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Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter‘s weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox’s Gotham and what it all means. Note: Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow did not air new episodes this week.
Meet Reign | Confirming suspicions raised in the season two finale, Supergirl has already cast season three’s villain. House alum Odette Annable has nabbed the series regular role of Reign, in what The CW and Warner Bros. TV are calling an “exciting interpretation of the infamous World Killer storyline from the pages of the DC Comics.” That is pretty interesting to note, because there is so little known about Reign and the Worldkillers in the DC Comics lore, so without much to go off of in source material, there is no telling where Supergirl will be taking this villain arc. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg called their version of Reign “scary, powerful and heartbreaking,” and it’s already been revealed that Reign’s costume will be different than her comic book counterpart. Here’s everything we know about the Worldkillers: first appearing in March 2012, the bloodthirsty Worldkillers were uncontrollable biological weapons created on Krypton, but once the Kryptonian Science Council outlawed them, all but five were destroyed. Zor-El (Robert Gant), aka Kara’s (Melissa Benoist) father, felt guilt over his part in their creation so he didn’t destroy the ones he made. After Krypton’s destruction, the Worldkillers who survived only remembered their names, Kryptonian origin and purpose of conquering worlds. With the same physical powers, Reign will be a perfect match for Supergirl in a fight, and their personal connection/shared “parent” will give their battle a powerful, emotional note as well.
Bad omen for Sanvers? | The season two finale featured a happy moment for Sanvers fans as Alex (Chyler Leigh) proposed to Maggie (Floriana Lima) and Maggie smiled, implying she would say yes. But perhaps their future as a couple isn’t all that rosy. Lima, who joined last season as a series regular, has been bumped down to recurring for season three. Lima tweeted, “Sanvers fans are beautiful! The best part of playing Maggie is getting to share an inspiring LOVE story and representing the LGBTQ+ community. While this role was only meant for one season, I’m excited to appear in Season 3, as we see the #Supergirl story unfold #Sanvers #NotOverYet.” To be fair, that doesn’t mean that Sanvers is doomed from the start, but it definitely means there will be less of the couple shown throughout next season. Seeing as how Sanvers became a LGBTQ power couple on TV when so many lesbian characters were killed off various shows over the past two seasons, it’s surprising that The CW would pull back on what made Supergirl great and such a standout with fans last season. Hopefully this doesn’t mean the beginning of the end for Alex and Maggie, but it certainly doesn’t mean anything good.
Match made in hell | After kidnapping Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), the Tetch virus-infected Lee Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) buried him alive with only one way out: a syringe of the Tetch virus that would give him enough super strength to save himself, but would also warp his mind into its darkest iteration yet. She believed that if Gordon infected himself, he would finally be able to be with her the way they both deserved. By the end of the hour, no matter how much Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) tried, he wasn’t able to find and rescue Gordon, so Gordon injected himself and busted free of his buried coffin. We haven’t yet seen just how an infected Gordon will act, but Lee was overjoyed that he did it, especially since the bomb containing the virus just exploded, infecting everyone in Gotham. It’s doubtful that this means Lee and Gordon will get together again amidst all the chaos, but maybe once they’re both cured of the virus, they can finally take a step forward after an entire season of delays.
The return of the Fish | But the biggest surprise in this week’s penultimate hour had nothing to do with Gordon, Lee, Harvey, Bruce (David Mazouz) or Alfred (Sean Pertwee). That actually came courtesy of Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) and Riddler’s (Cory Michael Smith) continuing war. When it looked like the Riddler might have actually bested Penguin, in walked none other than Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) with her own army of loyal goons. Season one’s fan-favorite villain hasn’t been seen since her resurrection in Indian Hill transformed her into one of the army of “freaks” and while the Riddler allowed her to take Penguin away for what he thought would be an execution, it’s probably something much more surprising than that. Maybe she actually wants to team up? Crazier things have happened on Gotham.
Another spinoff? | With the incredible success of the three Arrow spinoff series The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, is it that surprising that fans are pushing for yet another Arrow-verse show? After the Arrow season five finale revealed that Deathstroke aka Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) had become sane again once the Mirakuru virus wore off, and deeply regretted his actions when he was infected, viewers rallied on Twitter for a Deathstroke spinoff. Even Bennett is interested in donning his orange and black mask full time, tweeting his support at executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. What’s interesting to note is that he also tweeted at Netflix, not The CW. Is he hoping for a darker, grittier DC Comics series, in the same vein as Marvel’s Daredevil or The Punisher? If that’s even possible, that would be the perfect home for a Deathstroke series.
What do you think of all the shocking reveals on and announcements for the DC Comics shows this week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox; Supergirl will return for season three on The CW in the fall; The Flash will return for season four on The CW in the fall; Arrow will return for season six on The CW in the fall; and Legends of Tomorrow will return for season three on The CW in the fall.
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