Geek: Interesting Flash TV News

CW’s ‘The Flash’ To Do Standalone Pilot Instead Of ‘Arrow’ Backdoor Pilot Episode

EXCLUSIVE: There has been a change in the CW‘s plans forThe Flash. Originally, the character, played by Grant Gustin, was supposed to appear in three episodes ofArrow this season — No. 8, No. 9 and No. 20, the last one serving as a backdoor pilot directed by David Nutter. Episodes 8 and 9, in which the superhero is introduced only as his alter ego Barry Allen, have already been shot. But now the CW has opted to film a traditional standalone Flash pilot instead of doing abackdoor pilot as Episode 20 of Arrow.With Episodes 8 and 9 serving as an origin story, the plan was for The Flash character to make his debut — red costume and all — in Arrow‘s Episode 20. He will now do it in the pilot. The creative team remains the same, with Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and series scribe Geoff Johns writing the pilot and Nutter, who helmed the pilot for Arrow,directing. Berlanti, Kreisberg and Nutter executive produce, with Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive producing.

The decision was made after CW brass saw cuts of Episodes 8 and 9, which have been very well received. Filming a standalone Flash pilot would allow the creators to better flesh out the superhero’s story and his world. While no longer a full-blow spinoff, The Flash still will be tethered to the Arrow universe since the the character (as Barry Allen) will first be introduced there. In light of the pilot order, it is unclear whether Episode 20 of Arrow will feature the Flash or any reference of him. The Arrow producers are expected to discuss their ideas for the episode with the CW this coming week. On Arrow, Barry Allen (Gustin) is a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante.


Geek: Jamie Alexander is on the Clock!

Thor actress Jamie Alexander has been (self-reported) rumored to have had conversations with DC/WB about the possibility of being involved in the next Man of Steel. Which now has us wondering who she will play.

Early reports had her in consideration for Wonder Woman (for obvious reasons).

However, all indications point to her being someone else in the stable of female DC characters, in particular, those who have been romantically involved with Bruce Wayne.

I think that she would make a great Wonder Woman based on her physicality in her previous roles (Sif), but I can understand if they do not opt for her. I see them choosing someone for Wonder Woman who has a bit more of an Sephardic or South American ilk. Slightly more dark skinned.

So if Jamie is not Diana, then who will she be? I believe that even if she isn’t Diana then she will have a role where she will have to bring some physicality to the role. She portrays an intelligent, feminine, and tough attitude in her work and her character would likely have to have all those traits. Here are a few ideas of who she could play from the DC canon:


1. Julie Madison:


A Bruce Wayne love interest from the very beginning, but no superpowered aspirations or interpretations.

2. Vesper Fairchild:

A TV personality who became involved with Bruce ultimately killed by an emmissary of Lex Luthor to frame the Caped Crusader.


3. Pam Isley:

POISON IVY would be a little bit too unrealistic for this version of the Batman and Superman, but who’s to say how they work it in. Zack Snyder loves heroines (see 300 and Sucker Punch) and could do something inventive with the character I would bet.

4. Dinah Lance (or Drake):

The Black Canary would be introduced, but would be a significant divergence from previous movies. She could be scouting for recruits into C.H.E.S.S. for Amanda Waller? Interesting thoughts abound with this choice.


5. Zatanna:

She would be the WB/DC world’s introduction to magic in their universe, which like Marvel, has relied on science or pseudo-science to explain all fantastical events. She has been known to have a relationship with Bruce in the comics and showed an affection for Robin, ironically, in the recent Young Justice series that ran on (and was unceremoniously cancelled by) Cartoon Network.

They have already introduced her into the WB/DC in Smallville and was played by Serinda Swan, who seemed to be perfect casting, simply based on look. However, the episode proved to be extremely strong for a series that was struggling toward the end of its run.

I would seriously advocate for Ms. Swan (whose name already sounds like a superhero alter-ego) would be a good candidate to return as either Zatanna or another heroine, possibly….

P. S.

She should probably just play Wonder Woman and get it over with!!!

Geek: Marvel is Kicking DC’s Butt with Impugnity

@tomhiddleston opened up Hall H at Comic-Con for @Marvel and blew the doors and the roof off the place. DC had Zack Snyder announce Batman vs Superman as the next DC movie! Great, but man, that’s a leap to have them go head to head right away. Remember: if based on Frank Miller’s Dark Knight, then Batman will come close to killing Superman when he wears an Iron-Man like power suit. SPOILER ALERT. Anyway, Marvel has been playing the long game for some time. DC is just getting the hang of this.

I always thought it was so cool that the Hall of Justice wasn’t that far away from where I lived.  Cincy has at least one cool thing about it!