Is Zack Snyder Right About Grant Gustin?

Okay, I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen/the Flash on the CW’s wildly popular show, The Flash, wasn’t allowed to play his character in the DC Cinematic Universe. While Grant has been characteristically classy about it, fans were certainly curious why Zack Snyder decided to start over from scratch with the Flash in the films.

I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Well, Snyder might disagree with how well the Flash is characterized on the CW show. Here’s what he told NY Daily News:

I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where…that (tone is) not our world.

Sure, I get it. The Flash is super lighthearted, and Barry himself is particularly bright and sunny. Just look at this happy smile:

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Understandably, Zack Snyder might not want such a sunny character ruining his dark and twisty vibes. And to top it all off, Snyder has even come out to say that Batman and Superman hail from an entirely different universe from The Flash and Arrow (which is evidenced by the Flash/Supergirl crossover ep).

But…

Snyder is still including the Flash in the Justice League movie, and Ezra Miller’s Flash will get his own movie. So clearly, there’s enough there to add him to the DC Cinematic Universe, right?

Side note: I should also point out that word on the street is that, should the Green Arrow find his way to the Justice League too (which he should since he’s a vital part of it), Stephen Amell will probably not be the movie Green Arrow. That brings up an entirely different argument of Zack Snyder inadvertently shooting DC Comics/DCTV in the foot by turning the CW’s Flash and Arrow into the “poor man’s Flash and Green Arrow”. While I could talk about that more, I want to go back to what he said about Grant Gustin and the tone of his Barry Allen.

There was a lot of success behind the Dark Knight trilogy and the dark and twisty-ness that came with it–despite the fact that Batman properties have been lighthearted in the past. Like this:

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Or even this:

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Of course the Dark Knight trilogy was based on the equally dark and twisty Dark Knight comic book series. Still, there have been plenty of times where Batman is depicted in more lighthearted stories both in movies, series, and comics. Superman, too.

So is Snyder and the DC Cinematic universe making a mistake planting their flag in the dark and twisty superhero camp? After all, Man of Steel didn’t exactly blow the doors off an box office records, and the fact that Brandon Routh has a solid place in the DC TV Universe as Ray Palmer/The Atom on Legends of Tomorrow means that most of us probably forgot that he had a run as Christopher Reeve’s doppelganger/the protector of truth, justice, and the American way in 2006’s Superman Returns.

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Meanwhile, the MCU is dominating ALL THE THINGS because they’ve allowed their superheros to be for kids and grown-ups alike. Sure, MCU heroes may have some rough stuff in their backstory, but their films are ultimately fun and uplifting to watch–and just about everyone takes the MCU seriously. Even if you’re over superhero movies and the MCU, there’s no denying that they’re doing something right.

But, Kendall, you say, what about Deadpool? He wasn’t necessarily uplifting and he definitely wasn’t for kids!

I’m so glad you brought Wade up! Let’s talk about Deadpool! Remember when we first met the mouthless, laser-eyed”Deadpool” in the Wolverine movie?

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Deadpool fans were pissed. Why? Because that was not our Deadpool. Hell, it wasn’t even Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, and he played the abomination. The Deadpool we all know and love is foul-mouthed, he’s crass, and any story involving the Merc is hella gory. Deadpool’s origin story is also a heavy one, and unlike a lot of our favorite superheroes, his doesn’t have the happiest of endings. Wade will always be disfigured, and he’ll always be in some sort of pain, despite his healing factor. If anyone has a reason to be dark and twisty, my friends, it’s Wade Wilson.

But he isn’t. Like a lot of us, he masks his pain and anger in snark, silliness, and several asides. And unlike a lot of us, he also masks his anger in wielding weapons and killing bad guys. You know, whatever works for you, Wade.

