Supergirl Season 1 Episode 18: Worlds Finest
Cat Grant’s CW dig was a shout out the network the Flash is on. The Blur was what The Flash was called before he got the Flash name. He was also referred to as the Streak. The Blur and Red Streak were also names that Clark Kent was called in Smallville prior to his donning the Superman mantle. Dr. Hamilton is Amelia Hamilton. She is an analog to Emil Hamilton. He first appeared in Adventures of Superman #424 (January 1987). He was created by Marv Wolfman & Jerry Ordway. He began as a disgruntled ex-employee of S.T.A.R. labs who attacked Superman using his inventions. He was put into a mental health facility. Upon release Hamilton was more mentally stable and he set up a lab in Suicide Slum. He soon became Superman’s scientific advisor. In 2004, he was revealed to be the villainous Ruin. He had once again lost his sanity.
Gotham Season 2 Episode 16: Prisoners
Penguin AKA Oswald Cobblepot first appeared in Detective Comics #58 (December 1941). His creators were Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. In the comics he was bullied as a child and came from wealthy parentage. Like his Gotham counterpart he had a very doting overprotective mother. He started out as a thief and ended up the head of the Gotham Underworld. In the comics he is obsessed with ornithology, the study of birds. In Batman Returns (1992), he was made into a deformed mutant played by Danny DeVito. Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995) he was voiced by Paul Williams as the mutant version, but this version was also cultured and erudite. Paul Reubens played Oswald’s father in Batman Returns, so he is reprising a version of that role. In Batman Returns he was Tucker Cobblepot, here he is Elijah Van Dahl. In the comics Oswald’s father passed away when Oswald was young due to pneumonia.
The Flash Season 2 Episode 17: Flash Back
Pied Piper AKA Hartley Rathaway was debuted in The Flash #106 (May 1959) by John Broome and Carmine Infantino. In the comics he was born deaf. Through state of the art implants, he regained his hearing and became obsessed with sound. He developed a manner of using sound to hypnotize subjects. Bored with his life Rathaway became a criminal. After Barry Allen’s death during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, he reformed and became a hero. He was also revealed to be gay and was one of DC Comics first openly gay characters. He became a friend and ally to Wally West, the third Flash. In the New 52 he is the conductor of the Central City Orchestra and ally to Barry Allen. He is also a reformed vigilante. He is in a committed relationship with Police Captain David Singh.
Arrow Season 4 Episode 17: Beacon of Hope
Brie Larvan is a version of Bertram Larvan AKA the Bug Eyed Bandit. Larvan first appeared in Atom #26 (August-September 1966). He was created by Gil Kane and Gardner Fox. He was a villain of Ray Palmer, the Silver Age Atom. He created and controlled a swarm of various robotic insects. He was killed during the Crisis of infinite earths. A second Bug Eyed Bandit appeared in Justice League America #43 (October 1990) and was later revealed to be the son of the first. Now that Curtis knows about who the team is, will he perfect his T-spheres and become Mr. Terrific? We will see.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 1 Episode 9: Left Behind
Ra’s al Ghul first appeared in Batman #232 (June 1971) by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams. He was the leader of the League of Assassins. He wanted to eliminate a large percentage of the human population to alleviate the strain on the environment humanity was becoming. He was based on various Bond villains and a villain from the Pink Panther film series. He was portrayed as being over 600 years old and has used the Lazarus Pit to survive. Batman becomes his greatest adversary and his chosen heir; to the point his daughter Talia had a child with him. The current Robin, Damian Wayne, is his grandson.