San Diego Comic Con 2017 Wrap Up

This week we come to you once more with two Four Color Television columns, our regularly scheduled Wednesday column will pick up where we left off last week in our exploration of how alike our TV heroes are to their comic book counterparts by looking at characters from Legends of Tomorrow.  Today though is our San Diego Comic Con wrap up, where we’ll look at all the really cool Four Color film and TV news you might have missed in the deluge of SDCC content.

First up we’ll look at the news from our evergreen content source: the DC CW Television shows...

Supergirl Season 3 – Premiere’s October 9th 2017

An issue of Four Color TV closer to the release of the season is going to explore all of this in much greater detail, but here are some of the fun little tidbits we now know about the upcoming Season 3.

- Laura Benanti has been replaced as Kara’s mother Alura by Erica Durance, best known for her role as Lois Lane on the WB/the CW’s long running Smallville.

- Heroes’ Adrian Pasdar is joining the series as evil businessman/Cat Grant foil Morgan Edge.

- The amazing Carl Lumbly – otherwise known as the voice of Martian Manhunter on Justice League Unlimited will be appearing during Season 3 as Martian Manhunter’s father M’yrnn J’onnz.

- Callista Flockhart will be appearing more frequently than in Season 2.

- The upcoming season will focus on the Kryptonian villain Reign who was genetically engineered to be a perfect killing machine.

Flash Season Four – Premiere’s October 10th 2017

- Barry Allen will not return right away, instead we will spend a little time with Wally West’s Kid Flash protecting Central City with Cisco Ramon’s Vibe.

- Neil Sandilands from CW’s The 100 has been cast as season villain The Thinker

- Season 4 will feature the first appearance of classic DC hero Ralph Dibney aka The Elongated Man

- Danny Trejo will make an appearance as a bounty hunter from Earth 19 and father to Cisco’s would be girlfriend Gypsy.

Legends of Tomorrow – Premieres October 10th 2017

- Wentworth Miller will return as Captain Cold, and Neil McDonough will be a recurring villain this season.

- The 3rd season will feature the Legends lovable losers going against Rip Hunter’s new group of Time Masters who are now the best and the brightest.

Arrow – Premieres October 12th 2017

- Don’t expect the mystery of who died in the explosion to last that long, but we are getting teases that this season will give us a lighter and more comic accurate version of Oliver Queen.  I will believe that when I see it.

- Manu Bennet will make multiple appearances as Slade Wilson, even getting a two-part flashback episode devoted to his character.

- Katie Cassidy returns as a series regular in the form of Earth 2 Laurel aka Black Siren.

- David Nykl WILL return as Anatoly with a vendetta against Oliver.

- Character actor Michael Emerson has been cast in a recurring role (and my fingers are crossed for the Vic Sage version of The Question.)

Marvel’s The Defenders – Premieres August 19th 2017

We are just a few weeks away from the premiere of the highly anticipated crossover series.  Keep your eyes on this space for our MARVEL TAKEOVER – five straight days of nothing but Marvel here at the Four Color Ark beginning on Monday August 14th we’ll look at the Netflix shows; Marvel comic books; and maybe even some corners of the MCU.

- As for SDCC news, I think the biggest piece is that the mildly disappointing Iron Fist has a new showrunner for Season 2 in the form of Raven Metzner of Sleepy Hollow fame.

- Joining Season 2 of Iron Fist will be Luke Cage character Misty Knight.


- DC Animated has announced a film slate that includes: Gotham by Gaslight, The Suicide Squad, and a two part Death and Return of Superman.


- It has been announced that the Ezra Miller Flash movie will be an adaptation of the comic storyline Flashpoint (previously adapted in the DC Animated Flashpoint Paradox and the CW TV Series The Flash Season 3.)  The film still has no director.

- Ben Affleck dispensed with rumors that he would be leaving the role of Batman before the Matt Reeve’s solo Batman film.

- The big news of course was the release of the Justice League Sneak Peek footage:


- Marvel teased some Black Panther footage that they did not release online. They also talked about the upcoming Captain Marvel movie which will apparently be a prequel film set in the 1990’s and featuring Carol Danvers fighting the shapeshifting aliens known as the Skrull.

- The big reveal was the final Thor: Ragnarok trailer.

- Marvel also released three mini posters for Avengers Infinity War that when put together form the following image:

In the weeks and months ahead we’ll look at all of this and more as it becomes available.

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