DC TV Extravangaza: CW Cooking Up 'Arrow'/'Flash' Spinoff, 'Supergirl' Stunt-Casting

Monday, 02 March 2015 09:34 Written by  iamrogue
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DC TV Extravangaza: CW Cooking Up 'Arrow'/'Flash' Spinoff, 'Supergirl' Stunt-Casting

While Marvel has taken over the multiplex, DC Comics continues cutting loose on the small screen.

The CW is adding even more to the superhero stampede, developing an Arrow and Flash spinoff featuring a bunch of familiar DC characters.  The Supergirl show over at CBS, meanwhile, has added a former TV Superman and a cinematic Supergirl to its supporting cast.

Last year, The Flash spun off from Arrow to great success, and the two series have crossed over to the delight of fans.  For months, there have been rumblings of Brandon Routh (who played Superman himself a decade ago) getting an Arrow offshoot of his own as Ray Palmer, aka The Atom.

Turns out the rumblings were right, but Routh isn't going it alone.  According to Deadline, the Atom-fronted CW series will also feature The Flash players Victor Garber and Wentworth Miller (The Prison Break star who wrote Stoker!) in their respective roles as Dr. Martin Stein and Captain Cold. 

That's not all, either: Caity Lotz is set to star on this as-yet untitled show, as well.  Lotz played Sara Lance, aka Black Canary, on Arrow, but SPOILER her character was killed off.  Don't rule out Lance coming back from the dead, though.  This is, after all, a comic book show.

These familiar TV figures will also be joined by three mysterious DC characters who will be making the jump from comics to television for the first time.

Expect this show to premiere next mid-season at the earliest.  There's scuttlebutt that it will skip the pilot stage and go straight to series.

The series, described as "a superhero team-up show," is being shepherded by the team behind Arrow and The Flash: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim, all three of whom will serve as executive producers alongside Sarah Schechter.

Berlanti and Schechter are also executive producers on the Supergirl series that's a-brewing over at CBS. 

Melissa Benoist as set to star as Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, and she's getting company from two Super-vetarans: Deadline reports that Dean Cain and Helen Slater have joined the pilot in "mystery roles."

Cain, of course, played Clark Kent/Superman on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which aired on ABC from 1993 to 1997.  Slater, meanwhile, starred as the title character in the campy 1984 Supergirl movie.

These two bits of wink-wink casting round out the rapidly expanding cast of Supergirl.  With Benoist as the Kara, erstwhile Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart lends support as Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks plays none other than Jimmy Olsen, and Laura Benanti appears as Alura Zor-El.  Chyler Leigh recently joined as Alexandra Danvers, with David Harewood as as Hank Henshaw, who in the comics eventually becomes the villainous Cyborg Superman.

Supes himself may also make a brief appearance, as Krypton Site has a casting breakdown seeking a muscular guy to appear as a double for Superman in the pilot, which shoots in LA this month.

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