Why Ralph Breaks The Internet Doesn’t Feature More Of Felix And Calhoun

Played by Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch, Fix-It Felix and Sgt. Calhoun were two of the most important supporting characters in 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph – but their roles are definitely diminished in the new sequel. While they do appear at both the beginning and end of Ralph Breaks The Internet, they’re absent for the majority of the film. This may be upsetting news for those who fell in love with the duo in the first feature, but co-director Phil Johnston recently explained the very simple reason why their parts aren’t bigger in the follow-up:

Killing your darlings is hard but necessary work in feature film making, given that it’s a medium with limited narrative real estate, and that’s the basic story behind what happened to Felix and Calhoun in Ralph Breaks The Internet. Apparently directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore came up with some great stuff for the characters during the storybuilding process at Walt Disney Animation Studios, but when it came to piecing the final movie together it wasn’t material that made the finished cut.

I brought up the subject of Felix and Calhoun when I sat down with the two Ralph Breaks The Internet directors earlier this month, curious if there were versions of the movie that featured more of them. After all, there is a perfect set-up established in which the two wedded heroes become parents to all of Vanellope’s fellow Sugar Rush racers, who need to be taken care of after their game is unplugged. Rich Moore not only revealed that there was initially going to be more Felix and Calhoun check-ins, but also discussed an early idea for a subplot that would have seen the worlds of the internet and Game Central Station linked together via a specific new character. Said Moore,

Rather than trying to find some way to weave everything together, the filmmakers ultimately decided that the simpler approach was the better approach. They knew that they had a wonderful pair of protagonists in Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), and it was decided that their story alone was more than enough material for Ralph Breaks The Internet.

You can watch Phil Johnston and Rich Moore discuss the early ideas for Fix-It Felix and Sgt. Calhoun and why their roles in the movie aren’t bigger by clicking play on the video below!

As noted, the good news is that it’s not like Felix and Calhoun have been eliminated from the film entirely, and fans will definitely be able to appreciate the roles that they do have in Ralph Breaks The Internet. You can actually witness their return (along with most of the other main Wreck-It Ralph characters) right now, as the sequel is in theaters everywhere.

Benicio Del Toro Says The Collector Is Still Alive After Infinity War

Despite being released back in April, the events of Avengers: Infinity War are still being felt. The Russo Brothers crafted an emotionally driven blockbuster that somehow utilized almost every major character in the MCU. This even includes Benicio del Toro’s Collector from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, who briefly appeared in the film’s second act.

Of course, The Collector’s short scene wasn’t actually the character, but an illusion created by Thanos and the power of the Reality Stone. It turns out that his lair was all but destroyed, with fans wondering if Thanos and his followers might have killed The Collector when accruing the stone. Or, if he died in the finger snap of death. But here’s what Benicio del Toro recently said:

Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. While not giving anything concrete away, Benicio del Toro seems pretty secure about the fate of his MCU character. As for when we might see him return to the shared universe, it’s anyone’s guess.

Benicio del Toro’s comments come from his recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the actor discussed his role as The Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While he was a supporting role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, del Toro’s Marvel involvement isn’t quite as intense as his co-stars like Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana. But as a protector of one of the Infinity Stones, The Collector has become an important part of the overall lore.

In fact, The Collector has even made his way to theme parks, as Disneyland’s Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! ride is actually set within The Collector’s lair. As such, Benicio del Toro is part of the ride– further cementing his role in the MCU. And after briefly appearing in Infinity War, comic book fans are eager to see if/when the eccentric cosmic character pops back up.

In his same conversation with Jimmy Fallon, Benicio del Toro joked about his role in Mission: BREAKOUT!, especially all the NSFW comments that park patrons have thrown his way. Some choices include,

Such crass language for the happiest place on Earth! Still, part of me thinks the Guardians of the Galaxy like Star-Lord and Rocket wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Collector’s future in the MCU is a complete mystery, as the studio is keeping the contents of Avengers 4 under wraps. Furthermore, it’s unclear how/if the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will continue. The threequel is on indefinite hold, as James Gunn was fired by Disney after controversial comments from a decade go resurfaced on Twitter.

More answers should come when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3rd, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Alex Trebek Explains What Jeopardy Contestants Drive Him Nuts

Once someone has been doing a particular for nearly 35 years, they tend to pick up on details that others might not necessarily pay attention to, and those details aren’t always embraced. Specifically here, we’re talking about Jeopardy! host and TV legend Alex Trebek, who has led thousands upon thousands of contestants through television’s most popular quiz show. He obviously knows what he likes and doesn’t like, and he recently revealed he’s a bit bothered by the board behavior from champions like Austin Rogers and Arthur Chu.

