Welp, if ever you wanted to overload on TV superheros, have we got a Comic-Con for you! Warner Bros. TV has officially loaded up on 21 series headed to San Diego this year, from Flash to Supergirl to Powerless, Justice League Action, and a few non-superhero series like The Big Bang Theory, The 100, and Animaniacs. You may have heard of them.
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Apart from myriad new additions to Season 5, Arrow hasn’t given us the clearest picture of its next chapter, at least in the manner Flash has. That said, Stephen Amell reveals that the Green Arrow will be sporting some new duds in Season 5, as well the appearance of a familiar face and “the most vicious, violent one-er shot in the history of network television.”
A lifetime of TV fakeouts has conditioned us to question death, but Arrow may well stick with its big Laurel twist from Season 4. A new piece of production art from Season 5 gives us a glimpse into the Black Canary’s legacy, and another heroic addition to Star City.
Arrow Season 5 certainly made waves with its intent to cast a villain cut from the cloth of The Wire iron Stringer Bell, but who knew they’d go right to the source? The fifth season of DC’s emerald archer drama has tapped Wire and Walking Dead alum Chad Coleman for a majorly bad role, uniting all of Star City’s criminals.
As readers will know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we’re big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming, and fantasy communities have proved time and again their exceptional talents for homemade disguises and superheroic sartorial excellence, and all of their craft and skill was on display this past weekend at HeroesCon. Our chief cosplay correspondent Betty Felon was on hand to document as much of it as she could.
Throw another vigilante in the Arrow Season 5 mix, but - twist - this one you’ve met before. The DC drama will officially introduce a new spin on female archer vigilante Artemis, albeit filling the role with the same mysterious Evelyn Sharp character we met last season.
It’s easy to take the streaming availability of network shows for granted, whether Hulu’s ability to screen most-episodes next day, or Netflix’s new season availability ahead of premieres, but CW viewers in particular are in for good news and bad. CW shows will become available on Netflix much, much faster, but at the cost of their Hulu availability.
The CW looks more and more like DC’s go-to network than ever, and the full fall 2016 premiere roster will stand as proof. Not only do we know when The Flash Season 3 will kick off The CW’s fall 2016 slate, so too do we know when to expect its Supergirl debut, Legends of Tomorrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and all the rest.
More and more DC heroes have joined the ranks of Arrow in four seasons, though Season 5 seems to have them coming out of the woodwork. Following yesterday’s addition of Rick Gonzalez’s “Wild Dog,” Arrow Season 5 now adds Josh Segarra in a series regular role as DC’s own … well, “Vigilante.”
I honestly thought we were past the point where superhero TV and movies could surprise me anymore. I mean, we're two years out from a movie where a Celestial showed up on screen and an Academy Award-nominated actor talked about the Nova Corps, and last year's TV season brought us Gorilla Grodd as a full-on telepathic talking super-gorilla who fought the Flash and an entire show about the Atom, Captain Cold and Hawkgirl flying through the time stream to fight Vandal Savage. We are, I thought, long past the point where just telling me a character's going to show up on a TV show is worth getting excited about.
And then the CW announced that Wild Dog was going to be on Arrow.