Effectively, it occurred once more. I’ve been banned from watching DCTV reveals with my pals as a result of I received’t shut up through the episodes. I can’t assist it, there are such a lot of cool comedian ebook references to level out!
It’s all good. Whereas my pals could not respect my sharp eye for trivia, I do know all of you do, so I’m going to share my findings with you right here in our first Easter Egg Hunt of 2020. We’re going to start out with the post-Disaster episodes. If you wish to see my rundown of all the “Disaster on Infinite Earths” Easter eggs (or at the very least, those I used to be in a position to spot), try my articles on components 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 over on DC Universe.
It was onerous for me to identify the Easter eggs through the closing episodes of Arrow as a result of my eyes stored watering up because of the SEVERE AMOUNT OF POLLEN IN THE AIR, mm’kay? However after I was in a position to cease crying for lengthy sufficient to note a number of background particulars, I caught a Van Wayne Industries signal within the sequence finale. Did you catch that one? Van Wayne is a reference to Bruce Wayne’s inept cousin, brilliantly performed by Alan Tudyk within the gone-but-not-forgotten sequence Powerless (beneath). After all, Tudyk is at the moment crushing it as Joker on the animated Harley Quinn sequence, and he lately accomplished an excellent first season as Mr. Damaging on Doom Patrol, so he’s on no account retired from the world of DCTV. Nonetheless, it was good to get slightly nod to his first DC sequence. By the way in which, we lately bought the news on why they selected the Van Wayne sign up our put up finale interview with the showrunners.
The person who kidnapped William within the finale was named John Byrne, an homage to the comedian business legend. John Byrne wrote and illustrated a restricted sequence referred to as The Man of Metal, which revamped the Superman mythos after the comedian ebook shape-ups of Disaster on Infinite Earths. I suppose it’s solely pure for somebody named John Byrne to point out up after this Disaster as effectively.
As for the field that Diggle discovered, we’ve our theories (as you seemingly do), however we’ll be saving these for an additional time.
Throughout the episode “Marathon,” Iris discovered herself the goal of an murderer referred to as Physician Mild. There have been a number of variations of Physician Mild within the DC Universe, and this specific one relies off of Kimiyo Hoshi. Within the comics, Kimiyo turned Physician Mild throughout Disaster on Infinite Earths (selecting up on a theme right here?) after the Monitor gifted her light-based superpowers. Kimiyo’s comedian counterpart was a hero reasonably than a villain, however she did have delinquent tendencies.
What number of of you hit the pause button when Cisco revealed his map? Thanks, Cisco, for settling so many fan theories concerning the areas of those iconic DC cities. We noticed the same old suspects like Central Metropolis, Freeland and Gotham, however there have been additionally a number of new ones—LIKE DINOSAUR ISLAND! Dinosaur Island is strictly what it appears like, an island stuffed with dinosaurs that survived extinction. It first appeared in Star Spangled Warfare Tales #90, the place it turned an everyday characteristic. World Warfare II Allied and Axis forces would turn out to be marooned on the island and need to battle the dinosaurs. That’s proper, World Warfare II tales with dinosaurs, is there something higher?
Dinosaur Island additionally appeared in Darwyn Cooke’s superb DC: The New Frontier, which my fellow collaborator Ashley V. Robinson wrote about in a superb tribute put up that you simply all should go learn proper now! Now that we all know this place exists within the Arrowverse, I need it to be the backdrop of the subsequent crossover. Please!
