DC - batwoman /tags/batwoman-0 en First Look: The New Batwoman Makes Her DC Debut /blog/2020/10/22/first-look-the-new-batwoman-makes-her-dc-debut <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>First Look: The New Batwoman Makes Her DC Debut</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Batgirl_Cv50_5f90e4676dc334.80644632.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;" /></p> <p>One thing ends, another begins. It’s hard to think of a better example of that old maxim than next week’s <em>Batgirl #50, </em>the extra-sized final chapter of Barbara Gordon’s ongoing series. Kicking off in 2016 as a part of DC’s line-wide “Rebirth,” <em>Batgirl </em>has seen its hero leapfrog from the high-tech, click-savvy world of Burnside (home of Barbara’s now-iconic purple and gold costume) back to the mean streets of Gotham proper, where she’s tangled with the likes of the Terrible Trio, KGBeast and her own former identity, Oracle. However, it’s been Batgirl’s two most recent confrontations that have been her most shocking. Having narrowly survived<a href="/blog/2020/07/22/batgirls-last-laugh" target="_blank"> a second brutal attack by the Joker</a> in the midst of his war on Gotham, Babs found herself once again at odds with her not-quite-rehabilitated brother—a confrontation that led to James Gordon, Jr’s death, seemingly at Batgirl’s hands.</p> <p>We won’t know whether Barbara’s story ends happily until next week, but while hers nears its finish, another young hero’s story is just beginning. Ryan Wilder, <a href="/blog/2020/09/25/first-look-javicia-leslie-suits-up-as-the-new-batwoman" target="_blank">an all-new DC character played by Javicia Leslie,</a> will soon make her live action debut on The CW’s <em>Batwoman </em>as she takes on the title role after original Batwoman Kate Kane goes missing. However, if you’re curious when you might be seeing Wilder in the comics, the answer is…pretty much right now. You can catch the scrappy hero-to-be’s first comic book appearance in <em>Batgirl #50—</em>and in our exclusive first look at the issue. Drawn by the amazing Emanuela Lupacchino, Wilder comes out kicking—figuratively—as she let’s Barbara know <em>exactly </em>what she thinks of her boss, Congresswoman Alejo. It’s a powerful moment reminding us that even though Batgirl may be stepping out of the spotlight for a while, there are plenty of would-be heroes more than ready to meet this moment standing in the wings.</p> <p align="center"></p> <p><em>The extra-sized <a href="/comics/batgirl-2016/batgirl-50" target="_blank">Batgirl #50</a> by Cecil Castellucci, Emanuela Lupacchino, Marguerite Sauvage and Aneke is in stores and available digitally on Tuesday, October 27.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batgirl-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/first-look-at-batgirl" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">first look at batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-first-look" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" 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property="schema:name" content="First Look: The New Batwoman Makes Her DC Debut" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Tim Beedle 466249 at /blog/2020/10/22/first-look-the-new-batwoman-makes-her-dc-debut#comments Bats at Bat: Who's on First When the Batman Family Plays Baseball? /blog/2020/10/07/bats-at-bat-whos-on-first-when-the-batman-family-plays-baseball <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Bats at Bat: Who&#039;s on First When the Batman Family Plays Baseball?</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Alex Jaffe</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The stadiums may be empty, but believe it or not, the MLB playoffs have arrived. And where general audiences are kept away, you can’t keep Gotham’s first family in vigilantism off the diamond. No, they pretty much go wherever they please, whether it’s through the iron gates of Arkham Asylum, atop the roof of Gotham Central, or across the field of the local stadium. But that does beg a rather important question to fans who love their baseball as much as their Batman: In a dugout full of the Dark Knight’s greatest allies, who plays what position? Even more important, what’s their walk-up song as they come up to bat? Here’s where we’ve landed on this most important issue…</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/batman-baseball_5f7d181bbbdfb3.35113300.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Batman</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #27 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-27/digital-comic/T0039000275001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">His Detective 24ֱ debut.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Center Field (He commands the outfield.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: All he needs are four notes to strike fear and awe into his enemies. That dramatic horn swell from Shirley Walker’s score for <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em>. You know the one: “Ba, ba, BA-BAAAAAAA!!!”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/WFST_15_300-1_5f7d183b339357.60938378.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1028px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Dick Grayson</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #38 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-38/digital-comic/T0039000385001?ref=c2VyaWVzL3ZpZXcvZGVza3RvcC9ncmlkTGlzdC9Jc3N1ZXM" target="_blank">Ditto.</a>)</p> <p>Position: First Base (Obviously.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: “Entry of the Gladiators.” You probably know it as that one circus song that plays when the clowns come out. But try and divorce it from that cultural cache and you’ll feel the original sense of grandeur and wonder that the piece entailed, like you were about to witness something joyous and mesmerizing the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Can’t take the circus out of the boy.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/RedHood_5f7d1875398977.60078348.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 742px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Jason Todd</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #72 (<a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/how-death-family-shook-world/" target="_blank">If you get it, you get it.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Second Base (Naturally.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Ever the rebel, Jason’s going with something hardcore, with an attitude that expresses how he’s gonna do things his way alone, and probably do it better than you. “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine would be perfect. We’re thinking…oh…around 4 minutes and 12 seconds in.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/TimDrake_5f7d188d47fec0.19016393.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Tim Drake</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #89 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-442/digital-comic/T0037604425001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">The year he came on the scene.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Third Base (Inevitably.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Duckboy’s just a big ol’ nerd, and that’s why we love him. So, he’s probably going to pick an intricate math rock song. Probably a choice refrain from the middle of “2112” by Rush.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DamianWayne_5f7d18a9035f32.93884863.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Damian Wayne</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #1 (He accepts nothing less.)</p> <p>Position: Shortstop (Do NOT call him “Shortstop.”)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: “Ride of the Valkyries.” Damian’s approach to the plate is nothing short of operatic in its epic proportions. At least, that’s how he sees it.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/DukeThomas_5f7d18c06fbb06.76359964.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 924px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Duke Thomas</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #12 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/We-Are-Robin-2015-2016/comics-series/44205?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">That’s all the issues he got in<em> We Are Robin</em>.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Catcher (Rock solid, unshakeable.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Duke really came into his own around 2015 as part of the street team of unauthorized Robins in the DCYou era, so he’s probably really into the mid-10s hip hop scene. Something like “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Batgirl_5f7d18d90b69d5.71313825.jpg" style="width: 800px; height: 677px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Barbara Gordon</strong></h2> <p>Babs doesn’t have a field position—she’s the field manager. Any diehard baseball fan will tell you that the game is really more of a competition of strategy than athleticism. And in the great game, it’s the field manager who moves the pieces around. Barbara’s experience as Oracle makes her the most vital team member to success—a skill set and expertise which would be wasted if she were relegated to playing a mere field position. You know, not that we’re making a point or anything. What’s an analogy?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Huntress_5f7d18f5d0d563.67892512.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Helena Bertinelli</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #13 (In Italian culture, it’s a lucky number!)</p> <p>Position: Pitcher (Accurate AF.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Helena’s way too cool for the room, or any arena. But if she’s gotta take the field, she’s gonna go full Madonna from <em>A League of Their Own</em>. One of her ‘80s hits, like “Into the Groove.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/batwoman-baseball_5f7d19107328f7.77619197.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Kate Kane</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #52 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/52/comics-series/157?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy" target="_blank">The series from whence she came.</a>)</p> <p>Position: Designated Hitter (She does have the most experience, after all.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Whatever song you’re thinking of, it’s not gay enough. “All the Things She Said” by t.A.T.u is a good starting point, but she can probably do better.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/CassandraCain_5f7d19295da314.57702639.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1007px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Cassandra Cain</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #25 (<a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batgirl-2000-2006-25/digital-comic/T0215400255001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz" target="_blank">Her victory number</a>.)</p> <p>Position: Left Field (Fast as the wind, reflexes unmatched, she’s exactly the sort of player you want where the toughest balls go.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: Similar to Dick and Damian, but she’s serious about it and always delivers. Cass is all about balletic movement. This isn’t sport to her—this is poetry. Play her onto the field gently with Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” and before long, you’ll believe a ball can fly.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/10-OCT/Spoiler_5f7d1944a1afe4.93761017.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1063px;" /></p> <h2><strong>Stephanie Brown</strong></h2> <p>Jersey Number: #0 (Tell her she can’t have it, she’ll only wear it harder.)</p> <p>Position: Right Field (Where the fewest balls go. She’s busy heckling the other team.)