So when Ryan Reynolds took over making an actual Deadpool movie, he focused on doing it right. As a fan of the Merc himself, he was obsessed with sticking true to the Wade we’ve all come to love, and worked for eleven years to make a Deadpool movie the right way. Which, as we all know now, he did. The movie has exploded at the box office, because it was true to the source material. Reynolds made sure of it. We got a good balance of the tough moments:

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and the silly:

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They made him feel familiar, right down to the illogical eyes on his costume that change shape depending on what expression Wade is making. By staying true to the source material, they made a solid story that not only brought in new fans to the series, but they also made sure not to alienate their core group of Deadpool fans.

So what does this have to do with Zack Snyder and Grant Gustin? It all comes down to the fans and the source material. Like it or not, Barry Allen isn’t a dark and twisty superhero. He’s just not. Yes, he’s got some demons and a tragic past, but he’s ultimately a pretty upbeat guy. I fear that by forcing DC into this dark, tormented hero box, they’re going to alienate their core fan base–which we saw in Man of Steel when they tried to make a stylistic, darker Superman movie. A superhero doesn’t have to be exclusively for kids, Deadpool proves that, and a dark superhero franchise can work as we saw with the Dark Knight trilogy. However, making a darker, R-rated superhero just to try to bring “legitimacy” to superhero films or make them feel more realistic while not necessarily sticking to the source material is usually where superhero movies tank.

Or not. I could be totally wrong. After all, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman looks crazy badass (and inspired by the New 52 Aquaman), and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has got me ALL KINDS of excited for her debut in the DCCU. Still, I can’t help but think that Zack Snyder is making a mistake by making all of his DC movies have that darker, stylistic vibe, regardless of what we see in the comics. I hope I’m wrong, but if Deadpool is any indication, comic book movies do much better when they stay true to the source.

What do you think of Zack Snyder’s choice to cast a new actor to play Barry Allen? Do you like the darker vibe that the DC movies have, or do you think it’s too forced? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

5 Fandom Friday: Holiday Charity Wish List

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It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas, and that means it’s time to start thinking about tasty holiday treats, decorations, traditions, and GIFTS. Of course, it’s always rad if you can get a gift that gives back. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite campaigns going on right now that give you a sweet tee, and gives your money to those who need it. Everybody wins.

Note: I should mention that Jared Padalecki’s Always Keep Fighting, Stephen Amell’s F*ck Cancer, and Paul Blackthorne’s wildlife campaigns are not represented here since their latest campaigns closed. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t kick off another one soon. So keep your eyes peeled for more from them, because those are all great cause to get behind.

 Supernatural‘s Misha Collins: My People Skills Are Rusty

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Just about everyone in the Supernatural family has heard of Misha Collins’ charity, Random Acts, dedicated helping those in need, spreading random acts of kindness around the world. While Random Acts’ banner event is the ridiculous GISHWHES, the organization works year-round to help people in need. If you want to help Random Acts continue helping people around the globe while simultaneously letting folks know you’re a bit awkward around humans, this is the shirt for you. Head to Creation Stands to grab yourself a tee.

Cara Delevigne: The Future Is Female

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Cara has been all over the place recently, and she’s using her increased presence for good with her Represent campaign. If you want to get yourself a pullover or tee to support her campaign, all proceeds will go to the awesome organization, Girl Up, which supports girls across the globe. Head to her Represent page to join in and help out!

Supernatural‘s Osric Chau: Choose Your Weapon

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Osric Chau, everyone’s favorite prophet, has been teaming up with Misha Collins’ Random Acts quite frequently lately, even travelling with Misha and RA to Nicaragua. While there are a couple of Osric Random Acts shirts available (for instance, if you’ve been dying for a shirt with Mermaid Osric on it, I’ve got some great news for you), this one is probably my favorite. If you want to get your hands on a Kevin tee and support Random Acts, head over to Creation Stands!

Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson: HeForShe

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If we know one thing, it’s that when Hermoine Granger gets fired up about a cause, she puts her all into it. Emma Watson has teamed up with the UN to head up their movement for gender equality across the globe. She’s caused quite a stir since starting up HeForShe, so I’m sure you’ve heard about it. While you can just straight up donate to the organization, you can also support the organization by buying a shirt with their official logo on it.

Supernatural‘s Kim Rhodes and Briana Buckmaster: Wayward Daughters Academy

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And, of course, I couldn’t forget the newest fandom campaign I’ve learned about–and the one I’m currently most excited about. Everyone’s fave cop buds, Sheriff Donna and Sheriff Jody, have teamed up IRL to channel the fandom’s secret desire for a Jody and Donna-led spinoff, Wayward Daughters (seriously, if you haven’t heard people talk about what Wayward Daughters could be like as a show, poke around the interwebz–forget Bloodlines, Wayward Daughters is the SPN spinoff I need). The Wayward Daughters Academy campaign also supports Random Acts, and their efforts to support women and girls who are homeless or at-risk. If you want to join in with the Sheriffs, head to Creation Stands to get a shirt (bonus: if you get one before December 13 at 11:59, you’re entered to win a prize) (bonus bonus: this campaign won’t last forever–it ends 12/18).

Are you excited about any fandom-related charity campaigns? What are they? Tell me about it–with links!!!–in the comments! And, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Plus, be sure to follow me on Instagram as there’s another #5FFPhoto challenge happening this month (courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan). 

5 Fandom Friday: Geeks Who Inspire Me

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There are a lot of geeks out there doing a lot of good, so this week’s fandom 5 prompt of “5 Geeks Who Inspire Me” was kinda tough. There are a LOT of geeks out there who inspire me for very different reasons. So while my list is incredibly long and complicated (complicated as in: this person is a geek because they are on this geek show, this person inspires me not because of how they live, but because of how they reacted that one time, and this geek is just flawless so their mere existence inspires me…). Still, I’ve managed to whittle down my neuroses and came to my top 5 geeks:

Felicia Day

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Felicia Day is so awesome. She create, wrote, directed, starred, and produced her own webshow, she started her own business, and she’s starred in some of my faves like Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and Supernatural. All the while she manages to be hilarious, positive, and is always super kind and encouraging to all of her fans. I want to be Felicia Day when I grow up, y’all.

Chris Hardwick

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Chris Hardwick is another geek who essentially made a spot for himself. He’s a stand up comic, he runs Nerdist.com, he has his crazy successful Nerdist Podcast, and he hosts shows like Talking Dead and @Midnight. Not only do I admire this guy’s motivation and what he’s achieved, but I love his positive attitude. He’s another that just is genuinely nice to his fans–and humans in general.

Hilly and Hannah Hindi

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Hannah and Hilly, who you may know better as the brains behind the Hillywood Show, are amazing. They’ve created something so incredibly unique with Hillywood, and the amount of creativity that goes into each of their parodies is astounding. As someone who’s always secretly wanted to do parodies, I respect–and am in awe of–what these women have created.

Jared Padalecki

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I’ve talked about how much I respect Jared for his Always Keep Fighting campaign. I think it’s so great that he’s raised so much awareness for depression, anxiety, suicide, and self harm while also being open about his own struggles. He’s a guy that clearly has a huge heart, loves his fans, and genuinely wants to help people–and he uses his celebrity to do just that. I respect that so very much.

Stephen Amell

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My work buddy and I always talk about how Stephen Amell has been able to get us to care about stuff we would never encounter were it not for our membership in the Arrow fandom–baseball and WWE? Who am I? Stephen is not only nice and funny, but he uses his celebrity to do good in the world (his F Cancer campaign was CRAZY successful). Beyond that, he shares his personal goals, even if they’re a bit nutty like being in the WWE, and he achieves those goals. I think that’s so awesome, and I really admire him for it.

Who are some of the geeks who inspire you? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!

