Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow To Give Us A Break In 2018!

All of the CW Arrowverse shows are currently on their winter break, and when they come back, expect some changes to scheduling, as Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow will fill the 8pm time slot on Mondays from January 15 through June 18, thus giving Black Lightning (which premieres on January 16th) room to shine on Tuesdays after The Flash, and giving us one less CW show to have to cover every week (whew!) The schedule is a little janky, but we break it down below.

From Monday, January 15 to February 5th, we’ll get 4 new episodes of Supergirl. Then from February 12th to April 9th, we’ll get 9(!) episodes of Legends, concluding with it’s season finale on the 9th. Finally, Supergirl returns for 10 episodes, culminating in the season finale on June 18th. From the way that lineup works, I expect Kara to see more trouble than success over the next 4 episodes. What do you think? Let us know!

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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.

 

Brenton Thwaites To Be The Titans’ Robin!

Looking probably a little more swarthy in this picture than he will as the other half of the Dynamic Duo, Brenton Thwaites has signed on to play Robin in the DC  series, Titans, coming to the Warner Brothers new DC-branded streaming service, in 2018.

Thwaites may be recognized from his roles in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales or Gods Of Egypt, where he had smaller roles, but will definitely be taking the lead here, in his first U.S.-based series. The series is another Berlanti project with Sarah Schecter, this time written by Akiva Goldsman, and of course, with Geoff Johns involved in producing.

Of course, as previously posted, Thwaites’ Robin will be joined by Teagan Croft as Raven and Anna Diop as Starfire. This is starting to look better and better!

Anna Diop casted as Starfire for “Titans” series

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The upcoming Titans series is getting more of its heroes and stars. 24: Legacy alumna Anna Diop has landed one of the leads, the series-regular role of Starfire. The new live-action series Titans, from Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV. She joins Australian newcomer Teagan Croft, who was cast as another lead, Raven, in the series that’s slated to premiere in 2018 as part of the inaugural slate of a new DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service.

Written by Goldsman, DC Entertainment’s Johns and Berlanti, Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others. Dick Grayson who is Robin in the Teen Titans series has not yet been cast or maybe he has and it has not been announced.

Now a bit of backstory on Starfire (aka Koriand’r), she is an alien princess from a warrior planet who seeks asylum on Earth. A no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners stranger on our world, she has the ability to shoot energy bolts and fly. Searching for her place on Earth, she’ll come into contact with the Titans.

Many people have been curious as to whom the full team will be given that Cyborg, who is seen in the current Teen Titans Go series will be a prominent member of the DC Justice League movie in November.

CW Berlanti-verse Crossover Dates Set!

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A recent Television Critics Association that includes a number of executive producers from DC’s television division has delivered info on the fall crossover schedule for the CW Network. Network president, Mark Pedowitz shared that Supergirl and Arrow will take place on Monday, November 27th, while Flash and Legends will happen on Tuesday the 28th.

When asked why there would be a date change for Arrow, specific to the crossover, Pedowitz said, “We felt that it would be better and tighter in storytelling,” but also added, “Next year we may go back to four nights.” The event is still going on and a number of EPs have yet to speak on panels, so there still may be more info to come. We’re interested in your thoughts on a 2-day vs 4-day crossover. Let us know!

Live Action Teen Titans Set To Start Filming This Fall

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An employment website catering to the film industry lists several openings on the recently announced live-action Titans series that will anchor WB’s new digital streaming service (alongside Young Justice).

The listings state that filming will begin this Fall, on September 25 in Atlanta, Georgia. While the studio’s superhero TV shows typically film in Vancouver, it seems that Titans will be joining The CW’s Black Lightning in the Atl.

Geoff Johns, Akiva Goldsman and Greg Berlanti are writing the pilot. The series has a confirmed 2018 premiere date. Johns has insinuated on Twitter that the series will also feature Beast Boy.

“Titans explores one of the most popular comic book teams ever. It follows a group of young soon-to-be superheroes recruited from every corner of the DC Universe. In the action-adventure series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes that includes Starfire, Raven and others.”