In this edition of DC Round-Up, Arrow’s executive producer discusses setting up season 4’s Big Bad. Victor Garber talks the fast track for the Arrow/The Flash spin-off. There’s even more villainy planned on the second season of Gotham. Plus, there are several more Suicide Squad pictures.
Arrow’s executive producer, Marc Guggenheim talked with Entertainment Weekly about setting up season 4’s Big Bad…
Are Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E. the big bad next season on Arrow? — Peach
It’s no coincidence that Ra’s al Ghul name dropped both, and I hear we’ll get even more clues about what’s in store soon. “I will say that season 1 didn’t set up the big bad of season 2 and season 2 didn’t set up the big bad of season 3, at least as far as the season finales were concerned,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “We’ll probably go further than we’ve ever gone in a season finale to give you a sense as to who the big bad of the next season will be. But we still have a lot to do with Ra’s and the League of Assassins.”
In an interview with Broadway World, The Flash’s Victor Garber discussed the spin-off’s fast track…
PC: Did you film a pilot?
VG: No. We haven’t filmed any of it yet – but, it is going straight to series.
PC: How fortuitous.
VG: We start filming in August and it will be on in January.
TV Guide got scoop on Gotham’s Penguin going into the second season…
So, now that Penguin’s dreams of running the criminal element in Gotham have come true, it’ll be smooth sailing, right? Um, no. “He’s still a little naïve in terms of what this actually means,” Taylor tells TVGuide.com. “Is he going to be able to sustain this? I don’t think he really knows all that it takes to be the king of Gotham. His whole M.O. has been to create chaos, but now he has to completely switch gears and basically keep chaos at bay.”
And, unfortunately, it seems Penguin won’t be able to rely on his old friend Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who chose to leave Penguin to die earlier in the episode, for help. “Jim is done with Oswald, but Oswald is not done with Jim,” Taylor says with a laugh. “Penguin will be demanding more respect from Jim and if Jim doesn’t deliver it, their friendship is essentially over. Even though Jim repaid his favor, their relationship is fundamentally undermined because Jim essentially betrayed him. All of the trust that he had in Jim is completely in question. He will obviously try to keep Jim close, but if Jim doesn’t play along or play nice, it’s on.”
In addition, TVLine got tidbits on different story telling structure and upcoming villains…
WHAT — AND WHO — IS NEW FOR SEASON 2?
McKenzie says the show’s creative team is plotting to “fundamentally change the mechanics” behind the series, translating into “no more Case of the Week” and new ways for Jim & Co. to maintain order amid the madness. And make no mistake, the villainy won’t be limited to Penguin and an emerging Riddler. Expected to surface during Season 2 are the DC Comics characters of Clayface and the Mad Hatter, as well as one very chill dude overdue for a closer look. “Mr. Freeze’s origin story has never been told,” Danny Cannon notes, “so that will be fun.”
Suicide Squad’s director David Ayer tweeted two new pictures. The first is a full group shot of the Suicide Squad.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 3, 2015
The second is Deadshot’s full costume.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) May 4, 2015
Finally, a fan managed to snap an on set pic of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
— Ryan of Justice (@TheChewDefense) May 4, 2015