News Break: Matt Ryan will play John Constantine on Arrow

We were ALL sad to say goodbye to the NBC show Constantine. While it doesn’t look like the series is being nabbed up by any network (yet, anyway), we can expect to see Matt Ryan reprise his role as John Constantine on Arrow this season. Here’s the official word from The CW:

As announced at TCA this afternoon, we have cast Matt Ryan as John Constantine in episode 405 of “Arrow,” entitled “Haunted.”

John Constantine is a weather worn exorcist and expert on the supernatural and the occult.  He is a detective, magician, and a hunter of demons, and will provide critical support to Oliver (Stephen Amell) when arrows aren’t enough.

EP Marc Guggenheim says: “We are thrilled to have Matt Ryan reprise the role of John Constantine on an upcoming episode of Arrow. Matt is an incredibly talented actor and his portrayal of this beloved character was always something we admired. The introduction of magic and mysticism on the show this season has provided a truly organic opportunity for us to bring John Constantine to Arrow and the CW’s DC universe. It will be a well-deserved tip of the hat to all the Constantine fans who were so incredibly supportive of that series.”

And here’s the man himself letting us know to expect him in Star City:

Are you excited to see Constantine on Arrow? What do you think of the Constantine universe colliding with the Arrow-verse? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Arrow: Clips and a BTS Featurette from Tonight’s Episode, “Canaries”

Guess who’s back tonight?



That’s right, the original Canary from CW’s Arrow, Caity Lotz!

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I am so stoked, you guys. Though I’m fairly certain she isn’t actually back–especially since Laurel has been taking up the role of the Canary–it will be great to have Caity Lotz back on Arrow. I’m willing to bet her appearance is a product of Vertigo, but still, I’m excited!

Check out this behind-the-scenes featurette from the episode:

I think we’re getting closer and closer to the day that Quentin Lance learns that Sara is actually dead. Sin noticed in last week’s episode that Sara was not the person fighting as the Canary. Laurel has gone through a bunch of trouble trying to convince her father that she’s still alive, so it is going to be a huge blow and a pretty sizable betrayal when he learns that Sara is dead, she’s been dead for a while, Laurel has been lying to him (and pretending to be Sara in some cases), and that even his ex-wife knew.

Though, I mean, Quentin’s ex is River freaking Song. Of course she knew the truth about Sara’s fate and didn’t tell Quentin. She’s very careful about that sort of thing.

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We will have to see what happens this week with this strange–but still awesome–return of Sara Lance. And, of course, there are also the added troubles of Malcom Merlyn, Thea, Felicity and Ray, and–of course–Ollie’s return to Team Arrow. Things are going to get pretty crazy this week!

Here’s a quick clip from tonight’s episode, “The Canaries”.

Will you be watching tonight? Are you excited to see Sara back in the fold? What have you thought of Laurel’s development into the Canary this season? Let me know in the comments!

Arrow News: First Look at The Atom Costume

Hey, Team Arrow!!! I just got something awesome from The CW! We all knew this was coming after Felicity agreed to help Ray out with the nanochip for his super-suit in last week’s episode, and it seems our wait is finally over. The CW has officially released a first look at Ray Palmer’s (Brandon Routh) costume for The Atom! Check it out!

ArrowThere aren’t any details beyond this peek at Ray’s completely awmazing suit, but it looks like we won’t have to wait too long to see The Atom in action. Ray Palmer will step into the Atom suit for the first time in the upcoming episode of Arrow, “Nanda Parbat”, which will air on the CW on February 25 at 8/7c.

What do you think of Ray’s suit? What have you thought of the second half of this season of Arrow? Let me know in the comments! 

Arrow Recap: The Magician

Because Netflix was a bit of a jerk and decided to delay its release of season 2, I’ve had a bit of catching up to do before I could start talking about Arrow here on the blog. Now I’m all caught up and ready to break down Arrow, so here goes! As always, if you aren’t caught up on Arrow: SPOILER ALERT.

