Since the announcement in July that The CW was developing a new Flash television series to spin out of Arrow, the question for many fans was who'd be playing DC Comics scarlet speedster. The answer has arrived, as Warner Bros. has announced that Glee and 90210 actor Grant Gustin has been cast as Barry Allen in the upcoming show.
Remember Trinity War? The six-part,154-page, 24-dollar DC Comics crossover story that ended with a cliffhanger where the super-villains from inside Pandora's Box rushing towards all three Justice Leagues with the words "To Be Continued in Forever Evil #1" at the bottom of the last page? Remember how you were frustrated that the climactic battle of the weeks-long story was being saved for the start of another story entirely, but you took some small comfort in knowing you only had to wait one week to finally see it in Forever Evil #1?
In the weeks since the release of the teaser graphic above there have been all kinds of rumors and guesses as to the fate of Nightwing in Forever Evil, the latest DC Comics event series in which the villains succeed in taking over the world. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by David Finchand on sale now, issue #1 reveals at least one significant part of Nightwing's fate in the crossover and presumably in the broader narrative of the DC Universe going forward.
SPOILER WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for both Forever Evil and Trinity War.
And we're back for the final time as Trinity War reaches its epic conclusion, no doubt resolving all of its many mysteries and conflicts, tying up all of its loose ends and definitely not just leading directly into the next big DC Comics event. Right?
When we left off Pandora was trying to find someone capable of opening the skull-shaped "box" and restore the world to its pre-sinful state. She thought to try old "more powerful than a locomotive" himself, Superman, but touching the box turned him so (temporarily) evil that in a stand-off with between the Justice League and the Justice League of America, the Man of Steel accidentally killed fellow superhero Doctor Light and started getting really, really sick.
That sent Wonder Woman and the magical heroes of Justice League Dark after Pandora, but everyone who touched the box also went evil. A few issues of flying around, arguing, and fighting later, the box, all three Justice Leagues and the behind-the-scenes villain calling himself the Outsider all found each other in the same place at the same time.
Welcome back, Trinity Warriors! The Justice League Vs. Justice League Vs. Justice League conflict that is Trinity War is back in full force after a few week's downtime, and thus so are we.
What terrible event could cause three superhero teams with almost identical names to do battle with one another? The pale, purple-clad, villainous community organizer The Outsider and a gun-toting version of the mythological Pandora (a card-carrying member of "The Trinity of Sin") both had designs on the Justice League: Outsider wanted to destroy them to take over the world or whatever, while Pandora wanted the pure-of-heart Superman to re-open her magic box and thus re-imprison the sins of the world. Later, Shazam (nee Captain Marvel) flew to Khandaq on a personal errand and caused a violent international incident. During the stand-off between Shazam, the Justice League and Amanda Waller's hand-picked Justice League of America, Superman seemingly murdered the hero Doctor Light. Thinking Pandora and her magic box were the key to Superman's unusual outburst, Wonder Woman recruited the occult Justice League Dark to help her track Pandy down. Meanwhile, Batman and Trinity of Sin member the Phantom Stranger have their own ideas, as do Superman and the Question, the third component of the Trinity of Sin, who believes the villainous mind-manipulator Doctor Psycho may have been behind the Man of Steal's murderous actions.
As I have said many times, The CW's Arrow is a pretty dark show to be as silly as it is sometimes. One might suspect that the network's new series featuring Barry Allen as The Flash would take a similar tack, but the writers developing the series, which will spin off from Arrow, are indicating Barry's show will be brighter and more superheroic than Ollie's.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Barry Allen will appear in three episodes of Arrow next season. He'll be in episodes 8 and 9, and then episode 20 will serve as a backdoor pilot for the new Flash series. All three will be written by the team of Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns.
DC Comics began its week-ish slate of Comic-Con programming with an "All Access" panel which mainly spotlighted previously announced publishing plans including the recently launched Trinity War and forthcoming Forever Evil and gave readers an opportunity to get some questions answered by: VP of Sales Bob Wayne, Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Justice League Dark/Animal Man/Green Arrow writer Jeff Lemire, The Flash co-writer and colorist Brian Buccellato, Batgirl and The Movement writer Gail Simone, Fables artist Mark Buckingham, Fairest cover artist Adam Hughes, Li'l Gotham co-writer Derek Fridolfs and Injustice: Gods Among Us writer Tom Taylor.
After DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation announced the release of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, it seemed inevitable that animated adaptations of New 52 stories were coming as well. Any speculation was ended earlier today, as it was revealed that Justice League War, the first DC Universe animated film of 2014, will be based on the Justice League story from Geoff Johns, and Jim Lee that introduced readers to the New 52 universe.
If you're the kind of person who keeps up with comic book news online -- and the evidence would seem to suggest that you are -- then you may have already heard a few things about what happens in Justice League #22. It's the kickoff of the big Trinity War crossover, and Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis have already got people talking about it, some of whom are even going so far as to call it this month's Worst Comic Ever™. And it is, but probably not for the reason they're mad about.
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