In this edition of DC Round-Up, Black Canary gets a trilogy on Arrow; The Flash Meets Reverse Flash; Constantine is cut; Global Frequency is reactivated; and Wonder Woman gets a director.
Arrow and The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg discussed Laurel Lance’s part in the upcoming crossover and in the new year with The Hollywood Reporter…
4. Arrow‘s Laurel is mostly MIA in the crossover … but for a good reason.
Only Arrow characters Oliver, Felicity and Diggle head over to Central City in The Flash hour of the crossover, but Laurel — who is still reeling over the death of her sister and has started her own training — is mostly missing from the Arrow portion of the crossover, too. “Laurel appears in the Arrow episode,” Kreisberg said. “She’s not as present in these episodes, but that is because we’ve been building up to her appearance as the Black Canary. We sort of said that Sara was the Canary, but Laurel is the Black Canary. Episodes 10, 11 and 12 are a three-part trilogy that are about her. And episode 13 I think I can spoil, is called ‘Canaries.’ For fans of Laurel and for fans of Katie [Cassidy], they’re going to get more than their fill after the winter break.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andrew Kreisberg discussed The Flash’s confrontation with Reverse Flash…
But Barry won’t be alone in this fight. “Episode 9 is really cool because it’s everybody coming together to help,” Kreisberg says. “Cisco [Carlos Valdes] and Wells [Tom Cavanagh] devise a trap to bait the Reverse Flash and they enlist the help of Tina McGee, played by Amanda Pays from the original Flash show. It becomes an interesting new combination of characters.”
“It’s fun when you finally see our team confronting the Reverse Flash and seeing everybody’s reactions, because he is the devil, in a way, to the show,” Kreisberg continues. “When you finally see everybody confront him, it’s really scary. It’s certainly the scariest thing we’ve done on the show. Our tone note to Tom, Jesse and Grant was to pretend you were in the room with the alien from Alien. You should all be that scared.”
According to Deadline, the freshman season of NBC drama Constantine will consist of 13 episodes. The cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday that the series will halt production after completing production on the initial 13-episode order. Constantine will remain in its 10 PM Friday time slot for the remainder of its run. Constantine remains in contention for a second-season renewal.
NBC had to make a decision whether to keep Constantine in continuous production with little ratings information. While the series began production on a standard fall premiere production schedule, its launch was delayed until late October when NBC’s Friday genre block usually debuts, so the network had to make a call whether to order additional episodes after only four episodes had aired vs. at least seven, which is the norm for freshman series.
According to Comic Book Resources, Global Frequency is coming to television. Writer Warren Ellis discussed the development in his latest newsletter…
“My graphic novel ‘Global Frequency’ is set to be adapted for television again,” wrote Ellis. “DC Entertainment bought the option and took it to Jerry Bruckheimer’s house, where I’ve always had friends. Rockne S. O’Bannon is writing the adaptation for KristiAnn Reed and Jonathan Littman at Bruckheimer — you may know him from FARSCAPE. The pilot has a production commitment at the Fox network, which means that FOX have to shoot a pilot or pay a financial penalty. To Bruckheimer, sadly, not to me.”
A previous pilot was produced in 2005 for the WB, starring Michelle Forbes as Miranda Zero. It never aired and was leaked online. Having seen and loved that pilot, I hope Fox can do this latest effort justice.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Michelle MacLaren has signed on to develop and direct Wonder Woman, Warner Bros’ big-screen take on the iconic DC character. According to insiders, MacLaren will work with the project’s writers, who remain unnamed at this stage, to lasso together a script for the movie, which would star Gal Gadot. The actress will make her debut as the heroine in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder are among those producing the Wonder Woman movie, which is set for a 2017 release.