Winter is Here and more!

We are in that weird time of the year. The holidays are done and the majority of our favorite shows are in the midst of their winter break.

So, the majority of us are biding our time until our favorite shows return.

We found out that the most anticipated finale season since the Sopranos’ finale season has a start date and that is… April 14th.

Kit Harington stated that he thought that this finale season was created to break the actors, but I think it will also break the fans. That trailer screams doom.

Awards:

The information about Game of Thrones popped up during the Critics Choice Awards. The list of winners is as follows:

Best Picture: “Roma

Best Actor: Christian Bale – Vice

Best Actress: Glenn Close – The Wife

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King -If Beale Street Could Talk 

Best Young Actor/Actress: Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Best Acting Ensemble: The Favourite

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón – ROMA

Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Action Movie: Mission: Impossible — Fallout

Best Comedy: Crazy Rich Asians

Best Actor in a Comedy: Christian Bale – Vice

Best Actress in a Comedy: Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: A Quiet Place

Best Foreign Language Film: ROMA

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader -First Reformed

Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón – ROMA

Best Production Design: Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart – Black Panther

Best Editing: Tom Cross – First Man

Best Costume Design: Black Panther

Best Hair and Makeup: Vice

Best Visual Effects: Black Panther

Best Song: A Star Is Born

Best Score: Justin Hurwitz – First Man

Best Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader – Barry

Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Henry Winkler – Barry

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Drama Series: The Americans

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Best Actress in a Drama Series: Sandra Oh – Killing Eve

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Noah Emmerich – The Americans

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Thandie Newton, “Westworld

Best Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best Movie Made for TV: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

Best Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Amy Adams – Sharp Objects and Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for TV or Limited Series: Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects

Best Animated Series: BoJack Horseman

Casting News:

The third season of FX’s Legion has started casting. They have added Lauren Tsai and her character is called Switch. Switch is a young mutant whose secret ability serves as the key to executing David Haller’s plan. Variety

The prequel for Game of Thrones is continuing to add to their cast. Joining Naomi Watts as series regulars:

Naomi Ackie

Denise Gough

Jamie Campbell Bower

Sheila Atim

Ivanno Jeremiah

Georgie Henley

Alex Sharp

Toby Regbo

Josh Whitehouse

SJ Clarkson will direct the first episode and executive produce. This bit of the info put an end to the next Star Trek movie, which she was going to direct. TV Guide

Jesse L. Martin. a.k.a. Papa West, will be back for the 15th episode of The Flash. Syfy

Returning Shows:

THE CW ANNOUNCES SPRING 2019 PREMIERE DATES

Jane The Virgin” Begins its Final Season Wednesday, March 27 at 9pm

New Series “In The Dark” Premieres Thursday, April 4 at 9pm

The 100” Returns Tuesday, April 30 at 9pm

iZombie” Debuts its Final Season Thursday, May 2 at 8pm

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” Moves to Mondays at 8pm Beginning April 1

Arrow” Moves to Mondays at 9pm Beginning April 15

January 10, 2018 (Burbank, CA) – The CW Network today announced dates for the debut of its new series IN THE DARK, plus the returns of THE 100 and DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and the premieres for the final seasons of JANE THE VIRGIN and IZOMBIE.

The final season of the critically-acclaimed hit series JANE THE VIRGIN begins Wednesday, March 27 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) following an all new episode of RIVERDALE (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). ALL AMERICAN will conclude its first season on Wednesday, March 20 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

The new series IN THE DARK, starring Perry Mattfeld, makes its debut Thursday, April 4 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), following an all new episode of SUPERNATURAL (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). LEGACIES season finale will air Thursday, March 28 (9:00-l0:00pm ET/PT).

