The pilot phase is over and the announcements are official; "The CW Network" will be adding two more TV shows based around DC Comics to their schedule next fall. To wit, two official promotional images have been released online for the benefit of news sites such as this!
"The Flash", a spin off of "Arrow" (which is in the middle of its' second season) starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/the Flash, is the first one up. It is being produced by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, who also are the executive producers of "Arrow", working from a pilot script co-written by DC Comics writer/chief creative officer Geoff Johns. The series will also star Jesse L. Martin, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanaugh, John Wesley Shipp, Michelle Harrison and Patrick Sabongui. There is no word yet of any possible crossovers with "Arrow", although such a thing would seem inevitable. This marks the Flash's first return to TV since a previous "Flash" series, starring John Wesley Shipp, came and went on CBS in 1990.
The more unusual (or unique) choice of TV adaptations is "iZombie", which is based on a Vertigo comic of the same name by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred from 2010-2012. It stars Rose McIver as "Liv", a zombie who gains the knowledge of the braisn she eats and uses it to solve mysteries and have adventures. This role alone is a change from the comic, as the lead heroine's name there was "Gwen". Suffice it to say, the original comic worked largely due to Allred's quirky art. It is fascinating that a series about a female zombie who solves crimes by eating the brains of dead people was perfectly doable for "The CW", but a TV show about a young Wonder Woman ("Amazon") was "tricky". Perhaps the success of "Supernatural" and "Vampire Diaries" over so many years makes the occult less of a risk? At any rate, the cast will also include Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, David Anders, Robert Buckley, Nora Dunn and Ruhul Kohli.
"Gotham" schedule & cast revelations on Fox!
Meanwhile, more details are emerging about "Gotham", a series of a pre-Batman Gotham City, which is set to debut for the 2014-2015 season on Fox. The show will air Mondays at 8:00 p.m. Three more actors were added to the main cast of the series beyond the pilot: Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma (the future Riddler), Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, and Andrew Stewart-Jones, who plays Crispus Allen. Meanwhile, the rest of the previously announced cast (including star Ben McKenzie as James Gordon) have gotten a gallery of promotional images to help push the upcoming series. "Gotham"'s show runner Bruno Heller has great ambition for the series, envisioning it as being able to surpass Chris Nolan's trilogy of Batman films. Considering how itchy Fox's cancellation trigger finger is, time will tell on that one.
"Constantine" up at NBC; first trailer is revealed!
Wrapping up the DC Entertainment TV hat trick, "Constantine" has been officially picked up by NBC for their fall schedule, heading to air on Friday nights. Matt Ryan stars as the titular occult detective John Constantine, and the trailer reveals his goal to save his soul as well as antics against demons and angels alike. This is the second attempt at an adaptation for this character; Keanu Reeves starred in a "Constantine" film in 2005, which had a lukewarm reception and box office take. This effort seems to be closer to the spirit and look of the original comics. John Constantine began life as a reoccurring character in Alan Moore's "The Saga of the Swamp Thing" from 1985 before getting his own series, "Hellblazer", which ran from 1988 to 2013. The character has since been more firmly added to the DC universe after 2011's "New 52" era with a new "Constantine" series as well as as a place in "Justice League Dark" alongside Zatanna and Frankenstein's Monster. Add him to the growing list of characters that DC Entertainment, Warner Brothers and most TV networks considering to be less "tricky" than Wonder Woman.
The newest Batmobile may be revealed before the "Man of Steel" sequel gets an actual title!
The director of the still untitled sequel to "Man of Steel" (commonly dubbed "Batman vs. Superman"), Zack Synder posted an image on Twitter to jazz up the fan base. To this end, the image of the next Batmobile mostly covered by a tarp has been offered to the Internet; it suggests a return to a sleeker vehicle with "wings" as opposed to the bulky "tank" look of the "tumbler" from the Chris Nolan trilogy. Expect more peaks and tidbits to emerge between now and 2016.