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Tom Welling Turned Down Superman Return on CW Supergirl

The CW’s Supergirl could have featured the return of Smallville star Tom Welling as Clark Kent aka. Superman as he confirms he turned down the role. Supergirl season 2 saw a number of changes for the small-screen Girl of Steel as the series moved from its original home of CBS to The CW. To kick off the show’s new home in spectacular fashion, Supergirl finally introduced her superheroic cousin, Clark Kent aka. Superman. It was speculated whether Smallville’s own Superman, Tom Welling, would return for the role, but eventually Tyler Hoechlin was cast as Superman.

Hoechlin joining the Arrowverse as Supergirl’s Superman has been largely well-received by fans of The CW’s shared superhero universe, and the actor has returned a few times since the Supergirl season 2 premiere. Most recently, Hoechlin appeared in the 2018 Arrowverse crossover, Elseworlds. But even as Hoechlin has become another beloved small-screen take on the Man of Steel, DC fans have wanted to see Welling return in some capacity, even if it’s not as Superman. After all, the Arrowverse is set in a full multiverse of different worlds. However, it seems Welling may never appear as Superman in the Arrowverse since he’s already turned down a return.

Related: How The Arrowverse Can Make Smallville Canon

During a panel at the Armageddon Expo in New Zealand, Twitter user worldofmera (via CBR) revealed Welling confirmed he turned down being in Supergirl. It’s possible this was a joke or taken out of context by panel attendees, since something similar happened with Welling jokingly confirming he’ll be in Arrow season 8. But Welling confirming he turned down a role in Supergirl falls in line with what he’s previously said on the topic.

In 2017, Welling addressed why he wasn’t Superman on Supergirl, saying, “I would not want to watch me [suit up as Superman] at all.” The actor also said the shows are too different in tone for it to make sense that Supergirl is set in the same universe as Smallville. Certainly, he has a point, since setting Supergirl in the same universe as Smallville creates continuity errors – especially since Smallville introduced its own version of Kara.

That said, fans would no doubt have liked to see Welling return as Superman from another world in the multiverse, much like John Wesley Shipp reprising his own Flash TV role from the 90s for the Elseworlds crossover (following two other roles in the Arrowverse, first as Earth-1’s Henry Allen then Earth-3’s Jay Garrick). The Arrowverse has included a number of former DC TV actors across its many shows, like Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman stars Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher in Supergirl.

Fans and the Arrowverse creatives would no doubt like to see Welling appear in the TV franchise in some manner, but it seems the actor doesn’t have any intention of doing so. Fans may be disappointed, but Welling played Clark Kent on Smallville for 10 seasons – that’s a lot of time in one role and it’s understandable he’d want to continue moving forward with his career instead of looking back.

More: Supergirl Has Remade A Proper Team Luthor From Superman: The Movie

Supergirl season 4 airs Sundays at 8pm ET on The CW.

Source: worldofmera/Twitter (via CBR)



2019-04-15 09:04:39

Molly Freeman

The MBTI® Of Supergirl Characters

Supergirl, now in its fourth season, has a larger and more fascinating cast of characters than ever before. In addition to the title heroine and her loyal allies, Season Four has seen the introduction of new friends and frightening new foes. Each brings a unique set of goals, strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits to the table.

RELATED: Lex Luthor Is The Big Villain Of Supergirl Season 4 (& He’s Awesome)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a test that combines four pairs of traits in various ways to determine a person’s — or in this case, a character’s — personality type. This list will apply those traits to ten of Supergirl‘s most memorable characters. Which one are you most like?

10 SUPERGIRL – ENFP

Our eponymous hero loves the people of her adopted home planet. She shows that love both by protecting them with her life and interacting with them one on one as often as she can. Her idealism makes her more of an intuitive type; she sees a better future for the world and fights every day to get there.

Supergirl occasionally allows her temper to get the better of her — and her superhuman powers make her tantrums very dangerous things. She is always happier when things go according to plan, but as a superhero, it’s her job to be a quick thinker and solve problems as they come.