</p> <p>Walk-Up Song: “Never Gonna Give You Up,” by Rick Astley. Every single time.</p> <p><br /><a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/news/bats-bat-whos-first-when-batman-family-plays-baseball/" target="_blank"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">A version of this article originally ran on DC Universe. </em></a><i style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Be sure to <a href="/blog/2020/09/18/dc-universe-transforms-into-dc-universe-infinite-the-ultimate-comic-book" target="_blank">subscribe to DC Universe Infinite</a> for unlimited access to more than 24,000 comics from every era of publishing, plus original titles, special fan events and more!</i></p> <p><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Alex Jaffe is the author of the "Ask the Question" column on DCUniverse.com, and writes about TV, movies, comics and superhero history for both DCUniverse.com and DC24ֱ.com. Follow him on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/AlexJaffe" target="_blank">@AlexJaffe.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/batman-1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Batman</a>, <a href="/tags/baseball" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Baseball</a>, <a href="/tags/if-batman-played-baseball" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">if batman played baseball</a>, <a href="/tags/what-baseball-position-would-batman-play" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">what baseball position would batman play</a>, <a href="/tags/bruce-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">bruce wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/dark-knight" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dark knight</a>, <a href="/tags/robin-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Robin</a>, <a href="/tags/nightwing" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">nightwing</a>, <a href="/tags/dick-grayson" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dick grayson</a>, <a href="/tags/red-hood" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red hood</a>, <a href="/tags/jason-todd" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jason todd</a>, <a href="/tags/red-robin" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">red robin</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-drake" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim drake</a>, <a href="/tags/damian-wayne" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">damian wayne</a>, <a href="/tags/duke-thomas" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">duke thomas</a>, <a href="/tags/signal" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">signal</a>, <a href="/tags/batgirl-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batgirl</a>, <a href="/tags/barbara-gordon" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">barbara gordon</a>, <a href="/tags/batwoman-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/kate-kane" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kate kane</a>, <a href="/tags/orphan" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">orphan</a>, <a href="/tags/cassandra-cain" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cassandra Cain</a>, <a href="/tags/spoiler" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">spoiler</a>, <a href="/tags/stephanie-brown" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">stephanie brown</a>, <a href="/tags/helena-bertinelli" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Helena Bertinelli</a>, <a href="/tags/huntress" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">huntress</a>, <a href="/tags/baseball-season" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">baseball season</a>, <a href="/tags/baseball-playoffs" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">baseball playoffs</a>, <a href="/tags/mlb-playoffs" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mlb playoffs</a>, <a href="/tags/mlb-finals" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mlb finals</a>, <a href="/tags/alex-jaffe" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">alex jaffe</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/10/07/bats-at-bat-whos-on-first-when-the-batman-family-plays-baseball" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Bats at Bat: Who&#039;s on First When the Batman Family Plays Baseball?" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 07 Oct 2020 19:00:00 +0000 Alex Jaffe 466121 at /blog/2020/10/07/bats-at-bat-whos-on-first-when-the-batman-family-plays-baseball#comments Celebrate Pride Month With GLAAD Award-Winning Titles From DC and More! /blog/2020/05/21/celebrate-pride-month-with-glaad-award-winning-titles-from-dc-and-more <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Celebrate Pride Month With GLAAD Award-Winning Titles From DC and More!</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">DC Publicity</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 09:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p align="center"> </p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/DC24ֱBombshells_2015_70_Cover_5ec68fb794c356.37545088.jpg" style="width: 420px; height: 323px;" /></p> <p align="center">Celebrate Pride Month With GLAAD Award-Winning Titles From DC and More!</p> <p>Comic fans can celebrate Pride at home with GLAAD Award-winning titles on <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/"><strong>DC UNIVERSE</strong></a>, DC’s digital subscription service, like <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/catwoman-2002/6d74f34d-ca93-4b93-a41b-914695bf8f28">CATWOMAN</a> by Ed Brubaker, <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/book/the-flash-1987-50/ab1b67e6-92b5-423b-926d-11994eeb310f/">THE FLASH</a> by William Messer-Loebs, and the unforgettable 2018 hit, <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/exit-stage-left-the-snagglepuss-chronicles-2018/3705f862-75eb-49a7-a430-15cf5c41fc44">EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES</a> by Mark Russell. DC UNIVERSE also has over 20 GLAAD-nominated comic books for fans to read including <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/midnighter-and-apollo-2016/464f3e35-8a5c-41f7-8daa-b72c734b3b5f">MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO</a> by Steve Orlando,  Marguerite Bennett’s beloved 2015 hit series, <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/dc-comics-bombshells-2015/ed3b2e26-0604-46b2-acc2-5f0758ccdcfd">DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS</a>, and <a href="https://www.dcuniverse.com/comics/series/batwoman-2011/b04f2161-273d-418b-b7a2-4482461a580e">BATWOMAN</a> by J.H. Williams.<br /><br /> Outside of DC UNIVERSE, fans can purchase copies of DC’s young adult titles including Mariko Tamaki’s GLAAD Award-nominated <a href="/graphic-novels/harley-quinn-breaking-glass-0">HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS</a> and <a href="/graphic-novels/you-brought-me-the-ocean">YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN</a> by Lambda Award-winning writer Alex Sanchez (<em>Rainbow Boys</em>) illustrated by Julie Maroh (<em>Blue is the Warmest Color</em>), a new title that showcases a coming out story within DC. Other DC comics that fans can read to celebrate Pride include <a href="/graphic-novels/batwoman-elegy-new-edition">BATWOMAN: ELEGY NEW EDITION</a> and<a href="/graphic-novels/batgirl-vol-1-the-batgirl-of-burnside"> BATGIRL VOL. 1: THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE</a>. <br /><br /><strong>GLAAD Award-Winning titles available on DC UNIVERSE:</strong></p> <ul><li>CATWOMAN (2002-) - Written by Ed Brubaker</li> <li>EXIT STAGE LEFT: THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES (2018-) - Written by Mark Russell (Also on sale where comic books are sold)</li> <li>THE FLASH (1987-) - Written by William Messner-Loebs</li> </ul><p><strong>GLAAD Award-Nominated titles available on DC UNIVERSE: </strong></p> <ul><li>52 (2006-) - Written by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid</li> <li>BATWOMAN (2011) - Written by JH Williams</li> <li>BATWOMAN: REBIRTH (2017-) - Written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV</li> <li>DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS (2015-) - Written by Marguerite Bennett</li> <li>DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE (2016-) - Written by Sarah Vaughn</li> <li>EARTH 2 (2012-) - Written by James Robinson</li> <li>GOTHAM CENTRAL (2002-) - Written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka</li> <li>HARD TIME (2004-)  Written by Steve Gerber</li> <li>HARLEY QUINN (2016)- Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner </li> <li>MADAME XANADU (2008-) - Written by Matt Wagner</li> <li>MANHUNTER (2004-) - Written by Marc Andreyko</li> <li>MIDNIGHTER (2006-) - Written by Garth Ennis, Brian K. Vaughan, Christos Gage, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Keith Giffen</li> <li>MIDNIGHTER (2015-) - Written by Steve Orlando</li> <li>MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO (2016-) - Written by Steve Orlando (Also available where comic books are sold)</li> <li>OUTSIDERS (2003-) - Written Judd Winick</li> <li>SECRET SIX (2006-)  - Written by Gail Simone</li> <li>STARMAN (1996-) - Written James Robinson</li> <li>SUPERBOY &amp; THE RAVERS (1996-) - Written by Karl Kesel</li> <li>SUPERGIRL (1996-) - Written by Peter David</li> <li>THE AUTHORITY (1999-)  - Written by Warren Ellis</li> <li>THE SPECTRE (1992-) - Written John Ostrander</li> <li>YOUNG HEROES IN LOVE (1997-) - Written by Dan Raspler</li> </ul><p><strong>Additional titles available from DC perfect for Pride:</strong></p> <ul><li>YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN (On-sale everywhere books are sold on June 9) - Written by Alex Sanchez; Art by Julie Maroh <ul><li>Lambda Award-winning author Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys) and Julie Maroh, the creative visionary behind <em>Blue is the Warmest Color</em>,  come to DC for the first time to tell an original coming out story set against the backdrop of the DC universe.</li> </ul></li> <li>HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (On-sale now) - Written by Mariko Tamaki; Art. by Steve Pugh <ul><li>Acclaimed YA author Mariko Tamaki teams up with fan-favorite artist Steve Pugh in this GLAAD Media Award-nominated original graphic novel that follows a teenage Harley Quinn and her found family of Drag Queens as they stand up against the gentrification infiltrating their neighborhood.</li> </ul></li> <li>BATWOMAN: ELEGY NEW EDITION (On-sale now) - Written by Greg Rucka; Art by J.H. Williams III</li> <li>BATGIRL VOL 1: BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE (On-sale now) - Written by Cameron Stewart and Bre; Art by Babs Tarr</li> </ul><p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/pride-month" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">pride month</a>, <a href="/tags/batwoman-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">batwoman</a>, <a href="/tags/snagglepuss" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Snagglepuss</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/05/21/celebrate-pride-month-with-glaad-award-winning-titles-from-dc-and-more" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Celebrate Pride Month With GLAAD Award-Winning Titles From DC and More!" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 21 May 2020 16:00:00 +0000 DC Publicity 451850 at /blog/2020/05/21/celebrate-pride-month-with-glaad-award-winning-titles-from-dc-and-more#comments Easter Egg Hunt: Supernatural Joins the Arrowverse?!? /blog/2020/05/07/easter-egg-hunt-supernatural-joins-the-arrowverse <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Easter Egg Hunt: Supernatural Joins the Arrowverse?!?</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Lapin-Bertone</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>Welcome back to our monthly Easter Egg Hunt! If you’re new here, this is the drill: I’ve been banned from watching DCTV with my friends because they claim I can’t keep my mouth shut during the episodes. I get it, but there are so many cool DC Easter eggs to point out and the world must know! Absolutely! 