To survive, HBO Max needs content, but unfortunately, they’re currently under the stranglehold of a ruthless cost-cutter. Had all gone to plan, the streamer would be promoting the Thanksgiving release of Batgirl right about now. They don’t have that anymore. But they DO have Doom Patrol! The best superhero show on TV isn’t dead yet.
You might have been wondering, but it’s now confirmed true: The CW’s Stargirl is currently running through what will be its last season. According to executive producer Geoff Johns, they were aware of this fact months ago and tailored the show to have a definitive ending. Hopefully that means Cindy Burman will finally get her act together.
Last we heard from WB about their plans for the DC Universe, they didn’t have any. The company is kind of a mess right now (as you might have heard) and though their ultimate goal is to unify the DCU in the same organized manner as the MCU, they can’t decide who’s going to be in charge of such an undertaking.
The first thing you need to know about the just-released trailer for Doom Patrol Season 4 is that it begins with a troupe of disembodied butts singing “Shipoopi” from The Music Man. And if that sounds even the slightest bit surprising to you, you haven’t seen enough of the show yet.
When Superman And Lois returns in 2023 to what’s left of The CW, you might notice one character looks and sounds a bit different. Jordan Elsass, who played Jonathan Kent in the first two seasons of the series, is departing voluntarily. The series has picked a replacement: Australian actor Michael Bishop.
You get the sense that if it wasn’t for bad news from Warner Bros, there would be no news from them at all. They’re delaying two of their movies again, Shazam: Fury Of The Gods and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Shazam 2 was, before today, scheduled to come out this holiday season, but instead has been bumped to March 17, 2023. This, in turn, has bumped the Aquaman sequel intended for that day all the way into NEXT December — so no one will see it for eighteen months. That makes for a huge span of time between it and the first Aquaman movie.
With disaster-in-chief David Zaslav currently making bizarre decisions at WB including the deletion of a complete Batgirl film, people have asked why the heck he went for that one instead of The Flash. We have no clue if Batgirl would have been a bad movie. The Flash, though, is shaping up to be a disaster.
Wow. It’s not often we run across a news item that literally makes our jaws hit the floor with a “BONNGGGGGG” sound effect straight out of Tom and Jerry, but WB just pulled it off. Last year the studio announced plans to film a Batgirl movie with Leslie Grace as the title character. Now their new, brilliant owners at Discovery have decided not to go through with that movie. But here’s the thing: the movie’s done. It’s on the shelf. They spent $70 million creating it. And now they have decided to do nothing with it.
The Arrowverse was quite something. It managed to do what its big brothers in the theater could not — an interconnected, fully realized DC Universe of heroes with a devoted following, and on a very small fraction of a movie budget (the flop Justice League probably cost as much as three seasons of the entire Arrowverse lineup). With the impending sale of The CW and the subsequent dumping of most of its content, the only remaining series to take place in the Arrowverse is its longest running (no pun intended): The Flash.
WB hasn’t always known what it’s doing with the DC universe, but one of the few times they got it right was Shazam. It was the inverse of the grimdark Snyder movies they were known for at the time: a family-oriented comedic romp about a kid who finds a way to become a superhero when shouting a magic word. He turns into a muscle-padded Zachary Levi but still has the mentality of his child self, leading to a lot of wacky moments.
Shazam 2: Fury of the Gods released its first teaser. The first film is an unexpected hit, making $366 million at the box office. The original Captain Marvel will return with Zachary Levi reprising the title role. All the kids and their heroic versions will return except for Michelle Borth, who plays Adult heroic Mary. Mary’s Kid actress Grace Caroline Currey, now 25 years old, made an adult version unnecessary. So Currey will now play the hero version of Mary too.
Y’know how most networks reveal their full weekly schedule for the fall in May? The CW is just now getting to that, two months late. Perhaps the recent shakeup behind the scenes contributed to this, but however it happened, we didn’t know what was going where until now.