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Casting Bits: NBC’s Constantine & The Flash Spinoff

Two Warner Bros. DC Comics television projects are moving along at their respective networks. We now know the identity of three supporting characters for NBC’s Constantine series as well as two potential villains joining the cast of The CW’s The Flash

The more concrete info first – The CW has cast two more actors for The FlashRick Cosnett and Danielle Panabaker will join Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen and Jesse L. Martin’s Detective West. But who are they playing?

Deadline reports:

Cosnett plays star Detective Eddie Thawne, a recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, whose past is a mystery and who harbors a dark secret. Panabaker plays Caitlin Snow, a highly intelligent bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs.

Comics fans will perhaps recognize those two names. Eddie Thawne is close to “Eobard Thawne,” the name of the Reverse-Flash, a villain with similar powers who’s determined to ruin The Flash’s life. Something tells me they just thought Eobard sounded too old fashioned, so you can probably bet that’s where they’re headed with that one. “Caitlin Snow” is the civilian name of another villain, Killer Frost. Don’t be surprised if both take a while to develop in the series.

Meanwhile, NBC has put out a casting call for supporting roles in the Constantine adaptation they’re putting together. KSite TV says including John Constantine, they are also looking to cast the characters Chas, Liv and Manny. Chas is most likely William “Chas” Chandler, played by Shia LaBeouf in the film version, but Liv and Manny could be new creations.

(via Screenrant, Blastr)

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  • TheChief

    Killer Frost is an interesting choice. I assume they will not leave out Captain Cold in the series. That will be multiple ice villains which is fine. It is also cool that they are already bringing a female villain (or at least developing one). I wonder if they will try and make a romantic element between her and Barry as comic books like to do with female villains or just let her be a villain that stands on her own merit.

  • Velynna

    Last I’d heard, NBC had ordered the Constantine pilot, not Fox.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Bah! I was confusing it with the Gotham series on Fox. Why can’t they just all be on same network. Thanks for catching that though, it’s been edited.

  • Anonymous

    Eobard isn’t even a real name is it? I thought the point was them trying to say “Look he has a whacky name because he’s from THE FUTURE!!!!”

    So I’d imagine he’s hiding or using a fake name, hence why he is calling himself Edward.

  • TheChief

    Eddie seems like a mix between “Eobard” and Hunter Zoloman based on what I have read so far. I would think that Eddie’s origin should be closer to Eobard’s, but I could see them going the Zoloman route.

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear lord – NBC adapting the dark, clever, cynical, gory, surreal and awesomely English ex-punkrocker always bad news Constantine.
    What could possible go wrong? Sorry, I meant ‘right’! What could possibly go RIGHT?!
    Netflix! Save him!!!

  • Greg

    NBC also has Hannibal, so all is not lost yet. Although, I don’t think NBC has much of a say in the creative direction on Hannibal…

  • Mark Brown

    It’s also possible that he just goes by “Eddie” because “Eobard” got him beaten up all the time when he was a kid.