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Crisis on Infinite Earths is Coming Fall 2019

The CW‘s “Elseworlds” crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl is over and throughout the entire event it hinted at an adaptation of a classic DC Comics event, Crisis on Infinite Earths. As Supergirl wrapped up, we now know next year’s Fall 2019 crossover is exactly that.

The event has been hinted at since the first season of The Flash where it was revealed The Flash disappeared during a “crisis.”

We’ve got a year to wait in anticipation.

The Mysteries of Riverdale Season 3 are Explored in a New Comic Series!

New mysteries connected to the Game and the Farm will be explored in the comic book companion to The CW‘s hit Riverdale TV series! The new comic book series, set to debut in March, will reveal tantalizing details of the mysterious “Gryphons & Gargoyles” plotline currently playing out on the third season of the TV show.

Novelist Micol Ostow, who also penned next month’s prequel novel from Scholastic, Riverdale: The Day Before, will be working with the Riverdale writer’s room on the series. Thomas Pitilli, who handled art duties on the previous volume of the Riverdale comic, will return, trading off stories with Archie Comics veteran Joe Eisma.

Riverdale Season 3 #1 hits comic shops on March 13, 2019.

The CW’s “Elseworlds” Crossover Gets the DC Comic Book Treatment

There’s a lot we still don’t know about this year’s Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash DCTV crossover event, “Elseworlds,” one thing readers are pretty clear on is what that title is a reference to. “Elseworlds” is the name of a popular line of comics from DC’s past that completely reimagined the worlds of DC’s greatest heroes. It’s a part of the company’s legacy, something that’s nodded to in a unique new image that’s promoting the three-night event.

Drawn by comic book artist Amy Reeder and designed to look like the cover of one of DC’s monthly comics, this illustration also includes the classic, all-lowercase “Elseworlds” logo. With LaMonica Garrett’s Monitor seen looming in the background, Reeder’s illustration portrays the heroes of the crossover—Green Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl, Superman and Batwoman—seemingly battling each other. Beneath them, Jeremy Davies’ maniacal-looking Dr. John Deegan can be seen looking up at them in delight, suggesting he might be the cause of the mayhem. Fans will also notice that the Flash in the image is actually Stephen Amell, while Green Arrow is Grant Gustinsomething already teased through photos.

Reeder has drawn several highly regarded comics for DC, including the bestselling New 52 Batwoman series, which helped to define the Kate Kane version of the character.

Look for the “Elseworlds” crossover event to kick off on Sunday, December 9 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST), then continue at the same time on December 10 and December 11 on The CW.

Jon Cryer is Cast as Lex Luthor on The CW’s Supergirl

Another legacy DC live action actor is returning to the live action DC Universe as Jon Cryer has been cast to play Lex Luthor on The CW‘s Supergirl. The series has been leading up to and hinting at the character’s debut for quite some time.

Cryer has been a previous Luthor playing Lex’s nephew Lenny in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. He’s also played Felix Faust in Justice League Action and Justice League Action Shorts. His breakout role was Duckie in 1986’s Pretty in Pink and from there was a headliner in such films as Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home and Hiding Out. He also starred in 262 episodes of Two and a Half Men which aired on CBS.

Supergirl has regularly cast legacy DC actors on the show in different roles including Helen Slater who played the original Supergirl in the 1984 film, Chad Lowe player Captain Marvel/Billy Batson on Young Justice, Erica Durance who was Lois Lane on Smallville, Teri Hatcher who was Lois Lane on Lois & Clark, and Dean Cain who was Superman on Lois & Clark.

Lex will be a recurring role on the show and will debut on the 15th episode of the current season.

TV Review: Supergirl S4E4 Ahimsa

When Supergirl needs help, Alex asks Lena and Brainiac to team up; J’onn questions his decision to quit the DEO, but after running into Manchester Black, he realizes there are a lot of ways to help his fellow aliens.

Supergirl is all action as it feels the various plans of villains are playing out as Supergirl recovers in her suit. There’s a lot going on in this episode introducing new characters and moving character arcs along.

The main part of the episode seems to focus on Alex and J’onn. J’onn is a bit lost with his decision to step back and he figures out he can help in his own way as he sorts things out. His journey introduces him to Manchester Black, a new character but one from the comics that potentially brings a lot to the show. They quest to save Fiona and it all dovetails into what the DEO is doing, a bit too nicely.

The DEO’s story is really about Alex’s leadership. She’s new in the role and is also Supergirl’s sister putting her in an awkward spot to make decisions, it also leads to the next bit of the shows plot that’ll play out and makes me question if the plot isn’t a bit bigger than we’re lead to believe.

It’s an ok episode full of action and in many ways the end of the “first act” of the season. While it doesn’t have the depth of previous episodes, it does take us on to a next phase of where this season is going. It’s not bad but also not all that good compared to what this season has delivered so far. While an action packed episode is good, there’s just something missing as the show has shown it can be so much more.

Overall Rating: 7.5

DC Releases a First Look at LaMonica Garrett as The Monitor

DC has revealed a first look at LaMonica Garrett who will play The Monitor in this year’s crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. The event is dubbed “Elseworlds.”

Marv Wolfman and George Pérez created The Monitor in the lead up to the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths and the character has appeared in multiple “Crisis” events since.

The characters is on of infinite power who has single-handedly kept the multiverse’s destruction at bay for millennia. We have no idea what role the character will play in the television event.

The story also debuts Ruby Rose as Batwoman, the first appearance of Gotham within the Arrowverse, the debut of Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, and Superman returns played by Tyler Hoechlin. There’s also Jeremy Davies as Dr. John Deegan, and John Wesley Shipp will return as The Flash. We’ve also seen The Flash and Green Arrow swap in a way.

