In this edition of DC Round-Up, Arrow’s executive producer teases season 4. There’s also a wedding on The Flash season finale, an existential crisis for the White Canary on DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, a Supergirl trailer, and some tidbits on Titans.
In an interview with Blastr, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim discussed season 4…
But why nuke a show that’s been doing well with its previous structure?
It is a couple reasons. For a show to have legs, it has to constantly evolve and change. It can’t become formulaic. Some of my favorite shows, mostly on cable in this regard – like the revised Battlestar Galactica, Nip/Tuck, Breaking Bad – these are all shows I remember numerous times I’d watch a finale and go, “Oh my god, they blew the show up!” How could the show possibly go on, then the show reconstitutes itself and becomes even better or stronger than before. I feel like, with Arrow, we’re following that time-honored tradition. What is unusual about it is we’re doing it on a network show rather than a cable one.
I am a guy who might be causing you a headache right now because I hosted the Stephen Amell panel at Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con, which has been getting buzz because we spoke about a Constantine crossover. But Amell also said he’d love to take on the lighter nature of the comic book Green Arrow. Will we get there, and will he be known as the Green Arrow at some point?
To the first part of your question, I don’t know. And to the second part, I don’t want to say. I will say we definitely want to continue to evolve the character. We always say the show is a little like Batman Begins. It is a process of evolution, and a bit of an origin story in that respect. There is a reason he’s Arrow and not Green Arrow. That said, there is a desire on all our parts to lighten the tone a bit in Season 4. Season 3 started with Sarah’s death, and that set the tone for the rest of the season. Without turning the show into something it’s not, we’d like to give it a bit of a lighter tone.
In another interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Guggenheim discussed Matt Nable’s Ra’s al Ghul relative to the new season…
What’s it like saying goodbye to Ra’s as the big bad and to Matt Nable?
It’s tough. Matt is a great actor and he’s just a wonderful human being. I was just emailing with him the other day. We have ideas for how to bring him back next year. At the same time, if we do our job correctly, by the end of the season you feel like, “OK, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m narratively satisfied with the story that was told.” With Arrow, nothing is ever permanent. Things are always subject to change and evolution. John Barrowman was the big bad of season one. Now look, he is a series regular on the show. Nothing is ever forever. We are just telling the end of this particular story with respect to Ra’s.
Entertainment Weekly has scoop on a Flash-y wedding…
Is there anything you can tease about The Flash finale? — Bella
The promos do not lie: Caitlin and Ronnie are going to tie the knot. “It’s [amid] a moment of crisis in our season finale,” Danielle Panabaker says, describing the upcoming finale as “devastating.” Oh, and you may want to rewatch the trailer for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which actually includes more than one glimpse at The Flash finale.
Entertainment Weekly also has scoop on DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow…
If Sara is being brought back to life in Legends of Tomorrow, why doesn’t she immediately want to reunite with her family on Arrow? — Anna
It sounds like that’s something she’ll be struggling with on Legends. “The thing that I like about Sara is she was always battling demons,” Caity Lotz told my colleague Samantha Highfill when she posed that very question. “She’s going to have a roller coaster. She doesn’t have a straight path. It’s not like, ‘Okay, this is where she is, she’s going to be good or she’s going to be bad.’ I think it’s going to be a lot of that.”
CBS has released a full trailer for Supergirl.
In an interview with TVLine, recently installed TNT president Kevin Reilly discussed Titans…
Announced back in September, not much has been officially confirmed about the pilot, which follows a group of young superheroes led by Dick Grayson aka Batman’s sidekick Robin, who is fated to become Nightwing. Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) penned the pilot with Marc Haimes, and Nerdist.com has reported that the titular team will also include Barbara Gordon, Hawk/Hank Hall and Dove/Dawn Granger, Raven/Rachel Roth and the alien princess Starfire.
Asked for a status report on the project, Reilly told TVLine at TNT’s Upfronts luncheon, “Akiva’s been very busy doing some other things,” but it’s his hope that “maybe this summer” they will lock casting and ramp up production…
“I sat down with Akiva and said — and he ultimately agreed — that the [TV] landscape right now is well-serviced on the superhero front. So what space is this going to inhabit?” Reilly related. “And really what he wants to do is be very true” to the source material.