark.

Related: Game Of Thrones’ Final Season Will Be Funny (& That’s Good)

On YouTube, Sesame Street released a video entitled “Sesame Street: Respect is Coming.” Early on, Tyrion speaks to his sister Cersei and declares “you can’t ignore me forever.” In response, Cersei refuses to make eye contact, while Tyrion states that he only wants “what’s best for Westeros.” After the usual awkward banter between the Lannister siblings, the one and only Elmo emerges from underneath the table, in full Game of Thrones regalia. Elmo then proceeds to deliver a moving monologue about respect and efficient communication, all the while confusing the siblings with a reference to Cookie Monster. Ultimately, Elmo convinces the siblings to “learn and listen,” and then becomes giddy upon Tyrion’s toast offering to a “new red friend.” The clip concludes with the message “Respect brings us together,” and Sesame Street also uses the hashtag #RespectIsComing. Watch the Elmo-Lannister meeting below.

For Game of Thrones, the Elmo crossover aligns with the HBO series’ new comedic approach. In the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere, the episode includes more jokes than usual, including a cryptic encounter between series protagonist Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon named Drogon. To begin, the episode features Tyrion Lannister making a crude joke about the genitalia of Varys, a manipulative character who was castrated as a child. As the season progresses, however, the Game of Thrones’ comedy will surely take a backseat to pure action, as the upcoming Battle of Winterfell will reportedly feature the longest battle scene in the history of television and film.

More: Game Of Thrones Season 8 Reveals New Meaning Of “A Song Of Ice & Fire”

Game of Thrones season 8 airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

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2019-04-18 01:04:56

Q.V. Hough

SNL Sketch Creates Fake Game of Thrones Crossover Shows

NBC’s Saturday Night Live airs a sketch with some suggestions for new Game of Thrones spinoff shows. For the comedy series’ latest episode, Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington served as host and, of course, appears as his iconic TV character, Jon Snow in the sketch.

On the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, various families rely on tradition and violence to survive, with the main players forming alliances to ensure long-term control. Over the past seven seasons, Game of Thrones has woven together many different subplots to not only build character arcs, but also to establish context for the Great War – a battle between the living and the dead. Just days before the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere, Harington hosted Saturday Night Live and appeared in numerous Games of Thrones-themed promos for the episode, including one in which cast member Leslie Jones acts out her Westeros fantasies. 

Related: Adam Sandler Will Return to Host Saturday Night Live in May

During the latest Saturday Night Live season 44 episode, the show aired a sketch about fake Game of Thrones spinoff shows. In the first, Harington portrays Jon Snow in “Castle Black,” a show described as “a sexy, moody drama about forbidden love.” The clips shows Jon Snow being confronted by his love interest, a White Walker who ultimately exposes her skeletal chest and says “come take it.” The sketch also features an Arya Stark-themed crossover in the style of MTV’s Daria in which Jon Snow’s half-sister is an “angsty assassin in cartoon form.” Another sketch features the Game of Thrones characters Sam and Gilly in The Queen of Kings Landing, while Saturday Night Live also teases “a game of crossovers” that includes Cersei and the CityNo Ballers, and The Marvelous Mrs. Melisandre. The clip continues on with even more fictional crossovers, including one that features Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T. Watch the full clip below:

Game of Thrones will officially end on May 19, but a prequel series has long been in the works. Entitled The Long Night, the series spinoff will reportedly begin filming this summer, and will explore ancient Game of Thrones history, with Naomi Watts thought to be portraying the first Lannister. In the lead role, The Long Night cast Josh Whitehouse, and veteran actress Miranda Richardson joined the pilot cast last month. Both Watts and Richardson are Oscar-nominated actresses. 

Saturday Night Live’s Game of Thrones sketch shows just how popular the characters have become. In addition, the clip teases what could be, as the television franchise influenced pop culture like no other during the past decade. The inclusion of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is also telling, as that particular series was recently renewed for a record-breaking 21st season. In the future, maybe current Game of Thrones characters will re-emerge on television. For now, though, fans can still enjoy the wholly unique experience of watching new Game of Thrones episodes for at least one more season. 