100%!!</p> <p>At any rate, since I can’t yell them out to my friends while we’re watching, we’ve created this column as a place for me to share my findings with you, DC’s truest fans. This Easter egg hunt isn’t just for me, though. I encourage all of you to play along each month and compare our findings. Feel free to tweet me at <a href="https://twitter.com/TBUJosh" target="_blank">@TBUJosh</a> if you found something cool that I missed. It’s more fun when we play together!</p> <p>So, with that in mind, let’s start this month’s hunt in Central City…<br />  </p> <h2><strong>The Flash</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/source-1588472811dbc3e648e6419e92e874c990ae14b0master_5eb3687515aa72.71246996.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 599px;" /></strong></p> <p>It was an interesting month for the Flash, as Joe West fought for his life against the creepy villain Rag Doll in the episode “So Long and Goodnight.”</p> <p>Usually, I only cover character Easter eggs for people making their first appearance, but since I didn’t get a chance to write about Rag Doll last season, I thought now would be a good time. Rag Doll is actually one of the Flash’s oldest enemies, dating all the way back to the Golden Age. The creepy-as-hell villain first appeared in 1942’s <em>Flash 24ֱ #36</em>, where he fought the original Flash Jay Garrick. His MO was similar then to what it is now—he would use his contorting skills to hide INSIDE of a rag doll so he could rob stores.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/Flash%2024ֱ%2036%20Rag%20Doll_5eb369943a7e42.09121474.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 827px;" /></p> <p>If you’re suddenly eyeing your child’s doll collection in fear and suspicion, I can’t say I blame you!</p> <p>Here’s a fun fact: Rag Doll is voiced by Phil LaMarr, an actor who is no stranger to the DC Universe. LaMarr voiced Static in the <em><a href="/tv/static-shock-2000-2004">Static Shock</a></em> animated series, John Stewart on <em><a href="/tv/justice-league-2001-2004">Justice League</a></em> and Aquaman on <em><a href="/tv/young-justice-2010">Young Justice.</a></em> Heck, this isn’t even his only Arrowverse role! LaMarr also portrays J’onn’s brother Malefic on <em><a href="/tv/supergirl">Supergirl.</a></em> That’s quite a DC legacy!</p> <p>And speaking of <em>Supergirl…</em><br />  </p> <h2><strong>Supergirl</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/fullres-00266392_5eb369cd1226a0.50287147.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 607px;" /></p> <p>The Girl of Steel has plenty to worry about, with Leviathan and the Luthor family each plotting their own deadly schemes. Gemma Cooper, the new Leviathan leader who is secretly an extraterrestrial named Gamemnae, unleashed her power in the episode “Deus Lex Machina,” and if you’re a Superman fan it might have seemed a bit familiar. Gemma’s transformation was reminiscent of one that Vera Webster went through in <em><a href="/movies/superman-iii">Superman III</a> </em>(above). If it’s been a while since you’ve seen that work of 1983 brilliance, Vera was a corporate villain who became corrupted by an evil supercomputer (the ’80s were something else) and attacked Superman.</p> <p>Quite a few viewers noticed the similarities between Vera and Gemma’s techno-transformations, and since Supergirl has a habit of <a href="/blog/2020/04/02/easter-egg-hunt-the-jokers-daughter-and-the-return-of-wally-west">paying homage to the classic <em>Superman</em> films,</a> the idea that it’s deliberate isn’t so far-fetched. By the way, did you know that the episode was directed by Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist? She did a phenomenal job!<br />  </p> <h2><strong>DC’s Legends of Tomorrow</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/source-15769012d030f87060814c8bb52d3cbe8508c613master_5eb36a2c13f5e6.19738326.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></strong></p> <p>I can’t believe the internet hasn’t exploded after the last few episodes of <em>Legends of Tomorrow</em> expanded the Arrowverse. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” was cool, but <em>Legends</em> did something pretty amazing and added <em>Riverdale</em> and <em>Supernatural</em> to the multiverse while we weren’t looking. During the episode “Romeo v Juliet: Dawn of Justness,” Nate told a group of Shakespearean actors that they had been replaced by <em>Riverdale</em>. That offhand reference made me smile, and it raised some questions. If Nate watches <em>Riverdale</em>, does he also see promos for <em>Legends</em>?</p> <p>That type of paradox is on brand for the Legends, but things went a step further in the episode “Zari, Not Zari” where the team actually traveled to the set of <em>Supernatural! </em>How weird was it to hear Sara say Sam and Dean’s names? We even got to see the Legends standing next to Dean’s car, Baby! It felt like my fanfiction was coming to life, and I want more. I mean, obviously we shouldn’t expect Archie Andrews or Sam Winchester to board the Waverider anytime soon…but with a show like <em>Legends of Tomorrow</em>, I wouldn’t rule anything out.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/Strange%20Adventures%20Enchantress_5eb36a51a49327.72815930.JPG" style="width: 700px; height: 1034px;" /></p> <p>Of course, <em>Legends of Tomorrow </em>featured some great surprise DC characters as well. The episode “The Great British Fake Off” featured a powerful magical entity known as Enchantress. First appearing in 1966’s <em>Strange Adventures #187</em>, Enchantress is sometimes portrayed as an antihero and other times as a straight-out villain. She has a human host named June Moone, and like her television counterpart, she’s able to transform by saying “Enchantress.” Of course, I’d imagine that many of you were probably first introduced to Enchantress in 2016’s <em><a href="/movies/suicide-squad-2016">Suicide Squad</a> </em>movie.</p> <p>Also in the episode “Zari, Not Zari,” Nate and Behrad playfully refer to themselves as the Wonder Twins, a brother-sister alien team. The shapeshifting alien teens first appeared in the <em><a href="/tv/super-friends-1973-1974">Super Friends</a></em> cartoon, alongside their monkey Gleek. You might also recall that Gleek was referenced at the end of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover, which adds another piece of evidence to my “the Wonder Twins are coming” theory notebook. It’s right next to my “Supernatural-Riverdale-Arrowverse Crossover Ideas” binder. If enough of you tweet at me, I might share it.<br />  </p> <h2><strong>Batwoman</strong></h2> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/source-15890252b4c452b8eae04c7483f5ea8c849e6ddcmaster_5eb36a80b18483.43271644.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <p>The last stop in our Easter egg hunt is Gotham City, where Kate Kane is currently trying to keep the peace as Batwoman. Of course, Gotham being Gotham, the place is overrun with criminals and sometimes Kate bites off more than she can chew, like in the episode “If You Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You” where she was captured by mobsters. The Batwoman showrunners did their comic book homework, and those gangsters weren’t just random nobodies. Vasily Kosov was namedropped, and he’s pretty obscure. Kosov first appeared in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-742/digital-comic/T0039007425001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz">Detective 24ֱ #742,</a></em> written by Greg Rucka. (Rucka also wrote the critically acclaimed storyline <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batwoman-Elegy-New-Edition/digital-comic/T1988600018301?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC90b3BSZXN1bHRzU2xpZGVy">Batwoman: Elegy,</a></em> which most of this season has been based off of.) Johnny Sabatino was another one of the mobsters, and he was prominently featured in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-844/digital-comic/T0039008445001?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz">Detective 24ֱ #844.</a></em> By the way, Batwoman uses the callsign “Red One” during this mission, which was also her comms codename during <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batwoman-2017-2018/comics-series/86245?ref=c2VhcmNoL2luZGV4L2Rlc2t0b3Avc2xpZGVyTGlzdC9zZXJpZXNTbGlkZXI">her 2017 DC Rebirth series.</a></p> <p>In the prior episode, “A Narrow Escape,” Batwoman faced off against a terrorist known as the Detonator. Although their backgrounds differ, Detonator shares a name and a demolition hobby with his comic book counterpart, first introduced in <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Robin-1993-2009-168/digital-comic/T0973701680101?ref=c2l0ZS9saXN0L2Rlc2t0b3AvZ3JpZExpc3QvSXNzdWVz">Robin #168.</a></em> The comic book Detonator was a member of the League of Assassins, working for Ra’s al Ghul.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/05-MAY/Bruce%20Wayne%20Road%20Home%20Oracle%20-%20Detonator_5eb36aaeab7888.96932438.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1052px;" /></p> <p>Oh, and don’t think I overlooked Tommy Elliot. Those bandages sure looked familiar, but it seems like our Easter egg baskets are full, so it’s time for me to….hush. Don’t worry, I have a feeling that I’ll have plenty to say about Tommy in our next column. For now, thanks for playing along, and if I missed anything huge, you know where to find me!<br />  </p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; font-style: italic;">Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, movies and comics for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com, is a regular contributor to the Couch Club and writes our monthly Batman column, <a href="/blog/2020/03/13/gotham-gazette-a-batty-birthday-bonanza" target="_blank">"Gotham Gazette."</a> Follow him on Twitter at </span><a href="https://twitter.com/TBUJosh" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; font-style: italic;" target="_blank">@TBUJosh.</a></p> <p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/couch-club" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-couch-club-0" 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lapin-bertone</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/05/07/easter-egg-hunt-supernatural-joins-the-arrowverse" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Easter Egg Hunt: Supernatural Joins the Arrowverse?!?" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 07 May 2020 19:00:00 +0000 Joshua Lapin-Bertone 451673 at /blog/2020/05/07/easter-egg-hunt-supernatural-joins-the-arrowverse#comments Arrowverse: Mini-Crossovers Could Make For Major Fun /blog/2020/04/30/arrowverse-mini-crossovers-could-make-for-major-fun <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Arrowverse: Mini-Crossovers Could Make For Major Fun</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Mandy Curtis</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>One of my favorite things about the DCTV universe—most specifically the shows on The CW—is the crossover events. Watching all of the heroes get to work together across the span of multiple nights is such a fun adventure, and it always makes me a little sad when everyone goes back to their "normal" lives.</p> <p>The most recent crossover event, "Crisis on Infinite Earths," was the most spectacular one yet, full of fist-pump moments and massive grin-inducing cameos. But the part that made me the most excited—you know, other than the fact that our heroes saved the day yet again—was that they're all now in one universe. THEY CAN HANG OUT ON THE REG. Setting aside the truly horrendous thoughts about all the people who died and the incalculable number of worlds lost during the Crisis...they can finally connect with each other and not have to worry about the world ending! (At least, not more than they already do every minute of every day. They are superheroes, after all.)