In this edition of DC Round-Up, there’s intel on upcoming episodes of ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’.
In an interview with TVLine, Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim previewed the back half of the season, including a “love letter” to the fans…
TVLINE | I was reading the synopsis for Episode 14, “The Returned,” and it sounds like a fun nod to longtime fans, as Flashback Oliver sneaks back into Starling City and discreetly checks in on everyone.
Episode 14 is a bit of a “love letter” to the show. It stands on its own feet, for people who are new to the show, but if you’ve been watching since Season 1, it’s got a ton of Easter eggs and little inside jokes. There’s a lot of really fun moments that are the kind of things you can only do if you’ve done over 50 episodes — you get to go back and explore your roots a little bit, so you’ll want to watch this episode carefully. My hope is that if people watch the show now but haven’t seen Season 1, they’ll want to go back and Netflix it afterwards.
In another article, TVLine previewed the return of the Suicide Squad, including an Instagram photo of the new Suicide Squad line-up from David Ramsay. In this season’s 17th episode, titled “Suicidal Tendencies,” Supernatural alum Amy Gumenick — who in November made her debut as Carrie Cutter aka Arrow’s stalker, Cupid — reprises that role, having been drafted by A.R.G.U.S.’ Suicide Squad for “safe keeping.” Also appearing in the springtime episode are Michael Rowe, Cynthia Addai-Robinson and Audrey Marie Anderson (as Deadshot, Amanda Waller and Lyla Michaels).
In an interview with Variety, John Wesley Shipp discussed revisiting the Trickster, reprised by Mark Hamill…
Mark Hamill is on set this week — how has it been to reunite with him?
It’s been great… Mark said a very interesting thing to me. We shared a ride back to the hotel one night. He said, talking about himself, “This is the second time in a row” — talking about “Star Wars” — “that I’ve gotten to revisit a project that I thought I would never see again. We are really in a very unique and fortunate position, aren’t we?” I said, “Yes. I thought that. I never thought I’d see ‘The Flash’ again, 24 years later.” I get a role that’s not a walkthrough but that is intimately involved in the story. It really is something.
Beyond that, I just want to say the relationship, the structure of the relationship between Mark, the old Trickster and the new Trickster [Devon Graye] is fascinating. Talk about layers. How do they bring Mark back 24 years later in a role that he played 24 years ago playing the same character? Obviously, they can’t write it the same way, so they get the best of both possible worlds. They get the youth and the wannabe and they get Mark’s history and gravitas and everything that he brings to the role as well.
What’s the dynamic between James Jesse and Henry in Iron Heights?
The only thing that’s different — well, obviously I’m playing different character — but Mark’s Trickster is now very much more seasoned. He too has been in Iron Heights, you know what I mean? So what we see out of Mark is a much more seasoned insanity. It’s quite chilling, actually, and that craziness is passed on to the next generation — to Devon. It’s more fun and games.
As an added bonus, The Daily Mail has some wonderful behind-the-scenes photos of Mark Hamill in his updated Trickster costume.
TVLine reported that The Flash is putting a gender twist on DC Comics’ Bug-Eyed Bandit. The Walking Dead alumna Emily Kinney has been cast as the typically male nemesis of The Atom. Kinney will appear in Episode 18, “All-Star Team-Up,” as Brie Larvan — fka Bertram in comics lore — when Arrow‘s Ray Palmer and Felicity visit Central City for help with his A.T.O.M. exosuit. Brie is described as a narcissistic tech wizard wreaking havoc in Central City. Upon arriving in town, Felicity recognizes Brie as her nemesis, and the two women engage in a hacker battle for The Flash’s life.