TV’s favorite rom-com-zom-dram IZOMBIE will return for its fifth and final season Thursday, May 2 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by IN THE DARK (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). The season finale of SUPERNATURAL will air Thursday, April 25 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

The gritty sci-fi drama THE 100 is back for its sixth season Tuesday, April 30 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT), following THE FLASH (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT). The season finale of ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO will air Tuesday, April 23 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW moves to a new time starting Monday, April 1 (8:00-9:00pm PT/ET) followed by ARROW (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT) beginning Monday, April 15. The BLACK LIGHTNING season finale will air Monday, March 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

In The CW’s new series IN THE DARK, Murphy (star Perry Mattfeld) is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind. Murphy lives with her supportive best friend, Jess (Brooke Markham), and—more reluctantly—her trusty guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Murphy’s closest friend is a sweet teenager named Tyson (Thamela Mpumlwana), who she befriends after he saved her from a violent mugging. Her life comes crashing down when she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of Tyson in the alley outside her apartment.  But when the police arrive there is no body to be found—and with Murphy not exactly sober, the police aren’t especially inclined to investigate. Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk… even if it means she has to sober up a little. IN THE DARK stars Perry Mattfeld, Rich Sommer, Brooke Markham, Casey Diedrick, Keston John, Morgan Krantz, Thamela Mpumlwana, Derek Webster and Kathleen York. IN THE DARK is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Red Hour Films, with executive producers Corinne Kingsbury, Jon Collier (“Bones”), Ben Stiller (“Zoolander”), Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock and Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”).

Following is The CW’s complete premiere schedule for Spring 2019. All times ET/PT:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (Season Premiere)

MONDAY, APRIL 1

8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Time / New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM PENN & TELLER: FOOL US SPECIAL

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM IN THE DARK (Series Premiere)

MONDAY, APRIL 15

8:00-9:00 PM DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Time / New Episode)

TUESDAY, APRIL 30

8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH (New Episode)

9:00-10:00 PM THE 100 (Season Premiere)

THURSDAY, MAY 2

8:00-9:00 PM IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM IN THE DARK (New Episode)

It’s happening:

We will be getting a Scarlet Witch and The Vision series! Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will probably reprise their roles in the series that Jac Schaeffer will write the pilot for and also come aboard the show as executive producer. Syfy

This series will join the list of shows that Disney+ is touting and that includes the series that will revolve around Loki starring Tom Hiddleston, The Mandalorian starring Pedro Pascal, and the Rogue One prequel series that stars Diego Luna.

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Even Charlie Cox is lauding the efforts of fans to save this much beloved and heralded superhero show.

What You Missed…

Quite a bit of news dropped yesterday and the majority has to deal with casting.

First, everyone is talking about the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer that was released in Brasil.

  1. Happy is flirting with Aunt May and she is not balking and she is ok with him being Spidey. But, Peter needs a break from being the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
  2. Far from home equates to Peter and his schoolmates go on a trip to Europe, but he has left his spidey suit behind in the States.
  3. In Venice, he gets closer to MJ.
  4. Nick Fury pops up with new spidey suits to recruit Peter.
  5. Peter and Mysterio (Mysterio is the name of several fictional characters, supervillains appearing in Marvel Comics) work together to combat the Elementals and Hydroman.

Keep in mind that this could all be a ploy by Mysterio to become a supehero as that is what his modus operandi is in the comics.

Now, fans were confused because of Infintiy War, but…remember that the following timeline exists for the upcoming Marvel movies through Summer 2019.

  • Captain Marvel –  8 March 2019
  • Avengers: Endgame –  26 April 2019 – Remember, this movie ties up all the storylines of the first 10 years of Marvel movies. Did you notice that Doctor Strange actually said ‘Endgame’ in Infinity War?
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home –  5 July 2019

Because Far From Home comes after Endgame, it stands to reason that Peter survives and this may be the reason why Peter wants to take a break from being Spider-Man.

While we are talking about Spider-Man, speculation is running high that with the announcement of Venom 2 getting a new screenwriter via Games Radar…Spidey may be involved. Discussing Film (via IGN) interviewed Jeff Pinker and this is what he had to say:

“Without revealing anything I’m not allowed to reveal,” Pinker teases, “It is not impossible that in a future, upcoming Venom movie, Spider-Man will play a significant role.”

While we are talking about Marvel properties, Marvel confirmed that a Doctor Strange sequel is officially happening. Variety

In regards to the Marvel properties that air on Netflix, Variety states that there is a clause in the agreement between Marvel and Netflix that prohibits the characters in these shows from appearing in anything other than Netflix “for at least two years after cancellation.” This clause also includes films.

