*WILL BE CONTINUOUSLY UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE EVENT*
Saturday, March 14th (4:15pm)
Moderator: Aisha Tyler (The Talk)
The Flash Panelists: Grant Gustin, Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg
Arrow Panelists: Stephen Amell, Colton Haynes, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Paul Blackthorne; Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim
We’ll be bringing you all the up-to-the minute action as the panel gets under way! Stay tuned — the panel will begin at 4:15pm PST.
UPDATED AT 4: 15 PM PST
- Arrow’s up first at the panel hosted by the most amazing nerd ever: Aisha Tyler. She was amazing at last year’s Comic Con so hopefully she’ll live up to her past performance!
- Anyone else mildly annoyed that we don’t get to see the clips they’re showing at the Dolby Theater?
- Q: How important is it to stay true to the comics? A: The Arrow stories aren’t as well known as other “heroes” so they get more leeway to be creative. The creators are able to come up with surprises for the canon.
- “The show has to work for me and my wife.” Smart man.
UPDATED AT 4: 22 PM PST
- Stephen Amell: “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” “It’s important to have a big bad every year who wants to keep Oliver alive.”
- John Barrowman!!!: “I step in from behind the trash can like I always do.” Would Malcolm take the opportunity to change himself if he were able?
- Q: Felicity has been both the brain and heart of the show but has turned her back on Oliver emotionally. What does that mean for Team Arrow? A: Felicity doesn’t want to deal with someone who gives only half of his emotions. She needs time to explore other options.
- Q: The characters journeys are all about loss. Did you (Katie Cassidy) know this evolution was coming physically and emotionally? A: Laurel spiraled after losing her sister but she comes out on top all over again in a different way. Her physical changes meant she was fighting more.
- Paul Blackthorne: “Katie’s a good cryer.”
- Update: John Barrowman is adorable – as per usual.
- Willa Holland: “Everyone’s been lied to (on the show)…you cannot trust a word that comes out of our mouths.”
- The next few episodes are going to be a little awkward between Thea and Malcolm.
- Spoiler alert: Holland is terrified of revealing spoilers she’s not supposed to.
- Everyone on the show knows who Oliver is…except the detective.
- Q: Is Team Arrow more vulnerable now that more people know who Oliver is? A: It’s a relief for the writers/producers. They get to create a whole different kind of dynamic and explore different secrets.
UPDATED AT 4: 35 PM PST
- Q: Diggle has been more conservative this season but now he’s in peril. What does this mean for his relationship with his family? A: Diggle signed up for this life. He knew what he was getting into. He has reconciled having an wife and family and fighting crime.
- And…scene. The crowd goes wild!
- Colton Haynes’ outfit is…interesting.
- He distracts from his odd jacket by teasing a *spark* between Roy and Thea.
- Willa Holland’s favorite emoji is the “licking thing”…any ideas on what that is?
- Barrowman: This season everyone’s looking for what their role is in this new world. This time Malcolm is trying to do what he thinks is the right thing to do. He definitely loves Thea as a daughter, though.
- Barrowman: “Malcolm would much rather have had Oliver than Tommy as a son.” After a brief pause for audience outrage, he teases, “You just want to watch what’s coming up.”
- Q: At any point is any emotion going to come out of Oliver? Amell: Oliver’s opinion of what he’s done is not very high. This season, he’s forced to look within himself and we see a more introspective, vulnerable, defeated Oliver. You can only shut people out for so long…
UPDATED AT 4: 45 PM PST
- Q: Will Felicity get her own personal nemesis on Arrow? A: She gets a nemesis on Flash. Also named Emily. She and Felicity go computer to computer – it’s almost like a dance party but…not. Nerds.
- Let’s look at parallel universes. Where’s the Doctor when you need him?
- Q: Are there going to be 2 Black Canaries in the DC Universe and will one be Reverse Canary? Aisha: I gotta be Black Canary!
- Aisha is not taking responsibility for the microphone people.
- Audience Question (from a little boy): What will Season 4 be like? A: (joking) It’ll be as cute as you are right now. (serious) After the end of Season 3, the show will never be the same again.”
- Audience member says John Barrowman had the hottest ice bucket challenge video online. Is this true? Get me this video!
- Thea used to be a wet blanket but now she’s kicking so much ass.
- Amell’s a Canadian. What’s that aboot?
- If Oliver were going to enter the land of the living, he would definitely choose Felicity. Unfortunately, she’s got a ring on it already.
- Audience member has no question. We have no words.
- Audience member praises show for passing the Bechdel test. Ladies like superheroes, too, guys.
- Everyone on stage gets to pick their own names. Maple syrup! Hamburger! Ranch dressing! And Diggle would still be Diggle. And John chooses Cialis…of course.
UPDATED AT 4: 55 PM PST
- Audience member hated John’s character at the beginning but loves him now. Barrowman takes that as a big compliment.
- Thank you for spoiling the relationship between Malcolm and Felicity’s mom – kidding!
