The CW’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover that spans across all of the network’s superhero TV shows just got a little bit bigger.
According to Deadline, not only will Supergirl guest-star Tyler Hoechlin be reprising his role as Superman, but so will Legends of Tomorrow star Brandon Routh. Yes, the Superman from director Bryan Singer’s 2006 Superman Returns will be returning ― again.
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The crossover is titled “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” and is based on the 1980s twelve-issue series of the same name by comic book legends Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Multiple dimensions and alternate earths were included in the landmark event, which saw the tragic (but temporary) deaths of iconic characters, and the introduction of some of their parallel world counterparts. Quite an effort was made to stop the villain known as the Anti-Monitor from wiping out everything in existence. For the upcoming adaptation, this would be a job for two Supermen.
Routh confirmed the news just recently on Twitter.
Including Routh’s Superman is unexpected, appropriate, and quite welcome, given that his return already signifies the scale of the multiverse shaking crossover. He will also be suiting up as his series-regular Legends of Tomorrow character Ray Palmer/The Atom in a number of episodes as well.
The epic crossover event will premiere before the end of the year, with three episodes in December and then two episodes to conclude the event in January 2020.
The Nancy Drew franchise has been around for a long time and is beloved by many. Several adaptation of the franchise have been produced, and another is on its way courtesy of The CW.
Debuting in the fall as part of the new 2019-2020 television season, the new Nancy Drew series will take a more modern approach to the source material. The title character will be depicted as a waitress and high-school graduate who gets sucked into a murder mystery and recruits her friends to help solve the case. Newcomer Kennedy McMann stars as Nancy.
The series will air on Wednesdays after Riverdale. Stylistically, the two shows due share a lot of similarities: Both are dark, youth-oriented reboots of classic children’s characters, which should fit right in amongst the other CW shows.
EW just shared a new promotional image for the upcoming Batwoman CW series premiering in the fall.
The new behind-the-scenes look should excite any fellow comic nerds out there, especially since the displayed Batman suit is a huge step up from the one featured in Gotham…
We see Ruby Rose returning as Kate Kane/Batwoman after debuting in last year’s CW Arrowverse crossover. Alongside her is Luke Fox, the son of fan favorite Lucius Fox.
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It was revealed that The Batman has been missing for three years, and Gotham has gone to hell as a result of absent oversight. Batwoman was easily the most memorable part of the most recent crossover and already proved to be a master crime-fighter. From the looks of the promo image, she’ll be receiving a notable upgrade from the Batman’s arsenal and his most trusted tech consultants––or it’s a flashback to her superhero origin, which would still be exciting to watch. Either way, there’s going to be a lot to look forward to.
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The full synopsis for Batwoman reads:
Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety. After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy).
Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost, while keeping Kate –– the daughter he still has –– at a distance. But Kate is a woman who’s done asking for permission. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante. With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
Something worth noting is that the series will be in some uncharted territory. Not many Batwoman comics have dealt with Kate Kane leading the initiative to fix Gotham in Batman’s absence, let alone the entire Bat-family’s absence, so we’re likely to see very fresh material.
It’s always interesting to see a Gotham City story where The Batman takes a back seat. It’s even better when it’s done well. This is undoubtedly going to be one of those stories.
American TV network The CW previously announced that they were going to introduce Batwoman to their Arrowverse, a setting of the shared DC-comics-based universe that is featured in several of their TV series. Now, the company has announced that Batwoman will be an independent program like the other shows: The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Greg Berlanti (Arrow;Supergirl;Love, Simon) will be the leading producer.
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Kate Kane, alias Batwoman, is an out lesbian living in Gotham City. Inspired by Batman, she also masks her identity and becomes a superhero to fight evil forces. Ironically, according to the BBC, “Batwoman was introduced in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman to dispel rumors of his own homosexuality. The character was reintroduced in 2006 as a gay woman called Kate Kane.”
No matter what intentions generated Batwoman, Kate Kane has already established her own vivid story in many DC comics. She is not an accessory to a male costumed crime-fighter; instead, she gets her own adventure, embodying hope for Gotham’s citizens while dealing with her own demons.
Let’s hail Kate, the Batwoman, and eagerly wait for the upcoming debut of Batwoman in 2019!