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Wednesday’s episode had Team Arrow working with Nyssa to track down Sara’s killer. Nyssa and the League of Assassins suspect it to be Malcolm Merlyn, who as we know, returned to Starling with Thea. It makes sense for Malcolm to be Sara’s killer, as Malcom was an enemy of the League, he is the Dark Archer, and Sara died with a handful of arrows in her chest.

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Arrow — “The Magician” — Image AR304a_0016b — Pictured (L-R): Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, Colton Haynes as Roy Harper, Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, and Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul — Photo: Ed Araquel/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

However, things get a bit sticky when Malcolm swears on Thea’s life that he did not kill Sara. Oliver believes him, but Nyssa doesn’t, so any goodwill or professional courtesy that had formed between the League and Team Arrow basically disappear, with Nyssa returning home, telling her father that Oliver had sided with Malcolm Merlyn. This can’t lead to anything good.

All in all, this episode posed a heck of a lot more questions than actual answers, so I’m gonna break those down:

1. Who really killed Sara?

Malcolm is a great liar and super tricky. Even after being “killed” by Oliver in season one, he basically just pops back onto the scene all:

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So when he told Oliver he did not kill Sara–and that Nyssa’s father, Ra’s al Ghul had Sara killed–I was a bit torn. It’s definitely not beyond the realm of reason to think that Malcolm would lie to everyone about really killing Sara, but Ra’s al Ghul having Sara killed for her lack of loyalty did make sense as Sara was pretty far from the League’s most loyal member. That paired with Ra’s al Ghul telling Nyssa that Sara was never truly a part of the League does make me wonder. Besides, Malcolm swearing his innocence (of this crime, at least) on Thea’s life added a bit of weight to things. Speaking of Thea…

2. What is going on with Thea?

She spent quite a bit of time in Corto Maltese with Malcolm having some serious father-daughter bonding time where Malcolm taught her some serious fighting skills.

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But to what end? Thea initially agreed to Malcolm’s training because she didn’t want to be hurt anymore, but what is Malcolm really planning here? From the episode, it seems like Thea is at least fairly clued in to what was going on with Malcolm and the League. Does she know that Oliver is the Arrow? Is Malcolm only using Thea to get to Oliver? Is this desire of Malcolm’s to be a good father to Thea just an act, or does he really care for her? Now that Thea is a pretty skilled fighter, what will we see from her in the future? I’m also interested to see what will happen now that she hired Roy as the assistant manager of Verdant. So many questions…

3. When will Laurel become the Canary?

Before she died, Sara gave Laurel her leather jacket, and since Sara’s death, Laurel has had a serious itch to go fight some crime. She’s even been learning to fight at a local gym. After Wednesday’s episode, Nyssa visited Laurel in her gym, said she saw strength in Laurel, and gave a quick fighting tip.

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Arrow — “The Magician” — Image AR304a_1056b — Pictured (L-R): Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance and Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul — Photo: Ed Araquel/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

We know Laurel is going to become the Canary eventually, but I’m dying to learn when that will happen. And after this week’s episode, I’m also very curious if Nyssa will have anything to do with Laurel’s training.

What were your big questions from the episode? What do you think of season 3 so far? Let me know in the comments, and check out the trailer for next week’s episode of Arrow below!

5 Questions We Need Arrow Season 3 To Answer

The third season of Arrow starts up next week on Wednesday, October 8th on The CW, and I can’t wait! You can see The CW’s official synopsis of the season premiere, “The Calm” here.

It’s also worth noting that if you were hoping to do an Arrow Netflix binge prior to the premiere, season 2 won’t be available on Netflix until October 8. So if you were hoping to bust through season 2 prior to the season 3 premiere, you’d better take a sick day on the 8th.

Anyway, with season 3 around the corner, I’ve got a few questions from last season that I am SUPER anxious to get cleared up.