9 LEX LUTHOR – ENTP

Lex wants to be adored; a big part of his motivation is his unattainable desire to be more popular than Superman. He imagines a world where humanity turns to him for protection rather than some leotard-wearing yokel from Krypton. He has come up with some truly wild and creatives schemes to achieve that future.

Lex is the consummate planner, always ten steps ahead of those he views as adversaries. He even planted a mole at CatCo two seasons before he himself made his Supergirl debut. And yet he is also a master at improvising his way out of unexpected snafus.

8 LENA LUTHOR – INTP

More reserved than her infamous, headline-making family, Lena is all too aware of reality. She has spent most of her adult life trying to make up for the other Luthors’ evil deeds, both through scientific advancement and by turning LexCorp into a reputable business.

RELATED: The Myers-Briggs® Types Of Arrowverse Characters

Despite her devotion to doing the right thing, Lena is willing to bend a few rules if she thinks it will better humanity. This includes her science experiments, which she continues to pursue at the expense of her budding romance with James Olsen. Her scientist ability to detach herself from a situation came in handy then.

7 MARTIAN MANHUNTER – INTJ

Despite the name, Martian Manhunter (real name J’onn J’onzz) is more introspective than bloodthirsty. His main character arc in Season Four has focused on him trying to balance his desire for justice with his desire to carry on his father’s pacifistic legacy. He felt boxed in by expectations and determined to find his own path.

J’onn’s telepathy allows him to connect to others on a deeper level than most humans could ever dream of. He serves as a mentor to the Danvers sisters, lending them the benefit of his many years of experience. He always tries to see the best in others, even when they don’t deserve it.

6 ALEX DANVERS – ISFJ

Unlike her adopted sister, Alex saves the world in a much less flash manner. She is the head of the Department of Extranormal Operations. She is also more grounded than Supergirl, both literally and figuratively: when the sisters realized that the only way to protect Supergirl’s secret identity was to mindwipe Alex, she accepted the situation far more quickly than Supergirl did.

Alex will always stand by her values, even when that means fighting her superiors’ orders. However, she takes care to work within the rules more often than not. If she steps too far out of line, the president will appoint someone else to lead the DEO, someone who is perhaps less upstanding than Alex.

5 JAMES OLSEN – ENTJ

James Olsen runs CatCo, a huge media corporation kept afloat by its CEO’s ability to make quick decisions and to handle the stressful, fast-paced world of journalism. He is an expert at juggling multiple responsibilities, both civilian and superheroic, and encouraging his subordinates to do their best work.

James occasionally allows his feelings to overrule his better judgment, such as when he discouraged a reporter from investigating credible claims that his girlfriend’s company was up to something questionable. But his reporter’s integrity always wins out in the end. He always does the right thing, no matter how hard it is.

4 DREAMER – INFJ

Shy and secretive, Nia Nal initially did not want anyone to know of her superpowers at all. After much encouragement, she eventually gained the confidence to become a superhero, Dreamer. Nia has the ability to see the future through her dreams, which makes her intuitive in the literal sense of the word.

Nia is most definitely a people pleaser. At times, she seems almost desperate to avoid stepping on people’s toes and to make her coworkers like her. She is thoughtful, methodical and doesn’t like dealing with the unexpected. Fortunately, with her powers, things are rarely completely unexpected to Dreamer.

3 BRAINIAC 5 – ISTJ

Hailing from the 31st century, Brainiac 5 enjoys spending time with a few close friends but dislikes social events — he once resorted to hiding in a closet to escape a party. He is also very literal-minded and often employs mathematics to predict problems and find solutions.

RELATED: Supergirl Has Remade A Proper Team Luthor

He prizes logic above all else, which is at least part of the reason why he’s been thrown for such a loop by his feelings for Nia Nal. As one would expect from such an eminently logical being, Brainy does best when he has a detailed plan, especially one of his own, to work with.

2 EVE TESCHMACHER – ESTP

Eve’s bubbly, extroverted exterior is the perfect cover for her many secrets, most notably the fact that she has been working for Lex Luthor since day one. As a spy, it is her job to sense things, committing her targets’ actions and plans to memory and helping her boss decide how to act on that information.

