Adding to the fantastic CW/DC Universe, executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg have joined forces with Sarah Schecter (who is also working with the team on CBS’s ‘Supergirl’) to create a new spin-off series, set to star Brandon Routh as Roy Palmer/ the ATOM, Caity Lotz as potentially a resurrected Sara Lance/Black Canary, Victor Garber as Martin Stein/ the intellectual half of Firestorm, Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave.
Berlanti stated that he wants the new show to be:
“…most similar to our crossover episodes, where you feel that ‘event-iness,’ but all the time. 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…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.”
As for the heroes in the new show, Berlanti and crew looked to the characters already in existence on ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash,’ with Berlanti explaining:
“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? 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.”
As for the big bad of the show, Berlanti stated that they were “making sure that the villain that we have on that show is distinct too… another big character who hasn’t been used yet.”
So far it all sounds interesting, and if ‘The Flash’ is any indication, the team knows how to handle spin-offs and run a tight ship across all of their shows. I personally am looking forward to how Caity Lotz is going to fit into everything, and finally learn whether the new show will be a time-travel team (to accomodate that fact that her character is dead in the present), or set in some kind of alternate timeline, which is totally possible now that ‘The Flash’ has broken through the space time continuum.
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