In this edition of DC Round-Up, we get the first look at Arrow’s Atom, tidbits on how Arrow and The Flash crossover to the CW Seed animated series Vixen, an inkling of The Flash’s time travel, a whisper of the Joker on Gotham, and a rumored Barbara Gordon on TNT’s Titans.
Speaking to Zap2it at the 2015 winter press tour, Routh says wearing the suit gives him a “very powerful feeling.”
“It’s different from anything we’ve seen in the ‘Arrow’-‘Flash’ universe thus far,” he says.
As for whether or not The Atom will shrink like he does in the comics, Routh thinks The Flash bringing his powers to “Arrow” opens the door to that happening. “I think the shrinking is definitely a possibility, whether it happens on either show,” he says.
In an interview with AssignmentX, Executive Producer, Marc Guggenheim, discussed how events from the DCU shows played out on the animated web series Vixen…
AX: Are you involved with the animated VIXEN series for CWSeed.com?
MARC GUGGENHEIM: I am, actually, and it’s a great deal of fun, I have to say. I always love working in different mediums, and we’re going to do, basically, an animated spin-off [of ARROW and THE FLASH]. It’s going to center on Vixen, who I came to know as a former member of the Justice League. This is a six-part origin story, but characters from FLASH and ARROW are prominently involved, and it’s in the continuity and the world. There’s actually a question I’ve been getting on Twitter a lot – is Oliver [Stephen Amell] going to find out that Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] kissed Barry [Grant Gustin]? That’s actually going to happen in the VIXEN cartoon. So part of the fun is that close cohesion. And Vixen’s such a great character, because first of all, she represents magic, which is an area that we haven’t explored on either of the two shows as yet.
Entertainment Weekly has initial intel on The Flash’s first foray into time travel…
Initially, Barry doesn’t understand what’s happening and he’s the only one aware of the time travel situation. “He’s not handling it incredibly well. It’s freaking him out a little bit,” Gustin says. The others will eventually figure it out, which leads to some comedy when Cisco (Carlos Valdes) has to explain what’s going on to Joe (Jesse L. Martin) in terms of time travel films.
But once Barry figures it out, he’ll decidedly use time travel to his advantage. “He realizes, ‘Holy shit, this an opportunity to change things with my family’s past,’” Gustin says. “He doesn’t know yet to maybe not do that, but that’s where Barry’s at when he realizes what he’s just learned that he can do, that he can maybe save his mom…”
But Kreisberg cautions that Barry tampering with the past “has massive repercussions for the show,” he says. “After that episode, things are never going to be the same on The Flash.”
Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham will have no shortage of Easter eggs in the coming weeks as the show prepares to introduce the eventual parents of Dick “Robin” Grayson as well as nascent versions of supervillains The Scarecrow and The Red Hood. But what about The Joker?
Although executive producer Bruno Heller initially planned to wait a while to introduce Batman’s most famous nemesis, he now says that viewers will actually get a glimpse before the end of the first season. “We’ve said you’re going to be waiting a bit longer for it, but this is America — nobody wants to wait,” Heller tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. “So, we will scratch the surface of that story, yes. But just scratch it — a little tap on the door.”
According to the folks at Nerdist News, who have apparently gotten a look at the pilot script for TNT’s Titans, Barbara Gordon will be a regular in her Oracle incarnation. As a wheelchair user with Cerebral Palsy, this does make me very happy…
Although never a member of any incarnation of the Teen Titans in the comics, she did have a long-standing romantic relationship with Dick Grayson, which makes her inclusion here make sense. In this version, she was once known as Batgirl, but now finds herself in a wheelchair. She’s the team’s resident computer hacker, reflecting the character’s time as Oracle in the comics. (That being said, she’s not referred to as Oracle in the pilot, but that could change.) There were many, many fans of this version of the character, who was unceremoniously sent away to limbo after the New 52 restored Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, so there should be many fans who are happy this version of Barbara will continue to exist somewhere.