In this edition of DC Round-Up, there’s Arrow casting, plus a much hoped for crossover. The Flash gets a cover homage. Additionally, there are Supergirl tidbits from the TCA’s.
Speaking with Arrow co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim during the Television Critics’ Association (TCA) press tour, TVLine received some welcome news about “Olicity” and the season 4 flashbacks…
CUPID’S ARROW | Whereas Vlada Gelman and I expressed the wish that the new Oliver/Felicity romance almost be “incidental” to the weekly goings-on inside the Arrowcave, Guggenheim used the word “organic” to describe the impact. “The show is still the show,” he maintained, adding that “body language” will more often than not take the place of more overt indicators. “Like, when Oliver and Felicity are together at her workstation, now he’s got his hand on her shoulder,” he shared as one example. “It’s a difference of degrees. Basically, we’re treating them like two coworkers who started dating…”
FLASHBACK TO BASICS | On the issue of flashbacks — TVLine had pointed out that Oliver’s Hong Kong escapades weren’t nearly as compelling as his island or freighter adventures, nor did they strongly synch up with the present-day arc — Guggenheim met us halfway. “I’ll be honest: The episodic connection, week to week… that cart started to drag the horse for me a bit,” he admitted. “So toward the end of last year I said to the writers, ‘What we really need to do is not worry so much about the connection between present and past and just tell a really amazing story in the past.’” As a result, the Season 4 flashbacks, which kick off in Coast City but then head to a destination being kept under wraps, have Guggenheim “really happy.” As he raved, “I feel like we have our best flashback story ever.”
As for casting, Entertainment Weekly has learned that Arrow has hired Elysia Rotaru…
“Oliver is gonna have a love interest in the past that will serve as a parallel or potentially a contrast to his love affair with Felicity in the present,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells EW.
Additionally, the show has cast Thea’s new love interest. Parker Young will play Alex Davis, a consultant working for Oliver, who catches Speedy’s eye, according to TVLine.
Also, The Wrap reported that True Blood actress Rutina Wesley is in talks to join The CW’s hit show “Arrow” for a multi-episode arc.
But, here’s the CW’s statement concerning the arrival of Matt Ryan’s Constantine, courtesy of SpoilerTV, that many have been waiting for…
As announced at TCA this afternoon, we have cast Matt Ryan as John Constantine in episode 405 of Arrow, entitled “Haunted.”
John Constantine is a weather worn exorcist and expert on the supernatural and the occult. He is a detective, magician, and a hunter of demons, and will provide critical support to Oliver (Stephen Amell) when arrows aren’t enough.
EP Marc Guggenheim says:
“We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”
Ryan himself tweeted a lovely video message for the occasion.
According to Comic Book Resources, The CW has released the first image of The Flash guest star Teddy Sears in costume as Jay Garrick, DC Comics’ original Flash. The image is a tribute to the iconic Silver Age cover of 1961’s “The Flash” #123, illustrated by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson, the famous “Flash of Two Worlds” story written by Gardner Fox that introduced Earth-2 — something “The Flash” TV series looks to mine in its second season.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Supergirl met the press Monday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, where producers noted the CBS drama would be inspired by Richard Donner’s Superman films — and feature a new roster of DC Comics characters. These include Lucy Lane’s (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) father, Gen. Sam Lane, who EP Andrew Kreisberg said would come to town “with an agenda,”; hero Red Tornado; and Non, a Kryptonian villain featured in Donner’s Superman II who producers said would have a “slightly different take on the character.”
Additionally, KryptonSite got TCA scoop on two Supergirl episode titles. Episode 2 is called “Stronger Together” and episode 3, introducing Lucy Lane and Reactron, is called “Fight or Flight.”
Finally, TVLine got the TCA scoop on Supergirl crossovers with other DC properties…
Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, CBS Entertainment chair Nina Tassler told TVLine, “We have not had conversations about [storyline] crossovers” between the freshman drama Supergirl and The CW’s own DC Comics-based series, Arrow and The Flash, “but we are doing crossover promotions. So you will see promotional crossovers” — meaning, ads for Supergirl airing on The CW and vice versa — “but not in terms of the characters…”