Lucifer’s DB Woodside Dishes on Amenadiel’s Baby Mamma Drama

DB Woodside as Amenadiel

DB Woodside as Amenadiel
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A new season of Lucifer arrives on May 28 with the second half of season 5 and a full eight-episode order.

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As the show comes to a close, actor DB Woodside seized the opportunity to flex to dish to tvline about what fans can expect between Amenadiel (Woodside) and Linda (Rachel Harris), while also talking about his directorial debut.

Last season ended on a serious cliffhanger with Amenadiel and Lucifer brawling with Michael and Maze. But in less violent news, Amenadiel is now a father, and Linda is the baby Momma. He was upset when discovering his child is a mere mortal, and Woodside talks about the character working through that. “More than just his own embarrassment or his own expectations not being met, he’s scared, as he says, by the fact that his son will grow old, his son will be weak, his son will be a target. Those are things that would make any parent scared.”

With that said, Amenadiel has worked out a sweet deal with Linda and will continue to co-parent. “Amenadiel and Linda have developed a really beautiful friendship and have happened upon a great way to coparent. I think they’re friends forever, and I just love all that stuff with Rachael [Harris]. They’re definitely in for some more ups and downs of being a parent, but I don’t think Amenadiel could ask for a better partner than Dr. Linda.”

As for directing, Woodside was a bit nervous about juggling so many people on set. He realized that you see things differently when it’s actor vs. director. “As a director it was different, because as an actor, if I’m in a scene with one of them or two of them, I’m just concerned about what I’m doing, right? As director, I’m responsible for the entire vision, and sometimes actors can come to a scene with a very small point of view and not understand how they’re fitting into the big picture.”

For me, Amenadiel has one of the best character redemption arcs in the series—and I’m not ready for this show to end ever. Lucifer has been a wild ride from start to finish, and I’ve grown attached to so many characters. *Sigh* I guess all good things must come to an end (even though it’s not right now). In the meantime, I am looking forward to seeing Woodside develop as a director.

The second half of season 5 premieres on May 28 on Netflix!


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What the Hell Is Batwoman Doing to Kate Kane?

Batwoman's Rachel Skarsten is held captive by new arrival Wallis Day in a creepy wood mask.

Rachel Skarsten and Wallis Day on Batwoman.
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When Ruby Rose announced she was leaving Batwoman last May, the show had a problem—several problems, in fact. Rose was of course the star and lead of the series, but every single part of the series was built solely around Kate Kane, so the CW’s writers needed to figure out what to do with the character. So far, the show’s solution is the most convoluted decision possible.

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I do feel for the writers because Rose’s departure left them in a bad spot. Since Kate was the only part of the show worth investing in during its lackluster first season, she couldn’t completely disappear, never to appear again; plus, Kate would be needed to bridge the second season from the first so the show wouldn’t feel like it had been rebooted in its infancy, potentially losing whatever fans it had made. Plus, I can see how the Arrowverse’s commitment to continuity would make the creators feel they needed to explain why Kate wouldn’t look or sound like Rose anymore. In the end, they decided to make Rose’s Kate Kane seem to die in a plane crash in between seasons one and two, leading to Javicia Leslie’s Ryan Wilder donning the cowl in her place.

When Kate returned, she’d been disfigured by the crash, which provided a convenient reason why she no longer looked like the previous star and would be played by actor Wallis Day instead. That’s a pretty messy answer, but messy in a traditional soap opera-y way, and it probably would have been fine if Batwoman didn’t complicate it beyond measure. See, it turns out the Black Mask (Peter Outerbridge), a.k.a. Roman Sionis, a.k.a. the new Bat-villain of season two, had sent his goons to capture Kate immediately (like, the plane wreckage was still on fire) and imprisoned her for six weeks, and having Enigma (Laura Mennell) brainwash her into believing she was his daughter Circe. Meanwhile, Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai), the main antagonist of season two, was telling Kate’s sister and season one villain Alice/Beth (Rachel Skarsten) that she was holding Kate prisoner on an island. She was not, but was using it to screw with Alice because… she was in love with her and very mad Alice was in love with Ocean (Nathan Owens). Told you, soap opera.

What a perfect fit that face is...