More: The Long Night: 10 Things We Can Expect To See In The Game Of Thrones Prequel

Source: Saturday Night Live

2019-04-07 01:04:13

Q.V. Hough

Walking Dead Actor Heading to Fear The Walking Dead For Crossover

Austin Amelio as Dwight in The Walking Dead

Austin Amelio’s Dwight will be the next character from The Walking Dead to make the jump to its companion series, Fear the Walking Dead. Dwight was last seen in the season 8 finale of The Walking Dead.

A potential crossover between the two AMC shows has been a highly discussed topic for years, and one that finally became a reality when it was announced that a Walking Dead character would join the zombie spinoff in its fourth season. That character was eventually confirmed to be Morgan (Lennie James), who ended up becoming an integral part of the show in the absence of Madison (Kim Dickens) and Nick (Frank Dillane). The addition of Morgan to the main cast has helped transform the series by infusing it with a whole new direction. Lennie James even received first billing in the back half of season 4. Morgan apparently won’t be the only character to make the transition from The Walking Dead to Fear, though.

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Comic Book reports that Austin Amelio will reprise his role of Dwight in season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead. According to Comic Book, the plan to bring Dwight to the series has been in the works for a while. It’s unclear if Amelio will serve as a guest star, a recurring character, or a member of the main cast.

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If Fear the Walking Dead’s handling of Morgan is any indication, Dwight could stick around for quite some time and may have an important role to play as the show continues to rebuild its cast in season 5. Season 4 featured the deaths of several key characters, with the last few episodes introducing a few new faces to join Morgan’s group.

Of all the characters from The Walking Dead who could have joined the series, Dwight perhaps makes the most sense. The time jumps in season 9 amount to a gap of more than seven years between the two shows, so the addition of any season 9 character to Fear the Walking Dead would be problematic or even impossible. With this in mind, a second crossover character would need to be someone who wouldn’t add to the timeline confusion, and Dwight could fit perfectly, especially since there’s no reason for him to ever return to Alexandria. Following the war with the Saviors, Daryl told Dwight never to come back, and it appears that Dwight did indeed move on. It remains to be seen what will cause him to cross paths with Morgan and his group, or if his past association with the Saviors will be a problem when he meets Morgan in season 5.

More: Walking Dead Teaser Reveals New Look At The Whisperers’ Leader Alpha

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2019-01-03 01:01:35

Big Bang Theory’s Young Sheldon Crossover Resolves Its Biggest Continuity Issue

The Big Bang Theory‘s crossover episode with Young Sheldon conveniently resolves the shows’ continuity problem regarding Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons/Iain Armitage) father, George Cooper Sr.. Unlike the rest of the family, the Cooper patriarch, played by Lance Barber, has only been described in the long-running sitcom for years, since he’s already dead. This gave fans an idea of what Sheldon’s father was like, but since the debut of the prequel offshoot last year, viewers have seen more of George Sr. and learned how he really was with his wife and kids.

Despite their shared universe, a significant portion of the loyal The Big Bang Theory fandom doesn’t like Young Sheldon, and one of the main reasons is that the offshoot is supposedly rewriting the canon established in its parent series. For the most part, they have a point; Sheldon’s family members are very different in the prequel compared to when they appeared in the main show. It’s difficult to come to terms that Laurie Metcalf’s Mary Cooper is the same person (only younger) as Zoe Perry’s. The same can be said with June Squibb’s and Annie Potts’ Meemaw. This issue, however, is the most apparent when it comes to Sheldon’s father.

Related: Big Bang Theory Showrunner Confirms Only One Young Sheldon Crossover

However, it didn’t take long before fans noticed how radically Sheldon’s descriptions of his dad differed to how he was in Young Sheldon. Despite his flaws, George Sr. wasn’t all that bad. He had a loving relationship with Missy (Raegen Revord) and even gave Sheldon valuable life-lessons. He straightened out Georgie (Montana Jordan) when he was wrong, and was quite affectionate towards Mary from time to time. He also made some major sacrifices for his family, including passing up on his dream job to coach the football team of a bigger college because he didn’t want to uproot his family and move them to Tulsa. So where did the disconnect come from?

