The CW and Netflix have been renegotiating their contract, making some viewers worry that the 2015-2016 (and later) seasons of Flash, Arrow etc. might not make it to Netflix at all. Now a report at Variety suggests that they’re close to finalizing a deal which would not only keep the shows available, but would bring them to the streaming service much faster — within a few weeks of the end of the season instead of waiting for months. This will give new viewers a chance to catch up before the next season without chugging coffee and skipping sleep for a few days. (via ComicsAlliance)
The network’s deal with Hulu is also expiring, but they apparently haven’t been able to reach an agreement. It seems Hulu wanted the rights to the whole season as each episode became available, not just the most recent five episodes. Understandable, especially since it turns out most of Hulu’s CW-related traffic was viewers watching Flash and Arrow!
Free streaming during the season will still be available on CW’s website. I tried that a couple of times this year after missing an episode, but it just didn’t play very well. I ended up buying a couple of episodes on Google Play. With any luck, they’ll fix the site.
So what do you think: Looking forward to Netflix? Disappointed to lose Hulu? Don’t care because you watch live / wait for the DVD anyway?
The CW has announced their premiere dates for Fall 2016, including their four DC superhero TV shows. Rather than launching them all the same week, they’re splitting them across two.
- Tuesday. October 4:
- The Flash season three premiere
- Wednesday, October 5:
- Arrow season five premiere
- Monday, October 10:
- Supergirl season two premiere
- Thursday, October 13:
- Legends of Tomorrow season two premiere
All four shows run from 8:00-9:00pm.
Seeing them all on the schedule as a regular block of programming really brings home the size of the TV universe that DC has been building. Even if Supergirl stays a separate universe (though fans have speculated that Barry’s time travel antics could result in merging the realities after the inevitable Flashpoint-inspired story arc), it’s connected to the other shows in tone, producers, and of course the fact that it’s already crossed over with The Flash. That four-way mega-crossover they’re planning seems a bit more real now!
The welcome home tour for the original Wally West continues straight out of the pages of FLASH REBIRTH, as Wally returns to his first super-team, the Titans! Will his friends remember him? And, if they don’t, what happens next? One thing is for certain…fans of the original Wally are (so far) ecstatic with his depiction since his return to the DCU. Whether that trend continues…is something we’ll talk about more after the jump as we look at TITANS REBIRTH #1!
DC is re-releasing a bunch of its early Barry Allen stories from the 1950s and 1960 in the first volume of a new series of softcovers, Flash: The Silver Age.
Collecting the earliest adventures of The Flash from SHOWCASE #4, 8 and 14, and THE FLASH #105-113! Witness the origin of The Flash, the debuts of his Rogues Gallery, including Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd and Weather Wizard, and the introductions of fellow heroes Kid Flash and the Elongated Man.
Stories by John Broome and Robert Kanigher with art by Carmine Infantino, and a cover by Michael Cho.
Presumably this series replaces the “Flash Chronicles” series that previously reprinted the early Barry Allen Flash stories in softcover trade paperbacks and got up to 1961. I like to think that someday DC will actually keep going with one of these reprint series and we’ll get past the mid-1960s.
DC has a preview for Titans: Rebirth #1, out this week.
In this one-shot issue, direct from the events of the DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1, Wally West has returned from the Speed Force and will try to reunite with his former team: The Titans! Now years later, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Garth, Lilith and Nightwing know that their memories had been altered, but are still unaware of the friend and teammate they’ve long forgotten.
When Wally shows up in their apartment, the Titans attack! He’ll have to find a way to stop his friends, while proving that he is the “missing Titan”. Find out more from writer Dan Abnett and artists Brett Booth (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Andrew Dalhouse (colors) and Carlos M. Mangual (letters) in this week’s one-shot TITANS: REBIRTH #1!
I was already a Joshua Williamson fan from his work on books like GHOSTED and NAILBITER, and I have been looking forward to his first work on my favorite speedster. Turns out, Williamson is a fan of the Flash…and it shows in his work on this first issue. FLASH REBIRTH is a great jumping on point for Barry…and Wally, and it hits a whole list of great points that we will discuss….after the jump!