Casting News:

Steven Yeun has joined Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone. The title of the episode he will star in is “The Traveler.” Yahoo

DC announced that Joel McHale will be playing Starman in the DC streaming service’s Stargirl.

Joel McHale plays rich socialite Sylvester Pemberton, aka Starman. A courageous and confident Super Hero, Starman is a member of the Justice Society of America—DC’s original Super Hero team, which first appeared in ALL STAR COMICS #3 in 1940. Starman wields a mysterious anti-gravity weapon called the Cosmic Staff. His longtime partner is his sidekick, Stripesy, better known as Courtney Whitmore’s stepfather, Pat Dugan.

Ali Wong has joined the cast of Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). She will play an ancillary character in the Gotham Police Force that is close to Renee Montoya. The Wrap

Chris Messina has also joined the cast of the Birds of Prey movie. He will play Victor Zsasz, who is a sadistic serial killer who carves a tally mark onto himself for each of his victims and is working with the Black Mask aka Ewan McGregor. Deadline

Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be back on Supernatural as Papa Winchester in the 300th episode of the longest running show on The CW. People

Miley Cyrus is returning to acting. She mentioned in an interview with Howard Stern that she will be in an episode of Black Mirror. In regards to the character:

“There’s a lot of dimension to it, and actually it was while the devastation of Malibu was happening, and it was a really weird learning experience for me because I was so far from home and the show is already really dark, and it’s already kind of eerie when you’re there the whole time.”

In Development:

After the Elseworlds finished, finding out that a Batwoman pilot was in the works was no surprise. Here is the synopsis for the pilot.

In a Gotham suffering in Batman’s absence, Batwoman is a dark DC Comics drama following the journey of Kate Kane as she dons a cape, cowl, and detective’s hat to save her city. But Kate’s personal life proves just as complicated as she grapples with a fractured family, a rookie team, and unattainable love. SpoilerTV

By the by, Syfy has an interesting article about the possibility of the Green Arrow being killed off at the end of the 2019 Crisis crossover. I think that it would be a smart move, but we also saw that in Elseworld’s crossover, that there is a chance that Oliver Queen dies and Diggle takes over. We shall see, but this speculative talk is fun to read.

Photo by Joey Nicotra on Unsplash

 

Recap: Riverdale – Outbreak w/ a Hint of What’s to Come in January…

When we last left Riverdale, Betty looked like she was officially drinking the Kool-Aid, but we see that she is still the Betty that we all love, which allows her to keep the facade up, but still maintaining some semblance of sanity. Betty comes up with a plan to undermine Ethel and that is to make her think that Betty is the new Queen of the Gargoyle King. She locks up Ethel to start the withdrawal process and to make her the one person that can help her stop this scam that Hiram and Nuns have started to produce fizzle rocks. Their goal is Sister Woodhouse.
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As this is happening, a massive seizure outbreak has overtaken the cheerleaders of Riverdale High, will no one do anything about it? Is it contagious. The worry over the stricken Toni, allows her to ask her petit amour to move in and she accepts the offer. Veronica realizes that something is rotten in the state of Denmark and she knows that her Father is responsible for it. This nagging feeling is heightened when Reggie tells her that her Dad has pulled Jangle off the marker and replaced it with Fizzle Rocks. She is determined to stop them. In desperation to stem the seizure outbreak, men in hazmat outfits take the infected to Riverdale General. At the meeting in the school, Veronica and Cheryl confront the board and Hiram has an answer for everything, of course.
There is a point where Veronica mentions Narcos. The thing is, this whole scenario would make sense in Narcos, but this show…it is getting tiring. Can we have some Gossip Girl storylines?
I digress.
This is just as Jughead and Archie reach their destination…Mrs. Gladys Jones and little Jellybean.
Possibly the only funny moment of the first half of this season happens when Gladys sees Archie and Jug and her first response is that she is thrilled that they are finally together romantically. The boys tell Gladys about what has happened in Riverdale and when she hears the name Penny Peabody she gets so annoyed, but she suspects (like Jug) that Hiram is the issue. Of course there are deep-seeded issues that are discussed, like Gladys abandoning her son.
Guess who popped up to take in Archie, Penny. Smh. Hiram is like a dog with a bone. Surprisingly, JB takes down Penny easily. However, it is Gladys that will get the info that spurs her son to thwart Hiram’s twisted game of Monopoly of making Riverdale his vice-ridden Kingdom.
This means that Jughead goes back to Riverdale with FP and Archie runs for the border with his Dad’s blessing and with Vegas by his side.
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Betty is connecting the dots with Veronica and Cheryl. While Betty confronts the Nun, Cheryl and Veronica confront Cheryl’s gorgon-like Mother. Well, the Nun says that G&G was created by the kids in the asylum because they made the game to cope. The drugs that Hiram tests help with the patients and he is also donates quite a bit. Ethel and Betty take the keys and head to Riverdale as they lock up the Nun in the basement. But they need the Gryphon Queen to have all the patients leave the asylum and their plan works.
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We also learn from the interrogation that Cheryl and Veronica conduct that Hiram’s empire would allow for prostitution and drugs to be run sans issue. However, they need help and they come in the form of the cadets.
It seems like everything is starting to fall into place for a massive battle between the kids and Hiram, but they were too late. Hiram got the town quarantined and no one can go in or get out. Hiram wins for now…
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Where is the backbone Hermione?