In a single episode in The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon crossover special, this continuity issue was finally resolved. In “The VCR Illumination,” Sheldon got an unexpected pep talk from his dad after losing all hope on his failed Super Asymmetry paper. As he and Amy (Mayim Bialik) discussed George Sr., they realized that things can be “observer-relative,” meaning that things look different from various perspectives – the same principle they now follow as they continue their study despite an old Russian paper debunking the theory. All this time, fans had only been getting Sheldon’s perception of his dad, which has been clouded by his personal bad memories. Seeing the video reminded Sheldon that George Sr. had a good side as well.

The Big Bang Theory did something similar with Georgie, who was on non-speaking terms with his brother when Sheldon was forced to reach out and invite him to his wedding late last season. During their emotional confrontation, Sheldon was faced with the reality that he was wrong about the eldest Cooper sibling, as Georgie detailed how he carried the burden of being the man of the house when their father died, while Sheldon had nothing to worry about but his academics.

More: When The Big Bang Theory Season 12 Returns 2019

The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon air Thursday nights on CBS.

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2018-12-09 01:12:58

Arrowverse: Elseworlds Crossover Schedule

Here’s the schedule for Elseworlds, this year’s Arrowverse crossover, and how you can watch all three episodes. The CW’s annual crossover is the biggest event on their superhero universe’s calendar – but Elseworlds is no ordinary crossover. It also introduces Batwoman (Ruby Rose), the Arrowverse’s newest superhero, and will open the door to a Batwoman solo series set in Gotham City.

Each crossover has grown in scale as the Arrowverse has evolved; 2016’s Invasion! and 2017’s Crisis on Earth-X spanned all four Arrowverse series where they fought aliens and other-dimensional Nazis, respectively. For 2018’s Elseworlds, the crossover is slightly scaled back, at least in the number of series participating. Elseworlds will span The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl only; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will be sitting this event out.

Related: Why Legends of Tomorrow Aren’t In The Elseworlds Crossover

However, that doesn’t mean Elseworlds will be any less epic. The superheroes will assemble to battle a threat to multiple Earths by the villainous Arkham Asylum doctor John Deegan (Jeremy Davies) and a powerful being called the Monitor (LaMonica Garrett). This will not only require Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), The Flash (Grant Gustin), and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) to join forces, but will also guest star Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), introduce Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), an evil Black Suit Superman, and John Wesley Shipp reprising his role as the Flash from his 1990 CBS series. Plus there are expected to be other Easter eggs and surprises for DC fans.

Just as Barry Allen and Oliver Queen are switching bodies in Elseworlds, with Amell playing the Flash and Gustin playing Green Arrow, two of the series are also switching timeslots. The Flash is kicking off the event by temporarily moving into Supergirl‘s Sunday night timeslot and Supergirl moves to The Flash‘s Tuesday night berth to close out the crossover. With that in mind, here’s the complete Elseworlds‘ schedule and The CW’s synopses:

Sunday, Dec. 9th @8pm: The Flash Season 5, Episode 9: Elseworlds, Part 1

This episode will mark the second time Barry Allen has traveled to Supergirl’s Earth-38, but it will be a first for Oliver Queen. Meeting Superman and Lois Lane will also be a first for both Green Arrow and The Flash. A cool Easter egg to look out for: the Kent Farm is the same one from Smallville.

When Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Oliver Queen (guest star Stephen Amell) wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other, the two set off to find out what disturbed the timeline to cause such a shift.  However, things quickly go from bad to worse when they present their case to Team Flash and the gang doesn’t believe them. Barry and Oliver realize they need Supergirl’s (guest star Melissa Benoist) help and travel to Smallville on Earth-38 where they end up meeting Kara’s cousin, Clark Kent (guest star Tyler Hoechlin), and intrepid reporter, Lois Lane (guest star Elizabeth Tulloch).  LaMonica Garrett guest stars as The Monitor.

Monday, Dec. 10th @8pm: Arrow Season 7, Episode 9: Elseworlds, Part 2

This is the episode that introduces Batwoman and Gotham City. It should also answer some burning questions fans have about where Batman is in the Arrowverse.

With Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Barry (guest star Grant Gustin) still stuck in the other’s bodies, the two get a lead on John Deegan (guest star Jeremy Davies) and head to Gotham City with Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist) to figure out why their reality has changed.  While there, they meet the mysterious Kate Kane (guest star Ruby Rose) who provides them with information that leads the group to Arkham Asylum.

