While we still don't have a name for the spinoff series of The Flash and Arrow still, we now have some more exciting casting news! It was confirmed to Deadline just earlier that Hawkgirl would be joining the series, with the alter ego of Kendra Saunders- arguably the most popular version of Hawkgirl.
She'll be played by rising actress Ciara Renée.
This puts her in the company of Brandon Routh as the Atom, Victor Garber as Firestorm, Caity Lotz as (presumably) the Canary, though she may end up a different character, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, and Dominic Purcell as Heatwave. Kendra's character in the show is described by Deadline as:
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.
The original casting call for the character, known then as "female warrior," described her as:
“FEMALE WARRIOR” | This twentysomething Latina is pretty but unassuming, book smart and socially awkward by day. But by night, when she hears the cry of battle, her fury is ignited and she becomes a fierce warrior — so much so, that sometimes she can become a threat to others.
Oddly, when it was announced, the series was said to contain three heroes who had not been in live action before, but Hawkgirl (albeit a different version) appeared in Smallville. Is it possible that Caity Lotz will be playing one of those three characters? It could have just been a reporting mistake, but that seems unlikely. And if it has been undone, does that mean the likes of Green Lantern are still available to us? Also, it's very important to note that she did not have a big role in Smallville, and so may have been overlooked by the producers.
Why's Captain Cold involved? Where's Robbie Amell? Who's the villain going to be?
Now for some of my own speculation. On the topic of Captain Cold and Heat Wave's role in the series, while it's entirely possible that they'll be playing hero-esque roles, with the Rogues now formed, I think it's important remember that somebody has to be the villain of this series. They may not actually be good guys at all in the show, or members of the team, but instead play the role of occasional villains, or antiheroes. We'll have to wait and see where the show takes us, but let's not just assume they're in hero roles.
On Robbie Amell's lack of involvement as Ronnie Raymond, Victor Garber's other half for Firestorm, it's important to remember that while he may not appear, it's equally possible he just hasn't signed on officially yet- we've got major cast members still signing on, as demonstrated today, and even the players already on other shows didn't sign up straight off, with the likes of Dominic Purcell joining later. Robbie's been pretty busy lately. We'll give it time.
As to any rumours about the villains, Variety reported that the series' main antagonist would be a "big" DC villain that they "haven't introduced yet." While we can only guess, I would expect a villain which spans across several heroes, given the nature of the show- a big bad similar to Darkseid (similar to- don't get your hopes up of seeing him). Any thoughts on who could it be? Let me know in the comments. You know DC- that's a lot to choose from.
But who's still to come?
At this point, we've got two characters still casting, described as follows. They could be anyone, but I've attached the two most popular theories. Hawkgirl was a popular contender for "female warrior," so they may hold some stock.
Firstly, "The Traveler," who is described as "a “Han Solo-esque rogue who gets by with his charm, this hero hails from the future, and has journeyed back in time on a secret mission. His razor-sharp wit hides the pain of a man who has lived through serious conflict. He also harbors many secrets, always leaving both his teammates and the audience unsure of his true allegiances."
Many fans suggest this sounds just like Booster Gold, and accordingly have concluded it has to be him, which would be an enormously popular decision. That said, he was dismissed from theories because he had already appeared in live action; but, as mentioned, so too has Hawkgirl. So don't rule him out. Another popular theory is that this suits the description for Rip Hunter, who is known as the "Time Master" in the DC Universe.
UPDATE: We now know that it is indeed RIP HUNTER coming to the show, played by Arthur Darvill! Details here.
Then we have "Mystery Hero," who is "an African-American male in his twenties will fill the role of a regular, street smart guy who unexpectedly gains powers, and then, as part of the team, regularly quips about the insanity of the situations." Fans have listed Static as the most popular candidate, particularly given Warner Bros reportedly had a Static Shock series in development not long ago.
That's all we know about the other characters, and it's entirely possible more will be introduced along the way. For now, we have to settle with this info! Andrew Kreisberg, Executive Producer of The Flash and Arrow said way back at Paleyfest, when asked about the spinoff:
“I think by the Spring, you’ll know. We want to keep some surprises going, but we’re really excited about that series…. just to add another leg to the tripod, and complete it. We’ll get to see some of the characters that we’ve seen and introduce a whole bunch of new characters, and show them all in a different way, and have the show really feel different. As different as Flash feels from Arrow, this new show will feel different from both of them.”
So just hang in there, and we'll have some more news soon- and this time, instead of the agonizing gap of despair when Arrow and The Flash go on hiatus, we'll have a spinoff to keep us entertained!
Got any thoughts of who the characters could be, or your thoughts on the casting? Let me know in the comments!