Before he played Hank Hall, a.k.a. Hawk, on DC Universe’s ‘Titans’, Alan Ritchson portrayed another DC champion, Aquaman. Ritchson depicted the amphibious wonder, a.k.a. Arthur “A.C.” Curry, in a recurring capacity on ‘Smallville’. In just weeks, The CW’s DC shows– ‘Supergirl’, ‘Batwoman’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, and even ‘Black Lightning’– are plunging into the epic crossover event ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’. In addition to the stars of the current slate of CW shows, this storyline will bring in various guest stars who are reprising their roles as DC characters from other adaptations of the past, including John Wesley Shipp from the 1990 series ‘The Flash’, Ashley Scott (The Huntress) from the 2002 series ‘Birds of Prey’, Robert Wuhl (Alexander Knox) from the 1989 movie ‘Batman’, and even Burt Ward, who portrayed Robin on the classic ’60s ‘Batman’ TV show. Also among the veterans are the stars of ‘Smallville’, Tom Welling who played Clark Kent, and Erica Durance as Lois Lane.
Unfortunately, even though the producers reached out to Ritchson to reprise his role as Aquaman, the ‘Titans’ actor could not make it work.
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When questioned by Collider, Ritchson said:
“They did reach out to me. We tried to work it out. We were shooting and it was a very difficult schedule for us. We were shooting three episodes at once all the time. I would have had to leave the country and come back in to get a permit specifically for that show. I did want to participate. We tried to work it out. I’m happy that everybody is getting to come back. I’m especially happy for the fans. That’s why we do this. Those shows are like a bonanza for the fans. I wish I could have been a part of it.”
Fans can catch Alan Ritchson as Hank/Hawk in the Season 2 finale of ‘Titans’ which will be available on DC Universe on Friday.
This news apparently also debunks rumors that the rest of the Titans would make a cameo in “Crisis.” Presumably, the same permit issues would prevent them from appearing.
Also among the guest stars is Kevin Conroy, who has voiced Batman for almost 30 years, who will appear in the flesh as the Batman from the ‘Kingdom Come’ timeline.
“Crisis” kicks off on ‘Supergirl’ on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8/7c (special time), continues on ‘Batwoman’ on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 pm (special day), and ‘The Flash’ on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 pm. The shows will go on hiatus for a couple of weeks. The story concludes on Tuesday, Jan. 14, beginning with ‘Arrow’ at 8pm and wrapping up on ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ at 9pm.