What a perfect fit that face is…
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In reality, Kate was being tortured by Black Mask to the point that her voice box was damaged (to explain why she didn’t sound like Rose, either) and brainwashed to remove “Kate” and replace her memories with that of Circe who is actually dead. Black Mask did all this because he somehow blamed Batwoman for his daughter being killed. She actually died during a stampede/fire at Arkham after Alice let all of the inmates go to cover her own escape back in season one. However, Roman blames Kate-as-Batwoman simply because she was there at the time, so once all the brainwashing is done, he sends Kate-as-Circe to capture Alice. He plans on killing her but at the last moment changes his mind, and has Alice use her very special face-making abilities to give “Circe” the real Circe’s face… except Alice finally recognizes her sister through her eyes once she places the skin on her.

Mind you, this is the simplified version of what’s happened to Kate, and yet all of it seems wildly unnecessary. Again, I get why the show wanted to keep the character around, at least until audiences got invested in Batwoman 2.0, and I understand why it felt it needed to explain why Ruby Rose wasn’t playing her anymore. But are Kate fans really happy with her new role as a victim and pawn of Black Mask? Has the story been improved by putting Kate through this narrative wringer? And was spending 14 episodes overjustifying why Kate no longer looked or sounded like Ruby Rose better than just recasting her and not worrying about it?

I believe the answer to all these questions is “no.” It would have been so easy to keep Kate’s disappearance an overarching mystery throughout the season, which if done well would have kept Batwoman fans invested without any of this gobbledygook. It would have been even easier to just recast Kate and have her take a few scenes to explain she was going off to search the world for Bruce Wayne—which was something she wanted to do in season one anyway. Sure, it would be weird that the show’s cast of characters is primarily made up of Kate’s twin sister, Kate’s dad, Kate’s stepsister, and Kate’s former lover but not have Kate around, but guess what? Kate’s around and it’s still super-weird because Kate isn’t really Kate anymore and there seemingly wasn’t a plan for Black Mask to use her in any way as Kate—he only wanted his daughter back.

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This is the televised equivalent of slowly and painfully pulling off the Band-Aid instead of tearing it off quickly. What’s the endgame here? Leaving Kate as a minor antagonist in the show she once headlined is not a viable option; her story needs closure, and the sooner the better. And then maybe Batwoman can tell a story that doesn’t require a flowchart.


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Harley Quinn’s Margot Robbie Wants Poison Ivy in the DC Movies So Bad

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy's Wonderful Romantic Relationship

Pictured: one of the healthiest romantic relationships in all of superhero entertainment.
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Well, of course she does. At this point, who doesn’t?

As Harley Quinn, DC Entertainment’s biggest—or at least the most consistently successful—star, Margot Robbie knows her character intimately, which means she’s read up on her Harley Quinn comics. The fact that Harley and her fellow Batman villain turned antihero Poison Ivy have had a long-running romantic relationship has not escaped her notice. And she definitely wants to bring that relationship into the DC Extended Universe.

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In an interview with Den of Geek, Robbie said of the idea: “Trust me, I chew their ear off about it all the time. They must be sick of hearing it, but I’m like, ‘Poison Ivy, Poison Ivy. Come on, let’s do it.’ I’m very keen to see a Harley-Poison Ivy relationship on screen. It’d be so fun. So I’ll keep pestering them. Don’t worry.”

Between Robbie’s massive stardom, Harley Quinn’s prominence in and importance to the DCEU, and the fact that HBO Max’s Harley Quinn cartoon was already a fan-favorite before it became lauded for how well it portrayed Harley and Ivy realizing their feelings for each other, it is extremely probable that Robbie will get her wish eventually… along with all the fans who ‘ship one of the best, healthiest, and most positive romances in the entirety of the superhero genre.


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The CW’s Black Lightning: What We Learned About the Final Episode

Cress Williams as Black Lightning

Cress Williams as Black Lightning
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The CW has scattered information across the internet about the last episode of the electric DC comics hero television show Black Lightning.

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Cress Williams (Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning), Nafessa Williams (Anissa Pierce/Thunder), Christine Adams (Dr. Lynee Stewart), China Anne McClain (Jennifer Pierce/Lightning), James Remar (James Gambi), Marvin Jones III (Tobias Whale), Jordan Calloway (Khalil Payne/ Painkiller) and Chantal Thuy (Grace Choi), will star in the finale episode written by Charles D. Holland and directed by Salim Akil.