Alex Trebek has seemingly seen all the eccentric things that players showcase on the Jeopardy! stage, from hammering the buzzer button with fervor to refusing to use verbal shorthand when choosing categories with long-winded names. (Do they not realize this show is timed?) But it sounds like one of the most irksome things someone can do in Trebek’s presence is flagrantly ignore the strategic way the clues are crafted for each category.

I may not have a lot of things in common with Alex Trebek — yes, even beyond not having an endless array of fanciful ties — but we are in full agreement on that point there. Even in games where a clue that’s chosen out of order will directly exhibit the category’s follow-the-leader element, some contestants will continue to hop about willy nilly. It’s one thing to try and track down the Daily Doubles, but when those are gone, what’s with the leaping Larry behavior?

Granted, the esteemed host may actually have perfectly penned notebooks full of virulent jeremiads laying out his quibbles in full. But he brought up the board-hopping issue during an interview with Vulture after being asked about the “natural order” of Jeopardy! in the face of non-intuitive choices from contestants like Austin Rogers and Buzzy Cohen. Trebek must have been mentally stunted by Arthur Chu, who was seemingly guided through life by a Shuffle option.

It was brought up that some contestants clearly seem to think there’s a big advantage to this move, and Alex brought up the first person to try and shake things up in that way, the fan-favorite contestant Chuck Forrest. Back in 1985, Forrest was setting records for Jeopardy! wins using the technique that soon got named the “Forrest Bounce.” He ended up winning the Tournament of Champions (even though Trebek said he wasn’t a champion that year), and competed in later special tournaments such as the Million Dollar Masters and the Battle of the Decades, to name a few.

So while those choices may get on Alex Trebek’s nerves, they can clearly help pad someone’s wallet. Of the other aforementioned players: Austin Rogers was Season 34’s biggest winner, coming in third in the Season 34 Tournament of Champions; Arthur Chu was the second runner-up during his Tournament and is the sixth highest-earning Jeopardy! champion in non-tournament play; and Buzzy Cohen won last year’s Tournament.

For what it’s worth, Alex also takes slight issue with people who don’t bring more strategy when making wagers for Daily Doubles.

Understandably, most of the contestants who like to bounce around the board are also very smart wagerers for Daily Doubles, and those big payoffs led to many of the various champions’ wins. So there’s a lesson to be learned here. Basically, it’s “Don’t aggravate Alex Trebek,” because that’s just rude.

Jeopardy! airs in syndication every weekday, so check your local listings to see when and where it’s playing in your neck of the woods. In the meantime, our fall TV premiere schedule and our midseason premiere schedule will help everyone choose what to watch during the holidays and beyond.

Star Wars: Episode IX Will Appropriately Honor Carrie Fisher, According To Oscar Isaac

The biggest unanswered question about Star Wars Episode IX is just how the film will handle General Leia. We do have some answers, of course. The character will, in fact, be in the movie, via the use of deleted scenes from the previous two movies in the trilogy, but that still doesn’t tell us how those fixed scenes will be used to fit the character into the story. However it’s going to work, Oscar Isaac says it will do right by Carrie Fisher and her legacy because the story will touch on it, quite extensively, in some way. According to Isaac…

It’s nice to hear that Star Wars Episode IX will do something to pay proper respect to Carrie Fisher and General Leia. For many fans, seeing Fisher on screen in Episode IX will be a strange experience. We’ll all know what happened and that the person on the screen is no longer with us. For many, the film will be a chance to say goodbye to an actress and a character that has had a profound impact on them.

Of course, this just seems to add more questions. We were all wondering how the final film in the new Star Wars trilogy would deal with Carrie Fisher’s passing, and once it was revealed that the character would appear in the film, we seemingly had a few questions answered. The movie won’t be killing off Leia or otherwise moving her off-screen for the duration of the film. But if that’s the case, then how will the story of Star Wars: Episode IX be paying homage to Carrie Fisher as Oscar Isaac tells The Daily Beast it will if the movie will just be using existing scenes, that one assumes will show Leia doing fairly expected things in the story?

