In this edition of DC Round-Up, Felicity’s mom returns to Arrow; there’s more from the TCA’s; Arrow & The Flash get an animated spinoff; there are DCU casting announcements; and Kevin Conroy returns for Batman Vs. Robin.
Mom’s (again) the word on The CW’s Arrow, now that Charlotte Ross has booked an encore as Donna Smoak. TVLine has learned exclusively that the NYPD Blue alumna will reprise her role as Felicity’s flashy mother in this season’s 18th episode.
In related news, IGN spoke with Katie Cassidy during the TCA Panel about becoming Arrow’s Black Canary…
IGN: Can you talk about what she’s going to take from Sara and what she’s going to bring to Canary as just Laurel?
Cassidy: In Season 3, you’ll see Laurel go from avenging her sister to honoring her sister to then becoming her. But I think, A) The suit is not the same, but it’s definitely similar; the jacket is almost identical, and B) She’s doing this for her sister. Part of what she brings to it is heart. She’s fearless, she’s driven, she’s doing this because, deep inside, it’s what she believes in and what she wants. I’m not necessarily sure that Sara — you’d have to ask Caity Lotz, because it’s a character choice — but that’s where she was coming from. She sort of fell into it mistakenly, because of the crash in Season 1. Being on the island, she had no choice. Laurel has a choice, and she’s choosing this because she’s that strong and realistic, and has heart about it.
IGN: Is Malcolm Merlyn going to be her number one target, given all he’s directly and indirectly taken from her? Is there going to be a confrontation there, or is she going to have to reconcile what happened with Thea, first?
Cassidy: I think that Malcolm’s always been a target. She will find out who actually killed her sister. She doesn’t know at this point. But when she does find out, I think the audience will be really surprised. Her reaction isn’t what you’d expect.
IGN: Interesting! Originally, superpowers were going to be kept off the show. Now that it’s a little more open, a lot of people want to know if she will ever have the actual Canary Cry, versus the device that Sara used.
Cassidy: That’s a really good question for our producers and writers. [Laughs] Having said that, I believe so, but not necessarily in the same form.
In other news, according to Digital Spy, The CW has commissioned an online animated spinoff for Arrow and The Flash titled Vixen. The network confirmed at the TCA press tour that Vixen will likely premiere on online hub CW Seed in the fall. Vixen will chronicle the adventures of Mari McCabe, whose Tantu Totem grants her an advanced healing capability and the power to the mimic the powers of animals. Mari seeks to avenge the death of her parents in Africa from corrupt local factions by fighting crime in Starling City and Central City. Her vigilante crime-fighting style will bring her into contact with both The Flash and The Arrow.
To gain more insight on what it all means for Harrison Wells, Reverse-Flash, The Flash and “The Flash,” Comic Book Resources sat down one-on-one with Tom Cavanagh immediately following the TCA panel for an in-depth interview on what’s coming next, and the fun of playing his complex role.
CBR News: Tom, at the panel, you stated that Harrison is Reverse-Flash. But it can’t be that simple — right?
Tom Cavanagh: Or can it be that simple? As a betting man, I would wager that it can be that simple. On the other hand, I’m not a keeper of the flame. These guys no doubt have stuff up their sleeve as we progress.
For my own edification, I’m so very happy to finally be able to talk about it. It’s the reason I signed on, and for six months of just dodging and parrying and deflecting, I’m happy to be able to talk about Harrison Wells and the Reverse-Flash, finally…
And that was you in the suit?
It was, and we had to like, vibrate it. But I’ve got some great shots of just Grant and I — because it was finally like, “OK, here we go. We’re finally doing the thing.” That particular scene, we had a major league football stadium all to ourselves, shooting at 4:30 in the morning, with incredible production value, wearing suits and blood and all that kind of stuff — if you were to tell your 6-year-old stuff that you have this to look forward to, it’d be a pretty happy day.
In related news, The CW has lined up Devon Graye, best known for his portrayal of the teenage Dexter Morgan on Dexter, to play opposite Grant Gustin and Mark Hamill in the upcoming seventeenth episode of The Flash, ComicBook.com has learned exclusively. Graye will play “Axel/Trickster,” a young copycat of Mark Hamill’s veteran, incarcerated con man James Jesse, also known as The Trickster. Based on the original reports, it’s been speculated that it will be the emergence of Axel that drives Jesse to work with the authorities, in a kind of Hannibal Lecter capacity to help take down his imitator.
Actor Rob Gorrie, best known for runs on One Life to Live and As the World Turns, has been cast as John Grayson, father of Dick Grayson, on FOX’s Gotham, ComicBook.com has confirmed. The actor will appear in the sixteenth episode of the first season, titled “The Blind Fortune Teller.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Batman vs. Robin, the latest DC Universe original movie, has filled out its voice cast with a mix of newcomers and old favorites. Jason O’Mara, the Terra Nova star who also plays George Washington on History’s Sons of Liberty, is back as the voice as Batman. Stuart Allan, who appeared on TV’s Bad Teacher, and Sean Maher, who played Shrapnel on CW’s Arrow, are returning as Robin/Damian and Nightwing, respectively. Also coming back is David McCallum (NCIS), who portrays Alfred.
New to the voice stable is Jeremy Sisto (Suburgatory), who will voice Talon, the Court’s almost unstoppable assassin. Other newcomers include Grey Griffin (formerly DeLisle), whose credits run the cartoon gamut, as a character named Samantha, while “Weird Al” Yankovic will play the Dollmaker, a Batman villain who is the son of a cannibalistic serial killer. Robin Atkin Downes (Superman vs. The Elite) will voice a character named Grandmaster and Peter Onorati voices a man named Draco.
Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman from the classic Batman: The Animated Series, the Arkham video games and countless of other Bat-projects over the past 21 years, will guest-star (or guest-voice, if you will) as Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father.
The storyline tells of a secret society dating back to the early days of Gotham City that kidnaps children and raises them to be assassins. The movie will be released this spring.