Deadline reported last November that the show was canceled due to low ratings, and season four was it’s last. Now, there are only there three episodes left, and they will air throughout this month.

May 10: The Book of Reunification: Chapter Two

May 17: The Book of Resurrection: Chapter One

May 24: The Book of Resurrection: Chapter Two: Closure

Comic Book Resources dropped the logline for the final episode. However, it’s not super specific about what fans will see and expect, other than the show is coming to an end.

“After four seasons, the game-changing, relevant and electrifying series comes to an end.”

All hope is not lost, though, as the network is developing a Painkiller series. The CW hasn’t requested a complete series order, and no word if Black Lightning characters will be making appearances.

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Be sure to catch the last few episodes of Black Lightning every Monday on the CW.


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Nintendo Teases More Animated Plans for Future Movies

Bowser: King of the Monsters. Do it, cowards!

Bowser: King of the Monsters. Do it, cowards!
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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

The Toxic Avenger remake recruits another star. Robert Kirkman teases some directions the next few seasons of Invincible could go in. The Flash recruits a familiar face for its 150th episode. Plus, get new looks at Spiral, The Suicide Squad, The Green Knight, and more. Spoilers go!

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The Toxic Avenger

Deadline reports Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Zola) has joined the cast of Legendary’s upcoming Toxic Avenger remake in an undisclosed role. The film already includes Peter Dinklage and Jacob Tremblay.


Nintendo Movies

During a recent interview with Fast Company, Nintendo’s Shuntaro Furukawa said the company plans to develop more films based on its library of games following the release of Illumination’s upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie.

Animation, in general, is something that we are looking into, and not just this [Super Mario] franchise. Although the ways we are expanding our IP are increasing, we are very, very careful about where and how our IP is licensed. We are not deploying our characters and worlds merely to increase public exposure.


Vamprechaun

Meanwhile, Leprechaun creator Mark Jones sat down with Bloody-Disgusting to discuss—at length—his plans for a vampiric leprechaun movie. Click through for more.

Well, it’s an original creation. Anybody can do a movie with a leprechaun. And it’s not going to be a movie with Warwick Davis playing the same character from the Leprechaun movies. I’ve always looked at Vamprechaun as a standalone. If Warwick wants to do it, great. I’d love to have Warwick. But he’s certainly not locked in and attached. And it would work without him. But if Lionsgate wants to make a new deal for Vamprechaun, then I’d certainly be happy to talk with them.

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Great White

USA Today reports the Australian killer shark movie, Great White, comes to both U.S. theaters and VOD this July 16. Have you checked out our extensive summer movie release list yet?

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Army of the Dead

USA Today has a new photo of a zombie hillbilly from Army of the Dead.

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw

Chris Rock finds a pig-man in a marked truck in another new photo from USA Today.

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The Suicide Squad

The (surviving) members of the Suicide Squad spring into action in this new photo from USA Today.

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The Green Knight

We also have a new photo of Dev Patel in The Green Knight, courtesy of USA Today’s summer movie preview.

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The Flash

TV Line reports Jessica Parker Kennedy is set to return as Nora West-Allen for the 150th episode of The Flash. Meanwhile, Barry realizes he’s made a new enemy in the Speed Force in the trailer for next week’s episode.


The Irregulars

Netflix has canceled The Irregulars after one season. [TV Line]


Invincible

Robert Kirkman teases that Angstrom Levy will appear in the next few seasons of Invincible.

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Titans

The titles and release dates for the first four episodes of season 3 have been revealed.

Titans – Episode 3.01 – Barbara Gordon (July 22)

Titans – Episode 3.02 – Red Hood (July 22)

Titans – Episode 3.03 – Hank & Dove (July 22)

Titans – Episode 3.04 – Blackfire (July 29)

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Supergirl

Finally, Supergirl is rescued from the Phantom Zone in the trailer for “Fear Knot”—next week’s midseason finale.


Banner art by Jim Cook

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League of Legends Is Getting Its Own Animated Series on Netflix

AOC’s favorite non-legislative pastime, coming to a Netflix near you.

AOC’s favorite non-legislative pastime, coming to a Netflix near you.
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Between this and the recent, solid DOTA animated show Dragon’s Blood, it seems like Netflix is going all-in on the hyperspecific market that is “wildly popular MOBA, but make it cartoons.”

