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SDCC 2019: Sendhil Ramamurthy Joins The Flash as the villain Bloodwork

There’s a new doctor in Central City, and he’s got everyone’s pulse racing! The addition of Heroes star Sendhil Ramamurthy in the recurring role of DC villain Bloodwork on The Flash was revealed by cast and producers at the show’s 2019 Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20.

Ramamurthy has signed on to season six as Dr. Ramsey Rosso, a brilliant physician with a genius intellect, and the world’s leading expert on hematological oncology. A former colleague of S.T.A.R. Labs’ Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), Rosso rekindles their friendship after they are reunited by an unexpected event. But their longtime bond is quickly shattered when the doctor’s desire to defy the laws of nature takes him down a dark path…one that transforms Rosso from an old friend into the most chilling villain Team Flash has ever faced: the monstrous Bloodwork.

In addition to his starring role on Heroes and Heroes Reborn as Comic-Con fan-favorite Dr. Mohinder Suresh, Ramamurthy has had recurring roles on New Amsterdam, Reverie, Covert Affairs and The Office, among numerous other roles in film, television and theatre.

The Flash returns for season six on Tuesday, October 8, at 8/7c on The CW.

SDCC 2019: Arrow, Black Lightning, Supergirl and The Flash Get Trailers

ARROW video (Sat, July 20)

At ARROW’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20, producers treated fans in Ballroom 20 to an action-packed retrospective of season seven, as well as a teaser for what is to come in the final season.

BLACK LIGHTNING video (Sat, July 20): 

Team BLACK LIGHTNING returned to Comic-Con and left fans in Ballroom 20 shook with this electrifying trailer featuring highlights from the show’s metahuman-infused second season — and hints about the threat posed to Freeland by the looming Markovian War. BLACK LIGHTNING returns for season three Monday, October 21, at 9/8c on The CW.

SUPERGIRL video (Sat, July 20): 

SUPERGIRL producers unleashed this super-hot trailer at Comic-Con 2019, packed with highlights from season four and a sneak peek at the future that threatens National City in season five — plus new footage featuring an official first look at Supergirl’s brand-new supersuit and brief glimpses of two new faces: DC character Andrea Rojas aka Acrata (played by VERONICA MARS’s Julie Gonzalo) and renowned reporter William Dey (played by GAME OF THRONES’s Staz Nair).

THE FLASH video (Sat, July 20): 

At THE FLASH’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20, producers treated fans in Ballroom 20 to a first look at the season six villain…Bloodwork.

SDCC 2019: There’s New Faces in National City and a New Suit for Supergirl

Supergirl landed at San Diego Comic-Con with another superpowered panel filled with surprises and reveals about the eagerly awaited upcoming season. Perhaps most striking for fans is that the character of Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl (played by Melissa Benoist) will be sporting a new Kryptonian supersuit — the first revamp since her co-worker, friend, and confidante Winn Schott designed her iconic red and blue gear in season one. And two new characters will also be on the scene in National City this season.

NEW SUPERSUIT

  • The new suit, conceptualized by Supergirl costume designer Victoria Auth and created by Ironhead Studios and Bill Hargates Costumes, follows the evolution of supersuits in executive producer Greg Berlanti’s “Arrowverse,” which has seen redesigns of both the Arrow and Flash suits in recent years.
  • Regarding Kara’s new look, executive producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner said: “We’re beyond excited to update Supergirl’s iconic suit. We think her new image is strong and powerful. We hope the fans are as excited about it as we are.”

NEW CHARACTERS AND SERIES REGULARS

In addition to the first official unveiling of the new Supergirl supersuit, the show’s producers announced that two new characters will be joining the action in National City for the upcoming season: DC’s Andrea Rojas (aka Acrata) and renowned reporter William Dey.

  • Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars, Dallas, Eli Stone) will star as iconic DC character Andrea Rojas (aka Acrata). A polished businesswoman and heir to a Central American tech empire, Andrea Rojas (aka Acrata) is now making a hostile advance into the world of media. Unapologetic and unafraid to make waves, she also holds a mystical secret. Gonzalo will first appear as Rojas in the season premiere on Sunday, October 6, at 9/8c on The CW.
  • UK-based actor Staz Nair — who is perhaps best known for playing Qhono, a Dothraki warrior loyal to Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones — will play hardened reporter William Dey, an original character created for the series. On the surface, he’s a cynic and a sellout who looks down on Kara’s earnest idealism. Dey’s not interested in making friends, he just wants to get the story — but his ties to the criminal underworld could prove problematic. Nair (Game of Thrones, FOX’sThe Rocky Horror Picture Show, AMC’s Humans) as William Dey will also make his debut during the season premiere episode.

