DC Round-Up: Arrow, The Flash, Gotham

There are tidbits on Arrow characters’ costumes, more on The Flash’s Captain Cold and Heat Wave, and more on the Joker’s beginnings on Gotham.

In this edition of DC Round-Up, there are tidbits on Arrow characters’ costumes, more on The Flash’s Captain Cold and Heat Wave, and more on the Joker’s beginnings on Gotham.

According to TVLine, the shifting team dynamic is just the beginning on Arrow

Apparently Stephen Amell said at the Dallas Comic Con that the Arrow costume would undergo a change this season. Do you have any details? –Ravi

I ran that by showrunner Marc Guggenheim the other day, and after some thought he allowed this much: “You’ll see a wide variety of changes coming for Arrow. There’s a lot that’s happening in the latter half of the year that will require some big, wholesale changes.” Anyone else thinking paisley…?

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, David Ramsey had this to add…

With the exception of Felicity, every member of Team Arrow has a costume. Would you like Diggle to adopt a secret identity? Maybe Wildcat?

There’s an idea. There are a lot of names being thrown around for John Diggle. Wildcat. Green Lantern. The idea of who Diggle is and the accessibility he has is something that is fantastic. He’s probably the most well-adjusted of all the characters on the show. He’s dealt with his crucible. He can have a life, a child and be a hero. There is no conflict. Laurel Lance is now Black Canary, wearing the costume to respect her dead sister. Arsenal is still dealing with the fact he’s killed a cop. Oliver is dealing with five years on the island and not being able to connect. Diggle is the one who is accessible, the one who can be relatable to everyone.

There’s something to be said about covering that up with a mask. Putting him in the field when he has a child and wife at home, with no mask, while everyone around him is in mask, that has not gone unnoticed by the fans or us. There will be an answer to that. There will be something that will be applied that conceals his identity. Is that Wildcat? Is that the Lantern? I don’t know, specifically, but there will certainly be something happening later on in this season and into next season that answers that question. Diggle has to protect his identity. Would he make a good Wildcat? Sure.

According to Marc Guggenheim, however, John Diggle is not John Stewart (Green Lantern)…

“It’s funny, I’ve spoken to David quite a bit about this issue, I know it keeps coming up,” Guggenheim told MTV News in a new interview rebutting ComicBook.com’s own conversation with actor David Ramsey, who plays the character. “I spoke to [DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer] Geoff Johns at DC after that interview went viral. Basically, John Diggle is now a character in the comics…John Diggle is John Diggle. We’re not being coy and saying John Diggle is someone else, i.e. John Stewart. DC has other plans for that character. We love David, and we love the character of John Diggle that he’s created. We have really cool plans for him… they involve a wedding ring, but they don’t involve a power ring.”

John Diggle may not be getting a power ring, but according to Entertainment Weekly, viewers will find out more about Ray Palmer’s relationship to his power suit…

Any Arrow scoop on Ray suiting up as The Atom? — Stella

Yeah, he’ll be more like Laurel than Oliver. “He’s definitely a sloppy superhero in the sense of all of our characters don’t immediately have the easiest time fighting crime,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “I would say episode 19 really digs underneath what does it mean for Ray to be a hero. Is he a hero because of who he is? Or is he a hero because of the suit that he’s made?”

According to TVLine, there’s a twisted family dynamic coming up on The Flash

Got any scoop on The Flash’s Gorilla Grodd? –Mason

Don’t go ape, but I instead have intel on a pair of other encores — Captain Cold and Heat Wave, who when next seen are accompanied by Lisa Snart AKA Golden Glider. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says with a laugh that it’s a treat to watch Leonard “try to be a good big brother to this slightly psycho younger sister,” while Lisa in turn endeavors to “manipulate Heat Wave and his willingness to be a dumb lug for love.”

In an interview with TV Guide, Gotham creator Bruno Heller discussed the Joker’s beginnings…

Cameron Monaghan’s character is named Jerome. Who is he and how do we meet him?Heller: A murder happens at the circus and Jerome is a grieving victim of the murder. He’s a young man who’s deeply affected by the murder, which is why and how he comes into contact with Gordon. He comes from a tortured and dysfunctional family with many secrets that are revealed in this episode. It gives some insight into the kind of person that the Joker eventually becomes. He’s a brilliant young man. He’s a tortured young man. He’s a man with many secrets, and many secrets are being withheld from him. He will discover things about himself and his past in this episode that lead him down a very dark path.

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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