While we may know how Leia will appear in the next Star Wars movie, it’s clear that there are still a lot of things about the movie that we don’t understand. That’s to be expected. The new trilogy has been pretty good overall about keeping details of the film under wraps. The trailers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi gave us plenty of scenes, but did it in such a way that the actual plot was pretty well hidden. We can expect that Star Wars: Episode IX will do something very similar. Whether or not we’ll even see Leia in those trailers is a pretty big question. The movie may decide to keep her entirely hidden until the film premieres.

With Star Wars Episode IX over a year away, it will be quite some time before we get a real look at anything about the film. Perhaps we’ll begin to understand more clearly how General Leia will be handled when we do.

Disneyland Guest Sues After Being ‘Butchered’ By Bed Bugs

It’s a small world after all. But it wasn’t a happy one for an extremely disgruntled Disneyland customer. During a visit in April to the amusement park, which is considered “the happiest place on earth,” Ivy Eldridge was met with an ugly encounter with bed bugs in Anaheim’s Disneyland Hotel. She claims she experienced both physical and emotional damage. Now, Eldridge is suing the famous Disney-owned amusement park for ruining her vacation and putting her inside the hospital during what was supposed to be a relaxing, fun-filled stay. Here’s what we know about this terrifying trip.

While Disneyland is populated by friendly rodents like Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Ivy Eldridge had a reportedly nightmarish experience inside one of the park’s hotel rooms, and she is hoping to receive compensation for her troubles. As it was reported by Fox News, Eldridge filed a lawsuit against the popular amusement park, claiming she and her family left the park damaged and then “betrayed,” as it was written by Ivy Eldridge’s lawyer, Brian Virag.

Brian Virag made these claims in an article found on My Bed Bug Lawyer’s website. As the website’s name suggests, bed bugs remains a devastating problem for many, but people expect better from Disneyland. Thousands upon millions people visit the popular tourist attraction in a given year, and it is certainly not going to bring business to the location to know that bed bugs might be a potential problem.

As a result, Disneyland might be inclined to settle this matter as swiftly as possible to prevent more bad word about the park’s hotel from leaking out into the public. One also hopes they fix the bed bug issue (assuming it’s still a problem and not already addressed at this time) before they get even more bad press from this ongoing court story.

In a statement released to Fox News, a spokesperson for Disneyland claimed that “these occurrences are extremely rare” and that they take “extensive preventative measures” to ensure the guests are accommodated and “comfortable” during their visits to Disneyland and their hotel. They also claim they will take “aggressive steps to rectify” situations like this one from happening again in the future. So that’s a relief.

It’s unclear how much Ivy Eldrige and her attorney are seeking in damages at this time. But it’s clear that Disneyland is now made a little less magical.

The Toughest Part Of Making Robin Hood, According To Jamie Foxx

When shooting a movie as action packed as director Otto Bathurst’s Robin Hood remake, things can get pretty tough. Stunts need to be properly set up and executed, with dialogue-heavy scenes needing to also be slotted into the mix. But the biggest challenge when it came to this new spin on Sherwood Forest wasn’t either of those factors.

It anything, it was the fact that the film’s lead actor, Taron Egerton, had just come from a pretty demanding round of such activity just before starting Robin Hood, thanks to his participation in another action-heavy franchise. Jamie Foxx knew this first hand, as he told CinemaBlend the following story:

It almost looked like Robin Hood would have to go with a different lead actor at one point, as both it and Kingsman: The Golden Circle had similarly booked shooting schedules. But, as it turned out, the respective studios behind those films worked out a deal that was beneficial to both. This allowed Taron Egerton to not only reprise his role as Eggsy in the Kingsman follow-up, but it also meant he could continue along the path to become the next Robin of Locksley.

Naturally, going from a demanding shoot like Kingsman: The Golden Circle into a production as hardcore as Robin Hood is going to be a bit of a stretch. In particular, with Egerton suffering some repetitive strain injuries on that first film, and getting thrown off of a horse on the second, everything was far from average making these two films back to back.

This is where having a supportive cast comes in handy. Because, if your lead performer isn’t feeling up to the job, the entire picture can go south fast. Not only does this new Robin Hood have an ensemble flavor to it, but it can be seen in the interactions between Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx that they got along pretty well as co-stars. So that empathy’s not only coming from a professional place, but also a personal one.

You can see Jamie Foxx speaking to this fact, in the video from our interview with him and Taron Egerton below:

In the end, Robin Hood looked to be a demanding shoot for all, but worth the time and endurance spent on its final product. Ready to introduce the Kingsman generation to a new Robin of Locksley, the film is now out in theaters, firing those classic arrows into the world of cinema once more.

