We still might be a few years away from seeing the Justice League on the big screen, but DC Comics is dominating the airwaves with a powerful roster of crime fighters on TV.
So far, the hit CW series Arrow has already spawned an equally successful spin-off in The Flash and now, executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim are looking to further cement their empire with another super-powered offshoot, this time taking characters from Arrow and The Flash and combining them in an epic team-up series. The spinoff will be produced by the trio, along with Sarah Schechter.
“For us, first and foremost, with all of [our shows], it’s about ‘how is it its own thing?’ Because we don’t just want to do it to do it,” Berlanti explained before the casts of Arrow and The Flash hit the stage at PaleyFest last weekend. “Some people do that and then they’re three episodes in, thinking, ‘Why did we do this?’ So for me, I compare the shows to old Westerns; we have a lot of lone gunmen and sheriffs in town, and this one is very much an ode to things like ‘The Magnificent Seven’ or those great heist pics like ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ where you get all of those colors at the same time, and a true ensemble, and that was the fun of it.”
The new show is said to feature the likes of Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/the Atom; Caity Lotz, as Sara Lance/Black Canary; Victor Garber as Dr. Martin Stein/one half of Firestorm (Ronnie Raymond, the other half of Firestorm played by Robbie Amell, was not announced as part of the spinoff’s lineup), and Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold. The show will also introduce at least three major DC Comics characters who have never been in a television series before.
“In picking them, it was very much about picking, ‘who are some of the most popular characters we’ve created?’ and also, tonally, who went with who? How disparate could we make it?” Berlanti explained. “And we’re also introducing these three new characters that we’re casting right now… I think it’s really important that we have another female hero on the show, and this one is really exciting. I can’t wait for people to find out — we just have to cast it right, as always. And then you want that Rat Pack-y kind of vibe of all this crew hanging out, as disparate and as different as they are.”
Arrow and The Flash have featured some pretty big baddies thus far, including Deathstroke, Ra's al Ghul, and Reverse Flash. Now, Berlanti says he wants to find a villain equally worthy of the new spin-off, “making sure that the villain that we have on that show is distinct too… another big character who hasn’t been used yet.”
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW and CTV.
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