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This morning Netflix revealed that the world of the global sensation League of Legends—the fantastical multiplayer arena game/esports force pitting teams of players against each other in a push-and-pull combat game to protect their respective home bases—is being turned into an animated series for the service. Little was revealed about the plot, other than that the show will be called Arcane, and is described as an “event series.”

The show is part of League developer Riot’s ongoing attempts to broaden the game’s lore and characters outside of the MOBA space. The developer is already making multiple game spinoffs set in League’s universe, and Arcane as a project was already teased by them last year for the studio’s 10th anniversary. But it seems like Arcane will serve as a way for people intrigued by it but not enough to want to deal with having to play the games itself to get in on the fun.

Arcane releases on Netflix this fall.


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Updates From She-Hulk, Peacemaker, and More

Jennifer Walters is ready for action, legal, avenging, or otherwise.

Jennifer Walters is ready for action, legal, avenging, or otherwise.
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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Whoopi Goldberg wants in on her own superhero saga. Adam McKay teases his doomsday comedy. Plus, what’s to come on all the DC/CW shows, more footage from Cruella, and what’s next on Fear the Walking Dead. To me, my spoilers!

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Untitled Whoopi Goldberg Superhero Film

During a recent interview with Variety, Whoopi Goldberg revealed she’s writing a superhero movie about an “older Black woman who acquires new powers and has to learn to use them.”

Since I was a little kid, I’ve been obsessed with superheroes. They’re all saving the earth all the time. But do you know who’s really going to save the earth? Old Black women.


Untitled Pixar Film

Pixar is looking to cast a teenage girl in the role of Jess, “a fourteen-year old transgender girl” in an unspecified new project.


Don’t Look Up

During a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via /Film), Adam McKay described his upcoming doomsday comedy Don’t Look Up as a tonal cross between The Other Guys and The Big Short.

Definitely not as dark as Vice. Vice, I’d say, really probably ended up being a drama with some comedy. But Big Short, still, even though there’s drama in it – I would say this one is a tad more of a comedy than The Big Short…I don’t know if the Ferrell movies, because they’re so uniquely Will Ferrell – but somewhere in between The Other Guys and The Big Short, I’d say, is where this one lives.

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Cruella

Emma Stone’s Cruella de Vil gets her origin story in a new TV spot.


Siberia

Willem Defoe goes on a spirit quest in the latest trailer for Abel Ferrera’s Siberia.


She-Hulk

A photo from Atlanta Filming sees Tatiana Maslany on set to play Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk.

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Peacemaker

James Gunn has finished his first cut of the Peacemaker pilot.

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Secrets of Sulphur Springs

According to TV Line, Disney has renewed Secrets of Sulphur Springs for a second season.

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Legends of Tomorrow

Spooner boards the Waverider in the synopsis for “Meat: The Legends” airing May 9.

With Spooner (Lisseth Chavez) on board, Ava hopes that her special abilities will help lead them to locate the Aliens spread out on the timeline, which could ultimately lead them to Sara (Caity Lotz.) The Legends soon find themselves tracking an Alien in 1950s San Bernadino and having to figure out what is making the town go on a feeding frenzy. Zari (Tala Ashe) lets Behrad (Shayan Sobhian) know she is ready to use the Totem, but Behrad isn’t ready to share it, causing tension between them. Meanwhile, after crash landing, Sara tries to figure out a plan and runs into none other than Amelia Earhart who could be her ticket home. Dominic Purcell, Nick Zano, Matt Ryan, Adam Tsekham, Jes Macallan and Olivia Swann also star. Rachel Talalaly directed the episode written by Matthew Maala & Morgan Faust (602). Original airdate 5/9/2021.

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Batwoman

Batwoman may-or-may-not meet Cluemaster in the synopsis for “I’ll Give You a Clue” airing May 9.

When Sophie (Meagan Tandy) must face a foe from her rookie days with The Crows, Ryan (Javicia Leslie), Mary (Nicole Kang) and Luke (Camrus Johnson) are also pulled into the villain’s game. Meanwhile, the tables turn on Alice (Rachel Skarsten) when she finds herself in dire circumstances, and Jacob (Dougray Scott) continues to revisit the past. Marshall Virtue directed the episode written by Caroline Dries and Natalie Abrams (#213). Original airdate 5/9/21.

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Black Lightning

Lynn makes “the biggest decision of her life” in the synopsis for “The Book of Reunification: Chapter Two” airing May 10.