</p> <p>That’s huge, people! Maybe not as huge as seeing Tom Welling back as Clark Kent and watching Kevin Conroy play a live action Bruce Wayne for the first time ever, but still pretty darn major.</p> <p>Or perhaps…not major at all. Maybe the best thing about having all of the Arrowverse on one Earth is all of the smaller, less epic moments it could bring about.</p> <p>With that positive spin in mind, I couldn't help coming up with five ideas for mini-crossover events that I think we—and the heroes themselves—deserve...<br />  </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/source-1589031012e1734c3a90472e972a2b1b58c3d828master_5eaa1129aabfd2.04231361.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/01_numbers2016_5e9904ebab0860.21693941.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow</h2> <p>Brainy attends one of Mick's/Rebecca Silver's book events hoping to gain romantic insights that he can then use to woo Nia. It obviously goes hilariously awry, but Nia sees it as endearing in the end as she often does his crazy romance antics. (This would have to take place when Brainy's a little less preoccupied with the events of the current <em>Supergirl</em> season, natch, but I have hopes that these crazy kids can eventually make it work!)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/source-154638144a5904044e13473d9140964880867759master_5eaa167ac3c796.42525036.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1050px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/02_numbers2016_5e990503153452.88714712.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Batwoman/Black Lightning</h2> <p>Jacob and Jefferson meet for coffee to chat and commiserate about their daughters...and their daughters' issues. J'onn could join them—he's very much a father figure to the Danvers sisters—but three shows worth of dads coming together might need to be saved for an actual crossover event. (Or a Father’s Day episode!)<br />  </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/source-BWN113b0270b_5eaa16b965bea6.13806131.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/03_numbers2016_5e99051a0c58d2.03489562.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Supergirl/Batwoman</h2> <p><span style="letter-spacing: 0.03em;">Alex and Kelly make a trip to Kate's bar. Both women deserve a night out—they work so hard!—and Kate's bar is a welcoming place that also serves as a way to fight back against certain judgmental folk in Gotham. Both Alex and Kelly enjoy occasionally "sticking it to the man," and there's no better place to do it in the new 'verse while having a quality drink.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/FLA609d_0382b_5eaa1152eca328.00179909.jpg" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; width: 900px; height: 601px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/04_numbers2016_5e99052e34e0d0.71384475.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />Supergirl/Batwoman #2</h2> <p>Kara and Alex have a sit down with Kate and Alice in an attempt to provide a little sister counseling. Alice needs professional help, but until that day comes, it would be nice to see the Supergirl siblings offering some of their (sometimes hard-learned) sisterly lessons to the Kane twins. I'm not sure if Kara and Alex would be able to stop themselves from arresting Alice, given that they err very much on the side of the right—and Alice, uh, does not—but if they thought they were getting through to her, they might let her off a little easy.<br />  </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/source-FLA317b1053b_5eaa11863e2a36.02757916.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p> <h2><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/04-APR/05_numbers2016_5e990545608938.44377031.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 144px; float: left;" />The Flash/Supergirl</h2> <p>Barry becomes a regular at karaoke night at Al's Dive Bar. We know both Barry and Kara can sing—and sing beautifully <em>together</em>. I would absolutely not be mad if Barry joined her for a few duets every week, and if that meant more musical episodes? I am here. For. It.<br />  </p> <p>The possibilities are near endless now that all of these heroes are just a quick flight, sprint, or time jump away from each other. I for one hope we get to see more of this sort of thing in the future!<br />  </p> <p><em>Mandy Curtis writes about comics, <a href="/blog/2020/04/15/book-breakdown-gotham-high-brings-angst-and-teenage-drama-to-gotham" target="_blank">specifically DC’s Young Adult line,</a> and TV for DC24ֱ.com. You can find her on Twitter at</em> <a href="http://twitter.com/mandyannecurtis" target="_blank"><em>@mandyannecurtis.</em></a></p> <p></p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/couch-club" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-couch-club" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-couch-club-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-couch-club" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv couch club</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/arrowverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arrowverse</a>, <a href="/tags/arrowverse-crossoverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arrowverse crossoverse</a>, <a href="/tags/arrowverse-crossover-ideas" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arrowverse crossover ideas</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-crossovers" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv crossovers</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-crossover-ideas" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv crossover ideas</a>, <a href="/tags/arrowverse-mini-crossovers" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arrowverse mini-crossovers</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-mini-crossover" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv mini-crossover</a>, <a href="/tags/flash" typeof="skos:Concept" 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datatype="">black lightning</a>, <a href="/tags/jefferson-pierce" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">jefferson pierce</a>, <a href="/tags/legends-of-tomorrow" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">legends of tomorrow</a>, <a href="/tags/dcs-legends-of-tomorrow" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc&#039;s legends of tomorrow</a>, <a href="/tags/mick-rory" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mick rory</a>, <a href="/tags/dominic-purcell" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dominic purcell</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Crisis</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-crossover" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis crossover</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths-crossover" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths crossover</a>, <a href="/tags/the-cw" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the cw</a>, <a href="/tags/mandy-curtis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">mandy curtis</a></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-reader-cta field-type-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Reader CTA:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Read Now</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-article-header-layout field-type-list-text field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/04/30/arrowverse-mini-crossovers-could-make-for-major-fun" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Arrowverse: Mini-Crossovers Could Make For Major Fun" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:00:00 +0000 Mandy Curtis 451633 at /blog/2020/04/30/arrowverse-mini-crossovers-could-make-for-major-fun#comments Easter Egg Hunt: Vampires and Demons and Thieves (Oh My!!!) /blog/2020/03/05/easter-egg-hunt-vampires-and-demons-and-thieves-oh-my <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Easter Egg Hunt: Vampires and Demons and Thieves (Oh My!!!)</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Lapin-Bertone</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>How have you been doing, DC fans? Easter might be one month away, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait until then to go on an Easter egg hunt. We can have one every time we watch #DCTV. Just be glad that I keep my comments in this column, because if I was watching these shows with you on your couch, I’d be pausing every few minutes to explain one comic trivia fact or another. Luckily for all of us, the Couch Club is where I go to share. Here’s my Easter egg haul for the month!<br /> </p><h2><strong>The Flash</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/03-MAR/MirrorFlash_5e605c781ffac6.06794522.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>There is so much to talk about with the last few episodes of <em>The Flash</em> because that show never slows down. (I apologize for the obvious pun, but tell me that I’m wrong!)</p><p>We FINALLY got to meet Sue Dearbon (in the episode appropriately titled “A Girl Named Sue”), which I’ve been excited about ever since she was teased last year. This version of Sue was a bit different from her comic counterpart and was more than a match for our version of Ralph. Sue claimed she was being hunted by a man named John Loring, if you’re a longtime comics reader, that name should make you nervous.</p><p>As I mentioned in an <a href="/blog/2019/05/30/easter-egg-hunt-an-evil-twin-brother-and-a-trip-to-hell-and-back">Easter Egg Hunt column last year</a><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2019/05/30/easter-egg-hunt-an-evil-twin-brother-and-a-trip-to-hell-and-back" target="_blank">,</a> the comic book version of Sue was murdered by JEAN Loring, the ex-wife of Ray Palmer. There have been a few nods to Jean in the Arrowverse already, so gender-swapping her into John Loring was an interesting way to reference Sue’s death from the <a href="/graphic-novels/identity-crisis-new-edition" target="_blank"><em>Identity Crisis</em></a> limited series. Of course, it looks like this version of Sue is one step ahead of Loring…and Ralph! Yes, I’m obviously shipping Ralph/Sue. Am I the only one who can’t wait to see these two together again?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/03-MAR/RalphSueFlash_5e605be6519530.26421692.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 506px;" /></p><p>And on that note, how about a little behind the scenes Easter egg for you? Did you know that the actress who plays Sue and the actor who plays Ralph are longtime friends in real life? For more cool tidbits like that, be sure to read Tim Beedle’s <a href="/blog/2020/02/18/at-first-sight-the-mysterious-sue-dearbon-arrives-on-the-flash">interview with actress Natalie Dreyfuss</a><a href="http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2020/02/18/at-first-sight-the-mysterious-sue-dearbon-arrives-on-the-flash" target="_blank">!</a></p><p>Speaking of gender-swapping, we met another new character in “A Girl Named Sue.” While trapped in the mirror dimension, Iris meets a companion with a name that should be very familiar to longtime <em>Flash</em> comic book readers. Eva McCulloch is a gender-swapped version of Evan McCulloch, who was the Mirror Master during Wally West’s tenure as the Flash. Be careful Iris! Don’t trust her!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/03-MAR/Flash%2023.1%20crop_5e605c9186eec3.46468784.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 817px;" /></p><p>We also got to see a speedster gorilla in the episode “Grodd Friended Me” and it was one of the coolest things ever. Believe it or not, the comic book version of Grodd did receive Speed Force powers, but under very different circumstances. During the New 52 <em>Flash</em> run, Grodd figured out how to tap into the Speed Force, making him more than a match for the Flash. The lightning symbol affixed to Grodd’s hairy chest in this episode came straight from that storyline.