Eve has proven herself cool under pressure to the point of being outright cold-blooded. She knocked out Lena, her long-term “boss,” and has spent years going along with Lex’s every scheme and whim. But her uncritical adoration of the vile Luthor may just prove her undoing.

1 AGENT LIBERTY – ESTJ

Ben Lockwood relishes his role as the leader of the Children of Liberty, soaking up the adoration of his twisted, hateful followers. He’s more intuitive than sensing: he fights for an alien-free future, but he wasn’t able to implement his big ideas on his own. He needed Lex Luthor’s indirect assistance to manage that.

Agent Liberty is a born showman, selling his anti-alien bigotry with public debates and passionate, seemingly logical arguments. However, his temperament is mercurial at best. He may be smiling one minute, but the next he might be throwing a violent tantrum when his plans fall through.

NEXT: Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum Praises Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor


2019-04-13 09:04:22

Eileen Gonzalez

Lex Luthor Is The Big Villain Of Supergirl Season 4 (& He’s Awesome)

Supergirl finally introduced Lex Luthor, setting him up as the big bad of season 4. While many predicted this development as soon as it was announced that actor John Cryer had been cast in the role, few could have anticipated just how well he would play the part of Superman’s arch-enemy. Fewer still guessed just how deeply and from what sources his introductory episode, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, would draw upon in crafting the most comics-accurate vision of Lex Luthor in years.

Surprisingly little has been said about Lex Luthor in the world of the Arrowverse to date. His sister Lena Luthor was introduced as a regular member of Supergirl‘s cast in season 2, with Lena attempting to redeem her family’s name and their company in the wake of Lex’s incarceration on a variety of charges. It was said that Luthor and Superman were once friends who had worked together to repel hostile alien invasions of Earth, but that Lex’s more violent methods did not sit well with Superman and Luthor eventually grew to resent Superman’s popularity with the public when the industrialist felt he was doing all the real work. This grudge eventually led Luthor to blame Superman for attracting the attention of dangerous alien criminals and to devote his life to destroying his former ally.

Related: Supergirl Rips Off Marvel Again – Except This Time It’s Venom

Supergirl season 4, episode 15 opens with a flashback to the spring of 2015, showing that Lex was arrested after somehow turning Earth’s sunlight red in a bid to depower Superman. When the story returns to the modern day, Lex has just been transported to Luthor Manor. After having a stroke in prison and being determined to have developed inoperable cancer after injecting himself with Kryptonite as part of his efforts to keep Superman away from him, Luthor is allowed to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest. It is here that he begins badgering Lena to test a wonder-cure she is developing using a Kryptonite derivative called Harun-El on him, figuring he has nothing left to lose.

All of these concepts are taken directly from the original Superman comics, where Luthor discovered that Kryptonite radiation was deadly to humans (if not quite so fast-acting as it is with Kryptonians) after he began wearing a ring made of Kryptonite to keep Superman at bay and later developed cancer. He also briefly turned the sun red in a bid to save Earth from an invasion of hostile Kryptonians during the War of the Superman storyline in 2010. The show even managed a clever nod to DC Super Pets and the Krypto the Superdog show, with Lex telling Lena a story about a dog named Ignatius he owned before she was adopted into the Luthor family; Lex has a pet named Ignatius in both realities, though those pets are iguanas rather than dogs.

It is Jon Cryer’s performance as Lex, however, which sells the character. While many suspected that Cryer’s joining the cast of Supergirl was purely a casting stunt (Cryer infamously played Lex Luthor’s nephew Lenny Luthor in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace), few were left picturing Cryer as a bald, bearded Alan Harper by the episode’s end. Cryer’s performance seemed to draw deeply from both Gene Hackman’s performances as Lex Luthor opposite Christopher Reeves’ Superman and the popular image of Luthor from the comics as a sarcastic show-off who can’t help but flaunt his intelligence and his superiority. For instance, even while suffering a seizure under the watch of an utterly indifferent government agent, Lex can’t help but compare himself to Jesus of Nazareth, muttering “Don’t blame him. He knows not what he does,” before dryly adding “He’s on a government salary, after all.”