Supergirl returns for its fifth season on Sunday, October 6, at 9/8c on The CW.

SDCC 2019: John Diggle’s Sons Face Off in the Final Season of Arrow

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With the reappearance of The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) in the season seven finale of Arrow, there’s no doubt that Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Team Arrow will be facing a “crisis” unlike anything they’ve previously faced before. Cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros. Television’s DC series elaborated on what’s in store for the future in Arrow’s final season San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 20.

Following last season’s introduction of next-gen vigilantes Mia Smoak and Connor Hawke, Comic-Con fans were excited to learn of John Diggle’s other son, John Diggle, Jr., to be played by new series regular Charlie Barnett. Diggle, Jr. — known as J.J. — is the Flashpoint-born son of John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson). We meet J.J. in the future as the leader of the Deathstroke Gang, where he faces off against Mia and his adopted brother, Connor.

Barnett joins previously announced new series regulars Katherine McNamara, Joseph David-Jones and Ben Lewis as Mia Smoak, Connor Hawke and Oliver Queen’s adopted son, William Clayton, respectively.

Arrow returns for its eighth and final season on October 15 in its new Tuesday 9/8c time period on The CW.

Recap: DC’S Legend’s of Tomorrow S4E16 – “Hey, World!”

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The season finale of DC’s Legends Hey, World! starts off with all the rescued magical creatures that were being held captive by the Time Bureau roaming free on the Wave Rider. Nora in full fairy godmother regalia is roaming hell trying to rescue a tortured Constantine while Charlie is forced to let a monster loose during a Senate hearing to boost Neron’s app downloads and, grade school aged Zari is living her best, bully-free life as the proud owner of a baby dragon.

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Thanks to a newly rescued Charlie the team learns that Neron has changed his end game and plans on using human fear, instead of the apps collected from his soul-sucking app to break his army out of hell. In an attempt to usurp Neron’s power grab and get back Atom’s soul Constantine and Nora seek out the one that got away and gets her to join forces with them to take Neron down.

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While Gary helps Mona take care of the ravenous magical creature the rest of the team tries to figure out a way to defeat fear itself. Kid Zari’s dragon video starts getting more hits on the internet than the fearmongering does give the team the idea of bringing Heyworld to life. Astrid uses Constantine as a way to break out Roy’s soul coin so they can save him and Astrid uses the chance to rob the vault of all the soul coins she can carry. While running simulations Gideon discovers that if they build Heyworld, Zari’s parent survive and she never becomes a Legend and she gets her family back while Sara figures out a way that she doesn’t get separated from the Legends or Nate. Constantine and Nora show up to collect Ray but, since he’s such a ray of sunshine, he has managed to make friends with his torturer, and former nemesis, and has been playing giant Jenga and living his best fun-filled life in the pits of hell.

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As part of the marketing plan, half of the  Legends dress up as other DC heroes for a commercial to get people to come to Heyworld , Charlie and Nora try and rally the ships current monster residents to come out and help by showing the more “human” aspects of themselves. With Ray’s soul coin collected and Constantine free they return with Nora to the ship and fill Sara and Nate in on a plan B to get Ray back that would have grave consequences for Nate. Using Rory’s magical book,  Nate and Zari have a touching moment before bringing Heyworld to life.

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With Heyworld open, and people showing up in their superhero finest, the bait, and switch of magical beings for superheroes. Their stage show gets a little violent when a dragon shows up on Nero’s orders to stop the show. A fight breaks out between Sara and the with formerly known as the fairy godmother and when the dragon sets up to kill Sara, little  Zari shows up and commands him to dance and when Tabitha tries to attack her the dragon decides Neron’s love is a tasty snack. Neron in retaliation opens up the portal and releases his hordes. In an effort to save the team and the world, Nate and Constantine switch bodies so when Neron kills Nate in his Constantine suit, the deal becomes null and void and while Nate is dead, Ray’s soul coin is allowed to be put back in his body. Zari, forgoing staying with the team leaves the temporal zone to be with her love as he dies and ghost Nate watches from the rafters with his dad where they have a beautiful heart to heart leading to a beautiful sing along between the Legends and some of the magical creatures, endearing them to the humans and dissipating the fear. Using a sing-along, holding hands, some Tinkerbell-esque magic and Tabitha’s staff Nate’s soul is returned to his body but, the price is losing Zari who couldn’t stay away and let him die. In return Zari’s brother is now in Zari’s place and they have no memory of ZAri being a team member. Astrid turn in her coins and soul breaks a pocket full of some of the worst of the worst from history giving us some hope for a super dark but, hella interesting and fun season five and I for one can’t wait to see where this all leads.

