5 Hollywood Rumors: Is ‘Supergirl’ Moving to the CW?
Every week, we take an in-depth look at the latest rumors coming out of Hollywood, from casting speculation to potential directorial choices to the latest TV revivals. This week brought us plenty more gossip, from a possible network move for CBS’s Supergirl to new details on Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie. Below, check out five of the biggest Hollywood rumors of the week.
1. Is Supergirl moving to the CW?
Given what a hot property comic-inspired shows are on TV these days, CBS’s Supergirl has been widely considered a shoo-in for renewal. But several weeks after the Season 1 finale, the network has still not officially greenlit the show for a second season. So what’s the hold-up? According to a new report from The Wrap, CBS and Warner Bros. have reached a stalemate in their last-minute negotiations over the show’s $3 million per-episode price tag. CBS apparently feels that the hefty costs aren’t justified by Season 1’s ratings (which lost around half of its initial 13 million viewers over the season). With the network’s upfront presentations coming up this month, both parties are facing increasing pressure to find a compromise and seal the deal.
But there may also be another out: The Wrap implies that CBS head Les Moonves could move Supergirl to its network branch The CW, which would put it in same lineup as other DC shows like Arrow and The Flash. The move has long since been rumored to be a possibility, but sources at Supergirl and CBS have denied that it’s happening, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Not to mention, a transition to the CW would result in an even lower budget for the show. Either way, viewers can expect a resolution sooner rather than later, as CBS is expected to come to a decision before the upfronts in two weeks.
2. Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie is reportedly “crammed” with villains
According to a new rumor from Birth. Movies. Death., the upcoming solo Batman movie won’t feature just one classic Batman villain — it’ll feature many. The report reads, “Many, if not most, members of Batman’s rogue’s gallery will be making appearances in the film. It’s going to be crammed with Bat villains, which means that just about every major bad guy you’ve ever wanted to see in a movie will be in this movie.”
The report says that Affleck and Geoff Johns are employing this strategy because they “want to make the definitive Batman film. They want to tell the ultimate Batman story, and to do so they’re going to bring in all the big guns. They’re going to have a big, sprawling Bat universe already in place.” As of now, this is only speculation, so we’ll have to wait to see if the rumor comes to fruition.
3. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper may team up on screen
Last year, it was rumored that Bradley Cooper would team up with Beyonce for his big screen adaptation of A Star is Born. Though that ultimately didn’t work out (reportedly due to the high salary Beyonce required), Cooper may have just found another pop superstar to take her place: Lady Gaga.
The actor and the singer were recently photographed going to dinner together, sparking speculation that they may be teaming up for the upcoming remake (which is set to be Cooper’s directorial debut at Warner Bros.). In addition to marking a deeper delve into acting for Gaga, who won a Golden Globe for her turn in American Horror Story earlier this year, the high-profile pairing would likely peak audience interest and prompt fast approval from the studio. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.
4. Marvel’s Most Wanted pilot may be in jeopardy
Just weeks ago, it was widely expected that ABC’s much-discussed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off Marvel’s Most Wanted would be picked up to series. However, things may have changed in recent weeks. According to The Hollywood Reporter, excitement for the Marvel’s Most Wanted pilot has cooled and sources are suggesting that it’s not the lock it was once considered. Whether Most Wanted will move forward as expected and land a slot in the 2016-17 schedule should be revealed in the coming weeks, as will the status of ABC’s other Marvel-inspired series, Agent Carter.
5. YouTube is reportedly launching its own streaming service
YouTube may be the latest major company to enter the world of online television. According to Bloomberg News, the company is working on a subscription-based streaming service called Unplugged, which would allow customers to stream a variety of cable channels. Apparently, YouTube has been working on the product since 2012, but has recently stepped up its efforts, with the goal of launching Unplugged in 2017. If that does happen, YouTube will be the latest in a long line of companies, including Dish, Sony, and Hulu, that have already introduced or currently working on similar online TV services.