Warner Bros has fired The Flash and Supergirl showrunner Andrew Kreisberg. This comes in the wake of nineteen men and women coming forward and making sexual harassment and misconduct claims against him, which included inappropriate physical contact.
Kreisberg was an executive producer on all of The CW’s DC Comics’ Arrowverse shows, including Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, as well as CW Seed’s Vixen. He has now officially been fired from the programs, and had his overall deal with Warner Bros cancelled. The studio released the following statement according to THR:
After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately. […] Greg Berlanti will assume additional responsibilities on both The Flash, where he will work closely with executive producer/co-showrunner Todd Helbing, and Supergirl, where he will work closely with executive producers/co-showrunners Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller. We remain committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees and everyone involved in our productions.
This is, of course, troubling to find out that one of the creative forces behind some of the best superhero television ever made is potentially a creep, but the studio’s dismissal of Kreisberg is the right move. Production will not halt on the shows, and fans shouldn’t expect to see them interrupted.
On the latest episode of Nerd & Tie we start out by welcoming our newest host Gen Prock! After that we dig into the latest news, including how The CW has renewed all of their DC Comics shows, Constantine is coming back as an animated webseries, Charmed is getting rebooted for some reason, Awesome Games Done Quick has raised two million dollars for charity, Evercon booted artist/crafter Scott Windorski for harassment, Outlaw Comicon has lost its friggin’ mind, and Phoenix Comicon has made a controversial choice with its volunteer policies.
I mean, we definitely talk about Phoenix, AZ more than I’ve ever expected to.
The CW announced yesterday that it was renewing seven of their shows, including all of their DC properties (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) as well as the long running Supernatural. None of this is all that surprising, as the DC shows remain some of the highest rated programming on the network, and it makes sense that they would all get another year.
That and it seems to be literally impossible to kill Supernatural, which will be going onto its thirteenth season. I mean, wow — I like the show, but this is going to have to end sometime, right? I mean, it started out as a WB show. Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars both got cancelled and revived in that time period.
Also renewed are Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The only two shows from this last fall’s lineup we haven’t heard about are No Tomorrow or Frequency, but since neither received a season one back order either… let’s just say it doesn’t look good for their prospects. The Vampire Diaries, of course, is officially on its last season.
This whole thing just remains as a reminder that The CW still remains one of the best homes for genre television on broadcast.
The CW’s Arrow left us with a major cliffhanger in the last five minutes of the midseason finale. I mean, it was kind of a big deal (enough of one where I don’t want to immediately spoil the SETUP of said cliffhanger). But whoever cuts the promos for The CW must not agree with how important it is…
…because their latest promo for the series just spoiled the crap out of it.
The CW’s Arrowverse shows have been a slow parade of DC Comic’s lesser known characters. They’ve turned otherwise little known superheroes and villains into, well, known ones. I mean, even major characters like the Flash’s rogue’s gallery wasn’t all that well known to non-comics readers before these shows.
Or, y’know, like most of Legends of Tomorrow‘s cast.
Well, this fall will end up being no different. That’s right, we’re going to get to meet a few more “down-list” characters — namely both DC’s Wild Dog and Citizen Steel.
Wild Dog, played by Rick Gonzalez, will be showing up on Arrow. Most people don’t know who Wild Dog (aka ‘Jack Wheeler’) even is — but if you ever felt like mashing up Marvel’s The Punisher with TMNT’s Casey Jones… that’s Wild Dog. I mean, I can’t think of a better explanation. Considering Arrow star Stephen Amell just played Casey Jones, I assume there will be some hockey mask jokes.
Flipping from Wednesday to Thursday nights, Nick Zano has been cast as a series regular on Legends of Tomorrow as Dr. Nate Heywood. Dr. Nate Heywood is better known as his alter-ego Citizen Steel. Citizen Steel is also the grandson of Justice Society member Commander Steel, which seems like it will link in with Hourman’s appearance in the Legends of Tomorrow season finale.
Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow all return to The CW this fall.
Vixen, an animated web series set in the Arrow-verse (along with Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Constantine) premiered online last year on the CW Seed. Starring Megalyn Echikunwoke (also known as Megalyn E.K.) as the titular heroine, it was recently picked up for a second season.
We’ve known for a while that the character would show up on Arrow, still played by Echikunwoke, but we weren’t really sure how they’d adapt the character to live action. Well, we at least know what she’ll look like, as the CW has finally revealed what the actress will look like in costume. They’ve made modifications obviously, but mostly so it can be worn by an actual human being.
Unlike the way she’s drawn in the animated series.
Personally, I’m excited for the additional appearance of the character in the live action universe. Often tie in webseries and online tie-ins get forgotten, disregarded, or excised from canon (I’m looking at you Walking Dead and Doctor Who), so it’s nice to see the producers of the Arrow-verse committing to the character.
Arrow is currently airing on Wednesday nights on the CW.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Gen Prock is sitting in for Nick Izumi (who is off rehearsing a play). We tackle the full cast announcement of the revived MST3K, Frank Miller’s bizarre desire to make a fourth Dark Knight installment, the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, Supergirl getting a full season order, Kevin Bacon shopping around a new Tremors TV show, and what happened when Pher and Gen went to Daisho Con.
The Flash introduced Firestorm to the Arrowverse canon this last season, and most people were excited to see the character listed on the roster of the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow series. Firestorm is a unique character though, as he’s the amalgamation of two people.
In The Flash, the character appeared as a fusion of Victor Garber’s Martin Stein and Robbie Amell’s Ronnie Raymond.
David Ramsey’s John Diggle has been fighting alongside Oliver Queen on Arrow for several seasons, but he’s done so in his civies. He’s pretty much been constantly risking exposing his identity any time he goes out there, so it’s about time he got his own cool superhero suit.