In this edition of DC Round-Up, TV Line is the source for all the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour scoop.
“Don’t ask me to say that I don’t love you.”
“And you know how I feel about her.”
“I love you.”
Those are all the ways that Oliver has declared his feelings for Felicity on this season of Arrow. But thus far, his Girl Friday has been pretty mum about where her heart lies when it comes to her partner. Rest assured that will all change when the presumed dead Oliver makes his way back home to Starling City.
“She speaks up!” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells TV Line. “She definitely speaks up, but not quite in the way I think people are expecting. She has a lot of strong feelings.”
For the would-be couple, “this season is really about them saying all the things they’ve never said” after two years of “teasing each other,” Kreisberg adds. “Where that takes them is to some tough places, but also to some right places. The how and the why and the when and the where of that is the fun in the back half of the season.”
TV Line also brings us additional quotes from the stars of Arrow and The Flash…
Star Stephen Amell learned of Oliver’s demise before Season 3 started shooting. “I personally love when there’s adversity for the protagonist,” he said. “If we don’t give other characters the opportunity to shoulder the load, then we give viewers nothing to attach them to. I’m excited for everyone’s opportunity.”
“I’ve been waiting for this to happen and I’m excited and thrilled about it,” Katie Cassidy said of the transition to Black Canary. “She goes from avenging her sister to honoring her sister to becoming her sister.”
Dr. Wells is “the man in the yellow suit. Yes, I am Reverse Flash,” Tom Cavanagh confirmed.
TV Line also confirmed that both Arrow and The Flash have been renewed for a fourth season and second season respectively.
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg revealed that they are working on a “very general idea” related to the character Brandon Routh plays in Arrow.
Routh, meanwhile, described playing Ray Palmer/The Atom as “an amazing experience.”
“When [the Arrow role] was proposed, I was hesitant to step into DC world again,” said the former Superman Returns star. “I never thought it would happen and that I would play, in my mind, a pivotal character.”
Appearing Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, iZombie EP Rob Thomas — aka he who gave us Veronica Mars — detailed for TV Line the difference in title characters, saying that while Neptune’s plucky sleuth was “hardened” with a “Raymond Chandler-esque, hard-boiled, cynical world view,” iZombie‘s Liv (played by Once Upon a Time‘s Rose McIver) “is more naturally a softer character” hoping to “return to sweetness and light, things worth living for.”
Thomas acknowledges that he “didn’t hew terribly closer to the source material,” that being the iZombie comic books, which among other things feature a whole “monster universe.” “We only have zombies on the show,” he notes. Meanwhile, making Liv an M.E. toiling in a morgue full of brains (versus the comics’ gravedigger) allows for a Case of the Week format, as “psychic” Liv — who absorbs the memories/skills of those whose brains he consumes — helps a local detective.
TV Line confirmed that iZombie is scheduled to premiere in the US on Tuesday, March 17 at 9/8c.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Monday, CBS president Nina Tassler called Supergirl “a real passion of ours,” saying, “We heard the pitch and realized she embodied so many of the qualities and characteristics of the classic female heroines on the network. It’s a story and coming-of-age opportunity for us. We fell in love with the pitch.”
As for how a fanciful superhero drama will “fit” on CBS’ procedural-filled line-up, Tassler explained to TVLine, “We’re watching an evolution with regard to the way superhero characters are portrayed. There’s a humanity, they’re flawed, there’s a relatability. These are all things that made [Supergirl] imminently relatable and made the story exciting, made it an adventure.”