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I found myself nervous for the magical creatures when faced with the prejudice of humans, I also had a glimmer of hope for a cute little crossover but, I am happy to report that I was more than a little ecstatic about how things turned out, even without the superhero assist.  It was well written, beautifully acted, and a wonderful end to one of my favorite seasons of Legends. The show has a tendency to take things to the absurd but, they do it in such a way it’s almost believable making Legends one of my favorite shows on the CW line up right now. I can’t wait until the fall to see more of my favorite band of anti-hero misfits, especially knowing that Mary Tudor and Charlie Manson might be making an appearance.

For what this episode was and what it set up, I give this season-ending episode a hard 9.7

Arrow Season 7 and Flash Season 5 Blu-ray/DVD Release Dates Announced

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season will come to blu-ray and DVD on August 20, 2019 and The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season will come to blu-ray and DVD on August 27, 2019.

Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season

Get ready for nonstop action from start to finish when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray and DVD August 20, 2019. Both sets contain all 22 action-packed episodes from the seventh season, plus the show’s 2018 Comic-Con Panel, a crossover featurette, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more! All three DC Crossover: Elseworlds episodes will be available only for fans who purchase the Blu-ray set. The Complete Seventh Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($51.99 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($52.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

Following Oliver Queen’s shocking decision to turn himself over the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in prison while his team was left behind to protect Star City. In the wake of Ricardo Diaz’s escape, Oliver has yet again turned into someone else inside Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family, Oliver’s limits will be tested when he and Team Arrow are pitted against the most ruthless villains they have yet to face.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. In addition to featuring all 22 episodes from the seventh season in high-definition, as well as a digital copy of the season (available in the U.S. only), the 4-disc Blu-ray will also include all three crossover episodes, a tremendous value and collectors’ opportunity.

The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season

Just in time for the sixth season premiere of the highest-rated series on The CW, you will be bolting into stores to pick up The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD on August 27, 2019. Fans will be able to speed-watch all 22 electrifying episodes from the fifth season, plus the show’s 2018 Comic-Con Panel, three featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel and more! All three DC Crossover: Elseworlds episodes will be available only for fans who purchase the Blu-ray set. The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($51.99 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($52.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (available in the U.S.). The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers. Shortly after defeating The Thinker, Barry Allen/The Flash and his wife, Iris, were stunned by the arrival of their already grown, speedster daughter from the future, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). However, acclimating to their lives as parents won’t be the only challenge they face, as Season Five pits Team Flash against Central City’s latest scourge – the DC Super-Villain Cicada (Chris Klein).

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. In addition to featuring all 22 episodes from the fifth season in high-definition, as well as a digital copy of the season (available in the U.S.), the 4-disc Blu-ray will also include all threecrossover episodes, a tremendous value and collectors’ opportunity.

Recap: Supergirl S4E22 – “The Quest for Peace”

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Supergirl‘s season 4 finale “The Quest for Peace” starts off 24 hours before the death of Red Daughter showing us the aftermath of Kryptoclone Supergirl coming face to face with Kara. The show jumps to the 6-hour mark where we see Lex and Eve experimenting on aliens, the hour mark where Lex meets with the president, and then the pivotal moment where find out what happened to Red Daughter. Once again the first 10 minutes of the show called SUPERGIRL is devoid of Supergirl and focusing on a male sub character, in this case, Lex Luthor.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, after the first commercial break, we finally get to see a whole 2 minutes of Supergirl, figuring out a plan with her big sis Alex before we jump back to Lex, doing yet another experiment on Red Daughter. We then jump to Ben Lockwood who has captured the Eve clone and find out the fates of J’onn J’onzz and Dreamer in the Lex Luthor work camp for aliens. Luckily the duo runs into some of the aliens who Dreamer helped save in the last episode and they are more than willing to give them a diversion. Kara and Alex meet up with Lena and Brainiac and decide to release all the info that she and Lena collected on their overseas jaunt. While they think of what to do next, Lena is summoned to the Oval Office to meet big bro and mom for a creepy family reunion.

