DC Round-Up: Arrow & Company

There are super hero show casting announcements, an episode title, and character dynamics.

In this edition of DC Round-Up, there are super hero show casting announcements, an episode title, and character dynamics.

First, there’s an Arrow-Palooza. The new Ra’s al Ghul will have some things to say about Sara Lance’s third chance at life according to Entertainment Weekly

Huge Arrow fan here. Do you know when Sara is going to be brought back to life? — Liam

I’ve got some good news for you then: I hear she’ll take a dip in the Lazarus Pits before DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. “On Arrow, we’ve got some business [to handle],” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells me. “Ray didn’t explode in a catastrophic explosion and Sara needs to not be dead.” Hmm, could the new Ra’s al Ghul, aka Malcolm Merlyn, be the one to resurrect Sara? “He’s got a strong point of view on [that],” Guggenheim says. “It’s going to be handled head-on. We’re doing a really great episode that really tackles the question of Sara, death and resurrection. On Arrow, nothing is easy, so it’s not as simple as dumping her in the water.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arrow cast British actor Jimmy Akingbola as DC Comics villain Baron Reiter — well known as Baron Blitzkrieg — on Arrow‘s fourth season. Akingbola will recur on the series as Baron Reiter, an adversary for Oliver, and appear in the show’s prominent flashback scenes. In the comics, the character is the leader of the nefarious group Shadowspire. There’s a caveat, however, which Marc Guggenheim addressed with Entertainment Weekly

However, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim wants to “disabuse people of the notion that we cast a black man as a Nazi, because that’s not actually what we did…”

“We wanted a really great villain for Oliver in the flashbacks,” Guggenheim tells EW. “We wanted to come out of the gate strong with someone great and we wanted to, quite frankly, cast the best actor. As it turns out, our best actor was African-American.”

“We took the name Baron Reiter without any intention of turning him into Baron Blitzkrieg,” he continues. “Baron Blitzkreig is the evil Nazi super villain. Baron Reiter is not going to become Baron Blitzkreig in the show.”

In addition to elaborating on the new villain, Marc Guggenheim tweeted the title of episode 4×02 — “The Candidate.” Moreover, Access Hollywood exclusively revealed that the titular candidate will be played by genre favorite Jeri Ryan

Jeri will play Jessica Danforth in the episode, a friend of the Queen family. Her political ambitions will place her in the crosshairs of a menacing antagonist, Access has learned.

Further still, The Wrap has learned about the guest villain in Arrow’s third episode. Teen Wolf actor JR Bourne will appear on Season 4 of The CW’s Arrow, playing the DC comic book villain known as Double Down. Bourne is taking on the role of Jeremy Tell, a metahuman who can turn his playing card tattoos into deadly weapons. As a metahuman, Double Down is more closely associated with “The Flash” mythology in the comics, and is a member of the villainous Rogues gallery.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s Arthur Darvill talked to Entertainment Weekly about what attracted him to the role of Rip Hunter…

What are you most excited about when it comes to playing Rip? Have you been reading all the comics to get into his mindset?

Oh, yeah! I mean, my research is me sitting at home in my pants reading comics, which is great work. I’ve had some discussions with the producers about who Rip is and about what he’s got going on, and I’m so excited. There are elements to his character that are really intriguing, and I think you’re going to be surprised by him. And the physical stuff, I want to do as many of the stunts as possible, and I’d like to do a bit of fighting. I’ve been beaten up a few times but never managed to be the beater! [Laughs] It’s not in my nature … Rip Hunter makes things happen rather than reacts to things that are happening, and that’s a big thing. That was the main reason I wanted the job. He has a certain swagger, like in the trailer, he walks into a room and people listen to him. I don’t know if that happens to me in real life. [Pauses] No, I don’t think it does. [Laughs]

Entertainment Weekly also got scoop on Hawkman…

Anything Legends of Tomorrow would be appreciated. — Shawn

As you may have heard, Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, is coming to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but I hear we’ll actually see him pop up on The Flash and Arrow first. Described as charismatic and wise beyond his years, Hawkman is a natural-born leader with an abundance of charm and confidence—well, that’s because he’s 5,000 years old. Much like the comic book iteration, Carter retains his memories of his past lives each time he is reborn, though his lover (aka Hawkgirl) is born anew. In other words, Kendra Saunders will have no idea who he is at first.

Entertainment Weekly got scoop on The Flash

Is there anything you can tease about Jay Garrick coming to The Flash? — Derek

As the season aims to explore Barry finessing his powers, Jay Garrick’s arrival is “going to have an impact on everybody on Team Flash,” according to Danielle Panabaker. “He’s going to be a very cool mentor to Barry and he’s going to help Barry expand his powers and the things that he’s capable of doing.”

Entertainment Weekly also got scoop on Gotham

Clearly Barbara is alive on Gotham, so what can you tell me about her arc this season? — Amy

If you thought Barbara killing her parents was bad, it’s only the beginning. “That moment where she kills her parents is the moment she sets herself completely free from every tie she ever had — her ties to Jim, to society, or maybe even sanity, you could argue,” Erin Richards says. Furthermore, she says that Barbara is headed to Arkham in episode 1, where she’ll meet “this band of emerging villains who shape who she’s going to be in this series.”

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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