Jefferson (Cress Williams) takes Khalil (Jordan Calloway) up on his offer to help. Meanwhile, Lynn (Christine Adams) finds herself wrestling with what could be the biggest decision of her life. Lastly, Tobias (Marvin Jones III) follows through on a hunch. Nafessa Williams, James Remar and Chantal Thuy also star. The episode was written by Asheleigh O. Conley and directed by Bille Woodruff (#411). Original airdate 5/10/2021

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The Flash

Barry seeks counsel from Timeless Wells (is that—that’s what we’re calling him?) in the synopsis for “Timeless”the ninth episode of The Flash’s seventh season.

After a devastating betrayal, Barry (Grant Gustin) turns to Timeless Wells (Tom Cavanagh) for help. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) leads Team Citizen down a dangerous road in search of answers, and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) confides his biggest fear to Kamilla (guest star Victoria Park). “The Flash is starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West and Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton. Menhaj Huda directed the episode written by Kristen Kim & Joshua V. Gilbert (#709).

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Supergirl

The Super Friends enter the Phantom Zone in the synopsis for “Fear Knot” directed by David Harewood.

As the Super Friends brave the Phantom Zone to bring Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) home, each member of the team is confronted by visions of their worst fear. SUPERGIRL stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott and Tyler Hoechlin as Superman. David Harewood directed the episode written by J. Holtham & Elle Lipson (#607).

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Nancy Drew

Tom Swift joins Nancy Drew in the synopsis for “The Celestial Visitor” airing May 12.

TIAN RICHARDS (“BURDEN,” “DUMPLIN”) GUEST STARS AS TOM SWIFT – As things begin to go haywire at The Claw, a striking stranger appears looking for Nancy (Kennedy McMann), and announces himself as the billionaire Tom Swift (guest star Tian Richards). Meanwhile, Ace (Alex Saxon) has issues with the way Nancy insists on handling things with Celia (guest star Teryl Rothery). Tunji Kasim, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani and Riley Smith also star. Ruben Garcia directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor & Noga Landau (#215). Original airdate 5/12/2021

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Legacies

Hope’s a bit suspicious in the synopsis for “I Was Made to Love You”the twelfth episode of Legacies’ third season.

Hope’s (Danielle Rose Russell) suspicion is piqued after Wade (guest star Elijah B. Moore) shares some startling news with her. To uncover the secrets of a mysterious artifact, Alaric (Matthew Davis) must work with an enemy from his past. After Ethan (Leo Howard) finds himself in harm’s way, MG (Quincy Fouse) is forced to make a difficult decision. Danielle Rose Russell, Aria Shahghasemi, Jenny Boyd, Quincy Fouse, Peyton Alex Smith, Chris Lee and Ben Levin also star. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Brett Matthews (#312).

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Charmed

The Charmed Ones find a letter from mom in the synopsis for “Spectral Healing” airing May 14.

The Charmed Ones (Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, Sarah Jeffery) discover a letter from their mother that may hold answers to burning questions; meanwhile, Harry (Rupert Evans) considers a life-changing decision and Jordan’s (Jordan Donica) good-will gets him into trouble. Also starring Poppy Drayton. Jacquie Gould directed the episode written by Tommy Cook & Nicki Renna (#312). Original airdate 5/14/21.

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Kung Fu

Nicky takes the law into her own hands in the synopsis for “Rage” airing May 12.

JUSTICE AND REVENGE — When the retrieval of a weapon doesn’t go as planned, Nicky (Olivia Liang) takes matters into her own hands. Elsewhere, Jin (Tzi Ma) takes Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) on a surprise date and Althea (Shannon Dang) finds herself faced with an ultimatum. Jon Prasida, Eddie Liu, Gavin Stenhouse and Vanessa Kai also star. Joe Menendez directed the episode written by Lillian Yu (#106). Original airdate 5/12/2021.

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Fear the Walking Dead

A new group is introduced in both the trailer and a clip for next week’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead.


Birdgirl

Finally, Birdgirl’s forehead swells to the size of an empanada in the trailer for next week’s episode.


Banner art by Jim Cook

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Batman’s in Fortnite Now, and He’s Just as Lost as You Are

Batman finds himself ambushed in a world even stranger than Gotham City.