In this, while Cryer’s Luthor might be compared to his character from Two And A Half Men in having a similar humor, that is the only way in which Cryer will remind viewers of his most famous role in modern television. It will surprise no one that Lex is able to cure his condition by the episode’s end after hijacking his sister’s research and is able to effortlessly kill his handlers with the mansion’s secret defenses. The episode ends on a cliffhanger, with Lex staring down a newly arrived Supergirl, as he is escaping Luthor Manor by helicopter, suggesting a big battle to come next week.

More: Supergirl’s Latest Episode Ripped Off The Incredible Hulk


2019-03-18 04:03:36

Matt Morrison

CW Superman Won’t Return to Supergirl During Season 4

Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman won’t be returning in Supergirl season 4. Introduced in Supergirl season 2, Hoechlin’s version of the Man of Steel has become a firm fan-favorite. This latest season has seen The CW expand his world significantly, introducing Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane and Jon Cryer as Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor.

The “Elseworlds” crossover saw Superman and Lois Lane announced their engagement – and revealed that Lois is pregnant. They headed offworld to visit Argo City, the last surviving Kryptonian city, so that Lois could give birth under a red sun. Superman asked Supergirl to take over and protect the Earth in his absence. Fans remained convinced that he’d be returning sooner rather than later, though, especially with the news that Cryer would be playing The CW’s Lex Luthor.

Related: The Arrowverse in Chronological Order (So Far)

According to ComicBook, during a screening of this weekend’s episode of Supergirl, producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller were asked whether Superman would be returning. Both Queller and Rovner answered, “not this season.” The precise wording presumably indicates that – unsurprisingly – they are planning for Hoechlin to appear in Supergirl season 5.

While this news will disappoint viewers who were hoping to see Superman face off against Lex Luthor, it does make sense; Supergirl has always been wary of using Kara’s cousin as a plot device to resolve overarching story arcs. The introduction of Lex Luthor is sure to be a major part of Supergirl season 4, and there’s even been speculation that Luthor is the true mastermind behind the problems that have plagued Supergirl. If that’s the case, it’s a far more effective plot for Kara to face Luthor without Superman’s help.

Meanwhile, assuming Superman will return to Earth in Supergirl season 5, it’s reasonable to assume enough time will have passed for Lois to have given birth. That will propel the Man of Steel into a fascinating new place as a character, one that’s never been explored in a DCTV series before. More concerning, though, is the fact that Superman will presumably be arriving in time to participate in the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event. This promises to be the biggest event in the history of the Arrowverse; it’s been foreshadowed since the pilot episode of The Flash. In the comics, “Crisis on Infinite Earths” led to the death of Supergirl; it’s possible that the Arrowverse version of that story will see Superman pay the ultimate price in order to save the Multiverse, leaving Lois to bring up her baby without a father.

More: Arrowverse Theory: Superman Green Arrow Die In Crisis On Infinite Earths

Source: ComicBook


2019-03-17 06:03:25

Thomas Bacon

Melissa Benoist Shares New Details About Supergirl’s Elseworlds Role

Melissa Benoist shares details on Supergirl’s role in this year’s Arrowverse crossover titled “Elseworlds.” As usual, the yearly event will tell an overarching narrative that’ll be tackled over the course of three nights with ArrowThe Flash, and Supergirl all taking part, while DC’s Legends of Tomorrow skips the big affair.

Despite the narrative implication of the subtitle for this year’s special, the events of “Elseworlds” will supposedly fit in the existing canon. As far as what’s revealed about the crossover, there’s so much to go through in the three-night superhero bonanza, starting with the introduction of Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane aka. Batwoman. It’ll also deal with the upcoming threat brought about by The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), who’s the evil behind the destruction of Earth-90’s reality. And of course, the much-talked about swap between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) as the Green Arrow and the Flash. Amidst all this, one thing remains unknown: Kara’s role in all this commotion

Related: Arrowverse Elseworlds Crossover Trailer Teases A Crisis Is Coming

Speaking with CBR during a set visit, Benoist talked about how Supergirl factors into the crisis stemming from the persona switch between Oliver and Barry. As it turns out, Kara will be one of the first ones to really lend a helping hand to her troubled friends, as she immediately recognizes how they’re living in each other’s bodies, unlike most of their allies.