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1. Question of Vital Importance: Is Olicity going to become canon?!?

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I’m really not a “shipper”. If I do “ship” something, I tend to be very boring and ship things that are blatantly, indisputably canon. I ship Ron and Hermoine in Harry Potter. I ship Lily and Marshall in HIMYM. I ship Ross and Rachel in Friends. I ship alternate universe Bobby and Ellen in Supernatural. However, I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to Felicity Smoak and Oliver Queen. I am definitely an Olicity shipper, and I can’t help myself. If you read the synopsis of “The Calm”, Oliver is going to take Felicity out on a date. So I’m dying to know: is Olicity about to become canon or are they just going to fake us out?

2. What is happening with Malcom and Thea?

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We ended season 2 seeing Thea get into the limo of Malcom, her newly-discovered biological father. She’s quite angry with everyone (what else is new?) finding out she was lied to about who her true father was, Roy was lying to her about his crime fighting, and well, Oliver kind of consistently lies to her (but it’s for justice!!!). With John Barrowman becoming a series regular in season 3, it stands to reason that Thea is going to get some training in the dark archery arts from her new dad to right the wrongs done to her. Here’s what Barrowman said about Malcom and Thea in season 3, “He’s got to train her to be a powerhouse, to be a tough bitch. She’s tough now, but she’s got to be tougher.” So what does that mean??? More importantly, does this mean Thea will eventually ‘fail Starling City’?

3. Is Laurel Finally Going to Become the Canary?

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In the Green Arrow comics, Laurel Lance is the Canary. So when Sara Lance donned the black leather to help Oliver fight crime in Starling City, fans of the comics were a bit confused. However, show-runners promised us that Laurel would absolutely, definitely be the Canary in the future. Season 2 ended with Sara returning to the League of Assassins with Nyssa, and presenting Laurel with her leather jacket. Are we finally going to see Laurel take up the cause as the Canary, or is this another fake out?

4. Is Deathstroke Coming Back?

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There’s been some chatter on the internet that we might see a bit more of Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke) in season 3. In fact, the actor who plays Slade, Manu Bennet, has even said he’s been asked to return–though there hasn’t been any sort of timeline released for his return. We last saw him locked up in A.R.G.U.S. on Lian Yu, so it isn’t too much of a stretch for him to somehow get out and return to seek revenge from Oliver. However, there are rumors that he might not return to Arrow right away. Instead, we might see him in one of the CW’s spinoffs. So will we see Deathstroke in Starling City again or won’t we? If if he does return, he’s probably not going to be the Big Bad for season 3–so who is???

5. How is the Crossover with The Flash Going to Work?

We’ve seen the teaser (conveniently embedded above just in case you haven’t), and we’ve even seen some pictures of both casts doing a read through together. See?

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Still, I’m really curious to see how they are going to blend the two shows together. Really, I’m curious to see what The Flash is like on its own (read the official pilot synopsis here), especially since it seems like the tone of the show will be a bit more lighthearted than Arrow. I think having the two shows crossover will be a really cool thing for the fans; I’m just curious to see how it all plays out, especially if I’m right about Flash being a bit less dark and twisty than Arrow. I’m also really curious to find out how big of a part Flash will play in Oliver’s world, and vice-versa.  

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What are some of your burning questions for season 3 of Arrow? Let me know in the comments!

Like I said before, Arrow will be airing on The CW on Wednesday, October 8. It’s also worth noting that The CW will be re-airing the premiere of The Flash (its normal time slot is Tuesday before Supernatural) right after Arrow’s season premiere. As always, if you’re not following me on Twitter, be sure to do that so we can live tweet during the show!

For Those Of Us Who Aren’t At San Diego Comic Con

Here we are. The sad group that was unable to attend San Diego Comic Con this year. Some of us didn’t have the time off work, some of us didn’t have the money, some of us didn’t get badges in time. Whatever your reason, we’re here. We are the great, unwashed mass fated to miss out on this year’s greatest event in geekery.

