The DC Comics television universe just seems to keep getting bigger and bigger. After both “Arrow” and “The Flash” helped to establish a strong universe in its characters and tone — while also showing how to correctly execute crossover episodes — the CW is set to take this universe to even greater heights with “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.” The spin-off series features both old and new characters in the universe, teaming up to take down one shared enemy, and looks to be DC’s largest television series in scale to date.
“Legends of Tomorrow” will see the debut of a number of new characters to the universe, including Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill), Jay Jackson (Franz Drameh), and Kendra Saunders a.k.a. Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), and possibly even more. “Arrow” and “The Flash” will act as the launching points for the series with a number of crossover episodes to help establish the show’s characters and story, before it makes its mid-season premiere in a number of months.
It looks like we can add yet another name to that list as well. Variety has reported that actor Falk Hentschel (Reckless, Transcendence), has officially been cast as Carter Hall a.k.a. Hawkman in the shared universe, a character announced to be a part of the new effort on the heels of Comic-Con. The character will be making his debut in the crossover episodes of “Flash” and “Arrow” before continuing on in “Legends of Tomorrow.”
For those of you who don’t know, Carter Hall is the latest reincarnation of an Egyptian Prince who is destined to be reborn throughout history alongside his soulmate, Ciara Renee’s Kendra Saunders. Much like Hawkgirl as well, Hall can tap into the power of the Hawk god, Horus, and transform into the winged hero, Hawkman. Some versions of his origin also place him as a law enforcement officer from the planet Thanagar. It’s not clear which version of the character’s origin will be used on the shows.
There have been a large number of fans calling for an onscreen Hawkman in some shape or form, and this announcement should come as good news for all DC TV fans as well, with both Hawkman and Hawkgirl introducing two new kinds of heroes and mythologies into this already growing universe. While Hentschel has not had many large roles in any tentpole films or too familiar properties, the DC TV universe hasn’t had any casting mistakes yet, and it doesn’t look like this casting decision will be breaking that pattern any time soon.
“Arrow” and “The Flash” are set to premiere on October 6th & 7th on the CW, just a few months before “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”
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