Today was quite the busy day for shows on The CW, as the network announced the renewal of six of its shows, as well as revealing several snippets about The Flash and Supergirl, and a surprise announcement about Constantine!
First up, via IGN, The CW network announced today that they would be renewing DC shows Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, in addition to Supernatural, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Jane The Virgin. Network president Mark Pedowitz said via a statement,
“Over the past several seasons, The CW has built a schedule of proven performers, from our lineup of DC superheroes, to critically acclaimed comedies, to sci-fi dramas. Early pickups of these seven series now allow our producers to plan ahead for next season, and gives us a solid base to build on for next season, with original scripted series to roll out all year long.”
DC fans will remember the NBC series Constantine that ran for one season in 2014, and so many were disappointed when it failed to gain a renewal. In a turn of good news, Greg Berlanti, the executive producer of The CW’s DC shows, has come on board to produce Constantine for the network. It will be taking the form of an animated show on the CW Seed platform. The show will additionally have the co-creator and executive producer of the original show David S. Goyer, as well as actor Matt Ryan returning to voice the lead character.
In the last we saw of the character, John Constantine made an appearance on Arrow to lend a hand to Oliver Queen in returning Black Canary/Sara Lance’s soul to her resurrected body in Season 4, Episode 5, entitled ‘Haunted.‘ At the moment, five or six 10-minute episodes have been ordered, which should be plenty for the demon-fighter to get into all kinds of trouble!
Gorilla Grodd will be returning to The Flash once again, after leaving Earth-1 for Earth-2’s Gorilla City last season. He will have a two-episode arc, airing during episodes 13 and 14 later this year. Actor Keith David will lend his voice Solovar, another sentient gorilla and the leader of Gorilla City.
At the end of Season 2 last year, the speedster Hunter Zolomon was transformed by the Time Wraiths into the Black Flash, becoming the Grim Reaper for speedsters. It was announced today that the character will be making another appearance in the DC television universe, and not just necessarily on The Flash. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg stated that he may be seen on multiple shows.
“It’s just going to be on multiple shows. He’s a classic character and we have storylines on multiple shows that fit having him return. There’s something so scary about him, even scarier than when he was just a man because now he is the Grim Reaper, he is like the Devil. How do you stop the Devil? It presents an interesting challenge for the heroes of the respective shows in which he appears.”
It is not certain if actor Teddy Sears, who played Zolomon on the show, will reprise his role.
Plans are in motion for a musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash, and the villain has just been announced. It will be none other than the Music Meister! Created for the Batman: The Brave and The Bold animated series, the character has the ability to hypnotize people with his singing voice, and has a rod shaped similarly to a conductor’s baton that shoots energy blasts shaped like music notes.
This will be a two-episode crossover, starting with Supergirl and then concluding on The Flash. It will likely be quite an entertaining pair of episodes, as many actors on both casts – including Melissa Benoist, Jeremy Jordan, Jesse L. Martin and Grant Gustin – have well-known musical talents. Per executive producer Kreisberg, it is not certain at the moment if the songs will be covers or all-original, though the script will be finished being written this weekend.