I may do a complete article detailing all of the revelations of Cisco’s map, timeline and binder, however since a few of you in all probability have locations to be, let’s transfer on to…
Throughout the appropriately titled “Bottle Episode,” an evil model of Brainiac revealed his plan to shrink and bottle varied worlds, which has been his MO longer than it’s possible you’ll assume. When Brainiac first appeared in Motion Comics #242, he shrank down a number of Earth cities and positioned them in bottles. Famously, he inadvertently preserved the Kryptonian race by shrinking their capital metropolis of Kandor. Because of this, the Kandorians had been off planet when Krypton blew up, and Superman was later in a position to rescue the bottle from Brainiac. Nonetheless, regardless of this unintentional silver lining, shrinking cities and putting them in bottles is tremendous inappropriate and shouldn’t be performed at dwelling.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
There have been so many nice treats within the episode “Meet the Legends”! Viewers had been proven John Constantine’s enterprise card, full along with his cellphone quantity (646-396-8703). Have you ever referred to as it but? If not, what the heck are you ready for?! I received’t spoil what occurs, but it surely’s fairly nice. (That is truly the second time John’s enterprise card and cellphone quantity have gotten out—the primary was throughout his nonetheless very a lot missed NBC sequence. After all, everyone knows he’s made some important adjustments to his enterprise since then…)
The sympathy card Sara was given by Behrad accommodates artwork by Lord Mesa. In the event you haven’t heard of Lord Mesa, Google their work ASAP. Lord Mesa’s Arrowverse illustrations have been making the rounds on the web for years, they usually’re humorous, intelligent and cute. Now Lord Mesa is Arrowverse canon! I’m starting to love this post-Disaster world!
Lastly, through the congressional hearings you possibly can see a information ticker announce that Ryan Reynolds has been forged because the title character in “Detective Beebo.” I believe I’ve modified my thoughts about Dinosaur Island, I need THIS to be the subsequent crossover. And even higher…Detective Beebo on Dinosaur Island!
I do know we’re all excited concerning the Justice League references from the top of “Disaster on Infinite Earths,” however I’m actually getting psyched about one other superior group that appears to be forming within the Arrowverse. (And sure, we will now embrace Black Lightning within the Arrowverse. Man, it feels good to have the ability to say that!)
In the event you haven’t been watching Black Lightning this season, you’re lacking out on some thrilling storytelling. The town of Freeland has turn out to be a warzone, and Jefferson appears to be forming his personal group to take again his metropolis. In “The Ebook of Markovia: Chapter Three,” Black Lightning referred to the individuals gathered within the bunker as Outsiders, which is the title of one among DC’s most groundbreaking comedian groups. The Outsiders had been initially fashioned by the Darkish Knight in Batman and the Outsiders #1, and their first task was a rescue mission to Markovia. After all, DC readers know there have been hints of the Outsiders because the early days of the sequence, and their comics have ceaselessly been seen in Grace Choi’s condominium. Additional fanning these flames, Jennifer’s pal Brandon nearly picks Geo-Pressure as his codename earlier than he’s so painfully interrupted. After all, recently Black Lightning has been an enormous a part of the Outsiders group, as you possibly can see within the cowl above. Are you able to see the group dropped at the present? As a result of I can’t include my pleasure.
Within the episode “How Queer Every little thing Is At this time,” the residents of Gotham go a bit overboard transport Batwoman with a good-looking younger cop named Slam Bradley. This one bought me actually excited as a result of Slam is definitely one of many first DC characters ever created, courting again to 1937’s Detective Comics #1 (the place he was considerably much less good-looking, however nonetheless). Slam was co-created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster (primarily based on an concept from Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson), one yr earlier than they revealed their first Superman story. Whereas the crime noir detective by no means reached the identical heights as different Golden Age DC characters, he survived into the trendy age and partnered with Selina Kyle throughout Ed Brubaker’s 2002 Catwoman run.
I may go on, however my Easter egg basket is at the moment full. Hold your eyes open as the subsequent batch of DCTV episodes air, as a result of we’ll be doing this once more subsequent month. In the event you caught one thing massive that I missed, or wish to geek out generally, be happy to tweet me at @TBUJosh.
Joshua Lapin-Bertone writes about TV, films and comics for DCComics.com and DCUniverse.com, is an everyday contributor to the Sofa Membership and writes our month-to-month Batman column, “Gotham Gazette.” Observe him on Twitter at @TBUJosh.