After lurking as a presence in Arrow throughout the second season, villain Ra’s al Ghul finally will appear in Season 3, as will the hero Wildcat, fans at Comic-Con’s mega-screening for Warner Bros TV and DC Comics properties learned tonight. While his face was not identified, the criminal mastermind was seen in full costume and with a sword in a new preview clip. Following up on a Facebook hint by Arrow lead Stephen Amell that Ted “Wildcat” Grant would join the show, producer Marc Guggenheim tonight confirmed both additions to the hit CW drama. A longtime DC villain, Liam Neeson played the character on the big screen in 2005’s Batman Begins and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.
The Arrow revelations came at the end of the first nighttime presentation for SDCC, screening a smorgasbord of upcoming WBTV shows in massive Hall H.
“You saved the best for last,” said WBTV Marketing chief Lisa Gregorian to the thousands in the hall in kicking off the 3-hour event. The extravaganza not only was a testament to the rise of superheroes but also WB and DC properties. “I remember being at Comic-Con when we were the only DC property on television,” said Amell, the night’s emcee, as he named off The Flash pilot, the world premiere of Batman prequel Gotham, plus a preview of NBC’s new supernatural thriller Constantine and … Read More »
The Comic-Con crowd got its first look at Season 3 of the CW’s Arrow today. Get a gander at the series newcomers Brandon Routh, returning to the superhero scene as Ray Palmer, and Karl Yune as Maseo — as well as Colton Haynes in costume as Arsenal. Oh, and there’s a shot or two of Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy:
Brandon Routh, who played the Man of Steel on the big screen in Bryan Singer’s 2006 tentpole Superman Returns, has joined the cast of the CW’s superhero drama Arrow as this season’s main recurring guest star. He will play Ray Palmer, a scientist and inventor who will play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak as the new owner of Queen Consolidated. In the DC Comics mythology, Palmer is known as The Atom, making Routh a two-time DC superhero. We hear the deal will span 14 episodes and that he will be a love interest for Felicity.
Routh just completed an arc on TV Land’s The Exes and recently wrapped the indie 400 Days opposite Dane Cook, Tom Cavanagh and Ben Feldman. Arrow‘s Season 3 premiere is October 8.
Karl Yune has joined the cast of the CW drama Arrow. He will recur as Maseo Yamashiro, a skilled martial artist who is married to Katana (Devon Aoki). The character will be introduced in flashback as Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) handler — a teacher and a friend who advises and helps the Arrow become a superhero. Yune’s credits include Real Steel, Speed Racer and upcoming thriller The Invitation. He is repped by Global Artists and Zero Gravity Management.
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UPDATE, 1:15 PM: Warner Bros Television, as per its Wednesday night Comic-Con tradition in Ballroom 20, will preview the pilots to Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright’s adaptation of the Vertigo comic iZombie, The Flash, Constantine and a brand-new episode of Teen Titans Go! starting at 6 PM. iZombie, airing midseason on the CW, stars Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life until she is turned into a zombie. With each brain she eats, she inherits the corpse’s memories, making her the perfect person to solve homicides with her medical examiner boss and a police detective. McIver, Thomas, Ruggiero-Wright will be on hand for a panel at 11:30 AM Friday, July 25, with stars Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley and Rahul Kohli. WBTV’s other frosh series coming to San Diego is Adult Swim’s animated Mike Tyson Mysteries, in which the boxer takes the fight from the ring to the streets. Panel is in the Indigo Ballroom, at 2:30 PM Friday, with stars Tyson, Rachel Ramras and Jim Rash and producer Hugh Davidson. In addition, Comic-Con regulars Childrens Hospital, The Big Bang Theory, The 100, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, The Following and Supernatural will return with their casts and creators as well as clip/episode presentations.
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Devon Aoki has landed a major recurring guest role on the hit CW drama Arrow from Warner Bros TV. Aoki will play Tatsu Yamashiro, a character that first appeared in the Green Arrow origin series graphic novels published by DC Comics. She is a Japanese martial arts expert who wields a deadly sword, a blade from which her codename Katana is derived. In Arrow, Tatsu will be one of Oliver’s mentors in the flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow of present day. Aoki, repped by Schiffco, appeared in features including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City, D.E.B.S. and War.
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CW Network will roll out its fall 2014 launch in October with new series The Flash and Jane The Virgin. For a third year, CW will kick off its new season with an exclusive telecast of the IHeartRadio Music Festival, airing over two nights — Monday, September 29 and Tuesday, September 30 at 10 PM ET. On Thursday, October 2, CW’s touting as its bloody, sexy drama night with the season starters of The Vampire Diaries and Reign. The Originals returns to wreak havoc on a new night, Monday, October 6, followed by a retrospective of the past nine seasons of Supernatural.