Batman finds himself ambushed in a world even stranger than Gotham City.
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Fortnite’s invasion of comics has no doubt left some people unaware of the smash global phenom of a video game/metaculture black hole confused about just what the appeal of a thing that has seemingly taken over the planet really is. Well, Batman’s among those people now, for very different reasons—but putting the Dark Knight in Fortnite is already doing some very interesting things.

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Weirdly, but perhaps weirdly appropriate for such a crossover, Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1—by Christos Gage, Reilly Brown, Nelson Faro DeCastro, John Kalisz, and Andworld Design—is not the first time Batman has tussled with the world of Epic’s massive battle royale shooter. Batman and many of his fellow Gotham friends and frenemies, from the Joker and Harley Quinn to Catwoman and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, have already appeared as in-game skins. Those appearances came without any specific story hooks like, say, the events related to Avengers: Endgame’s collaboration with the game.

Things are changing with Batman/Fortnite, which, aside from each issue coming with themed skins for the game—as if to remind you that all this, of course, is a branded smorgasbord of crossover weirdness—hopes to tell a story of what it actually means for these characters to be flung into Fortnite’s melting pot. That in and of itself is likewise, not entirely new either; after all, the recent Marvel Comics season of Fortnite also included a tie-in comic revolving around Thor trying to save his fellow heroes from Fortnite’s manic universe of cyclical destruction.

But Batman/Fortnite’s first issue kicks off with a way of using the nature of Fortnite as a round-based video game to conduct a fascinating thought experiment. If Batman is so robbed of everything he believes makes him Batman, from his reputation and his history to his allies and even his own voice, then, well, what is it about Batman that makes him Batman in the first place?

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Batman/Fortnite #1 opens up just as many of Fortnite’s own pop cultural collaborations have recently: a strange tear in reality has opened above our hero’s home existence—in this case, of course, Gotham city. After watching Harley Quinn leap into it with characteristic reckless abandon, while attempting to investigate the tear Batman is forcefully knocked into it by an unseen assailant. Intentional or otherwise, the result is much the same; Batman now finds himself in the world of one-time chug-jugs and battle busses that is Fortnite.

As the game has grown from simply a video gaming phenom—as simple as such a thing can be—into a hybrid metaverse of live concerts, movie screenings, Hollywood publicity events, and brand crossovers, a certain kind of background ephemera has built up in Fortnite lore. In essence, it’s an attempt to square the circle on what it actually means, from a textual standpoint, to have a round-based, one versus 100 death match in which Rey Skywalker can parachute in next to Black Widow as Batman, fleeing a rampant Sarah Connor, and shotgun a walking sentient banana in a tuxedo before paragliding off of a cliff.

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The answer we’ve seen play out in crossovers like the aforementioned Marvel comic is memory loss. Heroes enter Fortnite’s world and are robbed of any knowledge of who they are, what they’re doing, and where they’re from—and are then thrust into the heat of a battle to survive, with a memory that resets every time a round of Fortnite ends, either with one survivor standing or the mysterious storm that encircles the game’s island system closing in to annihilate all in its reach. Batman faces a similar mind-wipe upon waking up in Fortnite’s world, but there’s an interesting twist: when he first encounters someone, his initial reaction is not to fight, even in self defense, but rather to try and talk his opponent down.

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Except, Batman can’t. He’s not just been robbed of his sense of self, but even his own voice, by Fortnite’s plane of existence. And it’s that that sets off an interesting issue of self-discovery through, well… Fortnite, for our Dark Knight.

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Stripped of everything he is in terms of his knowledge and identity—the persona of the Batman, that larger-than-life symbol of intimidation and power that informs so much of the way Bruce deals with problems in his home territory—what follows for much of Batman/Fortnite #1 is an internal monologue. As the World’s Greatest Detective is forced to rapidly acclimatize to his new situation, he grasps onto what little he can to find a sense of self. He knows, for example, that he and his opponents are trained fighters, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to suddenly handle an assault from a pickaxe-wielding assailant. His inability to talk or remember points to someone or something manipulating him, as well as the other people he encounters into this ceaseless battle royale. Piece by piece, as Bruce fights his way through absurdity, you see that even stripped down to his core, what Batman/Fortnite seems to initially suggest is the essence of Batman is his mind: his ability to relentlessly break a situation down and understand it, even if part of that situation is to completely pull the rug out from underneath himself.

