Remember The Flash Movie? It Has Directors (as in two,) Again

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With Walter Hamada firmly in control of the DC film universe and business in the new year starting to pick up, it seemed like official announcements were coming at any moment. That moment has happened, as the Flash movie (Flashpoint? The Ezra Miller One) has now picked up it’s 3rd director. Well, 3rd and 4th, as John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been tasked with helming the scarlet speedster’s feature length story.

If you’re unfamiliar with Daley and Goldstein, they were the writers behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, which bodes very well and plays into my belief that DC wants to keep the Flash as their Peter Parker-type character. They almost directed Homecoming until John Watts became available. On the downside, they also wrote the Vacation remake. Either way, the movie will obviously take a more comical tone, which already makes telling the Flashpoint story even more questionable. Joby Harold’s script is still the one they’ll direct as of this post.

Warner Bros. has had the luxury of taking their time here, with Miller in another major franchise under their banner that’s just started filming – the second Fantastic Beasts movie. There’s a weird outside chance that the delay and change may have been just what the film needed. Is this a solid first move by Hamada? Tell us what you think!

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The Trusty Sidekick – Best & Worst TV Shows Of 2017

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Stand-up comics Jay Washington and Bobby Hill are recapping the best and the worst Marvel and DC television shows of 2017, on the Laugh Factory podcast network. Supergirl, Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, Arrow, Gotham, Powerless, Punisher, Iron Fist, Defenders, The Gifted, Legion, The Runaways, Inhumans and Agents of Shield. Fourteen shows, we watched every episode and we discuss and rank them all!

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The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 74

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The mid-season finales are happening and comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill keep you on top of everything in the Marvel and DC universe, on the Laugh Factory Podcast network. This week we’ve got recaps of last week’s Supergirl, Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, Arrow, Gotham, Gifted, and Agents Of Shield, plus info on Justice League, shake ups at Warner Bros, and news on Shazam, Titans, Supergirl, Legends, the potential sale of Fox to Disney, Spider-Man 2, The Gifted, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Punisher, Inhumans, Venom, Silver & Black, Morbius, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

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The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 73

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Your favorite Marvel and DC loving stand-up comics are at it again, as Jay Washington and Bobby Hill bring you an action packed, informative and super funny episode on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network. This week we recap and review the Infinity War Trailer, Agents Of Shield season 5 premiere, Runaways, The CW crossover – Crisis On Earth-X, as well as news, casting and production info on Ant-Man & The Wasp, Captain Marvel, Agents Of Shield, Daredevil, Punisher, Legion, Gambit, Venom, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Titans, Black Lightning, Arrow, and The Flash.

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The Trusty Sidekick – Episode 72 (2 Year Anniversary Episode!)

It’s our 2 year anniversary episode and comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill celebrate with one of our funniest episodes ever, on the Laugh Factory Podcast Network! This week, we cover production news, casting updates and more behind the scenes info on Justice League, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Andrew Kreisberg suspension, Black Lightning, Crisis On Earth-X (the CW crossover,) Gambit, Multiple Man, Deadpool, The Gifted, Morbius, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ant Man & The Wasp, Daredevil, and Luke Cage, plus recaps of Supergirl, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, Arrow, Gifted, and Gotham.

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Crisis On Earth-X! The Trailer For The CW DC Crossover Arrives!

Since the first CW superhero crossover, each one has gotten better and better. Last year’s Dominators storyline was solid, but the trailer for this year’s looks incredible!

Already slated to have upwards of 20 characters on-screen at a time, the 2-night, 4 show event will be covering the famed Barry-Iris wedding, one of the most famous in all of comic book history. The core story for this year revolves around an attack from the 53rd universe in the known DC world, Earth-X. Iris and Barry’s wedding is interrupted by an assault from Nazi’s and anti-heroes – including evil versions of Arrow, Flash and Supergirl, and it will take the full onslaught of CW’s full catalog, plus newcomer, The Ray, to save the day.

Supergirl kicks everything off on Monday, November 27th at it’s normal time slot, followed by a special Monday edition of Arrow. Flash and Legends will follow on Tuesday at their normal times, and we can’t wait!

 

Berlanti-verse Not Immune: Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg Suspended Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

In a span of a few short months that has delivered a seemingly endless stream of people coming forward to name names of Hollywood harassers, abusers and rapists, the scope has not escaped the world of live-action superheroes without issue. Andrew Kreisberg, the executive producer of CW shows, “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” “The Flash” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” has been suspended by Warner Bros. TV Group, pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. At the moment there are 19 allegations being made against him (15 women and 4 men,) with claims including a range of sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a number of years.

In a statement to Variety, who broke the original story, Warner Bros. TV Group said, “We have suspended Mr. Kreisberg and are conducting an internal investigation. We take all allegations of misconduct extremely seriously, and are committed to creating a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.”

The stories, as told to Variety, are plentiful and very in-depth. They come from individuals who have and currently work with Kreisberg, they match up, corroborate each other and detail similar incidents. They range from tails of him hiring staffers based on looks, requesting massages, kissing women without consent, sexualized comments about women’s appearances and dress, weird in-office requests and contact with both men and women, all the way to an obsessive crush over a staff member that led to her quitting – a story confirmed by 12 different sources.

Which brings up the even larger issue: one of the inappropriate questions often asked of victims in these situations is, “why didn’t you tell anyone?” However, in this case, people did tell someone. A lot of someones, all the way up the ladder. At least one female colleague said she went to a senior executive at Berlanti Productions, the company that makes the CW shows for the DC and the network, with no response. A male colleague claims to have tried multiple times to correct his behavior, but with him being a show runner, it didn’t go anywhere. The show runner on a TV show is essentially THE power position. It’s similar to a producer on a movie. No one has offered to identify themselves for fear of putting their careers at risk.

Andrew Kreisberg currently denies every allegation. According to him, he’s mentored men and women over the years, but never inappropriate, and he made attempts to explain away or deny that any of the allegations actually happened. Sources close to Berlanti Productions say that owner, Greg Berlanti, the man behind 6 shows currently on television and another 3 in production, was never made personally aware of the accusations, and definitely would have acted, if so. Overall, the colleagues that contributed, spoke largely about the level of uncomfortability that Kreisberg has brought to the office, with multiple women saying they avoided sitting next to him, and felt under constant pressure to not speak or dress in any way that would subject them to harassment, not that it necessarily did any good.

Look, TV shows are fun and being able to see live-action versions of our comic book heroes is entertaining, but no one should have to deal with being sexually harassed, touched inappropriately, or otherwise made to feel sexualized or uncomfortable in the workplace. It’s truly a shame that a production company that is usually know for such progressive storylines, has such an internal failure going on. Kreisberg certainly comes off as a supervillain, here. Making sure that is handled is far more important than this week’s Flash bad guy or wondering whether Mon-El is going to come back to ruin more Supergirl episodes. Let’s hope Warner Bros. TV Group and Berlanti Productions move swiftly and do the right thing.