Next – No Exit

 

The Mandalorian Adds to Cast and More Casting News

Star Wars announced the names of additional cast for the highly anticipated series that follows a lone Mandalorian gunfighter, played by Game of Thrones fave Pedro Pascal, in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

We knew of Gina Carano and Nick Nolte, but we learned of the following additions:

  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Emily Swallow
  • Carl Weathers
  • Omid Abtahi
  • Werner Herzog

Outside of Pedro Pascal’s character, we still do not know of the particulars for the other characters.

Deadline stated that Ian Ziering has been cast as a Hollywood has-been named Daniel Cassidy, a.k.a. the Blue Devil.

Here is a little info about the character?

Dan Cassidy was working as a stuntman and special effects specialist in Hollywood when he created the Blue Devil full body suit, complete with a built in exoskeleton, specifically designed for the Blue Devil movie being produced by Verner Brothers Studios.

During filming on île du Diable, the demon Nebiros was accidentally unleashed from within an ancient temple and, thinking Cassidy was an actual demon, tried to drain his demonic powers with blasts of magic. Instead, the blasts permanently bonded the suit to Cassidy. This unnatural fusion of magic and technology caused Cassidy to experience unusual events and draw the attention of otherworldly beings, a condition known in occult circles as a “weirdness magnet”.

Horrified at the prospect of being stuck in the suit forever, Cassidy sought ways to separate himself from it, becoming a reluctant super hero along the way.

Cassidy was eventually transformed into an actual demon after making a deal with the demon Neron. Regretting the deal, Blue Devil decided to fight occult evil, often alongside the other members of Shadowpact. Wikipedia

The Letter for the King has added to it’s cast.

The novel is by Tonke Dragt and the tale is of one boy’s battle against evil set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage, and true friendship.

Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help.

A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains–a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter . . .

Tiuri’s journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places. From David Fickling Books.

Amir Wilson, Ruby Serkis, and Nathanael Saleh will lead the cast. Deadline

Marvel Announces that The Punisher’s 2nd Season Will Air on Netflix in…

…January.

While Netflix is turning a blind eye to all of the Marvel shows on its platform, Marvel listed the following on their site for the upcoming second, and possibly final, season of the show that focuses on Frank Castle:

Alongside Bernthal, “Marvel’s The Punisher” Season 2 features fellow returning cast members Ben Barnes (“Billy Russo”), Amber Rose Revah (“Dinah Madani”), and Jason R. Moore (“Curtis Hoyle”). They’re joined by some new additions to the cast, including Josh Stewart as John Pilgrim, Floriana Lima as Krista Dumont, and Giorgia Whigham as Amy Bendix, along with Corbin Bernsen and Annette O’Toole as Anderson and Eliza Schultz. Marvel

Marvel even listed to go to the 1:57 mark in the trailer. Take that Netflix!

