Berlanti Updates: Flash, Arrow, Supergirl

There has been a lot of data dumped on the internet in the past week, not that we’re closing in on October — when most of network television comes back for a new season.

The Flash, for one, has a new villian, right now only known as “Zoom,” but played by actor Tony Todd. For those of you wondering “Hey, isn’t Professor Zoom and Reverse Flash the same person in comic books?” the answer is …. sort of.  Tony Todd played everything from Gilgamesh in Hercules (ask your parents, kids) to a Captain in the Babylon 5 film Call to Arms.

Meanwhile, over on CBS, Supergirl is already getting the attack of the Red Tornado and Dr. T. O. Morrow.  For those of you you have no clue what Red Tornado is, think of him as DC Comics version of The Vision from Avengers.  Dr. Morrow is the creator of Red Tornado, a mad scientist, who would later have his own little clubhouse of DC mad scientist in the 52 storyline, in an issue called … wait for it … the Isle of Doctor Morrow.

And since they’re doing everything but using main Superman characters (No, Jimmy Olson was never a main character, more like the comic relief), they are bringing in a Lucy Lane.  Yes, really

And then there’s Arrow … wow, some crazy stuff has happened.  Stephen Amell first became a wrestler for WWE. Then, when Kanye West threatened to run for President, Amell threatened to run for Canadian Prime Minister. And he’d win too.

There have been hints that we would get Green Lantern’s Coast City sooner rather than later — which makes Greg Berlanti the most passive-aggressive writer ever (he wrote the original screenplay for the Green Lantern film, which apparently bore no relationship to what hit the screen).  Also, HIVE master and Ra’s al Ghul counterpart Damien Darhk is coming out in the first episode of the upcoming season.

Also, there is a threat for Diggle to have a new costume.

And you can see it right here. In the Arrow Season 4 trailer.

And yes, apparently, they’ve filmed everything with John Constantine and the resurrection on Sarah Lance (which will end so, so badly, you can just tell). And, apparently, Damien Darkh is a bit of a moron, asking the vigilante who he is since “The Arrow is dead” — okay, I know it’s a setup for the line “I’m Green Arrow,” but come on. He also comes off as reasonable, a businessman … this is going to go the way of the Godfather, isn’t it?  And, since we haven’t had the season big bad guy revealed until around mid season, it makes me wonder what the Christmas break will lead to.

Also, we’re spending a lot of the opening with Oliver Queen with a happy, normal life. obviously, that will last five minutes. Thea seems to be going slowly crazy (because Lazarus pit) and Nyssa will be taking some shorts at Malcom Merlin.  Yes, you also saw Jeri Ryan, running for Mayor of the new Star City … we’ll see how long that lasts.

Also, we get Felicity as bas@$$ — hitting and shooting — as well as the future Mister Terrific (the nerdy black fellow alongside her).

And there’s Captain Lance, spouting the obligatory “You inspire psychos” routine that DC likes to throw in every once in a while to pretend that they’re deep.

This is about to get strange…er


About Declan Finn

Declan Finn is the author of Honor at Stake, an urban fantasy novel, nominated for Best Horror in the first annual Dragon Awards. He has also written The Pius Trilogy, an attempt to take Dan Brown to the woodshed in his own medium -- soon to be republished by Silver Empire Press. Finn has also written "Codename: Winterborn," an SF espionage thriller, and it's follow-up, "Codename: Winterborn." And "It was Only on Stun!" and "Set To Kill" are murder mysteries at a science fiction convention.
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2 Responses to Berlanti Updates: Flash, Arrow, Supergirl

  1. JD Cowan says:

    I just hope season 4 is a lot less slower than season 3 was in the second half when Ras took over the story. Hopefully by putting the villain up front it’ll help keep the pacing more even.

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    • Declan Finn says:

      Also, they’re back to using a villain who’s lesser known, and doesn’t really belong to anyone else … you know, like Ra’s belonged to Batman. Like the entire plot of Season 3


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