“What I liked the most about this year’s crossover, I think, more than any other crossover that we’ve done so far — aside from the musical episode, which was my favorite; I had so much fun doing that one — but this one was so fun in particular because it really was the triad, so to speak, the three of us. Kara plays a really fun role in this dilemma that Barry and Oliver find themselves in. She’s the only one that really recognizes them for who they are in this Freaky Friday situation, and it’s really comedic. The whole thing. I think people will really get a kick out of it.”

Before Benoist’s comments, many were wondering how the Girl of Steel would factor into this whole crisis, as much of her show’s narrative will likely focus on the return of her cousin Superman. As seen in various set photos, the crossover will not only mark Tyler Hoechlin’s return as the Man of Steel, but fans will also learn more about him, with the appearance of the Kent family farm and the introduction of Arrowverse’s version of Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch). Looking at the bigger “Elseworlds” picture, Superman will be a key character, as the dark suit-wearing counterpart of the superhero will play a pivotal role in the upcoming TV special. Not much is known about how two versions of the Last Son of Krypton will come to be, but it’s safe to say that it’s part of Deegan and the Monitor’s attempt to mess with the current reality.

One wonders how Supergirl is able to decipher right away what’s happening between the Green Arrow and the Flash. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that she’s from a different reality altogether, and The Monitor has yet to make his move against her own universe. Otherwise, it also might be because she’s a more powerful superhero. Regardless, she, alongside Superman, will surely be a big help to Earth-1’s heroes in navigating the tricky situation they’re in.

More: Arrowverse Elseworlds Trailer Breakdown: 12 Secrets & Reveals About The Crossover

Arrowverse’s “Elseworlds” crossover event kicks off with The Flash on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8pm ET, then continues with Arrow on Monday, Dec. 10 at 8pm ET, and concludes with Supergirl on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8pm ET.

Source: CBR



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2018-12-05 09:12:27

Supergirl TV Show Casts Jessica Meraz as DC Comics’ Menagerie

Supergirl has cast Jessica Meraz as the DC Comics antihero Pamela Ferrer aka. Menagerie, a character typically associated with the antihero Manchester Black. The latter made his debut on The CW TV series in the ongoing season 4, where he’s portrayed by actor David Ajala.

Prior to next week’s Arrowverse Elseworlds crossover event, Supergirl aired its 2018 midseason finale and set the stage for what’s to come when the show proper continues in January. The midseason finale – titled “Bunker Hill” – concluded with both Manchester Black and Ben Lockwood (Sam Witwer) aka. Agent Liberty being arrested for their respective crimes and taken into custody at National City Jail. At the same time, Supergirl was forced to quit the DEO after she refused to reveal her secret identity – despite being commanded to do so by U.S. President Baker (Bruce Boxleitner) – in the wake of Lockwood’s capture. Suffice it to say, this won’t be the last we see of Black nor hear of Lockwood and/or the anti-alien movement that he helped to set in motion.

Related: Arrowverse Elseworlds Tease Explained: 1990s Flash vs. The Monitor

Case in point: Deadline reports that Meraz will join Supergirl‘s cast in 2019 as Menagerie, a character who’s part of Manchester Black’s “Elite” in the DC Comics universe. The “Elite” themselves are a group of powerful metahumans who operate beyond the limits of the law, with Black leading the way. Menagerie, for her part, was bound to symbiotic parasitic alien lifeforms known as “symbeasts” through an experimental procedure conducted by a rogue section of the DEO known as the Men in Black (no, not those Men in Black). The character is thus able to create a variety of weapons using the “symbeasts” and use them to attack her opponents, as she deems fit.

While Menagerie’s storyline will no doubt be changed for the show, one can already start to imagine how the villain/antihero might be adapted to the world of Supergirl. Seeing as Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) is currently working on a procedure that would give regular humans alien-like superpowers, it’s entirely possible that she will be the one responsible for granting Pamela her powers in the first place. Likewise, it stands to reason that when Manchester gets out of jail (which he definitely will in the latter half of season 4), he might join forces with Menagerie and similar “Elites” in order to continue battling Lockwood and the various Children of Liberty on his own terms.

