‘The Flash’ has found its Sue Dearbon, the mystery woman that Ralph Dibny (Hartley Sawyer) has been in search of for multiple seasons now. Natalie Dreyfuss, who previously portrayed Cassie/Esther Mikaelson on The CW’s ‘The Originals’ has been cast.
According to Deadline:
Described as possessing a fierce intelligence and a spitfire personality, Sue Dearbon is the daughter to one of Central City’s most wealthy families. But there’s much more to Sue than just the socialite reputation that always precedes her, which master detective Ralph will discover when they finally meet later during Season 6.
Sue was first mentioned at the end of Season 5, and Ralph has spent much of Season 6 attempting to track her down although he had to take a break upon learning that Barry was fated to die in the upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover. Clearly his search will resume after that wraps up in January.
Ralph has previously been depicted as a horn dog and wasn’t an immediate hit with viewers, but as his character has softened, fans have come around. Ralph and Sue haven’t even met yet, so it remains to be seen how their relationship will unfold on ‘The Flash’.
In the comics, of course, Sue is the longtime wife of Ralph and his companion on his mystery-solving exploits. The duo was inspired by the literary characters Nick and Nora Charles from Dashiell Hammett’s 1934 mystery book ‘The Thin Man’, which was adapted into a popular series of six movies, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, and even a TV series after that.
At least for Season 6, Dreyfuss’ role as Sue is recurring, but that could change when the show gets renewed in the spring.
Following her time on ‘The Originals’, Dreyfuss appeared on the CMT series ‘Still the King’ as Leia. She has also made appearances on ‘Baby Daddy’, ‘Will & Grace’, and ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’. Dreyfuss most recently starred in the Candian TV movie ‘The Dating List’.
‘The Flash’ returns on Tuesday with the episode “License to Elongate” (directed by Danielle Panabaker). The next two weeks are basically the mid-season finale episodes, “The Last Temptation of Barry Allen, Part 1,” on 11/26, and “Part 2” on 12/3. After that comes the “Crisis” crossover episode, which is also the last part of that event (following episodes of ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Batwoman’) for this year. “Crisis” wraps up in January on ‘Arrow’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’.
What do you think of Season 6 of ‘The Flash’ so far?