Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton Talk THE FLASH, Time Travel, Easter Eggs and More at PaleyFest 2014

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In the upcoming CW drama series The Flash, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is struck by lightening and wakes up after nine months in a coma to learn that the accident has given him the power of super speed.  But being a superhero and facing danger isn’t easy when there’s a city full of heroes and villains with extraordinary abilities.

During The CW night of the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview, executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg were joined by actors Jesse L. Martin (“Detective Joe West”) and Candice Patton (“Iris West”) to talk about how the show came about, which comics they’re drawing from, how similar this Iris West is to the comics, the dynamic between Iris and Barry, what Detective West is like as Barry’s surrogate dad, season-long storylines versus series-long storylines, that time travel is a big part of The Flash’s world, Easter eggs, love interest cross-overs, having such a diverse cast, and having 20 days of production for the pilot.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New THE FLASH Trailer Tugs at the Heartstrings and Reveals a Glimpse of a Major Antagonist

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The recently released trailer for The CW’s new superhero series The Flash received some mixed reactions (on this particular site anyway).  Today’s new cut will likely have the same result since it leans heavily on the oftentimes melodramatic emotional hook that’s at the heart of beloved and belittled CW shows alike.  Much like its sister series Arrow, which is at its best when striking a balance between intense action and soap opera schmaltz, The Flash doesn’t appear to be shy about giving the network’s dedicated fandom its just deserts.  You can bet that we’ll have weekly recaps for both shows once they return to the small screen this fall.

Hit the jump to check out The Flash trailer and to play “Spot the Villain.”  The show stars Grant GustinDanielle PanabakerCarlos ValdesJesse L. MartinCandice PattonTom CavanaghRick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp with Robbie AmellWentworth Miller, and Clancy Brown slated as guest stars.  The Flash premieres on The CW on October 7th at 8/7c.

THE FLASH Trailer Has Great Production Value, Little Originality

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s poster reveal, The CW has released a new trailer for The Flash, their new series based on the DC Comics character of the same name.  CW’s other superhero Arrow also makes  a brief appearance which makes sense given the fact that this is essentially a spinoff of that show.  The two series will actually crossover in Episode 8 of both shows’ upcoming seasons.  While we got a teaser a few weeks back, today’s look at the show features a lot more footage.  I’m sort of underwhelmed by this trailer though.  While it has some impressive production value, it also feels rote and generic.

But make up your own mind! Hit the jump to check out The Flash trailer.  The show stars Grant Gustin, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Rick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp with Robbie Amell, Wentworth Miller, and Clancy Brown poised for guest appearances.  The Flash premieres on The CW on October 7th at 8/7c.

THE FLASH Poster Leaves a Mark and Kicks Off an Easter Egg Hunt

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The Emmys played out in traditional “let’s give it to whoever won last year” fashion last night, and so now it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming 2014-15 TV season that’s just around the corner.  The CW has released the very first The Flash poster for its anticipated series, which is of course based on the DC Comics character of the same name (who may also be getting the big screen treatment in 2016).  The show is a spinoff of sorts of The CW’s other popular superhero show, Arrow, as the two series will inhabit the same universe—in fact a crossover is already planned for Episode 8 of both shows’ upcoming seasons.  This debut poster certainly flaunts star Grant Gustin’s ability to move quickly while also offering keen-eyed fans more than a couple of Easter eggs.  How many can you spot?

Hit the jump to check out The Flash poster.  The show also stars Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, Rick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp with Robbie Amell, Wentworth Miller, and Clancy Brown poised for guest appearances.  The Flash premieres on The CW on October 7th at 8/7c.

Could Scoot McNairy Be Playing The Flash in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE?

