Arrow/Flash Spin-Off To Feature DC Female Hero and Villains Making Their TV Debuts
The DC TV Universe sure is getting crowded...
The creators of Arrow and The Flash had a lot to say at this year’s PaleyFest in Los Angeles. Executive Producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim discussed, among other things, their planned superhero team-up show for The CW, which they’ll be producing with Sarah Schechter, and will feature Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer/The Atom, Victor Garber’s Dr. Martin Stein (though he’s half of Firestorm with Robbie Amell, Amell was not announced as part of the cast), and Wentworth Miller’s Leonard Snart/Captain Cold. It will also feature Caity Lotz, who played Sarah Lance/Black Canary on Arrow – I’m assuming not as the same character, unless they’re gonna abuse the heck out of the Lazarus Pit! Which is pretty much what Jill Pantozzi assumed when she broke the news of this series back in February.
In addition to those folks, the show is also going to introduce DC Comics characters that have never appeared on television before. One of whom is a female hero (sad that it’s not Supergirl, though Berlanti’s Supergirl series will be on CBS for our enjoyment), and another who will be a villain. Says Berlanti:
“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.”
Both Arrow and Flash have already featured some of DC’s most iconic villains, including Ra’s al Ghul, Deathstroke and Reverse Flash, and it was important for Berlanti to find someone equally worthy for the new spinoff, which means he’s focusing on “making sure that the villain that we have on that show is distinct too… another big character who hasn’t been used yet.”
So, who do you think the female hero is? Who’d fit into the Flarrowverse? Someone morally ambiguous, like Catwoman? Someone straight-up heroic, like Batgirl? Or someone a little more magical, like a Zatanna or a Madame Xanadu?
And what about villains? What DC villains would you love to see go head to head with the DCTV heroes? Tell me in the comments below!