- Meanwhile, Lance hasn’t been laid in 17 years.
- Emily raps while she learns her lines and demonstrates on stage…kind of.
- Emily wants to be Aisha’s best friend. As do we all.
- Fan “sinceriously” loves The Flash/Arrow.
- The cast makes up words, including: gratitudinally, melodiful, Amanda Poorbutt, fabucommando (fabulously commando). Guess who that last one came from.
Next it’s time for THE FLASH panel! Stay tuned!
UPDATED AT 5: 10 PM PST
- There’s no greater joy doing what we know than knowing that kids growing up today…will have Grant Gustin as their Flash forever.
- Gustin liked being able to feel out the character first before taking Barry Allen onto his own show.
- Gustin: “Barry has found more confidence as the series has evolved.”
- Tyler: “Dr. Wells is a remorseless jerk….There’s something strangely likable about you.”
- Tom Cavanagh: “Harrison Wells is just a guy who wants to get home.” If some people have to shuffle off…they weren’t good people anyway.
- Q: Reverse Flash seemed to be fighting himself inside that force field. Explain yourselves! A: We really plan everything out. You’re going to get the answers to what happened in episode 9 very soon.
- Tom Cavanagh gets a mic adjustment-turned-massage. Oh, to work at Paley…
- Rick Cosnett is reeeeeeally struggling to say…anything. Well, anything without spoilers.
- Jesse L. Martin: “Law & Order was awesome but this is like…incredible.”
- Martin: “I’m working with a big monkey.” – said with a straight face
- Q: Everyone is lying to Iris. How does that affect your relationship with your father and your boyfriend when you eventually do find out? A: It adds a bit of excitement and mystery to the story.
UPDATED AT 5: 20 PM PST
- Candice Patton: “When she finds out these two men have been lying to her, it’s going to be a huge betrayal.”
- Q: How much of the science of the show is practical, how much is speculative, and how much is total crap? A: The best versions of the meta humans have some kernels of it that are based in something real. The creators try to make sure it’s emotionally true.
- Berlanti: “We try to establish our own set of rules.” Tyler: “Like, you make them up?”
- Danielle Panabaker: It’s a delight to be challenged by the material.
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- Carlos Valdes/Cisco has a lot of swagger.
- Valdes: There’s a sanctity about the naming of characters.
- Q: Where is Mommy West? A: Stay tuned. There’s a scene in an upcoming episode that will…hint at…maybe…oh, who knows? File this under “spoilers.”
- Q: How physically demanding is the show on Gustin? A: Some days are action-heavy days and there’s a lot of treadmill running.
- Martin: “It’s hysterical to see Barry run. Barry runs kinda nerdy.”
- Gustin: “I run into things.”
- Tom Cavanagh’s butt is ringing. Oh, wait. False alarm. It’s his phone.
UPDATED AT 5: 30 PM PST
- Q: The show has a strong representation of women in science. Is that a conscious decision? A: “We like our characters to be smart and interesting and diverse. It makes the show feel and look like this room.” Good answer!
- Tyler (jokingly) calls them out for not giving us any hints tonight. True facts.
- If certain events change in the past, it will affect who people are, how they change. If the past changes, does the present change as well?
- Patton: “I would have been cursing this whole time if I had known [it was ok].” Tyler: “I only use words I’ve heard on the CW.”
- Gustin’s favorite scenes are the ones with Cavanagh and Martin.
UPDATED AT 5: 35 PM PST
- “Gunther” is taking care of everyone on the show. But he needs to be fired because he keeps letting everyone in. The writers have no idea who Gunther is. Seriously.
- It’s hard to remember/figure out what each character knows at any given point in the show.
- The writers/producers have a plan for each season and for the series as a whole. Yeah, we’ve heard that before *cough* Lost *cough*
- Berlanti: The actors are the ones who make it feel real and bring it to life.
UPDATED AT 5: 43 PM PST
- The first audience question bombs after she mistakenly says Arrow instead of The Flash. That’s embarrassing.
- Dustin: “If we can justify singing, then I’m totally down to sing.” Do it! We miss you, bad guy from Glee!
- There’s a fairly big storyline from The Flash comics that they plan on tackling in the future. Be more vague, please.
- Q: What is the average number of Easter Eggs per episode? A: We don’t live and die by the Easter Eggs. Whenever there’s a place to throw one in, we do it.
- Jesse L. Martin picks the next audience question – from the cutest kid ever.
- Audience member: “Fastest man alive but not in the same way as him, unfortunately.” That guy’s girlfriend is a lucky woman. :/
- Q: Will Wally West or Bart Allen be on the series? A: “That’s our hope.”
- Dapper little kid recites The Flash open. Adorbs.
- Q: Will we ever see the Martian Manhunter on the show? A: No plans so far.
- Panel ends on Gustin shouting “DC!” in response to a question about Quicksilver. Good night and stay nerdy!
By Rikki McKernan | Contributor