Meraz’s turn on Supergirl reunites her with WBTV (which also produced her TNT series Major Crimes) and is described as a “major recurring role” in Deadline‘s report. That further suggests that Menagerie won’t be a one-and-done villain of the week and will (presumably) work alongside Manchester for several episodes to come. Likewise, there’s a solid chance that even more members of the “Elite” – like Rampotatek aka. The Hat and Nathan Craig Jones aka. Coldcast – will be cast on Supergirl over the forthcoming weeks, as the show continues its mid-season hiatus.

MORE: Supergirl: 7 Big Questions From the Season 4 Midseason Finale

Supergirl continues Tuesday, December 11 with “Elseworlds, Part 3” on The CW.

Source: Deadline



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2018-12-05 08:12:33

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.

More: The Flash Fixes Plot Hole By Secretly Changing Arrowverse History



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2018-10-10 07:10:43 – Matt Morrison

Arrowverse Creator Addresses Ruby Rose Batwoman Casting Controversy

Arrowverse co-creator Greg Berlanti is finally addressing the ongoing controversy surrounding Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman in The CW’s DC Comics-based shared universe. Earlier this summer, it was announced ahead of San Diego Comic-Con that the network would be adding Batwoman to the list of their already extensive DC superheroes, with the potential to spin off the character into her own standalone series down the line. Then, it was later revealed that Rose had been cast as the titular character.

Shortly after the announcement of Rose’s casting as Batwoman, the actress suffered from a sudden wave of bullying, which ultimately amounted to relentless gate-keeping. Some people believed that she simply wasn’t right for the part, which is a fair opinion to have of someone who has been cast in a notable role, but then there were plenty of others who attacked the actress for not being gay enough to portray Kate Kane. It wasn’t long after that Rose decided to shut down her Twitter account and close off her Instagram comments to the public as a result.

Related: What Elseworlds Means For The Arrowverse & Batwoman

In an interview with THR at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards in September, Arrowverse franchise producer Greg Berlanti addressed the controversy surrounding Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman, saying that outrage against certain decisions is a tale as old as time in Hollywood. However, it’s not something that producers should be fazed by. Here’s what he said in full:

“Whenever you’re bringing change about in any form, there are always conversations that happen. I go all the way back to Dawson’s Creek. Twitter didn’t exist, but we would get boxes of letters expressing opinions in all directions from were we making enough change, should we be making more change, or why did we feel like we needed to do these things? It’s always part of the process, so just focus on the story and make the best episode that you can.”

Berlanti also made sure to point out that the potential Batwoman TV series was still in the pilot stage. For those that aren’t aware, Rose is slated to make her debut as the iconic superhero in this year’s Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, which will take place across three shows – Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl; Legends of Tomorrow will not be joining the crossover this time – over three nights. Furthermore, the entire crossover is supposed to take place in Gotham, which audiences saw for the first time in the official Elseworlds poster that debuted earlier this month.

Whether the network gives Batwoman a series order remains to be seen, but the character’s popularity and the potential for more stories centered in Gotham will most likely be determined by the Elseworlds crossover this December. Regardless of all the bullying Rose has received online, she is still on board to portray Kate Kane in her first live-action television debut. In fact, Arrow star Stephen Amell recently teased Rose trying on the Batwoman costume for the first time, seeing as the cast and crew should be filming the crossover soon (if they haven’t done so already).

More: Elseworlds: Everything You Need To Know About The Arrowverse Crossover

Source: THR



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2018-10-08 04:10:39 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Supergirl Movie Rumor: Brainiac Currently Expected To Be The Villain

A new rumor has started circulating around the internet suggesting that Brainiac could be the main villain for the Supergirl movie. It’s been a wild, rumor-filled week for the DCEU, with some suggesting that Superman himself Henry Cavill could be stepping down from the role while others, including Cavill’s agent, say he’ll be sticking around. With Cavill’s future as Superman uncertain, yet more rumors have suggested that Warner Bros. is focusing their efforts on bringing Clark Kent’s Kryptonian cousin Kara to the big screen for her own solo Supergirl movie.