Tuesday, Dec. 11th @8pm: Supergirl Season 4, Episode 9: Elseworlds, Part 3

Supergirl closes out Elseworlds and is expected to feature a battle against the evil Black Suit Superman. The final chapter could also contain some huge surprises that will affect the Arrowverse going forward.

Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin), Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell) and Superman (guest star Tyler Hoechlin) engage in the battle of their lives.

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2018-12-08 09:12:30

Big Bang Theory Showrunner Confirms Only One Young Sheldon Crossover

Executive producer Steve Holland confirms that there will only be one crossover of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon. In its 12th and final season, the long-running CBS sitcom is pulling out all the stops to satisfy its loyal following before it permanently goes off the air this May. That includes a non-traditional crossover special with its prequel spinoff following the early years of young boy wonder Sheldon.

Admittedly, a majority of The Big Bang Theory fans weren’t exactly thrilled when the Young Sheldon crossover episode was announced. There’s a clear divide between those who watch the prequel spinoff and the main series, as many loyal viewers of the latter feel that the former is changing much of what’s been established over the years when it comes to Sheldon’s family. One of the most glaring difference has to do with George Sr. (Lance Barber), who was mostly described by his son as a no-good patriarch. However, Young Sheldon has been doing a good job in humanizing George Sr., which creates some continuity issues. Luckily, though, fans of The Big Bang Theory don’t have to worry about devoting another of the sitcom’s remaining outings to a Young Sheldon-centric episode as there won’t be any more collaborations between the two CBS sitcoms.

Related: 9 Character Exits That Hurt The Big Bang Theory (And 11 That Need To Go)

Speaking with USA Today in light of the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory, which featured Young Sheldon characters like Iain Armitage (young Sheldon), Montana Jordan (young Georgie) and Barber, Holland shared that there likely won’t be any more crossovers between the shows moving forward.  Emphasizing the need to allocate more time to The Big Bang Theory’s key players given that it’s their final season, he said:

“We don’t just want to make it a parade of grown-up guest stars from ‘Young Sheldon.’ We really want to focus on this show and these characters.”

Now that its crossover episode with Young Sheldon is over and done with, there are only 14 more episodes left for The Big Bang Theory before it officially wraps up its 12-season run. And, luckily, it seems as though Holland and his team are ensuring that every key character from the long-running sitcom gets the focus they deserve. Aside from Sheldon and Amy’s main storyline, there are several unresolved plot points involving other members of the gang, like the dilemma between Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley  Cuoco) having a kid; Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and Anu’s (Rati Gupta) upcoming wedding; and the mystery of Howard’s (Simon Helberg) dad. Of course, viewers will also want to see the apartment’s elevator finally get fixed.

Fans will have to wait for a while, however, before a brand new episode of The Big Bang Theory rolls out. The sitcom has officially entered its winter break and will have no new content until next year. CBS has yet to announce a specific return date, but it is expected to go back on its regular programming schedule sometime in January.

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The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon air Thursday nights at 8:00pm and 8:30pm EST, respectively, on CBS.

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2018-12-06 10:12:43

Stephen Amell Teases Huge Smallville Reference In Elseworlds Crossover

Arrow star Stephen Amell is teasing a major Smallville reference in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover “Elseworlds”, which will unite Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Superman. The three-night event will be comprised of The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, but will exclude Legends of Tomorrow. The story will entail Barry and Oliver swapping bodies with each other due to a unexplained shift in reality that the two will have to investigate. The crossover will also see the introduction of Gotham City and Ruby Rose as Batwoman along with the Arrowverse debut of Lois Lane, played by Elizabeth Tulloch.

Long before the Arrowverse ever existed, there was Smallville, a TV series centered on a young Clark Kent as he goes through high school, learns how to use his powers, saves the world, and fights alongside other superheroes, like the Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Hawkman. The CW series lasted for 10 seasons and ended with Clark Kent donning the iconic suit and becoming Superman.

Related: Predicting the Arrowverse Elseworlds Crossover Villain

A recent photo of Stephen Amell with Smallville stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum caused speculation that the two would be reprising their roles as Clark Kent and Lex Luthor respectively in “Elseworlds”. Amell has since debunked this theory in a Facebook video by explaining that the two are actually collaborating with Amell for his Nocking Point wine business. However, Amell goes on to tease that one particular moment in the crossover will drop a huge reference to the Superman prequel series. Amell also notes that the scene in question may not make it into the final cut.

