DC Round-Up: Arrow, The Flash, Suicide Squad, DC Super Hero Girls

Arrow’s executive producer talks about the Lazarus Pit and gets a Co-Showrunner. The Flash’s executive producer discusses Cisco’s relationship with the alternate time line. The Arrow/Flash Spin-off casts a mystery role. Suicide Squad casts a mystery role. DC entertainment announces a new merchandising initiative for girls.

In this edition of DC Round-Up, Arrow’s executive producer talks about the Lazarus Pit and gets a Co-Showrunner. The Flash’s executive producer discusses Cisco’s relationship with the alternate time line. The Arrow/Flash Spin-off casts a mystery role. Suicide Squad casts a mystery role. DC entertainment announces a new merchandising initiative for girls.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, the existence of the Lazarus pit won’t mean do-overs for still lamented popular characters…

Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim knows fans will likely clamor for dead characters such as Oliver’s best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell) and mother Moira (Susanna Thompson) to be revived with the Lazarus Pit, which in comic book lore can raise the dead. Despite the lengthy roster of deceased characters on the show, Guggenheim says the producers don’t have plans to use the Lazarus Pit in that way.

He notably doesn’t mention Caity Lotz’s Sara as being on the “no Lazarus Pit list.” Lotz is slated to appear in the untitled Arrow/Flash spinoff, though her character Sara died earlier this season…

Is the Lazarus Pit on the table for other people?

Now that we’ve got it in our world, and we have a lot of dead characters in our world, we will be addressing how it works and the circumstances and things of that nature. I know that is something our fans are going to be very interested in. I’m sure after the events of episode 20, there will be a lot of, “Get Tommy in the pit. Get Moira in the pit.” We don’t have any plans to do that, but we have an explanation for why that is the case.

All that said, something else did get resurrected with the Lazarus Pit in honor of reaching a philanthropic goal, according to io9

Many, many, fans were saddened by the demise of Yao Fern (aka that fern Felicity gives Oliver way back in Episode One and has been in every background shot in the lair this season) last week, when Det. Cap. Lance raided the Arrowcave and one of his incompetent underlings knocked over the pot.

After the fandom’s outcry showrunner Marc Guggenheim promised additional footage of the Fern, on condition of helping Savannah Strain, a young archery enthusiast born without a left hand meet her 15 000$ goal, money she and her team needs to go to the National Archery School Program National Competition.

Regardless of which characters do or don’t get resurrected on Arrow, executive producer Marc Guggenheim announced via Twitter that Wendy Mericle — who currently serves as co-EP and has been with the CW series since Season 1 — will join him as co-showrunner for Season 4.


According to TVLine, Cisco’s memory of the alternate time line will be explained…

Is The Flash going to explain how Cisco was able to “see” his death in the other timeline? –Gerry

The answer may lie in Cisco’s own “super” fate, as the DC Comics character known as Vibe. As exec producer Andrew Kreisberg explains, “We all know that Vibe’s powers are derived from the powers that separate the dimensions. And alternate timelines can be considered alternate dimensions. So, it’s not the worst inference anyone could make.”


According to TVLine, the Arrow/Flash spin-off has cast a mystery role. English actor Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow) has been cast as Jay Jackson, a former high school athlete whose pro career was derailed by injury. Now making ends meets as an auto mechanic, Jay will come to have a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew. The original breakdown for the role, code-named “Mystery Hero,” described the character as a “regular, street smart guy who unexpectedly gains powers, and then, as part of the team, regularly quips about the insanity of the situations.”


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar-winning rapper-turned-actor Common has closed a deal to join the cast of Suicide Squad.


 

DC Comics announced a new super hero universe designed just for girls, slated for Fall 2015…

Beginning in Fall 2015, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Mattel join forces to launch DC Super Hero Girls, an exciting new universe of Super Heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence, and empowers girls to discover their true potential.  Featuring DC Comics’ most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, DC Super Hero Girls will play out across multiple entertainment content platforms and product categories to create an immersive world.

Developed for girls aged 6-12, DC Super Hero Girls centers on the female Super Heroes and Super-Villains of the DC Comics universe during their formative years—prior to discovering their full super power potential. Featuring a completely new artistic style and aesthetic, DC Comics’ icons such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy, Katana and many more make their unprecedented teenaged introduction. Each character has her own storyline that explores what teen life is like as a Super Hero, including discovering her unique abilities, nurturing her remarkable powers and mastering the fundamentals of being a hero…

The initial launch of DC Super Hero Girls in Fall 2015 will include an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishing—providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play.  TV specials, made-for-videos, toys, apparel, books and other product categories will begin to rollout in 2016.

 

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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