The event kicks off on Sunday, December 9 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) on The CW and continues December 10th and 11th at the same time.

TV Review: Supergirl S4E3 Man of Steel

Through a series of incidents, and input from his anti-alien father, Ben Lockwood slowly transformers from a mild-mannered professor into the villainous Agent Liberty.

Supergirl is not holding back this season. As people still recover from the shock of the murder of eleven individuals due to their religion by a radicalized individual, the show explores radicalization within its own world.

“Man of Steel” explores Ben Lockwood, Agent Liberty, the villain of the season. We’ve seen his rallies where he spouts xenophobic rhetoric but how did he get to that point?

Lockwood was a Professor with a wife and son and a father who owns a metal factory that’s being challenged. That factory has competition in Nth Metal (a wink and nod to comic fans), an alien metal with literal alien workers. Supergirl is taking on the current racist driven hysteria of asylum seekers and undocumented workers taking jobs and making it front and center this season.

Through a series of events we can see Lockwood become radicalized. From losing his job to losing his home, it echoes the “stories” we hear about flyover country and small town America. People whose lives are being impacted with little attention and whose anger is being directed towards boogeymen exploiting bigotry and racism. It’s a playbook we’ve seen over and over, using the other to gain politically through fear.

There’s just enough presented to make Lockwood sympathetic in some ways but his radicalization is clear and presented in a way that while you might feel sorry for him you (hopefully) aren’t agreeing with him. His actions, his beliefs, his statements, are abhorrent. By the time he dons his mask there’s no question as to his place and it’s clear he’s in the wrong and evil. He’s the embodiment of the alt-right and MAGA crowd. Lockwood plays the role of both Trump and his enforcers who murder in his name and their perceived shared outlook on the world.

With a week that has involved the attempted murder of political leaders, the actual murder of two African-Americans and eleven Jewish individuals, and the election of a far-right Fascist/racist/sexist/homophobic individual in Brazil, this episode is both cringe-worthy due to its timing but also needed. When younger kids might be asking why someone has the type of views that might lead them to commit such acts, “Man of Steel” acts as a solid introduction to our reality. It’s an allegory that can be used to explain our current socio-political climate to those who might not understand the “why” of it all.

The episode can be described as a mitzvah in both what it’s taking on, the stance it takes, and what it achieves in helping open a dialogue with the next generation and the show’s fans who might not understand what’s going on in today’s world.

Overall Rating: 10

TV Review: The Flash S5E3 The Death of Vibe

After Cicada’s attack, the team realizes it needs to think outside the box to stop this dangerous new foe; Nora comes up with a plan that ultimately puts a team member in danger Caitlin delves into her past.

The Flash keeps things going at a fantastic pace as the team explores the concept that XS has already altered the timeline in some way. Cicada has arrived, arrived sooner, and attacked different metas than what XS remembers. It’s an interesting concept and continues the series’ idea that maybe the Flash(s) aren’t the best for the timeline. They seem to alter it a lot and not always for the better.

The episode is a good one bring in a new multiverse Wells, who’s actually a little irritating, to help figure out who Cicada is. There’s some feints and some fake outs along the way. It’s all done in a way in that you think things are getting resolved rather quickly but nope, we’ve got some time to go.

There’s nothing major about the episode, it’s just a fun one with some solid action and a nice build for whatever is to come. There’s some tense moments and there’s moments where you wonder where it’s going to go.

What the episode feels like is a live action comic book and an issue that’s part of the larger arc. It doesn’t stand on its own but as part of the story, it’s a good entry.

Overall Rating: 7.5

TV Review: Supergirl S4E2 Fallout

A shocking revelation causes chaos in National City; Supergirl sets out to capture Mercy Graves, while Alex takes control at the DEO; Kara decides to write an investigative story on Mercy and looks to Lena for information; Brainy meets Nia.

Supergirl has no problems wearing its politics on its sleeve and this episode, and season, seems to be directly responding to the xenophobia, transphobia, racism, and hatred that are gripping not just the United States but the entire world.

“Fallout” has a lot to unpack as it’s filled with action and just a lot to say. The President has been exposed as an alien and has to resign. That stokes more resentment for aliens than already existed. You have Mercy Graves doing her thing which also involves exposing aliens by dropping their holograms. The episode just focuses on the hate all around us. A nation uneasy after the President is exposed would be enough to touch upon today’s reality but the episode does so much more.

It’s hard to not watch this episode and think about how the last two and a half years has really exposed the hate all around us. Neighbors who you might have once been friends with now are openly racist. What used to be our hidden reality is out in the open. For better and for worse. That’s what’s happening on Supergirl.

The next question the show focuses on is what’s the role of the media? Is it to editorialize? Is it to report the news? James has a question he needs to answer as far as that and it’s a revelation by Nia that she’s transgender. Nia is played by Nicole Maines, the real life transgender activist and while I expected the character to be, there’s still something somewhat revolutionary about that reality being stated on the show. Especially a show geared towards a younger set. Add in the horrific news that the Trump administration may define gender to strip the rights of transgender individuals, the moment comes at almost a perfect time in our world.

I do have some questions as to why Mercy allowed herself to get caught, that part of the plan seems a little odd, but the action for the episode is solid. It’s a great mix of entertainment and message. The show is doing what entertainment seems to do best, using entertainment to explore our reality. Supergirl is following that great tradition, like we’ve seen in Star Trek, to explore society and take a stand for what’s right. The show is following in the ideals of its main character and it’s soaring this season.

Overall Rating: 8.05

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