Television Upfronts Bring Big Changes To Arrowverse, Patience For Agents Of Shield

With this year’s television upfronts having just concluded, we are now getting info on where and when we’ll see the return of some of our favorites from both DC and Marvel, and boy are there some surprises.

As you may know if you’re following us on the podcast (here,) the fates of the CW shows weren’t determined until about a month ago. Despite a lot of people questioning whether Supergirl, Flash or even Arrow should return, all are back, possibly aided by the fact that the network is expanding to a sixth night of programming (Sunday.)

While Flash’s fifth season will continue to be the lead-in to the very strong and entertaining, Black Lightning, remaining in the Tuesday night spot it’s held since it’s inception, Supergirl will move from the Monday night spot it had for it’s first three seasons (one on CBS, two on CW,) to Sunday’s at 8pm, 7 CST. Legends Of Tomorrow will now be locked in the Monday 8pm/7 CST slot it thrived in this year, and it will now be followed by Arrow! Oliver and crew had a very strong comeback season, really a second in a row, after everyone freaked out over too much magic being involved in season 4. Supergirl, Legends, Arrow, Flash and closing with Black Lightning makes for a much stronger lineup and wraps everything up by Tuesday night each week.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been given a 13-episode 6th season, which almost no one would’ve guessed, after last year’s story about Disney needing to “strongly urge” ABC to bring the show back. To no surprise of the actual fans of the show, we were treated to another fabulous season, which tied up so many loose ends and has us eager for another. The twist is when we will actually get to see them. As you may know if you’re watching, they explicitly connected Thanos attacking Earth in Infinity War, to the show. The concern many had upon the announcement of the 6th season, was that we’d see AoS come back before the issues stemming from Thanos snapping his fingers, had played out. The good news is, that won’t be a problem. The bad news, is the reason why. We won’t get the premiere of season 6 until the summer of 2019, meaning after the events of Avengers 4 play out. As a fan, this is bittersweet. Happy for another season, sad you have to wait.

I think the positives outweigh the negatives all the way around here. What about you? Let us know what you think!

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The Longbow Hunters Are Coming to Arrow

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At the time of typing this we are getting prepared for the season 6 finale of Arrow on the CW. Team Arrow is once again back together to take on Ricardo Diaz and the soul of Star City hangs in the balance.

On top of the high stakes within this season finale that is titled “Life Sentence” it also marks the end of both Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle as showrunners as well as a farewell to Paul Blackthorne who for the past 6 years has portrayed Quentin Lance. Guggenheim while speaking with TV Line gave a bit of an easter egg as what fans can expect heading into season seven,  “I will say that the reference to the Longbow Hunters is us planting a flag, much the same way we referenced Damien Darhk in the Season 3 finale.”

The Longbow Hunters made their first appearance in the New 52’s Green Arrow#31, penned by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino. The team consist of the DC Comics version of Arrow’s Ricardo Diaz, Richard Dragon, and included Red Dart, Brick, Count Vertigo and Killer Moth.  Now we have seen a few of these characters in the show before, Brick or Danny Brickwell was portrayed by Vinny Jones and Count Vertigo has been “reborn” in the series.

How do you feel about this inclusion of a new super team of villains and are you looking forward to season seven.

Batwoman Is Heading Into the Arrowverse

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The Arrowverse is expanding once again and this time its adding another classic DC Comics character.  This time it is in the form of Kathy Kane aka Batwoman. She will be making her arrival in the next massive crossover that features all of the Arrowverse shows which include Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash and Supergirl. Kane was originally introduced in DC comics back in 1956 and was re-imagined into the “New 52”. Her character now is a Jewish lesbian which potentially means another superhero love affair for Sara Lance (played by Caity Lotz).

Arrow star Stephen Amell shared the amazing news at The CW’s upfront presentation. “We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be doing another crossover event this fall on the CW, and we’ll be introducing a new character,” Amell said. “For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific. The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it.”

CW boss Mark Pedowitz added. “We are adding the city of Gotham into the Arrowverse,” “This will be another full-throttled, action-packed event.”

