When Matt Ryan’s Constantine was incorporated into the CW’s Arrowverse, most of us who were fans of the short lived NBC show rejoiced. It meant that more could be seen of the character, and when a CW Seed animated series was announced back in January, we were giddy.
Now it’s been ten months, and the network has finally released a first look at what we’re going to get… and it’s amazing. I mean, it’s more Constantine. What else could we want?
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.
Constantine fans rejoice! Our beloved Wizard is returning to the small screen, in a new series starring Matt Ryan and set in the same continuity as the last one. No, this isn’t a dream — and it’d be pretty weird if you had dreams about reading this website. The CW has announced that they are making an animated Constantine series for their CW Seed online network. The season will be composed of six ten minute episodes, which (like Vixen) then be compiled into a single video at the end of the season.
So yeah, it’s like getting one new episode of the previous Constantine series a year — but I will take what I can get.
Matt Ryan’s turn as the titular wizard in NBC’s Constantine was phenomenal, and when he was brought into the Arrowverse canon last season, a lot of us were happy to see him again. While Matt Ryan’s schedule has probably kept him from making more live action appearances as the character, it was nice to know he’d reprise the role outside of the previous continuity in the upcoming animated Justice League Dark. By making the new show animated, this will also allow Ryan to continue in the role.
Just now with continuity.
The CW has released a promotional image for the new show (like they usually do), which looks pretty much what you’d expect an animated Constantine to look like:
The new show is expected to premiere during the 2017-2018 television season, and it’s hard to not get hyped about it.
Vixen, which stars Megalyn Echikunwoke as the title character, expanded the Arrowverse realm to animation last year. Released via The CW’s “CW Seed” online network, the show (while imperfect) added some much needed diversity to the shared television multiverse.
Season 2 has now started with a five minute episode releasing once a week, and the CW Seed has put out a short trailer for it. Like last season, once all of the episodes are released they will put out a combined version of the season (which is how I prefer to view it honestly).
But if you can’t wait, episode one is sitting out there right now waiting for you.
This episode of Nerd & Tie was recorded at Geek.kon 2016 at the Madison Marriott West in front of a live studio audience. We’re also continuing our “audio only” streak, because (frankly) it’s easier to set up and tear down at conventions.
We tackle the hard pressing issues this fortnight, like Shatner almost apologizing for Star Trek V, and director Doug Liman moving from the Fox/Marvel Gambit production to DC’s Justice League Dark movie “Dark Universe.” We also cover some lighter fare… like how the reveal that Zendaya’s Spider-Man: Homecoming character is none other than Mary Jane Watson showed us all exactly how many racists we hadn’t weeded out of our Facebook feeds yet.
The CW Seed’s new webseries also looks pretty cool, and (in a pretty weird story) Wizard World Chicago almost let a gun dealer vend.
While DC’s film cinematic universe (the DCEU) is having problems getting started, their TV continuity (which some of us call the Arrowverse) is doing spectacularly. Between Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Vixen, and (the unfortunately concluded) Constantine, it’s getting to be a pretty big place.
And is about to get a little bit bigger.
It’s being reported that The CW’s online network CW Seed is launching a second animated webseries called Freedom Fighters: The Ray. Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim will produce the series, which Deadline summarizes:
Raymond “Ray” Terrill was a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a “genetic light bomb.” The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice – he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.
Importantly though, Ray Terrill is gay, which makes him one of the only LGBTQ characters to lead a mainstream superhero property.
Like the CW Seed’s other series, Vixen, they’ll be casting a voice lead in the series who can also play the character in any live action crossovers with shows like Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow.
Freedom Fighters: The Ray is expected to premiere on the CW Seed some time in 2017.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we discuss John Boyega joining the cast of Pacific Rim 2, Kung Fury 2’s apparent development, Sacha Baron Cohen being cast as the big screen ‘Mandrake the Magician,’ we let Nick talk about Voltron, a version of Vixen will appear on Legends of Tomorrow, and Pher went to 2D Con.
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.
Did you forget the CW Seed’s Vixen was a thing? Because it’s a thing. The animated series (set in the same universe as Arrow and The Flash) premiered in 2015 with a handful of five minute episodes. If you haven’t watched it yet, you can watch the compiled 31 minute version online right now.
Vixen‘s season one wasn’t perfect (some questionable character design, some of the supporting acting wasn’t great), but it had some great action and Megalyn Echikunwoke was solid as the lead. Well, the good news is that if you liked it like me, you’re going to get more.
The CW has decided to go ahead with a second season of the show, which will air online on the CW Seed website just like the first season did. We also will get to see the character in live action form, as Megalyn Echikunwoke is expected to reprise the role in an episode of Arrow later this season.
It’s nice to know that while DC continues to make strange decisions with their big screen films, it’s nice to see that the shared universe of Arrow/The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow/Vixen/Constantine (and possibly Supergirl) continues to build a cohesive, entertaining world.
Back in January it was announced that an animated series was coming to the CW’s digital network “CW Seed” starring DC Comic’s Vixen. The series is set in the same universe as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.
So, y’know, a shared universe which now includes most of DC comics television that doesn’t involve Metropolis or Gotham City.
Anyway, since San Diego Comic Con was this last weekend, of course we finally have a trailer for the series now… and it’s pretty great.
Vixen stars Megalyn Echikunwoke as Mari McCabe and will premiere on CW Seed on August 25th.
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