In a moment where you have to wonder how they do metrics, Netflix released a lost of the most binged shows of the platform:

The Shows We Fell in Binge with This Year:

  1. On My Block
  2. Making a Murderer: Part 2
  3. 13 Reasons Why: Season 2
  4. Last Chance U: INDY
  5. Bodyguard
  6. Fastest Car
  7. The Haunting of Hill House
  8. Anne with an E: Season 2
  9. Insatiable
  10. Orange Is the New Black: Season 6

No mention of any of the Marvel shows, was that intentional?

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Netflix Orders I Am Not Okay With This to Series

 Jonathan Entwistle, director of The End of the F***ing World and the producers of Stranger Things are bringing a new series to Netflix, I Am Not Okay With This, which is based on the Charles Forsman graphic novel. It is a coming of age story about a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school, all the while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and… mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken from deep within her. The show will encompass 8 episodes.

Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry will produce for 21 Laps. The writer/EP/Co-Creator is Christy Hall and the Director/EP/Co-Creator is Jonathan Entwistle.

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This announcement comes on the heels of Netflix’ announcement of a bio-series based on the life of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

Prepare Yourselves for Crisis on Infinite Earths…

Not much happened yesterday, except for the finale of the Elseworlds crossover event.

Surprisingly, we started the episode off with the realization that Superman is really John Deegan. No surprise there. This is a man who loves his new found power, so why not allow yourself to think that you can be a Superhero, even if it is due to circumstance…and that is the book. As you can tell he is a little off his rocker.

But he continues to hold the mantle of Superman and that is trying to save the meek of Central City. In this new Earth, Kara is jailed and her powers are dampened and Barry and Oliver continue to be the famed Trigger Twins. Even if they have no powers, they are still a threat to John Deegan and that gives them a little leg up on Deegan because he can’t read them.

In order to be the hero he wants to be, Deegan creates a team of familiar faces to help him in his quest. But he had to scrambled reality in order to do so.

That’s when the Monitor pops up to talk to Barry and Oliver, aka Boliver, about their destinies. This is all a trial, but due to their inherent desire to help humanity even if it means losing their lives while doing so…The Monitor thinks they have a chance. So, their first stop is finding Mr. Ramon the Kingpin. Boliver teaches Mr. Ramon to use his vibing so they can find Clark and Lois.

While this is happening, Kara is trying to crack the nut that is this Earth’s version of her Sister. She does it and just as she is ready to escape with her sister, Our Clark, with Mr. Ramon and Boliver show up. Now, it is Superman vs. Superman and like the DCEU movies, they are tearing up the city.

However, Kara gets her hands on the unlocked book and she gets it to Clark. He manages to fix Boliver and they are in their respective costumes and have their powers. Is that enough to stop Deegan…no. Of course not. He gets his hands back on the book and as he tries to rewrite reality to the nth degree, Oliver confronts the Monitor and he challenges him, why? To ensure that Kara and Barry live, but something has to change.

Is that Oliver…we shall see.

We did get is a resolution to this storyline. Barry and Kara slowed time enough to give Oliver, with a special arrow in tow, the time he needed to burn that book and take out John Deegan.

Everything is as it should be, but we got more…

Lois and Clark are leaving for Argo for an extended amount of time due to Lois being pregnant. Clark leaves Earth 38 in the capable hands of his cousin and then pops the question to Lois.

Boliver have reached a new level of understanding and appreciation for one another.

And Kate tells Oliver that something is amiss with John Deegan and his new bestie…

Then we get this…

All in all, it was a great crossover event that should be it’s own series. These characters are at their best when they work together to save humanity. Now, the countdown begins for next fall.

FYI, here is a little info on the comic book series that the next crossover event is based on:

At the start of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is unleashed on the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the various Earths that it comprises. The Monitor tries to recruit heroes from around the Multiverse but is murdered, while Brainiac collaborates with the villains to conquer the remaining Earths. However, both the heroes and villains are eventually united by the Spectre; the series concludes with Kal-L, Superboy-Prime, and Alexander Luthor Jr. defeating the Anti-Monitor and the creation of a single Earth in place of the Multiverse. Crisis on Infinite Earths is infamous for its high death count; hundreds of characters died, including DC icons such as Supergirl and Barry Allen. Wikipedia

Does this mean we will see a shift in the Arrowverse in the foreseeable future? Only time will tell…