DC Universe’s Titans Unveils First Look At Wonder Girl Donna Troy

Titans has rolled out a lot of characters in its first season, and soon, it’ll unveil yet another big character important to the Teen Titans of comic lore. It’s been known for months that the DC Universe series would introduce Wonder Girl, and now we have our first look at Conor Leslie’s character in action. Check out Donna Troy getting her technology on in the photo below, and looking focused and drawn in by whatever is on that computer screen.

Donna Troy’s appearance in Titans is somewhat of a bigger event compared to past guest starring heroes, as she’s traditionally been an actual member of the superhero lineup. That doesn’t seem to be the case in Titans, although her introductory episode could lead to her having a larger presence in the show further down the stretch. For now, she’ll be appearing in the Season 1 episode named for her, which is set to air on Friday, November 30.

This will be Donna Troy’s first live-action appearance, in an event which could lead to some other crazy appearances on Titans. While we still have yet to learn how Donna will be portrayed in this telling of her character, one of her past origins had her as the sister of Wonder Woman. Other comic book origins simply had her as an Amazon or even a magical golem. Unfortunately, the only reveal this picture shows is she’s handy with a camera.

Titans’ first look photos of Donna Troy are really giving off a vibe similar to Jessica Jones. Donna appears to be on an investigation of some sort, as photographing the skins of big game isn’t really the best photography subject for someone creating artwork. Also, an investigation would explain her focused look while checking out the computer. That definitely looks like the face of someone researching rather than checking the likes their weird animal skin picture got on social media.

Even Donna Troy’s official powers are a mystery, as that portion of her comic book history has been changed and retconned several times. Even so, she’s generally known to have superhuman strength, the power of flight, and above average endurance and speed. Again, none of that is on display in the photos, so who knows what Titans has in store for her. Essentially, her multiple conflicting origins and powers have made her a blank slate for the show to shape!

Titans airs new episodes on Fridays only on the DC Universe platform. For a breakdown of all the new shows headed to television in the coming weeks, or for a look at what’s ahead in 2019, be sure to visit and bookmark our fall and midseason premiere guides.

The Conners Delivered An Unexpected Pregnancy, And Not Everybody Is Happy About It

Warning! The following contains spoilers for The Conners episode “Miracles.” Read at your own risk!

The Conners are about to grow one in number as a member of the family just announced she’s expecting a child. Surprisingly, Becky managed to beat the odds. Despite her low fertility, she is now officially pregnant and excited about this new chapter in her life. A majority of the Conner clan was excited by the news, but Dan Conner was upset when he learned that Becky intended to raise the baby on her own without the father.

Becky had her reasons for keeping the father out of the picture and told Dan she wanted to raise the child alone. When pressed, Becky confessed she actually didn’t know who the father was, and the people she suspected it may didn’t have meaningful enough relationships with her to consider a future with. Becky also felt that her raising a child on her own was a sign of independence and that she didn’t need a man to help her.

Dan responded by implying Becky’s reasoning was reckless, and that a child she brought into the world may suffer due to her actions. Specifically, Dan was worried that without two parents in the picture, Becky would either sacrifice time or money and rob the baby of future opportunities. Dan also said that the father of Becky’s baby, whether he was a one-night stand or someone she barely knew, had a right to know she was carrying his child.

The conversation got even worse from there, as Dan informed Becky he was going to have to let her go from her job at the construction company. This might be why Dan was so concerned about Becky’s finances, as he knew he couldn’t have a pregnant woman working on his job site with all the hazardous chemicals around. Becky felt betrayed and accused her father of abandoning her at a time where she needs support from the family.

By the end of The Conners, Becky and Dan were on better terms, despite very little having changed in their feelings. Dan still thought a two-parent household was the best option for raising a child, and Becky made it clear she didn’t care to hear his opinion. Despite that, the two shared a milkshake and there was a sense that Dan would still support his daughter however he could even if he couldn’t keep her at work.

The Conners airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET. For a look at what’s ahead on television in the coming weeks or in the first months of 2018, be sure to visit and bookmark our fall and midseason premiere guides. Be sure to stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news.

Could The Flash Bring Back Caitlin’s Dad? Here’s What Danielle Panabaker Says

Warning: spoilers ahead for Episode 6 of The Flash Season 5, aptly-titled “The Icicle Cometh.”

