Howdy, Sofa Membership readers! One other San Diego Comedian-Con has come and gone, and we’re all in nerd heaven, spinning madly uncontrolled about what’s coming for us sooner or later. In celebration of all this awesomeness, I wished to interrupt down a few of what we’ve got to sit up for!

Let’s begin with the “tremendous” of all of it. Brandon Routh is reprising his position as Superman in the end! It’s been a minute since Superman Returns and Routh has been an exquisite addition to the Arrowverse because the Atom. However none of us have forgotten that he started his geek profession by enjoying the Man of Metal…and that features the Legends of Tomorrow writers! In case you recall, they gave us that intelligent little Superman joke within the Invasion crossover a pair years in the past (“She seems like my cousin.”) It’s nice figuring out that Routh can be returning to Superman’s iconic go well with, even when it’s only for this yr’s Disaster on Infinite Earths crossover, however in case you watched the panel or noticed any of the images that got here out of it, you probably observed that Routh was carrying a really particular Superman brand on his shirt…

In case you aren’t acquainted with Kingdom Come now could be a good time to get some studying accomplished.

Okay, to be truthful, we don’t know for sure Routh is enjoying the Kingdom Come Superman. In spite of everything, Alex Ross borrowed the long-lasting look from the Max Fleischer Superman cartoons. However let’s simply think about that Routh IS going to be enjoying the Kingdom Come Superman. If it’s true to the comedian, he’ll be a bit of older…which, apparently sufficient, would line up with the Disaster on Infinite Earths comedian. The unique Disaster on Infinite Earths options the Superman of Earth-2 (a.ok.a. the Golden Age Superman), who can be a bit of gray across the temples. Might we be seeing a mash-up of the 2? We’ll have to attend and see, however I’m definitely curious!

And talking of Disaster, let’s transfer on over to The Flash for a second.

Tom Cavanagh goes to be getting into a very totally different position this season. Okay, okay, I do know what you’re considering. He undergoes a personality transformation in virtually each season of the present. Nonetheless, there are heavy repercussions this time round. Cavanagh can be enjoying the position of Pariah. In case you keep in mind your Disaster, Pariah is the scientist who inadvertently summons the Anti-Monitor.

Oops.

That’s going to be a tough one for Pariah to dwell down, however followers of The Flash know Cavanagh is not any stranger to carrying emotional scenes. I can’t wait to see him in motion!

This information got here on the heels of the announcement that the Rebirth-era villain Bloodwork, performed by Sendhil Ramamurthy, could be part of The Flash’s sixth season. Up to now, we’d perhaps say Bloodwork was season 6’s “massive unhealthy,” but it surely’s additionally been revealed that the upcoming season would take a cue from the comics and be divided into two elements, which the writers and producers are calling “graphic novels.” After the Disaster crossover, The Flash will launch into its second graphic novel, which is able to function a brand new villain.

I’m all for shaking issues up, particularly when a present’s been working sturdy for six years! No pun meant. (Okay, effectively, perhaps it was meant a bit of.)

However let’s get again to Disaster on Infinite Earths. We’ve met the Monitor, performed splendidly by LaMonica Garrett. After all, comedian readers know there’s a yin to this yang. In Disaster, the Monitor squares off towards a shadowy menace recognized merely because the Anti-Monitor and it was revealed at Comedian-Con that Garrett could be enjoying the Anti-Monitor as effectively. And did you see how cool he’s going to look?

Disaster may even see the return of Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor, Elizabeth Tulloch’s Lois Lane, Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman and the legendary Burt Ward in a job not but introduced (however I’m hoping it’s Robin)!

There are additionally some returns for the present that began all of it. Arrow is getting into its eighth and remaining season, and it’s clear that it’s pulling out all the stops. Returning for the ultimate season is beloved Arrow alum Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn, alongside one of many present’s all-time greatest villains, Prometheus, portrayed by the excellent Josh Segarra.

It was additionally introduced that the long run timeline will introduce a grownup model of John Diggle, Jr. performed by actor Charlie Barnett. I do know we’ve already met Connor (above), however in case you’re something like me, the introduction of Connor Hawke simply made me inquisitive about what occurred to child J.J. Appears to be like like we’re lastly going to get the solutions we’ve been ready for! In case you’ve learn any of my Sofa Membership articles about Arrow up to now, then you understand how arduous I stan John Diggle and his household. I’m so wanting ahead to this! Plus, the potential for extra appearances by Lyla all the time brings a smile to my face.

Since everyone seems to be displaying up for the Disaster crossover, they must look their greatest, which has meant a bunch of cool, new costumes! Inexperienced Arrow, Black Canary and Supergirl all have new duds. Supergirl’s garnered the largest response and is my private favourite. It recollects her cousin extra instantly than any of Kara’s costumes have up to now, and albeit, I feel all superheroes ought to put on pants…particularly in the event that they’re flying!

Now we have a lot to soak up and a lot extra information but to come back within the time between now and the autumn. Please share your favourite bits of stories, the theories swirling round in your brains and every other ideas with us!
 

Ashley V. Robinson writes about TV, animation and comics for DCComics.com and is an everyday contributor to Ink Spots, our nook of the positioning dedicated to Younger Grownup graphic novels. Yow will discover her on Twitter at @AshleyVRobinson and on the Jawiin YouTube channel.