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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Stranger Things 3 tidbit. PLUS: The 100 Cancelled.
Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett on a quiet Monday.
The will-they-won’t-they relationship between Robin and Steve on Stranger Things 3 - apparently it was supposed to end with the two of them getting together until the actors suggested the alternative.
“Throughout filming, we started to feel like she and Steve shouldn’t get together, and that she’s gay,” Hawke explained. “Even when I go back and watch earlier episodes, it just seems like the most obvious decision ever.”
It makes sense that it came from the actors and not the Duffer Brothers as writers - that relationship resolution is the boldest character decision made in the three seasons of the show and felt out of step with what the show usually does. This isn’t a criticism.
The CW superhero shows are doing something that is actually pretty wild and audacious. They’re doing a crossover based on the iconic comic Crisis of Infinite Earths, but they’re embracing the true TV-ness of this as an opportunity.
One of the worst aspects of DC Comics is they have alternate history worlds with a variety of different takes on its superhero characters. In the 1980s, they had a comic that got rid of all of those alternative realities and streamlined it. That was Crisis of Infinite Earths. They’re doing this on TV this year in a bunch of TV shows that never had alternate realities - so, how are they doing it? They’re drawing upon the rich legacy of TV shows based on DC Comics. For example, Burt Ward from the 1966 Batman TV show will be guest starring. Similarly, Kevin Conroy who voiced Batman in the 90s cartoons will be playing a live action Bruce Wayne. And so on and so on. I’m mostly waiting for an announcement about Lynda Carter.
As of today, we now have broadcast dates for the TV event, which will cross-over into all five DC superhero shows currently on The CW:
SUPERGIRL - Sunday, December 8, 2019 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)
BATWOMAN - Monday, December 9, 2019 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)
THE FLASH - Tuesday, December 10, 2019 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)
ARROW - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)
DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT)
I do think it’s a bit weird that the final two chapters will be a month later.
Actually, that’s all from me today. It’s been a quiet weekend.
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