<br /> </p><h2><strong>Supergirl</strong></h2><p>I loved Mr. Mxyzptlk’s return on <em>Supergirl!</em> The Fifth Dimension imp is fun whenever he shows up, and the episode “It’s a Super Life” was no exception. We learned that some of Mxy’s powers come from his bowler hat, which has been an iconic part of his wardrobe ever since his first appearance in 1944’s <em>Superman #30</em>. Yes, seeing a character wear a bowler hat is a comic book homage that makes me smile. It’s the little things, you know? </p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/03-MAR/adventure%20comics%20308_5e605caf383d11.84707462.JPG" style="width: 800px; height: 737px;" /></p><p>We also got more Legion of Super-Heroes lore, which is always fun. Winn returned in the episode “Back From the Future,” and showed us a picture of his wife Ayla. While we don’t get a last name, it’s pretty safe to assume that the woman in the photograph is Ayla Ranzz, the Legionnaire known as Lightning Lass. She was briefly mentioned in season three, but this was our first look at her. Winn also mentions his brother-in-law, who we could only assume is Ayla’s twin brother Garth, otherwise known as Lightning Lad. They even dropped the name Chemical King, a Legionnaire with the power to control the speeds of chemical reactions. All this Legion talk is getting me excited for a possible future appearance. Maybe they can show up and talk some sense into their old pal Brainy.<br /> </p><h2><strong>DC’s Legends of Tomorrow</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/03-MAR/Hellblazer%2011_5e605ccfc0c180.57007019.JPG" style="width: 750px; height: 750px;" /></p><p>The drama with Astra Logue has continued to be a headache for Constantine and the Legends this year. During the episode “A Head of Her Time,” a glimpse into the past gives us a look at Astra’s father, Alex Logue.</p><p>Let me tell you something, in the comics Alex was a piece of work. 1988’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Hellblazer-11/digital-comic/T0002900115001" target="_blank"><em>Hellblazer #11</em></a> introduced us to Alex’s Casanova Club. It seems like a fun place to hang out, until you go downstairs and see all the demonic sex parties. And if that still sounds thrilling to you (we don’t judge around here), you should know that a demon conjured during one of the parties killed everyone in attendance. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, Constantine’s punk rock band once played the Casanova Club, and Alex never paid them! Is this where Constantine would say “wanker?”<br /> </p><h2><strong>Batwoman</strong></h2><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/03-MAR/NocturnaBatwoman_5e605d23e12572.92642167.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1050px;" /></p><p>In the episode “Drink Me,” Batwoman took on Nocturna, and let me tell you something, this felt like the comic coming to life. This type of stuff is exactly why I watch #DCTV. For those of you who aren’t aware, Nocturna comes straight from the comics, where she’s sometimes portrayed as a vampire. During the early 1980’s, she briefly became Jason Todd’s adopted mother! Can you imagine Curran Walters from <em>Titans</em> as her son? (Actually, now that I say it, I kinda can and really want to see it now. Hey, crazier things have happened in the Arrowverse.) In the comics, this went down in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Detective-24ֱ-1937-2011-543/digital-comic/T0039005435001" target="_blank"><em>Detective 24ֱ #543</em></a> and was part of a plot to get Bruce Wayne to marry her.</p><p>Nocturna has also been a frequent enemy for Kate Kane, which is why it’s so much fun to see her show up on <em>Batwoman</em>. In Kate’s New 52 series, Nocturna used her mind control powers to get Kate to break up with her fiancée Maggie Sawyer and date her instead. Want to hear something crazy? It was actually Beth/Alice who helped Kate break out from Nocturna’s control. Maybe there is hope for those sisters after all!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/03-MAR/Batwoman%2034_5e605d58aa3ab4.77687155.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1057px;" /><br /> </p><p>Look at that, my basket is full already! Don’t you just love all the comic book lore they sneak into these episodes? If you think I missed something big, or want to share your own findings, feel free to tweet them my way at <a href="https://twitter.com/TBUJosh">@tbujosh.</a> I challenge you all to make your own list for this month and see how closely it resembles mine when this column returns for its April edition!</p><p><br /><span style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; font-style: italic;">Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, movies and comics for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com, is a regular contributor to the Couch Club and writes our monthly Batman column, <a href="/blog/2020/02/21/gotham-gazette-a-world-without-alfred" target="_blank">"Gotham Gazette."</a> Follow him on Twitter at </span><a href="https://twitter.com/TBUJosh" style="letter-spacing: 0.39px; font-style: italic;" target="_blank">@TBUJosh.</a></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div 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resource="/blog/2020/03/05/easter-egg-hunt-vampires-and-demons-and-thieves-oh-my" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Easter Egg Hunt: Vampires and Demons and Thieves (Oh My!!!)" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0000 Joshua Lapin-Bertone 450979 at /blog/2020/03/05/easter-egg-hunt-vampires-and-demons-and-thieves-oh-my#comments Bird with a Badge: Meet Renee Montoya /blog/2020/02/19/bird-with-a-badge-meet-renee-montoya <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Bird with a Badge: Meet Renee Montoya</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Joshua Lapin-Bertone</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>As I was watching <em><a href="/movies/birds-of-prey" target="_blank">Birds of Prey,</a></em> I found myself focusing on Renee Montoya. All of the birds were dynamic, but Montoya was the one who really grabbed my attention. While the comics version of Montoya is younger than actress Rosie Perez, I love that the movie aged her up. While it’s often true that comic fans hate it when characters are changed for the movies, in this case, it helped broaden the perspectives onscreen, and Perez absolutely crushed the role.</p><p>When I saw the <em>Birds of Prey</em> preview poster months earlier, I assumed that Montoya would be pushed to the background as more of a mother figure. Hollywood never puts women in their fifties front and center during action movies. To my pleasant surprise, Renee Montoya was just as prominent as the other Birds…and did her own share of butt-kicking. It was a refreshing change from the Hollywood norms, and best of all, they nailed Montoya’s characterization.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/02-FEB/rev-1-BOP-03076r_High_Res_JPEG_5e4c55699ffd53.43254044.jpeg" style="width: 900px; height: 546px;" /></p><p>Like her comic book counterpart (more on her later) Renee struggled to prove herself to a police department of men, where she was overlooked because she was a woman, a lesbian and Hispanic. Her life isn’t going well and Renee has resorted to drinking. Remember Harley’s reaction when Montoya showed up to the final battle drunk? It’s a good thing she sobered up fast, because she fought like a badass.</p><p>During the ending montage, we see Montoya take a sip from her flask as she quits her job. The movie ends without a resolution to Montoya’s struggle with alcoholism, and that’s okay. Alcoholism is a serious problem that can take years to solve, and it doesn’t just go away after two hours. Defeating Black Mask and standing up to her superiors doesn’t mean all of Montoya’s problems are over, and that’s one reason why her story stuck with me.</p><p>It was so important to me that the Birds of Prey movie got Montoya right because of her legacy in both comics and animation. Like her co-star Harley Quinn, Montoya also got her start on <em><a href="/tv/batman-the-animated-series-1992-1995" target="_blank">Batman: The Animated Series,</a></em> but with an interesting twist. DC’s publishing team learned about the young Latina police officer that would be featured in the cartoon and they loved the idea, so DC decided to add Renee Montoya to their comic continuity. Animation takes a long time to produce, which meant that even though Renee began in animation, Bat-Fans first met Montoya in the pages of <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Batman-1940-2011-475/digital-comic/T0037604755001" target="_blank">Batman #475</a> </em>months before she made her <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em> debut in the episode “Pretty Poison.”</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/02-FEB/Batman475_5e4c558fd874f6.86120370.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 865px;" /></p><p>On the series, Montoya played the straight person while her partner Harvey Bullock was the buffoon, resulting in some great comedic moments. While Montoya wasn’t featured as heavily as other female characters like Batgirl or Catwoman, she was a great example of a strong character, and her contribution to <em>Batman: The Animated Series</em> is often underrated and overlooked. Watch her in the episode “Harley and Ivy” where she takes down Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, something that even Batman and the Joker couldn’t do. Pay close attention to her during the episode “Holiday Knights.” Montoya comes off as brave, assertive and creative. She may have been a minor character on the show, but she was fleshed out into a fully realized person.</p><p>Most of Montoya’s best comic book moments come from a series called <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/Gotham-Central/comics-series/3035" target="_blank">Gotham Central.</a></em> Readers, I am not exaggerating when I say that <em>Gotham Central</em> is one of the greatest comic series ever produced. It won numerous awards, including an Eisner for Best Serialized Story, and was a heavy inspiration for the television show <em>Gotham </em>(at least the first, earliest season). <em>Gotham Central, </em>written by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker and drawn by an art team that included Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano, is a gritty look at life in the Gotham City Police Department. It focuses on how the officers of the GCPD solve crimes and deal with government bureaucracy without Batman.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/02-FEB/GothamCentralcov_5e4c569c609365.45100145.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;" /></p><p>During the series, readers learned that Montoya was a lesbian, and unfortunately, she wasn’t outed on her own terms.  Two-Face had fallen in love with Montoya and thought she would return his affections if she had nowhere else to go. Two-Face attempted to destroy Renee’s life by outing her, and he succeeded. Photographs of Renee with her girlfriend Daria were posted around the GCPD, humiliating her. Renee’s religious family did not accept her sexuality, which deeply wounded her. Like I said folks, sh*t got real over in <em>Gotham Central</em>. Like her movie counterpart, Renee didn’t always get a happy ending.</p><p>After <em>Gotham Central</em> ended and Renee quit the GCPD, her story continued in the maxi-series <em><a href="https://www.readdc.com/52/comics-series/157" target="_blank">52,</a></em> where she was trained by Vic Sage and took on the mantle of the Question. The series is also notable for introducing an old flame of Renee’s named Kate Kane. Yes, THAT Kate Kane. As Renee was becoming the Question, her ex-girlfriend Kate became Batwoman. The two have occasionally partnered as vigilantes and are currently giving their relationship another shot.</p><p>We’ll see if it works out because after a whole lot of drama, Renee Montoya deserves a little happiness. For now, though, I’m calling Rosie Perez’s performance as her a big win. It’s been a long journey for this Bird with a badge, and I can’t wait to see where she goes next.