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Lex in true supervillain form decides to monologue his evil and capitalistic plan that as his mom points out, sounds very Hitleresque. After Eve realizes that he plans to use his alien powered satellite to destroy Argo and kill Superman, she takes a stand and asks for an aside, only to discover exactly where she stands with Lex. Back at the facility Dreamer and J’onn use a fight to figure out how to take the facilities power killer down, so she can project and give her location and using breath on the window she writes the location of the facility and the team heads out to rescue them. While Lex gloating about how much smarter than everyone else that he is, ara’s story goes live and is instantly sent to everyone. When the team arrives at the island of Dr. Luthor, Brainiac discovers that Lex plans to destroy Argo with his new weapon and takes off to hack the system leaving everyone else to deal with Lockwood and his lackeys who literally come out of the woodwork (woods) to call out Supergirl because haters are gonna hate even if they don’t have a reason.

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Jimmy, Alex, and Supergirl get to work taking down the Lockwood Lackies while Brainiac tries to figure out a way to take down Lex’s Argo killer. Lex takes off to see why his alien powered kill machine isn’t working leaving Eve to guard Lena and Mommy Dearest. Lena being the badass that she is easily disarmed Eve and Lex arrives raining down green fire on Supergirl, Alex and Jimmy who in the middle of a side effect fueled nose bleed.

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Lex is surprised to see Supergirl still alive and the two of them have at it and when Lex thinks he has the upper hand because of his green Kryptopowered gauntlets but, thanks to Lena,  Supergirl has a suit and some slick acrobatics to protect her. Alex and Jimmy keep fighting to take down alien powred Lockwood their tag team efforts leave him down for the count. J’onn and Dreamer take out the satellites power source with the return of Brainiac who finally telling Dreamer her loves her and they manage to rescue all of the aliens, including  Red Daughter who takes a mega blast of Kryptonite to save OG Supergirl and her death allows her to suck up some of Red  Daughters superpowered chi and defeat Lex who chooses to die rather than be saved by a Kryptonian. But, he doesn’t die, he just falls to earth, back into his lab where Lena cures him of his superpowers and Lena realizing that the world will never be safe with Lex around, decides to shoot him and with Lex’s dying breath he tells him that Kara is really Supergirl and makes it appear that everyone she loves doesn’t love her back.

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To wrap up the episode, the president is impeached, Dreamer and Kara are back to work at Catco with a now one-eyed Jimmy. The Alien Amnesty act is reinstated and Supergirl gets thanked for her service which brings a smile to her face. We also get the thing we had been rooting for since Jimmy’s sister showed up, her and Alex decide to give it a go and when Alex kisses her while she’s explaining how she feels and we all cheered. Lena shows up to game night with the secret on her conscience and Kara and Alex decide to wait yet another day before telling her the truth. Lockwoods son becomes a crusader for alien coexistence and Dreamer covers the story while Supergirl gives a knowing smile from the sky. In an effort to tie up all the loose ends we find out that Leviathan was pulling the strings and he’s the reason Eve was working for Lex but, now she can’t escape them.

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Overall, the season finale was surprisingly good even if it was only 50% Supergirl featuring. Considering the abysmal amount of screen time that the title character got this season it was a start to heading in the right direction. The writing was pretty good, the directing was flawless, the cinematography relayed the tone of every scene perfectly and the episode was entertaining to watch. They managed to fit a lot into the hour,  wrapped every major storyline up and give us something to look forward to in season five. I hope that this return to being mostly Supergirl focused writing I saw in this episode continues in Season 5 because, while I love the other characters, I still think it should be about them in relation to her and not the other way around.

I give this episode a solid 8.9

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The weekend is almost here and we’re busy getting the second episode of Graphic Policy Weekly (or new weekly news show) ready! While we prepare for that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

WLS-TV ABC Chicago – More than $10M in comics hit Chicago auction block – That’s some vintage comics.

IGN – Netflix’s The Magic Order: James Wan to Be Producer of Mark Millar Series – This could be pretty cool.

CBR – CW Announces Deathstroke Animated Series – Yes please!

Newsarama – The Tick Canceled – It wasn’t good people!

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