But then the issue actually offers a different answer to the question of what defines Batman. What if were not his mind, that of the World’s Greatest Detective, that makes the Batman?

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What if it were his heart?

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Across a sea of bodies locked in conflict, Batman finds himself intrigued by one figure above all: a woman we know to be Selina Kyle, Catwoman, but to Bruce is just a strange, yet alluring figure. They’re drawn together, even without the knowledge of who they are in and of themselves and to each other, silently but explicitly allying themselves in this fight down to every last man, woman, alien, fishperson, or sentient piece of fruit. Bruce, analytical as ever, wonders who this woman is to him—a friend, an ally, perhaps even a paramour—as their co-ordination naturally syncs. Even Bruce’s internal dialogue changes, lightens even.

He stops being, for a moment, that great detective. He reads as almost excited, hoping that this woman is someone he knows, someone he cares about, hoping that finding her will bring victory, and with victory, answers to all his questions. However, this is Fortnite, and victory means nothing but reset. A thing that Bruce and Selina, even unknowing of each other, realize as they are the last two standing as Fortnite’s circle draws in. As they’re both immolated for Fortnite to begin anew, their last moment is one that is touchingly intimate—a shared smile as Selina puts her hand on his shoulder.

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Time will tell what Batman/Fortnite will do as it continues, as Bruce inevitably begins to piece together his true identity bit by bit, reset by reset in this strange, gamified reality. But in using that idea to actually interrogate what defines Batman in his core, when stripped of his history and his context, already the series is pointing to be something much more intimate. And certainly more interesting than one might expect of an otherwise clichéd brand crossover—one iconic property riding on the coattails of another, two zeitgeists passing in the night.

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Many creatives have tried in the past to distill the essence of Batman. Perhaps we should indeed allow Fortnite the opportunity as well.


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A Not-So-Brief History of The Flash Movie, Which Is Now Filming

The logo for The Flash movie.

The logo for The Flash movie.
Screenshot: Warner Bros.

Today is a momentous day for fans of DC speedster the Flash. Six years, six months, and four days since the announcement that Ezra Miller would be playing the character in a Flash solo film, production has officially begun on that movie.

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How do we know the exact length? Because to mark this latest news, we decided to go back into the io9 archives and look at the long, long road The Flash has taken through production. Four different directors have worked on the project before the man filming today, Andy Muschietti (It). More writers than you can imagine have had their input on various scripts. Characters have been added, characters have been deleted, the tone has shifted from light to dark and back again. It’s been a wild ride. Freaking Michael Keaton is reprising his role at Batman in this thing, we think. And he might not be the only Batman? That’s how bonkers it’s gotten.

So, below, check out the not-so-brief history all leading up to today, the start of production on DC’s new film, The Flash, which will hit theaters in June of 2022.


October 15, 2014: The beginning. Ezra Miller is cast as the Flash. It’s also revealed he’ll get his own solo movie set for release in 2018, and appear in 2017’s Justice League.

October 5, 2015: Seth Grahame-Smith is hired to write and direct The Flash, which is aimed at a release date of March 3, 2018. At the time, the film had a story developed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

April 29, 2016: Seth Grahame-Smith departs the film due to creative differences. A sign of things to come.

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Summer 2016: Production begins on Justice League, which will see the debut of Ezra Miller as the Flash.

June 2, 2016: Rick Famuyiwa (who has since directed episodes of The Mandalorian) is hired to replace Grahame-Smith on the film.

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August 16, 2016: News breaks that after Justice League, Cyborg (Ray Fisher) will play a big role in the Flash solo film which, at that point, was scheduled to come out March 16, 2018.

October 31, 2016: Happy Halloween! Another director has left The Flash. Famuyiwa departs the project over, you guessed it, creative differences.

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January 25, 2017: Writer Joby Harold is hired to write a new take on the Flash.

July 22, 2017: At San Diego Comic-Con, it’s revealed that Flash will be an adaptation of Flashpoint.

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November 27, 2017: Ezra Miller debuts as the Flash in Justice League. The film fails to meet expectations and has its whole own set of problems.

January 16, 2018: More new directors! Game Night helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks to make a Flash movie that would be a little lighter in tone than the Snyder DC films.

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March 4, 2018: Daley and Goldstein publicly acknowledge their deal, making it official.

June 13, 2018: As expected with their hiring, it’s revealed Daley and Goldstein are using Back to the Future as their touchstone for their Flash film.