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/02-FEB/MontoyaSolo_5e4c56b483f465.47867400.jpg" style="width: 702px; height: 811px;" /></p><p><br /><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><a href="/movies/birds-of-prey" target="_blank">Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)</a> is now in theaters. <a href="https://www.birdsofpreymovie.com/?tickets" target="_blank">Click here to get tickets!</a></em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><span style="font-style: italic; letter-spacing: 0.39px;">Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, movies and comics for DC24ֱ.com and DCUniverse.com, is a regular contributor to the Couch Club and writes our monthly Batman column, "Gotham Gazette." 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content="Bird with a Badge: Meet Renee Montoya" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:00:00 +0000 Joshua Lapin-Bertone 450676 at /blog/2020/02/19/bird-with-a-badge-meet-renee-montoya#comments Unlocking the History of the Multiverse /blog/2020/01/14/unlocking-the-history-of-the-multiverse <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Unlocking the History of the Multiverse</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 08:00</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The CW’s recent “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event exposed more people than ever before to the concept of DC’s Multiverse—the expanse of differing “Earths," each with their own unique makeup&nbsp;of superheroes and villains. The idea of the DC Multiverse isn’t new, but at least until very recently, it also wasn’t well known outside of the comic book faithful. And while The CW&nbsp;miniseries filled&nbsp;in most of the broad strokes, we couldn’t blame anyone new to the idea for being a bit lost or at least having a few questions.</p> <p>For example, how many Earths are in the Multiverse? Are they really infinite? Did the <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Crisis-on-Infinite-Earths/digital-comic/T0266400018301" target="_blank"><em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em></a> comic create the DC Multiverse? What’s the point of the Multiverse? And is the Multiverse we've seen on TV the same as the one in the comics?</p> <p>The answers aren’t always so simple, but before we start getting into them, we should first explain what the Multiverse is for anyone out there who may be new to the concept.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/CrisisMultiverse_5e1d261a150027.07173691.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1016px;"></p> <h2><strong>Infinite Possibility</strong></h2> <p>The Multiverse is essentially a storytelling device that exists within DC that ties a lot of the comics we’ve published over the past 80+ years together. It’s changed a bit since it was introduced, but the current DC Multiverse states that there are 52 different Earths in existence all occupying the same space but vibrating at different frequencies. Each Earth shares a few similarities—for example, they all contain sentient, intelligent life, most often human—but other than that, they can be very different from each other.</p> <p>However, that’s not everything. Along with the 52 Earths, there exist several other realms where DC’s menagerie of gods and other supreme, immortal beings exist—think Jack Kirby’s New Gods, Wonder Woman’s Greek-inspired patrons, Lucifer Morningstar and his legions of Hell and Neil Gaiman’s Dream of the Endless. There’s also the Monitor Sphere, where the Monitors reside and conduct their oversight (and yes, there are more than one of them), the Source Wall, which contains everything in the Multiverse, and much more. The DC Multiverse, as currently mapped, is a complicated place.</p> <p>And yes, you read that right. There is a map of the Multiverse! In fact, if you’d like to dive right in and explore the current Multiverse, you can do that by using <a href="/blog/2019/04/18/the-map-of-the-multiverse" target="_blank">our interactive version of the map </a>or checking out the static version below.</p> <p align="center"><a href="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Multiversity_Map_PDF.pdf"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Multiversity_Map_900_5e1d270aecfa19.29623911.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 705px;"></a><span style="font-size:14px;"><em>Click above image to view a full-sized PDF</em></span></p> <h2><strong>Connecting the 24ֱ</strong></h2> <p>Okay, but what does this complex, rather strange thing have to do with our comics? Which Earth do Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman live on? That would be Earth-0, or “Prime Earth.” If you pick up a copy of any current, ongoing DC comic that’s set within DC’s shared universe—for example, <em>Batman, Superman, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, </em>etc.—it’s most likely set on Earth-0.</p> <p>On the other hand, if you’ve read any classic DC comic book released prior to late 2011, chances are it’s set on a different Earth (potentially one that no longer exists—we’ll get to that in a moment). We’re talking about books like our classic Golden Age comics, “Elseworlds” tales like <em>Gotham by Gaslight, Kingdom Come </em>and <em>Superman: Red Son </em>or any of our popular “Earth One” graphic novels.</p> <p>Of course, we’re hedging our statement a little because there are DC comics that are truly out of continuity and aren’t set within the Multiverse, so don’t expect every single DC comic book to tie in. But many, many do.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/Flash123_5e1d2764459353.51082498.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;"></p> <h2><strong>The Flash Gets There First…Naturally</strong></h2> <p>So where did the DC Multiverse come from? Well, it’s generally accepted that the idea of the Multiverse first took root in 1961’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Flash-1959-1985-123/digital-comic/T0820901235001" target="_blank"><em>The Flash #123</em>,</a> in a story called “The Flash of Two Worlds.” In this Silver Age classic written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Carmine Infantino, Barry Allen was teleported to Keystone City and met the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick.</p> <p>True, the Flash didn’t then go on to discover a bunch of different worlds with a bunch of different super heroes, but this issue did establish a few key components to the Multiverse: Jay Garrick’s Golden Age Earth occupies the same space as ours but vibrates at a different frequency, and the superheroes in Garrick’s world were the heroes found in the comics published in Allen’s world.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/COIEDeluxeCover_5e1d278aab7d37.01551802.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;"></p> <h2><strong>A Collection of Crises</strong></h2> <p>Where the Multiverse really comes in to play, however, is in a series of event comics that all share a very key word in their titles. Care to guess what that is?</p> <p>That’s right, “Crisis.”</p> <p>In 1963, Gardner Fox took his idea of alternate Earths one step further in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Justice-League-of-America-1960-1987-21/digital-comic/T0820800215001" target="_blank"><em>Justice League of America #21</em></a> in a storyline called “Crisis on Earth-One,” which concluded in <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Justice-League-of-America-1960-1987-22/digital-comic/T0820800225001" target="_blank"><em>Justice League of America #22’s</em></a> “Crisis on Earth-Two.” Essentially a crossover comic that teamed up the Silver Age Justice League of America with the Golden Age Justice Society of America, this storyline firmly established that the Golden Age versions of DC characters still existed, just on a different Earth.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/JLA12_5e1d27ac38ea60.75655814.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 1070px;"></p> <p>Yet, cool as this concept was, as more and more comics were published, even two Earths couldn’t account for all of the different takes on characters and storylines. Continuity became unwieldy and for many readers, it became hard to determine which storylines were considered canon and which were now irrelevant. Decisions were made to simplify it all into one straightforward, connected universe, and <em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em> was born!</p> <p><a href="/blog/2018/06/21/defining-the-dcu-wolfman-and-perez-talk-crisis-on-infinite-earths" target="_blank">Written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by George Perez in 1985,</a> <em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em> is one of the most famous books in DC history and is usually what fans are talking about when you hear them refer to a series simply as “Crisis.” <em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em> acknowledged a Multiverse of…well, infinite Earths. It acknowledged it, and then it largely destroyed it, eliminating all of the Earths except for one.</p> <p>Of course, as people are fond of saying, nothing is forever in comic books, and in 2005, Geoff Johns with the help of artists including Phil Jimenez and George Perez brought a version of the Multiverse briefly back with the seven-issue event <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Infinite-Crisis-2005-2006/digital-comic/T0481300018301" target="_blank"><em>Infinite Crisis</em></a> before taking it away again, leaving us once again with one single, lonely little Earth. But change was in the wind…</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/52cover_5e1d27ca500dd6.23474975.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1080px;"></p> <h2><strong>Fifty-Two Worlds Strong</strong></h2> <p>So, when did the Multiverse return, and where did the concept of 52 Earths come from? Well, we can say it was an idea a year in the making.</p> <p>Not long after the conclusion of <em>Infinite Crisis</em>, a writing team made up of Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid reestablished the DC Multiverse with a weekly comic called <a href="https://www.readdc.com/52/comics-series/157?ref=Y29taWMvdmlldy9kZXNrdG9wL2JyZWFkY3J1bWJz" target="_blank"><em>52</em>.</a> Told somewhat in real time, each issue in 52 covered one week of the year following <em>Infinite Crisis</em>, and by the end it introduced us to a new Multiverse made up of 52 different Earths. However, it’s worth noting that this was NOT the current 52-Earth Multiverse.</p> <p>For that, we have to jump ahead a bit, and touch on a few more key comics.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/FinalCrisis_5e1d27f59902f5.86531664.jpg" style="width: 701px; height: 1079px;"></p> <p>In 2008, the first issue of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Final-Crisis-New-Edition/digital-comic/T1220300018301" target="_blank"><em>Final Crisis</em></a> hit the stands. A spiritual companion to <em>Crisis on Infinite Earths</em> and <em>Infinite Crisis</em>, <em>Final Crisis</em> is recognized by fans as the third in a trilogy of “Crisis” tales, and seeing how it was written entirely by Grant Morrison, it’s hands down the most…well, let’s say “out there.” It includes a fateful bullet shot backwards through time, reveals that the Monitors are actually cosmic vampires, features a surreal race between two Flashes and the Black Racer and shockingly kills off Batman. (It also ends with Superman defeating Darkseid with a song—like we said, it’s pretty crazy.)</p> <p><em>Final Crisis </em>left us with 52 Earths, and 2011’s <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Flashpoint/digital-comic/T1051000018301" target="_blank"><em>Flashpoint</em>,</a> the world-changing Flash event that reset the DC Universe, altered them further. It was shortly after <em>Flashpoint</em> that our previously mentioned map of the Multiverse came into being, created under the guidance of Morrison as a part of <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Multiversity-2014-Deluxe-Edition/digital-comic/T1415500018301" target="_blank"><em>The Multiversity</em>,</a> which was an imaginative, ambitious eight-comic event that helped to clarify and solidify the DC Multiverse of today.