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.
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.
Back in June we first learned that an incarnation of the superheroine “Vixen” was going to show up on The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. We’d previously met Mari McCabe version of Vixen (played by Megalyn E.K.) on Arrow and her own CW Seed show Vixen, but as her powers are from an inherited necklace that gets passed down through the family, it’s pretty easy for another generation’s Vixen to show up on a time travel show.
Since that announcement, Maisie Richardson-Sellers has been cast in the role – and while we don’t know her version’s given name, we know she’ll be a member of the Justice Society. We also now know, thanks to Marc Guggenheim’s twitter account, what Richarson-Sellers’s version of the character will look like too:
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.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is designed to have a rotating cast, and with the exit of a couple of major characters at the end of last season, a lot of people have been wondering who exactly would take their place. Well, we may know who one of those heroes is… sort of. TV Insider is reporting that Vixen is expected to join the cast of the show…
…well, at least a Vixen will.
While we’ve met Mari McCabe played by Megalyn E.K. on both the CW Seed webseries Vixen and on an episode of Arrow, her career has started to take off and is a bit too busy to appear on Legends of Tomorrow. If you recall though, the character’s powers come from a totem that has been passed down from one generation to another. Thanks to the time traveling nature of the show, the version of “Vixen” will be a different member of the family who owned the totem either before or after Megalyn E.K.’s character.
Time travel is confusing.
No word yet on who will play this other Vixen, but once she’s cast we’ll be sure to let you know. Honestly, it seems a solid way to still promote the character’s brand while the actress who usually plays the character is unavailable. I’m definitely happier to see this solution being used rather than a recasting of the role.
Legends of Tomorrow returns next season on Thursday nights on the CW.
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.
On this fortnight’s episode of Nerd & Tie, we return after three weeks to mourn the loss of Satoru Iwata, get super confused by the upcoming Sleepy Hollow/Bones crossover, consider the ramifications of The Lone Gunmen’s return in The X-Files revival, acknowledge that San Diego Comic Con is totally a thing that happened, and note Jurassic Park 5‘s inevitability.
Also, there’s some Ant Man in the mailbag.
And if you watch the video version of the podcast, you get to watch the insanity that occurs when Trae’s computer freezes while we’re trying to stop recording the show.
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.
On this installment of Nerd & Tie, we talk about Daredevil getting a release date, Ant-Man’s teaser trailer, the Amazing Spider-Man 3 rumors, the Batman v Superman two movie baloney, both Arrowverse shows getting renewed, Vixen coming to CW Seed, Scarlett Johansson’s casting in Ghost in the Shell, and Masters of the Universe getting a new script.
We also talk about Nick’s experiences at Evercon this weekend, along with Nezumi Con getting absorbed into Anime Milwaukee’s parent organization.