Even before the rumors of Cavill’s departure started to pop up, Warner Bros. was reportedly in the early stages of producing a Supergirl film, even hiring 22 Jump Street writer Oren Uziel to pen the script. The studio has also apparently been looking to recreate the circumstances that led to their highly successful Wonder Woman movie by hiring a female director to helm the project, with names like Reed Morano being considered. Now, however, it’s rumored that the Supergirl film has potentially found its villain.

Related: Every Female-Driven DC Movie in Development

According to Daniel R at SuperBroMovies, the plan for now is for Brainiac to step into the villain role for the Supergirl movie. This rumor builds on another rumor that Supergirl will take place in the 1970s, long before Cavill’s Superman is around.

Naturally, rumors like this should be taken with a giant grain of salt and it would not be the first time that this particular source has gotten it wrong. However, bringing such an epic villain like Brainiac to the big screen for the first time would certainly be a great way to make Supergirl a must-see film for comic fans. It also wouldn’t be the first time that Brainiac has been mentioned by someone associated with the DCEU, with Cavill himself stating months ago that he’d like the character to be the main villain for Man of Steel 2.

With Cavill’s future as the Man of Steel currently in doubt, it’s certainly possible that Warner Bros. took that idea and implemented it instead for their Supergirl movie. It also might be a little strange for the character to show up as opposition to Supergirl before Superman, considering how much of a major adversary he’s been to the comic version of the latter. Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time that DC and Warner Bros. has altered or outright changed the mythos of characters compared to their comic counterpart. For now, fans will simply have to wait and see if rumors of Brainiac’s involvement in Supergirl has any merit.

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2018-09-14 12:09:35 – Corey Hoffmeyer

Reed Morano Responds to Rumors That She’s Directing DC’s Supergirl Movie

Reed Morano has finally responded to rumors that she’s directing Warner Bros.’ Supergirl movie. Though the future of Superman films is currently in question due to Henry Cavill’s reported exit from DC (though his agent and Warner Bros. have denied that anything is set in stone on that front), recent rumors have indicated that a big screen version of Supergirl is in the early stages of development.

Among these rumors is that Morano, who has directed episodes of both Billions and the highly acclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale (for which Morano won an Emmy n 2017), is currently Warner Bros.’ frontrunner to direct the movie. This would certainly be in line with the studio’s recent track record of hiring female directors for female superhero adaptations, which includes Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and Cathy Yan’s upcoming Birds of Prey film. Regardless, Morano and Warner Bros. have both remained quiet about the aforementioned speculation, until now.

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While speaking with Observer, Morano reveals that she initially laughed off the rumors that she’s directing Supergirl. She also recalls seeing a post on Twitter that fancast Elle Fanning (star of Morano’s apocalyptic film I Think We’re Alone Now) in the lead role of Kara, and says the two joked around about the idea. Beyond taking the rumor lightly, Morano denies ever being contacted by Warner Bros. or anyone associated with Supergirl, saying:

“It’s weird, we’ve gotten no calls. Someone made it up…but Elle would be an awesome Supergirl. It would be a really fucked up Supergirl and really cool.”

Though Morano is denying any current involvement with Supergirl, if talks with Warner Bros. were actually happening, it’s just as likely the director would not reveal that publicly. However, it seems more likely at the moment that the rumor of Morano directing Supergirl was one created by someone who’d like to see that happen, and doesn’t have a factual basis. Regardless, even if Warner Bros. doesn’t have Morano on their radar, it’s completely plausible she could end up there at some point. Fans will simply have to wait and see.

Wherever DC ends up landing in regards to a director for Supergirl, the rumors surrounding the film’s plot are just as intriguing to consider. From unconfirmed speculation that the movie will be set in the 1970s to equally unsubstantiated reports that well-known Superman villain Brainiac will be stepping into the villain role, there’s currently a lot of online discussion among fans concerning what is or isn’t true regarding the project. That discussion is sure to continue until Warner Bros. actually offers up any concrete information on Supergirl‘s return to theaters.

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2018-09-14 09:09:22 – Corey Hoffmeyer