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/MulitversityGuide_cover_5e1d281be60308.09574824.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1076px;"></p> <p>In writing <em>The Multiversity</em>, Morrison looked to DC’s past in defining exactly what Earths existed within in the Multiverse. Along with the Golden Age heroes of Earth-2 and the villainous Justice League doppelgangers of Earth-3, we now had the pulp-influenced crimefighters of Earth-20, the tabloid-baiting next-gen heroes of Earth-16 and the <em>very </em>Watchmen-like heroes of Earth-4. <em>The Multiversity </em>also gave us one of the best guides to the Multiverse ever created with <a href="https://www.readdc.com/The-Multiversity-Guidebook-2014-1/digital-comic/T1353500015001" target="_blank"><em>The Multiversity Guidebook,</em></a> which breaks the entire thing down Earth-by-Earth. If you <em>really </em>want to level up your Multiverse cred, the <em>Guidebook </em>is the comic for you.</p> <p>And yet, as brilliant as his words are, Morrison hasn’t had the last on the subject. The Multiverse has continued to change, grow and evolve. <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Dark-Nights-Metal-Deluxe-Edition/digital-comic/T1781700018301" target="_blank"><em>Dark Nights: Metal</em></a> introduced the idea of the Dark Multiverse, an entire Multiverse of frightening, unstable infinite Earths that were never meant to exist and that are completely incompatible with ours. (The Dark Multiverse birthed the Batman Who Laughs, one of the most terrifying and destructive DC super-villains in some time.) Most recently, the <em>Watchmen </em>sequel <a href="https://www.readdc.com/Doomsday-Clock-2017/comics-series/106273" target="_blank"><em>Doomsday Clock</em></a> ended with Doctor Manhattan seemingly altering the DC Multiverse further still, but to what extent is still unknown.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2020/01-JAN/CrisisTV_700_5e1d2831ccbee5.36424763.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1050px;"></p> <h2><strong>A Legacy of Worlds</strong></h2> <p>Which brings us to The CW’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Inspired heavily by the 1985 comic miniseries, the CW event&nbsp;greatly expanded DC’s live action Multiverse to an extent we’ve&nbsp;never seen before. Along with finally adding <em>Black Lightning </em>to the Arrowverse, it&nbsp;also suggested that other past and current DC movies and TV shows like <em>Titans, Lucifer, Smallville,</em> <em>Superman Returns&nbsp;</em>and even Tim Burton’s <em>Batman </em>exist within the same shared space. This isn’t the Multiverse of the comics, but its own unique take on the idea with its own near-limitless creative potential.</p> <p>So, now that we’ve broken down what the Multiverse is and discussed its storied comic book history, you’ll be going in prepared should you choose to dive into any of the comics that helped define it. Beyond these basics, you really just need an imagination and a willingness to give some thought to what you’re reading.</p> <p>Though if you happen to be a Monitor, you may want to tread carefully…</p> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/crisis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Crisis</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths</a>, <a href="/tags/multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/what-is-the-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">what is the 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class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Breaking 24ֱ: The CW Renews All Five of its Current DC Shows</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 14:08</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>The fight against crime and injustice is unending. That seems to be true for the world and certainly is proving true for The CW, who just announced that they’re renewing <em><a href="/tv/the-flash-2014-present" target="_blank">The Flash</a>, <a href="/tv/supergirl" target="_blank">Supergirl</a>, <a href="/tv/batwoman" target="_blank">Batwoman</a>, <a href="/tv/black-lightning" target="_blank">Black Lightning</a> </em>and <em><a href="/tv/dcs-legends-of-tomorrow" target="_blank">DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.</a> </em>The only current show that’s not returning is <em><a href="/tv/arrow-2012-present" target="_blank">Arrow</a>, </em>which previously announced that its current season would be its last.</p><p>While we’ll certainly miss Stephen Amell’s Ollie, you can’t say that <em>Arrow </em>hasn’t been going out with a bang. The show’s final season has seen Green Arrow mixing it up with many of the show’s most popular characters, along with kicking off the network’s—and arguably <em>any </em>network’s—largest crossover event in history, “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”</p><p>How that Multiverse-changing event is going to end is anyone’s guess, but with these renewals, we at least know our heroes will live to fight another day. Well, most of them, at least.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Not slowing down. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheFlash?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheFlash</a> has been renewed for Season 7! <a href="https://t.co/GpST7Eb3qm">pic.twitter.com/GpST7Eb3qm</a></p>&mdash; The Flash (@CW_TheFlash) <a href="https://twitter.com/CW_TheFlash/status/1214648151673430016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></p><p style="text-align: center;"><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Keeping Gotham safe. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Batwoman?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Batwoman</a> has been renewed for Season 2! <a href="https://t.co/wkvZQ9NFCh">pic.twitter.com/wkvZQ9NFCh</a></p>&mdash; Batwoman (@CWBatwoman) <a href="https://twitter.com/CWBatwoman/status/1214647525921017856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></p><p style="text-align: center;"><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Her journey continues. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Supergirl?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Supergirl</a> has been renewed for Season 6! <a href="https://t.co/eoUwsb8Rao">pic.twitter.com/eoUwsb8Rao</a></p>&mdash; Supergirl (@TheCWSupergirl) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCWSupergirl/status/1214647035434921984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></p><p style="text-align: center;"><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The power of lightning. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BlackLightning?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BlackLightning</a> has been renewed for Season 4! <a href="https://t.co/Ei2344gQoO">pic.twitter.com/Ei2344gQoO</a></p>&mdash; Black Lightning (@blacklightning) <a href="https://twitter.com/blacklightning/status/1214647031580413953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></p><p style="text-align: center;"><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The team is suiting up! DC’s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LegendsOfTomorrow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LegendsOfTomorrow</a> has been renewed for Season 6! <a href="https://t.co/l5fBCvW1RC">pic.twitter.com/l5fBCvW1RC</a></p>&mdash; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (@TheCW_Legends) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCW_Legends/status/1214648666213867520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></center></p><p><em>"Crisis on Infinite Earths" concludes on Tuesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CST) with Arrow&nbsp;and 9 p.m. (8 p.m. CST) with&nbsp;DC's Legends of Tomorrow.</em></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" 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class="field-label">Article Header Layout:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Standard Layout</div></div></div><span rel="schema:url" resource="/blog/2020/01/07/breaking-news-the-cw-renews-all-five-of-its-current-dc-shows" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span><span property="schema:name" content="Breaking 24ֱ: The CW Renews All Five of its Current DC Shows" class="rdf-meta element-hidden"></span> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:08:19 +0000 Tim Beedle 450047 at /blog/2020/01/07/breaking-news-the-cw-renews-all-five-of-its-current-dc-shows#comments Keeping it in the Family: Arrow's Kat McNamara Talks "Crisis" and More /blog/2019/12/09/keeping-it-in-the-family-arrows-kat-mcnamara-talks-crisis-and-more <div class="field field-name-breadcrumb field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="breadcrumb"><?php echo $entity->type; ?></div></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-title field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="schema:name"><h2>Keeping it in the Family: Arrow&#039;s Kat McNamara Talks &quot;Crisis&quot; and More</h2></div></div></div><div class="field field-name-author field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Tim Beedle</div></div></div><div class="field field-name-post-date field-type-ds field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even">Monday, December 9, 2019 - 12:30</div></div></div> <div class="body-insertable"><p>If Oliver Queen’s shocking early death in the first chapter of “Crisis on Infinite Earths” surprised you, imagine what it must feel like to Mia Smoak, his time-displaced daughter who had finally been getting to know her father after a lifetime believing her father had abandoned her. Mia only learned the truth about his choices and sacrifices after she was rocketed back in time by the Monitor along with William Clayton and Connor Hawke in the shadow of the coming Crisis.</p><p>Speaking of the Crisis, Mia has a role to play in that as well, and has a sleek new costume to play it in. The young, al Ghul-trained vigilante is more than capable of holding her own…under normal circumstances. But against such otherworldly forces as the Anti-Monitor, the Book of Destiny and more, it’s hard to imagine what the scrappy young archer will be able to do, especially since she’ll be doing it while also grieving the death of her father. To get a sense of what’s ahead for Mia as “Crisis on Infinite Earths” moves into its second night, we spoke with the actress behind her, Kat McNamara, who opened up about what it’s like inheriting such an important legacy both onscreen and off.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/source-AR803a0098b_5deeac9ac90981.77728676.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 1050px;" /></p><p><strong>When did you learn that you were going to be a part of “Crisis on Infinite Earths”? Did you know what a big deal this crossover was going to be?</strong></p><p>Well, I knew that “Crisis” was going to be epic pretty much from the time I was cast on the show just because all of this, basically from the introduction of my character, has been building up to this point. I didn't know whether or not I was going to be a part of it for a while, though. I think my first inclination was when I found out that they were building a suit. That, obviously, is a really long process that takes many months. I knew that was happening and that it was going to come up around the crossover, and then eventually we found out that Oliver was giving Mia the suit in the <em>Supergirl </em>episode. I was over the moon ecstatic because these comics are just so iconic. It's such a unique opportunity in television to get to have so many shows and so many people that exist in the same universe, and to explore those relationships on screen? I’m a kid in the candy store. It’s so much fun.