Broadway actress Ciara Renée‘s television career may be getting ready to fly sky high! The actress who starred in ‘Pippin’ and Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ on stage will be part of the DC time travel team up series, ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ a limited series that will air this winter on The CW while the network’s existing super hero hits ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’ go on hiatus. The show has already been teased with a short trailer and features a mismatched gathering of new and existing heroes and villains who will have to travel through time to battle the despot Vandal Savage.
Renée will portray DC’s winged wonder Hawkgirl, described by Martin Stein (Victor Garber) as “a girl with wings and a past lives complex,” which plays into the character’s comic history as an Egyptian princess who is murdered and reincarnated in the present as Kendra Saunders with the ability to fly. Depending on the comic version, her wings are either natural or artificial– forged from the gravity defying Nth metal, a substance of alien origin.
According to Spoiler TV, a ‘Hawkgirl’ spin-off is supposedly in the earliest stage, but it is reported that should The CW choose to run (fly?) with the spinoff, it will go straight to series, bypassing the pilot process.
Could this be The CW’s response to ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’ creator Greg Berlanti’s other show starring a high flying DC character’s show, ‘Supergirl’ going to CBS? Anything is possible, but since Hawkgirl will clearly be established as part of the same universe as the network’s existing hits, it will be a much more sure bet, especially in regard to crossovers, which CBS nixed.
When contacted by ScienceFiction.com, a CW spokesperson denied that a Hawkgirl series is in development. But then again, if the rumors are true, the CW wouldn’t want to show their hand this early in development.
What many don’t realize is that Hawkgirl actually predates Wonder Woman, first appearing in 1940’s ‘Flash Comics’ #1, making her the first female super hero. (Wonder Woman wouldn’t debut until December 1941.) The character has traditionally been utilized as a sidekick/partner for her husband Hawkman, but starting with the ‘Justice League’ animated series which first aired in 2001, she has been increasingly shown as a formidable force on her own.
On ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ Hawkgirl teams with Stein (Garber), The Atom/Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heatwave (Dominic Purcell), Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and White Canary/Sarah Lance (Caity Lotz).
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