The Flash, starring Grant Gustin as the Fastest Man Alive, premieres Tuesday, October 7, followed by the return of the Winchester brothers in the 10th season premiere of Supernatural. The next night, the third season starter of Arrow launches, and a special encore of The Flash series premiere. New comedy Jane The Virgin, starring Gina Rodriguez, premieres Monday, October 13, and The 100 rounds things out when returns Wednesday, October 22. The 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model, cycle 21 premieres Friday, August 22, and Whose Line is It Anyway? episodes will continue from summer, sliding to Fridays on October 3.
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New Line has added Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf) to the cast of San Andreas. Haynes, who plays Roy Harper on the CW superhero show Arrow, joins Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario in the quake pic directed by Brad Peyton. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing the film about an ex-Special Ops firefighter pilot (Johnson) who searches a devastated California for his estranged daughter after the Big One hits. Rob Cowan is exec producer and Hiram Garcia is co-producer on the pic. Haynes’ credits include TV series Look, The Gates, and The Nine Lives of Chloe King. He’s repped by ICM and Podwall Entertainment.
‘X Factor’ Musical ‘I Can’t Sing’ Delays Previews By Two Days
Previews of Simon Cowell‘s The X Factor musical, I Can’t Sing, have been postponed by two days at the London Palladium. Stage Entertainment and Syco Entertainment are producing the show and say they’ve decided to start previews on March 1 as opposed to February 27 due to “technical issues caused by the ambitious staging of the new musical comedy.” Rebecca Quigley, producer for Stage Entertainment, said, “As audiences will soon see, the production is hugely ambitious, and the volume of installation and scale of the set means that technical work has taken slightly longer than could have been anticipated to make the show audience-ready.” Nigel Harman (EastEnders, Downton Abbey) is playing a character based on Cowell in the musical that’s directed by Olivier Award-winner and Tony nominee Sean Foley. British comedian Harry Hill wrote the show.
Quentin Tarantino To Present Scarlett Johansson’s Honorary Cesar
Quentin Tarantino has been enlisted by France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma to present Scarlett Johansson with this year’s honorary César Award. The director will hand the award to Johansson this Friday at the 39th César Awards ceremony in Paris. Tarantino himself received the prize in 2011. Read More »
As it has done in the past couple of years, the CW has given early renewals to its strongest series. The list includes flagship dramas The Vampire Diaries and Arrow, formidable veteran Supernatural and freshmen The Originals and Reign. Left off are the proverbial bubble shows whose renewals chances are estimated to be 50-50 at best. That includes Beauty & the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie and The Tomorrow People. Their odds will improve or get worse depending on the performance of the CW’s upcoming midseason series The 100, which is getting strong buzz and is being touted as a potential long-term player for the network, as well as alien romance Star-Crossed.
After an inauspicious launch behind mothership series The Vampire Diaries, The Originals has flourished in the Tuesday 8 PM slot despite gloom and doom predictions about its face-off with ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Its potent pairing with Supernatural has doubled the CW’s Tuesday night ratings year-to-year in adults 18-34 (+100%, 1.4 vs. 0.7), grown +150% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.6), and gained +88% in total viewers (3.2 million vs. 1.7 million). With the new lead-in, Supernatural has found another gear, posting double-digit increases year-to-year in total viewers and all key demos, and recently logging its most watched episodes since … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, CAA has signed Stephen Amell, star of the hit CW drama Arrow. Amell, who was a series regular on Hung and recurred on Private Practice, was with SMS Talent. He is managed by Michael Garnett of Leverage and his attorneys are Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman.
EXCLUSIVE: There has been a change in the CW‘s plans for The Flash. Originally, the character, played by Grant Gustin, was supposed to appear in three episodes of Arrow this season — No. 8, No. 9 and No. 20, the last one serving as a backdoor pilot directed by David Nutter. Episodes 8 and 9, in which the superhero is introduced only as his alter ego Barry Allen, have already been shot. But now the CW has opted to film a traditional stand-alone Flash pilot instead of doing a backdoor pilot as Arrow‘s Episode 20. With Episodes 8 and 9 serving as an origin story, the plan was for The Flash character to make his debut — red costume and all — in Arrow‘s Episode 20. He will now do it in the pilot. The creative team remains the same, with Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and series scribe Geoff Johns writing the pilot and Nutter, who helmed the pilot for Arrow, directing. Berlanti, Kreisberg and Nutter executive produce, with Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive producing. Read More »