A whole bunch of Warner Bros. TV shows have been bricked in order to help promote the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie.
On February 6, Warner Bros. revealed a series of Lego-inspired billboards advertising some of the studio’s biggest shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Gotham, and The Middle all got the Lego treatment. Warner Bros. said in a press release that over 10,000 Lego bricks were used to create the whimsical posters.
And because banners alone are not enough, there’s video fun to be had as well. A short animated video came out as well, featuring Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) interacting with some of The CW’s own superheroes. Batman, it turns out, isn’t so impressed by the Flash, the Green Arrow, Supergirl, or Atom (each voiced by their TV actors Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist, and Brandon Routh, respectively).
More Batman and more Lego will be seen between February 6 and 8, when Batman will be crashing through the Berlanti Productions logo at the end of episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow.
All of this is leading up to the theatrical release of The Lego Batman Movie on Friday, February 10.
Arrow season 4 has been pretty kind to Olicity shippers so far. Not only did Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak start off the new year in domestic bliss, but they even moved forward in their relationship and got engaged — no matter what impediments and injuries stood in their way.
And now there seems to be a WEDDING PHOTO???
Yes, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim may have caused a few heart attacks on Tuesday when he tweeted a picture of Oliver and Felicity standing in formal clothing with some sort of officiant. It sure looks like a wedding is coming!
But this is TV. And bliss never lasts on TV. Thus, many fans have been waiting for the seemingly inevitable downside of this couple getting together. Is that coming? Actress Emily Bett Rickards recently gave some interviews that indicated both good and bad things were coming for the Olicity pairing.
Warning: There are a few Arrow season 4 spoilers in these quotes — proceed with caution.
Here’s the deal as it stands right now: Oliver and Felicity are happy and looking forward to staying that way… There are just a few problems with that. What are they?
Well, first of all, Oliver has been keeping secrets.
Felicity is not a fan of secrets, and Oliver has been keeping a big one — the existence of his son, William — from her. As Felicity is clearly about to find out about the boy soon (probably this week, if you believe the promos), problems are certain to follow.
That was, after all, what happened in the Flash crossover episode back in December: Oliver kept William a secret and then caused a rift with Felicity when she found out. That could definitely happen again. “I feel like we saw her in the crossover episode react in a certain way, and we’ll see seams of that play into this reality,” Rickards warned in an interview with TVLine.
“I think we all know Felicity’s heart pretty well, and we know that she tries to be as honest as possible all of the time,” she added. “When she finds out this information that she would hope to have known, we can probably predict how she is going to react!”
This deception, however, might not be the death knell to Olicity. As Rickards told Zap2it recently, “I feel like [Oliver and Felicity] are intertwined in a way, hopefully with a connection and depth we have showed and portrayed, that can withstand this repetitive hit to Felicity’s heart.”
In the same interview, Rickards added that she and co-star Stephen Amell have portrayed their characters as people who don’t just give up when their relationship takes a hit. “Stephen and I have been very protective over showing that they’re open to communication, that they’re open to working through things, that they’re open to decompressing together,” the actress explained.
The emotional trauma of Oliver’s secret might pale somewhat in comparison to the physical trauma Felicity has endured this season — the woman has ended up in a wheelchair, for Pete’s sake! It’s the kind of thing that causes a person to reevaluate her choices, and Felicity may be doing just that.
Does that mean a breakup though? In and of itself, no, but there is the lingering issue of the flash-forward to the cemetery that has been teased throughout this season of Arrow.
Thankfully, it’s not Felicity in that grave (she pretty much confirmed that once again to TVLine), but all is not well in Olicity-land: She is not wearing either an engagement ring or wedding ring when Oliver joins her in the back of a limo.
This was, apparently, very deliberate and meaningful. “It literally said in the script, ‘NO RING,’ and I was like, ‘OK…'” Rickards told TVLine. She did, however, add that even the actors did not know the significance either way of the missing jewelry. “Filming that scene, we knew virtually nothing about what it was really about,” she said.
The only small glimmer of positive hinting that Rickards could give was, “Everything’s going to make sense in the end.”
Fans of Olicity can only hope that this will be a sort of sense that comes along with smiles.
The Flash is getting two rather impressive guest stars for its episode 4, “Going Rogue”: Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak. Find out what each character’s role on the episode is in the official description from The CW:
The Flash (Grant Gustin) stops a robbery but the culprits get away after shooting a guard, and The Flash chooses to save the man instead of following the criminals. Joe (Jesse L. Martin) shows Barry a book of suspects and Barry identifies Leonard Snart (guest star Wentworth Miller, Prison Break) as the leader of the group. While investigating the case, Barry gets a surprise visit from an old friend — Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards, Arrow), who heard about his new abilities and came to check them out for herself. She joins him at S.T.A.R. Labs to help stop Snart after it’s revealed that Snart his gotten his hands on a stolen “cold gun,” which could kill The Flash. Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) is furious when he finds out that Cisco (Carlos Valdes) built the cold gun without telling anyone and now it’s missing. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) is getting the silent treatment from Joe because of her relationship with Eddie (Rick Cosnett). Finally, The Flash and Captain Cold have an epic confrontation. Glen Winter directed the episode written by Geoff Johns & Kai Yu Wu.
“Going Rogue” will air Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 8pm on The CW.
There’s a new set for Arrow season 3 — the interior of Felicity Smoak’s (Emily Bett Rickards) apartment. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently released original a photo of Felicity’s place.
Because it’s still a long time until Arrow returns, let’s pass the time analyzing what is seen in the photo.
One of the things that many have noted is the movie poster for Robin Hood. Yes, Felicity has an image of another man who once wore green and stole from the rich and corrupt. Apparently she has a type. It will be interesting to see if this similarity comes up in conversation at all during the new season.
Moving on to the furniture, it’s appropriately nondescript and IKEA-ish — remember that Felicity is ostensibly a hard-working young woman who focuses on computers (and crime-fighting) instead of interior design. She really shouldn’t have anything too fancy or nice in the furniture department.
Entertainment choices might be more important. There is a well-filled bookshelf in one corner of the room, thus cementing Felicity’s nerdy status. Felicity also has a decently big TV. But it’s not likely she spends quality time in front of it — none of her chairs are turned to face the screen.
There seem to be plenty of knickknacks throughout the room, although the quality of the photo doesn’t allow us to identify all of them. Several houseplants stand alongside a small American flag (probably required of anyone connected to a comic book story), a dark-colored bust, some sort of bright blue toy or statue, and hand weights. Maybe Felicity watches TV while exercising?
Strangely, there is a notable absence in this room: a computer. While we may be dealing with a laptop that has traveled with its owner or perhaps a desktop setup in another room, the missing technology points to something fans already knew. Felicity Smoak does not spend a lot of time at home.
Arrow season 3 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8pm on The CW.