We have constantly been teased about the arrival of Gotham City within the Arrowverse. It was referenced in Supergirl by both Kara (Supergirl) who said her cousin has worked with a guy with a lot of tech and gadgets. Also by a couple who stated “we need to go back to Gotham” In The Flash in Season one the newspaper in which they kept going to about the future stated the Wayne Tech was merging with Queen Consolidated. Also in Arrow while Oliver Queen was still mayor of Star City and being questioned at a press conference mentioned both Gotham and Bruce Wayne by name.

Are you excited for Karly Kane’s arrival and are you hoping this will lead into seeing Bruce himself? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Marvel Hires Writers For “Eternals,” So You Know They’re Serious

If you caught our latest podcast (here,) you will have heard about Marvel’s plans to move away from it’s earthly heroes for an otherworldly, highly super-powered Eternals movie. Many are somewhat unfamiliar with the Eternals, and in in keeping with that, Marvel has hired an unfamiliar writing duo as well.

Matthew and Ryan Firpo have been given the go-ahead to take the first crack at turning out a viable script. To date, the brothers are largely unknown, with their main claim to fame being a script for a movie called “Ruin,” which made the Black List and has attracted the attention of Gal Gadot and MadRiver Productions.

As we all know, those who start on a Marvel script may not be the ones who end up with the credit for it by the time the film arrives, and creating an entirely alien world where everyone seemingly has powers is no easy undertaking. We will know whether they’ve got the goods, soon enough. What are your thoughts on Marvel bringing in untested talent for their next step? Let us know!

The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 81

It’s a wild and crazy 81st episode where comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill discover Jay’s useless superpower, and get you all the info on what’s happening with live-action Marvel and DC on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network. This week, we cover the latest on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers 4, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Inhumans, Eternals, Iron Fist, Punisher, Jessica Jones, Gambit, Shazam, Nightwing, Doom Patrol and more, plus recaps of Agents Of Shield, Legion, Supergirl, Flash, Arrow, Krypton and Gotham.

Find it at http://traffic.libsyn.com/trustysidekick/Ep81Final.mp3, via your favorite podcast app, or listen to any of our episodes on the podcast tab here. Please rate and review us!

Greg Berlanti Scores Again This Time With DOOM PATROL

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It is no secret that Greg Berlanti is the King of the DC tv universe. With 5 shows currently on the CW renewed for new seasons and Titans heading to the DC Universe streaming platform why by any means would he ever slow down. This news proves that he definitely is not losing any steam.

Berlanti has partnered once again with Warner Bros and DC entertainment have been given a 13-episode direct-to-series order to hour long live-action drama Doom Patrol. It is set to go into production this year with its release in 2019 on the DC streaming platform.

The synopsis of the series Doom Patrol is going to be a re-imagining of the beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief).  For those who do who the Partol are, The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities — but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence — and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

The series is set to pick up after the events of the Titans series and the heroes are going to be “united” by Cyborg. Now that doesn’t mean if we will or won’t see Cyborg in the Titans series.

Jeremy Carver (Supernatural) will pen the series based on the DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani.

Are you excited for this or what?!?! Let us know what you think.

Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Gets A Sixth Season!

After rumors surfaced that Disney “compelled” ABC to give Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. this, their 5th season, we were all pretty sure it would be the original MCU tie-in show’s last. All year long, people involved in the show kept saying they wrote this season as if it would be the last. Expectations were minimum. Thank goodness the fans showed up.

Announced just a minutes ago, AoS will be returning for a 6th season! Next year will bring back Coulson (we hope) and his crew for another 13 episodes. Thirteen is a far cry from the massive 24 episode run they had just a season ago, but at this point, we’ll take what we can get. Will we get more tie-ins to the half-genocided larger MCU? Will events of Avengers 4 play a role? Contact us and share your thoughts! Also, don’t forget to tune into the podcast we’ll be releasing later today to discuss it – we may bring up your question or opinion!