LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2015 – What hath Oliver Queen wrought? After the heretofore so-so CW channel scored pay dirt with “Arrow,” its first series, based on DC Comics’ not-quite-super superhero Green Arrow, it decided to take a chance with the more super Scarlet Speedster, aka “The Flash.”
Bingo! The CW’s new spinoff series, complete with many of Flash’s super-nasty super villains, scored yet another hit, with both series inspiring even more guest appearances of DC characters, including Black Canary, the Atom and Heat Wave.
Likely figuring three’s the charm, the CW will now spin off a third superhero series, one that’s currently slated to show up some time in the second half of the 2015-2016 TV season. We don’t have the title yet, but this third series will likely focus on the continuing story of former “Superman” film star Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer/the Atom and a new arrival, none other than Hawkgirl.
To be portrayed by young newcomer Ciara Renée—a recent graduate of Cleveland’s Baldwin Wallace University—this Hawkgirl apparently comes from a more recent DC Comics re-incarnation of the character, known this time around as Kendra Munoz-Saunders or Kendra Saunders, a professional treasure hunter by trade.
Renée has already begun to make a name for herself as a singing actress, having sung Leading Player in a recent Broadway revival of “Pippin” and currently portraying the gypsy Esmeralda in a tryout version of a developing Disney musical based on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Portraying Saunders/Hawkgirl in the upcoming CW series will burnish her credentials—and casting flexibility—further.
(A video from the La Jolla production of the show appears below.)
In the new series, according to “Deadline,” Renée’s character “Saunders is a young woman who is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries. When provoked, her ancient warrior persona manifests itself, along with wings that grow out of her back, earning her the moniker Hawkgirl.” Sounds a little bit like Marvel’s “Hulk,” except that Hawkgirl is considerably better looking.
As confirmed by Deadline, on the new spinoff series, “Renée joins Brandon Routh (Arrow‘s Ray Palmer/The Atom), Wentworth Miller (The Flash‘s Leonard Smart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (The Flash‘s Mick Rory/Heat Wave), Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein) and Caity Lotz, whose role is still TBD as her Arrow character Sara Lance was killed off, with her sister Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) taking over as the Black Canary.”