Michael Rosenbaum, best known to comic book fans for his portrayal of Lex Luthor in The CW series Smallville, has revealed the cast of the DC Comics series warned The CW over long, grueling workdays many years ago.
The network has been at the center of controversy today after it was revealed that Riverdale star K.J. Apa totaled vehicle when he crashed into a light pole after falling asleep at the wheel following a long, 14.2-hour work day. The networks current policy is that talent is responsible for their own transportation but given the consistent late night shoots, The CW provides the option of staying at a nearby hotel at the network’s expense.
But this wasn’t the first time the long work hours took a toll on the cast member of a CW show as Rosenbaum explained on a recent episode of his podcast Inside of You spotlighting Superman actor Tom Welling that the cast banded together to demand that Welling be given a driver as he was consistently waking up at 4:30 a.m. to commute to the Smallville set for 18-hour workdays.
“I think it got to a point where we all signed a letter for you because we were like ‘You’re going to kill Superman.”
As of now, production on Riverdale remains on schedule as Apa did not sustain any serious injuries but the accident has lead to protest with the cast and crew of Riverdale requesting the network implement better safety protocols for the production.
SAG-AFTRA has confirmed that a team will be sent to set of The CW production to investigate the safety of the Riverdale cast.
New Comic Book Shows That Are Coming In 2017-2018
The current TV season is pretty much done as several comic book and superhero TV shows have concluded their respective seasons. All the comic book shows that aired this year will be back for the new TV season with The CW’s The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, iZombie, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, with ABC bringing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. back for another season and FOX giving Gotham and Lucifer another go.
FX is also bringing back their new comic book TV hit series with Legion while AMC is bringing back The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead for new seasons, along with their new Vertigo hit Preacher. While the comic book TV landscape is already epic in scope, it’s only going to get bigger next year. The 2017-2018 television season is going to be one of the biggest seasons of all time for comic book adaptations for both DC and Marvel.
To make it a bit easier to keep up with what is coming out next season, we have put together a perfect guide of what new comic book shows are coming to the silver screen. The shows that we have listed are those that have officially been picked up to series and been guaranteed a slot for the 2017-2018 TV season, for both broadcast television, cable and streaming services.
Several of these new comic book shows, while picked up to series, are still in the process of casting their leads as well as getting official premiere dates set. Hit the NEXT button below and let’s go through all the new exciting comic book and superhero television shows that are coming from DC and Marvel.