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– OK, let’s just put it out there: there was a shit-ton of CW/DC news today. Let’s get all that stuff out of the way right now.
– On the general CW front, all four shows (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow) will have 22 episode seasons. In the same piece, CW President Mark Pedowitz says he expects that Supergirl will be one of the top two shows, viewership wise.
– One of the ‘significant’ characters on one of the four CW shows will be coming out as gay during the upcoming season. For some reason, Supergirl‘s Winn Schott is rumored to be the character in question, which makes little sense, as he spent a lot of his screen time in season one pining for Kara, or sleeping with Siobhan. If he were to come out as bisexual, maybe, but it seems like making the character gay would be undoing a lot of what was done with him in the first season.
– Much like they did with Vixen last summer, the CW Seed is producing a new animated series based on a DC character. Freedom Fighters: The Ray, which will debut this fall, will do two very interesting things with its lead character: it is casting it for an eventual live-action debut, and it will present Ray Terrill as a gay man. Both are incredibly smart decisions, and I look forward to seeing the Ray, Uncle Sam, and the whole gang before the end of the year.
– In Arrow news: they are not planning on adding Bat-characters to the show, Stephen Amell hopes that Season 6 will feature flash-forwards, and Dolph Lundgren will be featured in this season’s flashbacks – and may have a connection to pre-Crisis Teen Titan.
– The Flash revealed that the speedster that will be antagonizing Barry in season three is Savitar – a Mark Waid/Oscar Jimenez co-creation. It was also revealed that the show will crossover with Supergirl for a two-part musical episode. As both Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist are Glee alumni, this makes a lot of sense, and should be adorable.
– Legends of Tomorrow has cast Lance Henriksen – who you may know as Frank Black from the X-Files spinoff Millennium – as Obsidian, son of Alan Scott, as part of the Justice Society of America.
OK, done with CW news – I promise.
– In shitty news, the second half of “Prez” has been cancelled by DC. There is a 12 page election special, which I appreciate, but that’s still shitty.
– SyFy is getting into the Grant Morrison business, big time: not only have they hired Morrison to adapt Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World, but they are also adapting his and Darrick Robinson’s “Happy!” for the network. Congrats, Grant!
– Some cool Marvel artistic news – friend of the site Filipe Andrade will be joining “Old Man Logan” for an arc (congrats, Filipe!), and Adam Warren will be writing and illustrating a backup in an upcoming issue of “Deadpool.”
– The upcoming Han Solo film may feature a young Lando Calirssian – good luck finding someone to pull of the same raw sexual energy of Billy Dee Williams.
– The Captain Marvel film will give Carol a new origin, so it isn’t quite so Green Lantern-y.
– Parminder Nagra, late of The Blacklist, is joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..
– Dark Horse and Humble Bundle have put up quite the bundle to benefit the Hero Initiative.
– Remember “Solarman?” It’s coming back!
– And, finally, i09 asks the important question: is there anyway Batman isn’t a bad lay?