It is not a Smallville reunion, although I think it becomes pretty clear in the promos for the crossover that there are Smallville elements, at least, in terms of location. And if you’re a fan of Smallville, and I have no idea if they’re going to keep this in the final cut, but there’s a treat for you in there. … Full disclosure, I’ve never seen an episode of Smallville before. Sorry! I wasn’t that into comic book TV shows when I was growing up. I’ve since seen a couple, for very obvious reasons. But as someone who wasn’t a diehard fan of Smallville, this moment in the crossover made me jump out of my seat. If you’re a fan of Smallville, you may want to put down rubber sheets or something like that, because, quite frankly, you might piss your pants.

One possible place for a Smallville reference will come in the first hour of the crossover. According to the episode synopsis, Barry and Oliver will travel to Earth-38’s version of Smallville to meet Supergirl and Superman. The scenes in Smallville could include a prop or location from the original show, such as the “Welcome to Smallville” sign or the Kent Farm. Another possibility is that multiple realities will be visited in “Elseworlds”, and that one of these realities is the world of Smallville.

Fans of the series have long-requested some sort of acknowledgement of Smallville in the Arrowverse. The introduction of a multiverse in The Flash opened the door for Smallville to exist as one of the Arrowverse’s many alternate timelines. Apparently, The Flash TV series from the 1990s will somehow be incorporated, since the show’s star, John Wesley Shipp, will be suiting up in his Flash costume in the event. This adds even more fuel to the theory that “Elseworlds” will finally be able to give Smallville fans what they want from the Arrowverse.

More: Arrowverse May Be Teasing The Joker In Elseworlds Crossover

“Elseworlds” kicks off with The Flash on Sunday, December 9, and continues with Arrow on Monday, December 10, and Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11, on The CW.

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Wonder Woman Does The Unthinkable To Save DC’s Magic

Warning: SPOILERS For Wonder Woman #56

The latest chapter of The Witching Hour crossover has seen Wonder Woman and her allies in Justice League Dark joining forces with her most powerful enemy – the sorceress Circe. Given Circe’s long-standing grudge against the Amazons and Diana, it would take extraordinary circumstances for her to put aside her legendary spite for a common goal.  Of course with magic itself dying in DC’s Universe, describing the current circumstances as “extraordinary” is putting things lightly.

Based on the character from Greek mythology, the DC Comics version of Circe first appeared in Wonder Woman #37 in 1949. The precise reasons for Circe’s hatred of The Amazons and Wonder Woman have changed several times over the years, but the most common reasons are that The Amazons were responsible for imprisoning Circe for her crimes against humanity and that a prophecy predicted that Circe’s doom would be brought about by the Amazon princess. Though she first appeared during the Golden Age of Comics, it was not until George Perez’s revamp of Wonder Woman in 1987 that Circe was redeveloped into a major player in Princess Diana’s Rogues’ Gallery. It is a position of dishonor she has held ever since.

Related: Wonder Woman Unlocks New Powers of Witchcraft

The first chapter of The Witching Hour revealed that Wonder Woman was a conduit for hereto unknown magic powers – the result of her having been branded as a child by followers of Hectate, the Ancient Greek goddess of Magic. With Zatanna having discovered the meaning of the magical brand, Justice League Dark was able to start seeking answers as to what was happening to Wonder Woman and why.

This led them to Aeaea – the island home of Circe, according to The Odyssey. It was hoped that Circe, who drew her powers from a connection to Hectate, might know something of what was going on and be willing to bargain for that knowledge.

Though she was hostile at first, Circe was mollified the moment she saw what she called “the witchmark” on Diana’s forehead. Circe went on to explain the history of Hectate and how she was truly a power far older than the Olympian gods. The first wizards tried to tap Hectate’s power for their own uses unsuccessfully, caging a far more evil source of power that would come to slowly infect the world, and Hectate herself, with darkness.

This led Hectate to take the majority of her power and split it among five mortal vessels, The Witchmarked, who would hold Hectate’s pure and unsullied essence until a time when the magic of the rising darkness had begun to fade. Then Hectate would reclaim her power to defeat it, once and for all. As each of The Witchmarked died, the followers of Hectate would find another woman to hold Hectate’s power, passing her energy down from generation to generation.

