In this edition of DC Round-Up, there’s a preview of the latest Arrow Comic, discussion of how Ra’s al Ghul impacts Diggle, tidbits on Liv’s abilities on iZombie, some villainous casting on Supergirl, and a first look at Batman v Superman’s Lex Luthor.
Before a gray cloud settled over Oliver and Felicity, it was mentioned in Arrow‘s Season 3 premiere that the archer let his No. 1 gal buy him a bed. Now, the mystery of how Felicity came to give Oliver somewhere to sleep will be answered, in Monday’s release of the latest Arrow Season 2.5 comic — and TVLine has your exclusive first look at Chapter 16’s gift swap…
TVLine also conducted an interview with David Ramsey in which he discussed Ra’s al Ghul’s offer to Oliver having an effect on Diggle…
TVLINE | By multiple accounts, Episode 19, “Broken Arrow,” sounds pretty heavy….
Yes. Listen, from, really, [Episodes] 16, 17 on, to 23 [the season finale], it’s just ramping up. Ra’s al Ghul is no joke. And he’s going to get what he wants from Oliver one way or another. One way or another it’s going to happen. And speaking of Lyla and Diggle, they’re going to be affected in a very serious way by Ra’s al Ghul, because no one is off limits to him getting what he wants. In an upcoming episode, they will be touched in a personal way.
KsiteTV interviewed iZombie co-producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright, during which she discussed Liv’s capacity to absorb memories from the brains she eats…
Are there any abilities that Liv will be keeping for more than one episode?
No. She eats the brain, she gets those abilities, and then it kind of goes away. We always joke that we should have a scene where she flushes the toilet, and then she can’t speak Romanian anymore… but that would be gross, so we wouldn’t do that.
But, it only will last as long as she has the brain in her system. But emotionally, I think stuff will resonate. For example, she eats the brain in Episode 2 of the passionate painter – at the end, she tries to paint and sucks at it, but the emotion of it still stays with her, but not the ability to paint.
Is there ever a time when the abilities or memories go away before they’re meant to, for example, in the middle of the episode?
Definitely. We try and mix it up so it’s not so predictable. We actually will have an episode towards the end where she eats two different brains in an episode. That’s kind of fun, but we definitely try to mix it up.
According to TVLine, The Mentalist‘s Owain Yeoman will be the first to battle CBS’ Supergirl, as the DC Comics character Vartox. Per DC Comics lore, Vartox hailed from the planet Valeron and boasted powers on par with those of Superman, with whom he was friendly. That said, TVLine hears that in CBS’ Supergirl pilot, Vartox is an alien convict who has been hiding on Earth for 12 years. After Supergirl’s emergence as a public hero, he seeks her out to ascertain her identity and do battle with her.
Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice…
“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” says Snyder, “other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course…”
“Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake,” says Snyder. “He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”