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Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder have been doing a wonderful job of keeping the specifics of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice under wraps while also providing fans with enough information/teases to keep them happy.  The film doesn’t open until March 2016, but we’ve had regular doses of minor reveals for the past few months, and we’ve already seen official looks at Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and the return of Henry Cavill’s Superman.  By and large, Snyder and WB have kept people pretty satisfied.  That being said, there’s always room for speculation, which brings us to today’s curious matter.  A new Batman v Superman set photo has surfaced that has people wondering about the nature of actor Scoot McNairy’s role in the film, as it looks possible that he could be playing none other than Barry Allen aka The Flash in this pre-Justice League feature.  More after the jump.

THE FLASH Trailer Teases the Potential of Barry Allen’s Power

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The second trailer for The CW’s The Flash has arrived and while it’s nothing compared to that five-minute extended edition we got back in May, it still offers a solid sense of what Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is capable of.  It’s only 30 seconds long, but it still makes it abundantly clear that The Flash’s super speed is going to make for some seriously riveting visuals.

Hit the jump to check out The Flash trailer for yourself and in case you missed it, we’ve also got an interview with executive producer and writer Andrew Kreisberg from San Diego Comic-Con up and running as well.  The Flash is due to premiere on Tuesday, October 7th at 8pm and also stars Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Candice Patton, Tom Cavanagh, John Wesley Shipp and Carlos Valdes.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Release Date Moved Up to March 25, 2016; WB Dates 9 Untitled DC Films and 2 Event Movies

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The Marvel/DC release date showdown has come to an end, and it appears that Marvel has come away the victor.  Marvel Studios staked out the May 6, 2016 weekend a while ago for an “Untitled Marvel Movie,” but when Warner Bros. went looking for a new release date for its Man of Steel follow-up, it decided to plant its flag on May 6, 2016 as well with the thinking that Marvel would subsequently move.  Except Marvel didn’t move, it doubled down by announcing that Captain America 3 would be its May 2016 movie, which was certainly a big deal coming off the stellar opening weekend for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

And so now Warner Bros. has flinched, but instead of delving deeper into the summer, the studio will be trying to kickstart the blockbuster season incredibly early by setting the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice release date on March 25, 2016.  If that wasn’t enough, Warner Bros. has announced release dates for 9 untitled DC films and 2 “event films”.  More after the jump.

Comic Con: Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg Talks about the Debut of The CW’s New Superhero Series THE FLASH and Season 3 of ARROW

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When you’re at Comic Con, it’s all about the superheroes. Even when waiting on line at a nearby Starbucks, there via a flat-screen above, Batman plays on a continuous loop. They are omnipresent. And while everyone here ponders DC’s planned film-verse and how they can possibly fit Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman into one film, DC has quietly proven these queries moot albeit via a completely different medium. On television, DC has crammed a plethora of Justice League characters – The Green Arrow, Black Canary, The Flash – all onto its flagship show: Arrow.  This year, DC attempts to further its monopolization of the CW Network by spinning off The Flash as its own series.

At a group roundtable for Arrow and The Flash, I spoke with Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg about what to expect on the third season of Arrow, the series game plan for The Flash and how Buffy the Vampire Slayer influenced crossovers between the two. For the full interview, hit the jump.

ARROW Season 3 Trailer Introduces a Host of New Characters; Plenty of Action

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In addition to picking up Peter Stormare, Devon Aoki and Brandon Routh for its third season, The CW’s Arrow held a panel today at the San Diego Comic-Con where unveiled a trailer for the aforementioned (and apparently action packed) Season 3.  To be honest, I’ve never seen an episode but what I’m seeing here looks like it hits its intended target.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Willa Wolland and Caity Lotz.  It returns on Wednesday, October 8th at 8pm ET/PT.  Hit the jump for the Arrow Season 3 trailer.  For more on the show and its spinoff, The Flash, check out our interview with writer/producer Andrew Kreisberg.  We’ll also have more on the panel shortly.

Producer Andrew Kreisberg Talks ARROW, THE FLASH, the Crossover Episodes, How the Two Shows Differ From One Another, and More

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Viewers were introduced to Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) during Season 2 of the hit CW drama series Arrow, in a way that made the character both likeable and intriguing, and it was easy to see why he immediately got his own TV show.  With that drama series debuting on October 7th, he’ll get his own backstory and mythology and villains to fight, while also playing into the bigger DC universe and, at times, characters will cross back and forth between the two shows.

