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The Flash: From Page to Screen

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

 

The Flash: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth

The Flash

With the series premier of the Arrow spin-off The Flash only weeks away, several of the upcoming guest-stars for the show have thus far been announced already. Just as one would expect, the Rogues make up a sizable chunk of the upcoming characters. In the series Arrow, we’ve thus far met Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin of Glee fame) who already has suffered his fateful accident that leads to his becoming the Flash. Fans have also been treated to upcoming series regulars Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) who, in the comics, are fated to become the hero Vibe and villainess Killer Frost, respectively. The series will open with introducing S.T.A.R. Labs’ chief scientist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), whose particle accelerator transformed Allen, and on-line journalist Iris West (Candice Patton), mentioned only by name previously as a love interest to Allen. A demonstration of the forward thinking of the show’s producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, West was cast with an African-American actress to align with DC Comics’ current continuity where the character’s nephew Wally was reintroduced as being African-American (Wally later becoming the Flash’s sidekick Kid Flash in the comics), paving the road for his inclusion in the series down the line. Before moving on to those others cast, it should be noted Rogues the Trickster and Pied Piper have been mentioned but yet confirmed. The former was named in an early script used for auditions and the latter as a series regular to be cast but likely was replaced by the Caitlin Snow character (though, producers have stated a desire to add Pied Piper within the first twelve to thirteen episodes). Further, Arrow villain the Clock King (Robert Knepper) is set to make an appearance on The Flash. The character of Firestorm was described in detail previously here.

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Top 10: Heroes We Want in Arrow/Flash

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Arrow ClanTop 10: Heroes We Want in Arrow/Flash by Jerry Whitworth

 

As the DC Television Universe expands with the upcoming The Flash, fans have started speculating about a possible Justice League of America for Arrow and its new sister series. Arrow has thus far introduced Green Arrow, Huntress, Black Canary, and Roy Harper (who will transition into Arsenal in the upcoming season) and is set to introduce the Atom, Katana, Wildcat, and Manhunter. Of course, Barry Allen would emerge in Starling City last season and will go on to become the Flash as he will later be joined by Firestorm and a not-so-villainous Plastique (perhaps with shades of the Flash character Peek-A-Boo or the Human Bomb). A Justice League film franchise is currently in the works with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set to include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg, so it’s unlikely those characters would be available to the TV version especially following the announcement the film and TV universes will be kept separate. Further, as Constantine will be on a separate network and a Justice League Dark film is being planned, magic heroes are likely unavailable (if not, Jason Blood/Etrigan the Demon would have made this list). Previously, we posted about a possible Outsiders expansion with Katana, Black Lightning, Question, and Creeper so those incredible characters will be kept out of the running to keep from being redundant (otherwise, the latter three would occupy three spots). With that, lets take a look who we want to see come to the DC Television Universe.

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Arrow: Pilot – Review

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Arrow

Arrow

Arrow: Pilot – Review by Jerry Whitworth

 

Created as some amalgamation of Batman and Robin Hood, Green Arrow is wealthy thrill-seeker Oliver Queen who inherited his fortune from his family to fund his playboy lifestyle. Everything changed when his yacht crashed on a deserted island where he took up the bow and arrow as a means of survival. Upon his rescue some time later, Queen decided to devote his life to justice as Green Arrow. He would later come into his own as a champion of the downtrodden combating racism, classism, corporate greed, and corrupt politicians. Despite infrequent appearances in various media and brushes with fame having the likes of legendary artists Jack Kirby and Neal Adams, prolific writer Dennis O’Neil, filmmaker Kevin Smith, and novelist Brad Meltzer approach the character in comics, Green Arrow became a known entity to the general public through his many guest appearances on the popular television program Smallville. The series followed the earliest adventures of Clark Kent before he took up the identity of Superman, Green Arrow filled a World’s Finest role with the character of Batman and his properties tied up in other projects. The success of Smallville paved the way for Birds of Prey (based in the Batman mythos) and Aquaman (the character another notable guest on Smallville) but both had their own unique degrees of failure. Arrow is an attempt to spawn another Smallville while being more in line with the successful Christopher Nolan Batman film series.

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Arrow: We Want You!

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Comic Art News | 3 comments

Arrow: We Want You! by Jerry Whitworth

 

Green Arrow

Green Arrow

With the announcement of Arrow, the new television series from the CW adapting DC Comics’ Green Arrow (with CW previously airing Smallville which featured Green Arrow as a major character), and the release of a trailer and preview with villains like Merlyn and Drakon released as characters for the program, we can only speculate what other characters are in store for viewers. As what’s been released to the public thus far is any indication, we can assume the series will likely take a realistic approach to the material (akin to the Nolan series of Batman films), meaning someone like Brick is likely out. So, what villains are prominent enough while being realistic enough to make the cut (not to mention, who likely won’t be attached to Green Arrow because their rights could be tied up elsewhere, like Deathstroke or Riddler). Batman knock-offs like Bull’s Eye (Joker), Greenface (Two-Face), Cat (Catwoman), Master (Riddler), and Waxface (Clayface) will undoubtedly be out.

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Arrow: From Page to Screen

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

Arrow: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth

Arrow

Arrow

This Fall, DC Comics’ Green Arrow property is being adapted for the CW television series Arrow. In this adaptation, the series follows the basic premise of Green Arrow where the affluent Oliver Queen is marooned on an island over the course of several years where he learns to adapt by discovering a natural affinity with a bow and arrow. Eventually, Queen would gain rescue and return to Star City where he uses his fortune to begin a war on crime as the Green Arrow. Where the television series diverges is that Queen inherits his father’s sins, having grown his fortune through corruption and regretting these choices at his demise as part of the series of events that left Queen on the island. With a book outlining the names of his father’s associates in hand, Queen seeks to take down all those that fostered his father’s villainous ways. Green Arrow was previously featured in the CW television series Smallville. Several supporting cast members of the Green Arrow series will have roles adapted for the series.

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