</p><p><strong>Mia, like Oliver, is a hero without any real superpowers. How do you imagine she feels being faced with something so massive?</strong></p><p>Mia’s a very tactful person. We know this. She's been raised to be a realist, if not a pessimist. The fact that she is suddenly on a spaceship among aliens and people with superpowers dealing with this godlike being talking about multiple realities? She’s in over her head and just trying to grasp some sense of logic in all of this. As things move forward, it comes to the point where she’s literally on another planet among strangers dealing with the biggest loss of her life. That rocks her world in a real way. It forces her to be out of her element and figure out a way to handle it all.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/source-AR804b0437b_5deeacc2a02837.52892822.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 617px;" /></p><p><strong>Were you excited to get the chance to act opposite Stephen Amell and the other present day cast members? Is there any one in particular you’ve had a lot of fun with?</strong></p><p>I was over the moon, especially to get to work with Stephen because he's been so lovely in welcoming me onto the show and guiding me in that way. He’s taken on the role of being the father to me off-screen that he is to Mia on-screen, which I appreciate very much. He created such a legacy, and I want to take that on as much as I can.</p><p>It’s so exciting just to get to be on set with everyone and because all of these characters know Oliver so well, they see those qualities in Mia. It creates a lot of interesting situations and relationships where some characters butt heads with Mia and other characters form these friendships and these partnerships and develop a banter very quickly with her. They understand her because they understand her father. It just creates such a fun interaction between everyone, and it’ll be really interesting to see how things move forward.</p><p><strong>Let’s ask the big question now. How can we expect Mia to react to Oliver Queen’s death?</strong></p><p>This is what's so wonderful about that. Mia’s not ready for it, and because she isn't necessarily the most well-versed person in dealing with emotions of this nature, the first thing she does is go through the stages of grief. And because the stakes are so high right now in the Multiverse, we really get to see that accentuated and exacerbated in an interesting way. She’s not ready to accept the fact that her father’s gone. She is going to fight tooth and nail to save him and to try and fight against this thing that's just happened. She’ll go to any lengths. She’ll take any risk. She’ll risk any cost to get her father back because she's finally formed that bond with him. She finally understands why he made the choices he did and the fact that they weren't easy for him to make, but that he had to do it for the greater good and for the people that he loves. She understands that now. She understands what being a hero means, and she's not ready to lose him.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/SPG509b_0207r_5deeacde74fe05.74280991.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p><strong>Were you surprised when you learned what sort of trajectory the “Crisis” writers had planned for Mia?</strong></p><p>Oh, definitely. I was just happy to get to be at the party. The fact that Mia actually has a real arc in this crossover and gets to be a part of the team in a really pivotal way is amazing. It’s a huge honor. It's something that I was very excited to take on because it's such a special moment in television. To have all these worlds that can exist and can cross over in this way, I'm just happy to be a part of it as much as I can.</p><p><strong>Mia now has a new costume, does she have a new name? Will she call herself Green Arrow?</strong></p><p>I can tell you that the suit is really modeled to be the Oliver Queen suit 2.0. It was amazing to watch the designers that craft the suit and all the elements—from the bow to the quiver to everything—do what they do best down to even the fabric that they use. The designers commissioned this fabric especially for Mia’s suit to have these little tiny arrowheads imprinted in it, so it carries the arrow motif through it. It’s little details like that that really make each character so iconic and so special.</p><p><strong>I’ll admit, it took me a little time to warm up to your character, she likes to keep those angry defenses up, but now she’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Did you expect it might take fans a little time to warm up to Mia?</strong></p><p>I thought that was definitely a possibility, especially given that Olicity is so beloved by the fandom. Emily and Stephen put so much time and energy into crafting each character and their relationship together. You know, it’s something I've taken very seriously, and something I feel a huge responsibility for—carrying on that legacy that they've created. So, when I found out that Mia was their child, I went back and watched the entire series and tried to pull elements of their characters—their little nuances and mannerisms and things that maybe people notice or maybe they wouldn't. Maybe it's just something that exists in the back of my head, but it helps to carry that through and to make Mia the amalgamation of these characters that people love so much.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/source-AR804a0244b_5deead015f4010.93428197.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 600px;" /></p><p>I had a feeling that people would have very strong opinions about Mia, and I was hoping that they would be positive ones. But I also knew that they've developed her in a really wonderful way to where no matter how you feel about her at first, you can't help but have some compassion for her because you really see the the pain, struggle and conflict that she's going through in trying to reconcile these emotions that she's had and defenses that she's had to put up to just survive. Now, the biggest vulnerability of her life is now standing right in front of her, one of her biggest moments of tragedy. Then later on, he will be the catalyst for the next biggest tragedy in her life and the next big transformation and steps she has to take. It's just event after event and obstacle after obstacle, but that serves the legacy of what it is to be a Queen and what it is to be a hero. It really does prepare her to take on her father's legacy in a way.</p><p><strong>On the subject of that vulnerability, often the moments it comes through are silent ones where it’s conveyed entirely through your acting. Is it difficult to strike that balance between guarded and scared?</strong></p><p>These are the kind of characters that I love to play. These people that find strength in their vulnerabilities and power in their brokenness. They can use that as a weapon and a tool to pull themselves up by their bootstraps and fight for the people that they love and for what they believe in. Obviously, with Mia this is a bit more overt given that she is literally fighting people. But I feel like you can find that sort of battle in in any character that's written well and that has a complexity to them.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/imce/2019/12-DEC/source-AR802b0051b_5deead29d0bfc2.69383735.jpg" style="width: 900px; height: 599px;" /></p><p>Mia, in particular, is one of my favorite characters that I've ever taken on, given that she is such a dichotomy. She is so strong on the surface, and she has such a hard shell on the outside. And yet, at her core, she's just a little girl who wants a family. She’s someone who wants to be loved, belong, and to fill that gap in her life that has always existed. She's never known what it's like to have a father and that's the tragedy of Oliver and Mia’s relationship. There is such love and such conflict there in that they want to connect and they want to bond and reach out to each other, but because of who they are as people and how they handle emotion, it takes so much time for them to get there. And when they finally do, when they finally are on the same team and understand each other and they have this lovely, beautiful moment on Lian Yu, the sky turns red and “Crisis” crashes down on them.</p><p>That's sort of the joy of it, finding those moments. It gives you something to play with because Mia’s constantly learning and constantly figuring out the world and what to do next. She's a strategist, like her mother. That's where the Felicity comes in. She's a strategist and a warrior and getting to blend the two of those things together has been such a joy.<br /> </p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"><em style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;">The five-part "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover event continues tonight at 8/7c on Batwoman and Tuesday at 8/7c on The Flash. The final two parts will air in January on Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow.</em></p><p style="letter-spacing: 0.39px;"></p></div> <div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><a href="/tags/crisis" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Crisis</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths-crossover" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths crossover</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths interview</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-on-infinite-earths-premiere" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis on infinite earths premiere</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-premiere" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis premiere</a>, <a href="/tags/crisis-crossover" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">crisis crossover</a>, <a href="/tags/arrowverse-crossover" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arrowverse crossover</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">#dctv</a>, <a href="/tags/dctv-crossover" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dctv crossover</a>, <a href="/tags/arrow" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">arrow</a>, <a href="/tags/the-flash-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">The Flash</a>, <a 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datatype="">mia smoak</a>, <a href="/tags/kat-mcnamara-arrow-interview" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">kat mcnamara arrow interview</a>, <a href="/tags/green-arrow-0" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Green Arrow</a>, <a href="/tags/oliver-queen" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">oliver queen</a>, <a href="/tags/oliver-queen-death" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">oliver queen death</a>, <a href="/tags/oliver-queen-crisis-death" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">oliver queen crisis death</a>, <a href="/tags/oliver-queen-death-reaction" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">oliver queen death reaction</a>, <a href="/tags/green-arrow-death" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">green arrow death</a>, <a href="/tags/green-arrow-crisis-death" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">green arrow crisis death</a>, <a href="/tags/green-arrow-death-reaction" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">green arrow death reaction</a>, <a href="/tags/felicity-smoak" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">felicity smoak</a>, <a href="/tags/olicity" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">olicity</a>, <a href="/tags/multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/dc-multiverse" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">dc multiverse</a>, <a href="/tags/the-cw" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">the cw</a>, <a href="/tags/tim-beedle" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">tim beedle</a></div></div><div class="field 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