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October 15, 2018: The Flash movie is delayed about a year because lead actor Miller has to make the new Fantastic Beasts films.

February 24, 2019: Ezra Miller still seems confident his Flash movie will happen, and be worth the wait.

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March 16, 2019: Ezra Miller reveals that he and writer Grant Morrison are working on a new, darker, take on The Flash, which clashes with the direction the current film has taken.

July 2, 2019: The true beginning of the final version of The Flash. Andy Muschietti is hired to replace Daley and Goldstein, and Birds of Prey’s Christina Hodson is revealed as the new writer of the film.

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December 11, 2019: Another new release date for The Flash. This time July 1, 2022.

January 9, 2020: Muscheitti confirms his Flash movie is still adapting Flashpoint, just in a different way

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January 16, 2020: Ezra Miller’s version of The Flash shows up and meets Grant Gustin’s Flash on TV. A huge moment in seeding a multiverse among DC’s myriad film and TV projects.

April 6, 2020: A video of Ezra Miller physically attacking a fan finds its way online. To our knowledge, no one involved with Warner Bros. or The Flash ever officially acknowledges it.

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April 20, 2020: The release date for The Flash is moved up a bit, this time from July to June 3, 2022.

June 22, 2020: Michael Keaton is revealed to be returning to the role of Batman in the film, which gives fans an idea of the huge scope this movie will have.

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August 20, 2020: Holy multiple Batmen, Batman! Ben Affleck will also reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film.

August 22, 2020: At an event called DC Fandome, the team behind The Flash reveals that its unique adaptation of Flashpoint will kick off a new version of the DC cinematic multiverse.

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October 3, 2020: Casting continues, as Billy Crudup is expected to reprise his Justice League role as Barry Allen’s dad in The Flash.

January 6, 2021: Ray Fisher, who reportedly had a role as Cyborg in The Flash since 2016, is removed from the film, the culmination of a long, public dispute between Fisher and Warner Bros. over conditions on the set of Justice League.

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February 19, 2021: As if things could get any bigger, it’s announced that actress Sasha Calle will be playing Supergirl in The Flash, and in future DC projects.

March 12, 2021: Kirsey Clemons is confirmed to reprise her Justice League role as Iris West, Barry Allen’s love interest, in the film.

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March 18, 2021: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is released, which significantly adds to Barry Allen’s story, including the roles played by Crudup and Clemons. A hot dog is involved.

March 25, 2021: Billy Crudup has to leave the project so a new actor is cast for Barry’s dad: Ron Livingston.

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April 19, 2021: The day has finally come. Director Andy Muschietti announced that production has officially begun on a Flash movie that’s called… wait for it… The Flash. It’s been a long, long time coming.

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Supergirl Is Gaining Another Magical DC Comics Imp

Ms. Nyxly as seen in DC Comics; Peta Sergeant

Ms. Nyxly as seen in DC Comics; Peta Sergeant
Photo: (Left: DC Comics), Gaye Gerard (Getty Images)

The CW is not playing around and is dominating the nerd news cycle this weekend. Supergirl is heading into the final stretch as the upcoming season six will be the show’s last, and actress Peta Sergeant (The Originals) is now a series regular.

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Deadline states that Sergeant will play Nyxly, a quirky, fifth-dimensional Imp. Imps are a race of magical tricksters sprinkled throughout the DC multiverse and you may recall Mister Mxyzptlk already showed up on Supergirl in the form of Peter Gadiot in season two and Thomas Lennon in season five. In the comics, Nyxly’s backstory is quite tragic. She’s a dimension hopper who is constantly escaping death and watched her father die at the hands of fellow Imp Vyndktvx. On the show, the character will become friends with Kara (Melissa Benoist) and use her power to help. With the way season five ended, team soar needs all the help they can get.

Season five ended with the high-powered Brainiac ready to risk it all to get rid of Leviathan. Season six has him knocking on death’s door after trying to stop Lex Luthor from doing what Lex Luthor does. After Supergirl beats the crap out of Leviathan, she goes after Lex, who used the Obsidian platform to brainwash the world to his will. A lot to pack in toward the end for sure.

Sadly, the Berlanti/CW DCTV universe is losing one of its best shows, but things have run their course. However, I think we’re in for one of Supergirl’s best seasons. If you’re going to go out, why not go out with a BANG!


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