The Flash spent years spinning the story that Caitlin’s dad long before the series even began due to multiple sclerosis. She recently learned that her father’s death was actually faked. Thomas Snow was alive, and he left clues for Caitlin to find him. Well, in “The Icicle Cometh,” Caitlin finally found her dad, but their reunion wasn’t everything she hoped and dreamed, and Thomas was gone again by the end of the hour. Poor Caitlin!

I spoke with Danielle Panabaker at the red carpet for The Flash‘s upcoming 100th episode, and she had this to say about Caitlin’s father and his role in the show:

I was excited for the opportunity to sort of delve into Caitlin’s history and I have to say, Kyle [Secor] was unbelievable. He’s so great to work with. I feel like he brought so much heart, which I think in turn also makes their storyline even more gutting, the way it ends. So I think this is not the last you’ve seen of Thomas Snow, but I’m excited to see where it goes.

We knew that Thomas Snow was going to appear in Season 5 thanks to news over the summer that Kyle Secor of Veronica Mars had been cast to play Caitlin’s dad. What we didn’t know was the Thomas Snow would have a Killer Frost-esque personality of his own, going by the name of Icicle. Unfortunately, Caitlin didn’t know about her dad’s Icicle identity until a very inopportune moment, and he ultimately used his icy powers to blast off and away from Team Flash. He was alive but gone.

According to Danielle Panabaker, “The Icicle Cometh” is probably not the last we’ll see of Thomas Snow/Icicle, and the storyline is open for him to come back. Honestly, the way his arc ended in his first episode, the stage is perfectly set for him to turn up once more. He could certainly return, and Caitlin could perhaps get some closure on the situation with her father. After all, the episode that revealed the villain Icicle also revealed that Thomas Snow is still alive and loves his daughter.

The good news for Caitlin is that she finally received some answers about how she became Killer Frost as a child and without the dark matter of the particle accelerator or The Thinker’s tricks. Apparently, Thomas really did have a disease, and he was determined to find a way to stop its progression to prevent Caitlin from suffering the same ALS effects.

Thomas experimented on himself before trying out the technology on Caitlin, and it did work on both of them to the extent that neither is currently struggling with ALS. The unintended consequence of freezing the disease progression was that both Snows developed an icy side that came with an alternate personality with considerably less restraint.

While Caitlin found a way to coexist with her Killer Frost identity without losing either half, Thomas was not so successful. His Icicle side was dominant and cunning enough to trick Caitlin into helping him. When she discovered that he suffered from a disease that could have killed him, she developed a way to save his life.

Unfortunately, she later discovered that Icicle was using her to develop a treatment that would allow him to permanently suppress his Thomas Snow side, which would have effectively killed what was left of her father within Icicle. The good news is that Caitlin and Team Flash figured out what he was up to in time to stop him, although he did escape. Caitlin doesn’t have him on hand to try and restore her father, but she doesn’t have to worry that Icicle will be able to get rid of her dad entirely.

Icicle spent years waiting for Caitlin so that she could figure out how to get rid of his non-meta side, unable to make the breakthrough himself. Even the assistance of other scientists from afar (including a certain somebody by the name of Victor Fries) didn’t help him figure it out. Icicle needs Caitlin to get rid of Thomas, and Caitlin certainly won’t help him out with that.

Although Caitlin was devastated by what happened to her father, she did get some good news. Her efforts to stop Icicle before he froze her friends to death resulted in her Killer Frost side emerging again, and she was able to save the day with Killer Frost’s icy powers.

Barry and Cisco eventually figured out that The Thinker hadn’t used Melting Point’s powers and removed Killer Frost from Caitlin’s DNA; rather, he used Brainstorm’s powers and created a mental block powerful enough to cut Caitlin’s two sides off from each other. All Caitlin needs to do now is figure out how to take down the mental block permanently.

Cisco figured out a way to help her at least communicate with Killer Frost, even if she can’t transform at will just yet. He dug out Harry’s old mental activity dampener, and Caitlin realized that she’d be able to mentally talk to her other side with its help. Was this episode enough to permanently bring Killer Frost back and send Caitlin back into the field? No. But it’s a step in the right direction.

Given that Cicada has been taking down metas all over Central City and defeated Team Flash more than once already, Team Flash needs all the boots on the ground they can get. If Caitlin can recover her Killer Frost side entirely, she could be key to the fight against Cicada. After all, Cicada may not realize that she’s a threat if she suddenly shows up with powers. Could Caitlin be the variable Team Flash needs to surprise Cicada?

