Two more heroes have been announced for the CW’s powerhouse spin-off of ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash.’ It seems that Rip Hunter, played by Arthur Darvill and Hawkgirl, played by Ciara Renee, will be joining the ATOM, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and potentially Sara Lance, making the ensemble cast one of the largest for a super-hero show that we’ve seen in awhile. While originally reported that there would be 3 heroes never been seen on television, it seems that statement should be amended to say never before seen in the CW’s ‘Arrow’ universe, as Hawkgirl was definitely seen on ‘Smallville,’ and was one of the lead characters on the crazy good animated shows ‘Justice League’ and ‘Justice League Unlimited.’ And there is still 1 more character yet to be announced, who is described as a young African-American hero who received his powers in an accident, who will constantly be quipping about the insane situation the team finds itself in (a character that many still believe will be the fan-favorite Static Shock).
Arthur Darvill, of ‘Doctor Who’ fame, will be playing Rip Hunter, the secretive son of hero Booster Gold, who is basically responsible for inventing technology powered time-travel in the DC Universe, which lends even more evidence to the fan theories that the show will be about a time-traveling team who skips around the Arrow Universe, potentially saving characters from untimely deaths (aka Sara Lance). According to the CW’s description, Hunter is “a roguish time traveler who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a facade of charm and wit.”
Hawkgirl will be played by Ciara Renee, an up and comer who graduated from music theater school in 2013, and has already landed this amazing role in the emerging CW ‘Arrow’ Universe. The incarnation of the character seen on the show will be a young woman named Kendra Saunders, who learns that she has repeatedly been reincarnated over the centuries, and when the time for battle comes, her warrior self comes out, along with wings that sprout from her back, which is where the name Hawkgirl comes from.
The new series is rapidly shaping up to be a kind of Time Travelling Justice League, which is just fine with me as it will make the show markedly different from both ‘Arrow’ and “The Flash,’ and open up new worlds of possibilities for the two source shows and for interesting cross-over opportunities. Stay tuned for more information on the fascinating new series as it comes out!