So as we move into this weekend, let’s just remember the benefits we get to experience as we hold down the fort here at home.

1. You’ve got some money!

Remember that you didn’t spend money on tickets to fly/gas up your car on the drive to San Diego, get a hotel, get tickets to SDCC, buy expensive convention center food, and blow your life savings on awesome merch. Sure, you’re not rich, but you certainly do have money in your pocket that most certainly wouldn’t be there if you were at Comic Con. Go buy yourself a burrito, baby.

2. Crowds, man.

Google any picture of San Diego Comic Con, and nearly every picture is of a packed convention center or an ungodly long line. I mean, you could be there, right now, in the middle of that giant, teeming mass of excited–and, let’s be honest, occasionally smelly–humanity. Instead you can sit in your house, stretch out those legs, and easily traverse from place to place without feeling like you need to buy the person standing beside you dinner. Who needs that electric, humming energy of excitement only experienced at a Con? You’ve got leg room, buddy. Spread out and enjoy that.

3. Following hashtags is basically like being there.

Of course, there is a hashtag for Comic Con (#SDCC) that you can follow to be kept up-to-date on all the happenings at the Con by your favorite Twitter accounts. Because I mean, ultimately it’s way cooler to see this:

Rather than actually having the opportunity to visit the Geek and Sundry Lounge, right? Right?

Still, we know that we’ll all still be following the SDCC hashtag all weekend, regardless of how much it hurts. 

4. This is your time to catch up on your reading and your shows.

So this isn’t me today, and that’s too bad:

But, I mean, if I’m honest with myself, it’s probably best. I’m way behind on Arrow, so it would have just been so awkward if I happened to see Stephen Amell, right? So this is a weekend where we can do some fandom homework. Catch up on that show you’re behind on. Go to the comic book store and catch up on your reading. You weren’t really prepared for a weekend reveling in your favorite fandoms…

5. Seriously though, here’s some actual consolation for us:

Yeah, it sucks that we can’t be at SDCC this year, whatever our reasons were for being unable to attend. However, there are actually some things that we can do to feel like we’re a part, however small, of the SDCC action.

  • Blogs like The Nerdy Girlie and Nerdophiles will be updating their blogs and their Twitters with SDCC news and happenings. In fact, The Nerdy Girlie has already posted a roundup of Preview Night, bless her.
  • NerdHQ Conversations for a Cause (basically conversations with actors, writers, etc.) will be livestreamed for at-home viewers. If you go to the Nerd Machine’s facebook, you can even submit your questions to be answered during the conversations.
  • There are contests for us! The Nerd Machine’s facebook is holding daily trivia contests for those who have liked the page. Geek and Sundry had a contest to win their exclusive SDCC/Geek and Sundry Loot Crate box (though that one’s over…so…sorry). The Nerdophiles are having a Twitter contest where you can win a Marvel Avengers micromug by tweeting what you’ll be doing this weekend and using the hashtag #NotAtSDCC. Think Geek is also running a cool contest to win some of their SDCC exclusives.
  • There is some off-site fun for those in the San Diego area. Though this doesn’t do those of us who are far away a lot of good, it’s fun for locals! The NerdHQ Conversations for a Cause is an off-site event, so while you don’t need a SDCC badge, you do need tickets, and I’m fairly certain they are fully sold out. However, there will be a Geek and Sundry Lounge, and you don’t need tickets or a SDCC badge to get in. From gaming to a few panels, it sounds like the Lounge will be a lot of fun. They’ll also have over 200 of their exclusive Loot Crates there, so those attending will have several chances to win one of those babies!

So there you have it. Sure, it sucks that we can’t be at Comic Con, but we’ll all be okay. There are some fun ways we can get involved in the con from the comfort of our homes, and if nothing else we can take the money we’re saving this weekend and put it toward our SDCC ’15 tickets, right?