The problem, Circe reveals, is that the passing years have corrupted Hectate’s mind and she is now a being born of spite and hatred rather than love and light and it was that desire for revenge that made Circe into a perfect avatar for Hectate’s power. The practical upshot is that while Hectate may be capable of fighting the rising darkness, she will forever destroy magic as it is known on Earth, with no magical power but her’s existing. This leaves Justice League Dark with few good options, as Wonder Woman seems doomed to die no matter what and the best option involves all magic being under the control of a single vengeful goddess. Of course all this assumes that Circe is telling the truth and this isn’t part of her own plan for revenge on Diana.

Wonder Woman #56 is now available from DC Comics.

More: Say Goodbye To Magic in DC’s Comic Universe

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2018-10-11 01:10:54 – Matt Morrison

The Flash Premiere Had The Arrowverse’s First Batwoman Easter Egg

The fifth season premiere of The Flash surprised fans by making the first official reference to the existence of Batwoman, months ahead of her first scheduled appearance during the annual Arrowverse crossover event this winter. The episode also dropped a number of references to the classic comic book mini-series Crisis On Infinite Earths, which has been hinted as an eventual occurrence in the future of the Arrowverse.

Batwoman’s arrival in the Arrowverse was first announced shortly before San Diego Comic Con 2018, when the news broke that The CW was considering developing a television series based around Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne who unintentionally followed in his footsteps when she became a vigilante. It was later confirmed that not only was The CW developing the series, but they intended to introduce Kate Kane as part of Elseworlds – the next annual Arrowverse crossover event. Ruby Rose, of Orange Is The New Black fame, was ultimately cast in the role of Kate Kane.

Related: First Look At Ruby Rose In Costume As Batwoman In Arrowverse Crossover

The nod to Batwoman came near the end of the third segment of “Nora.” The action of the episode centered around Nora West-Allen, the future daughter of Barry Allen and Iris West-Allen, accidentally traveling back in time to before she was born and meeting her parents shortly after they got married. Barry quickly realized something was up when Nora seemed more concerned about spending time with him than doing the same with Iris and asked Nora, point blank, if that had anything to do his disappearance during a crisis in 2024, which he had read about in a future newspaper. Nora responded by showing Barry a newspaper from her time – the year 2049 – and confirming that he never returned home and that she grew up without a father.

Published 25 years to the day after the original article from the future, which was first seen in the first episode of The Flash, the 2049 article discusses the same crisis, but with a bit more detail. The 2024 article mentioned The Flash disappearing while fighting alongside Green Arrow, The Atom, and Hawkgirl. The 2049 article lists a larger number of heroes being involved in the battle, including Batwoman. The article says:

“But in the years following the crisis, accounts only grew more contradictory. Some eyewitnesses remember dozens of other heroes present, including Green Arrow, Batwoman, and Elongated Man. Others remember heroes thought lost in time, like The Atom, or from other worlds, like Supergirl. Some even contend they saw Reverse-Flash leading an army of ‘shadow demons’.”

It is interesting to note that Batwoman is mentioned in the same sentence as Green Arrow and Elongated Man – two heroes who frequently fight alongside The Flash on Earth-One. Until now, it had not been confirmed what Earth in the Arrowverse Kate Kane would be based on, though most assumed she would be from Earth 38 – the same Earth as Supergirl – as that would make it easier for the two to team-up in the future, in the same way that Batman and Superman frequently join forces in the comics. The wording of the article would suggest, however, that Kate Kane will be from Earth-One.

The mention of Reverse-Flash leading an army of shadow demons is another point of interest, given that shadow demons were the main mooks of The Anti-Monitor – the villain of the Crisis On Infinite Earths mini-series, where The Flash seemingly died saving the multiverse. The article also makes mention of The Psycho Pirate – another super-villain who had a major role in the events of The Crisis. It has long been suspected that the Arrowverse would eventually reenact Crisis On Infinite Earths in live-action and this latest bit of news about Batwoman from The Flash premiere seems to make that probability all the more certain.

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2018-10-10 07:10:43 – Matt Morrison