It’s official: I have absolutely no idea what this new entry into the shared Flash and Arrow DC TV universe is supposed to be. Last month it was announced that the CW was producing a spin-off of the superhero series’ combining characters from both shows: Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Martin Stein (Victor Garber) from The Flash, and Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) and a character TBA (Caity Lotz) from Arrow. It wasn’t too long before Captain Cold’s cohort Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell) was added to the cast with the promise of three more characters to come who have never before been portrayed on TV before, and now we know two: Hawkgirl and Rip Hunter.
First, Hawkgirl. Obviously, she’s the more well-known of the characters thanks to her time in the Justice League animated series. Of course, that Hawkgirl was based on the Silver Age iteration of the character while the version on the new show will be based on the Golden Age Hawkgirl. According to Deadline (via The Mary Sue), fresh-faced actress Ciara Renée will play Kendra Saunders who is described thusly:
In the new series, Saunders is a young woman who is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries. When provoked, her ancient warrior persona manifests itself, along with wings that grow out of her back, earning her the moniker Hawkgirl.
Renée doesn’t have many credits so far, the most high-profile being an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. I guess all that’s about to change. Here’s a picture of the new Hawkgirl courtesy of the French DC Planet Twitter feed:
— DCPlanet (@DCPlanetFR) March 30, 2015
In another casting news broken today, a former Doctor Who companion just seems unable to give up on time travel. Broken by Deadline, Arthur Darvill who appeared on three seasons of Who as Mr. Pond Rory Williams, will be joining the all-star team-up as Rip Hunter. Hunter has been wandering around the DC Universe since 1959, and has frequently worked with the Challengers of the Unknown. According to Deadline, this Hunter is “described as a roguish time traveler who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a facade of charm and wit.”
There’s still no word on what the show’s called, or when it might come to air. There’s also no word on who Lotz might play considering her character is, you know, dead. It may be tied to the end of Arrow’s third season though, so stay tuned…
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 pm EST, and Arrow airs Wednesday at 8 pm EST on the CW.