While at The CW portion of the TCA Press Tour, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg, who is working on both Arrow and The Flash, spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about following a villain-of-the-week format while exploring the larger mythology and mythos, how the show will be lighter and funnier than Arrow, that they’re throwing every idea they have at this season while knowing there’s some stuff that they won’t be able to get to until a possible second season, the big two-part cross-over episode that will come in Episode 8 of both shows, just before the Episode 9 mid-season finale, what sort of discussions they have about which characters they can use in the DC universe on TV, as opposed to the films, and how cool it is to get Grant Gustin and John Wesley Shipp in the same scene.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

The CW Planning 2-Hour THE FLASH/ARROW Crossover Event; Wentworth Miller Cast in THE FLASH as Captain Cold

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Fans eager to see how The CW’s upcoming DC Comics adaptation The Flash fits into the existing Arrow series won’t have to wait long.  Following the success of Arrow, the network greenlit another DC Comics adaptation last year in the form of The Flash.  The Barry Allen character (played by Grant Gustin) was initially introduced on Arrow, confirming that both shows will exist within the same TV universe.  As such, well before The Flash has even aired in earnest, fans have been clamoring for a big Arrow/The Flash crossover episode.  Speaking today at the TCA’s, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg confirmed that there will indeed be a crossover event, and it’ll happen this season.

Hit the jump for more details on the Flash/Arrow crossover event, as well as news of a Prison Break star joining the series as a familiar comics villain.

Comic-Con 2014 Bags to Feature ARROW, THE FLASH, GOTHAM, CONSTANTINE and More

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San Diego Comic-Con bags aren’t really good for everyday use beyond Comic-Con, but every single year I still manage to squeeze it into my suitcase so I can take it home and never use it again.  Perhaps it’s a little silly, but the designs tend to be pretty cool and when I score one for a show I like, I’m hanging on to it.  And this year will probably be no different; I’ve already got my eye on a few.

For the fifth year in a row, Warner Bros. Entertainment teamed up with Comic-Con to create 13 different bags to be distributed upon check-in.  This year, the line-up includes designs for Arrow, Constantine, The Flash, The Following, Gotham, iZOMBIE and The Originals.  Hit the jump to check out all 13 Comic-Con 2014 bags.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th Includes MAD MAX, THE HOBBIT and Marvel Studios Presentations

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The Saturday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has been announced.  Warner Bros. is bringing an eclectic presentation with appearances made by the recently pushed Jupiter Ascending, the highly anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road and Peter Jackson’s (likely) last foray into Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Legendary Pictures also has a presentation scheduled, but have declined to disclose which projects they’ll be presenting.  LAIKA Animation’s The Boxtrolls will also be making an appearance in the big hall followed by Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.   That’s all capped off by Marvel’s presentation later in the day followed by the big Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment Television panel which will feature a look at Constantine and the world premiere of Gotham among other shows.

Outside of Hall H there’s cool TV stuff like The Blacklist and what’s probably the final True Blood Panel.  Hit the jump to take a look at some highlights from Saturday’s schedule, and click here if you missed the Wednesday/Thursday or Friday schedules. Comic-Con 2014 runs from July 23rd to July 27th.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

THE FLASH Adds Robbie Amell in Major Recurring Role

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It looks like The CW and DC are keen to stay in the Amell Family business as Robbie Amell has just landed a major recurring role on the upcoming superhero series, The Flash.  Amell isn’t exactly a new face to the network as he starred in the first (and only) season of The Tomorrow People, and he’ll be reuniting with that show’s executive producer, Greg Berlanti.  Another reunion of sorts will occur with Amell’s older cousin, Stephen Amell, who currently plays the title role in The CW’s superhero series, Arrow and will appear in the pilot for The Flash as the hooded archer makes a cameo in Central City.  As for who the younger Amell will be playing, you’ll just have to hit the jump.

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