We’ll have to wait and see. For now, we can only cross our fingers that Caitlin figures out how to bring back her Killer Frost identity without the mental activity dampener. She clearly felt lost after losing Killer Frost; now that she suffered a major blow with the loss of her father and discovery of Icicle, she can use all the good news she can get.

Tune in to The CW on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET for new episodes of The Flash. The rest of 2018 promises to be exciting for The Flash, what with the upcoming 100th episode and the big “Elseworlds” crossover. For some viewing options once The Flash goes on its winter hiatus, swing by our midseason TV premiere schedule.

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Did The Flash Just Reveal Why The Crossover Villain Targets Barry And Oliver?

Spoilers ahead for the sixth episode of The Flash Season 5, called “The Icicle Cometh.”

The Flash finally delivered an episode that expanded on Caitlin Snow’s family history and introduced her dad, but the Snow family drama wasn’t the only source of excitement from “The Icicle Cometh.” The episode may have also dropped a big clue that reveals why crossover villain Dr. John Deegan targets Barry and Oliver for the switcheroo that turns Barry into Green Arrow and Oliver into The Flash. Let’s break it down.

As many Arrow-verse fans know by this point, Dr. John Deegan will be an Arkham Asylum doctor who rewrites reality to swap Oliver and Barry’s lives, with Barry and Oliver as the only ones who realize that something is very wrong. The rest of the characters seem to be going about business (and relationships!) as usual, which points toward Deegan deliberately targeting the heroes of Central City and Star City.

The big question was how and why Deegan would target these two men when at least Barry’s identity as The Flash is still supposed to be a secret. Well, “The Icicle Cometh” may have revealed a connection between Barry as The Flash and Dr. Deegan in Arkham, and it’s all thanks to Caitlin’s dad.

When Caitlin, Barry, and Cisco travelled to a Tannhauser site in the North Pole in search of Caitlin’s dad, they discovered him living an isolated (and icy) life. They were also surprised to learn that Thomas Snow knew Caitlin’s friends’ names. Thomas dropped some recognizable names in his explanation, saying this:

Depending on when Thomas Snow was in contact with these scientists throughout the years, he may have been communicating with Eobard Thawne doubling as Harrison Wells, and Thawne undoubtedly wouldn’t have gone out of his way to protect Barry. DC Comics fans may also recognize the name “Louise Lincoln” as the identity of a non-Caitlin Snow version of Killer Frost. The most significant name there with regard to the crossover, however, is Victor Fries.

If the Victor Fries that Thomas Snow is referring to became the villain known as Mr. Freeze, then he could very well be in a position to give away Barry’s identity and significance to Dr. Deegan in Gotham. After all, Mr. Freeze is an iconic villain of the Bat-family, and the crossover is going to be positively batty even without the Dark Knight in the mix. The Joker could even be in the mix. Why not Mr. Freeze?

We do already know that Nora Fries exists in the Arrow-verse, and the casting description listed her as the “wife of Mr. Freeze.” Given that he was explicitly named “Mr. Freeze,” we can assume that he’s not in his pre-villainous role as plain old Victor Fries. If he was captured by one of the Bats, he would undoubtedly be held in Arkham Asylum, and that would put him under the purview of Dr. Deegan.

After Caitlin and Co. discovered that Thomas Snow had a Killer Frost-esque identity of his own, he ran off, presumably with the information that Barry Allen is The Flash. Thomas (or Thawne as Wells) could have given Victor Fries the truth of The Flash’s identity before he became Mr. Freeze. Alternately, Thomas could contact Freeze somehow now that he had his plan foiled by Team Flash with the goal of punishing Barry.

If Thomas tells/has told Mr. Freeze that Barry is The Flash, Freeze could have told Dr. Deegan — who is said to potentially be even crazier than the inmates under his care — as well. Given that Oliver’s identity as the former Green Arrow is hardly a secret anymore after the end of Season 6, the reveal of Barry’s identity would be all Deegan needs to know to make the switcheroo.

Thus, Thomas Snow may have inadvertently revealed how and why Deegan rewrites Barry and Oliver’s realities in the “Elseworlds” crossover. We’ll have to wait and see. The Arrow-verse crossover begins on Sunday, December 9 at 8 p.m. ET with an episode of The Flash, then continues with Arrow on December 10 and Supergirl on December 11. For more upcoming viewing options, swing by our midseason TV premiere schedule.