In this edition of DC Round-Up, Arrow gets a new villain. The Flash gets a new journalist, some scoop on Firestorm, and a full season renewal. Plus, Gotham gets a new doctor.
Variety reports that Arrow has cast Vinnie Jones as villain Danny “Brick” Brickwell. In DC Comics canon, “Brick” is a Green Arrow villain with thick, invulnerable skin. In Arrow, Danny Brickwell is a ruthless gang leader who brings Star City’s government to its knees. He’s known as “Brick” on the streets because he’s been shot dozens of times but never put down. Jones will appear in episodes 10, 11 and 12 of Arrow’s current third season.
This is the character’s live-action debut, although Brick has previously appeared in the animated DC/WB series Young Justice and in a Green Arrow-centric DC Nation short on Cartoon Network, which you can watch below. Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg utilized the villain during his run writing the Green Arrow comics in the late aughts, and his name was previously teased on the show as a corrupt businessman on Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) list of targets.
Deadline reports that Roger Howarth has landed a recurring role on The Flash. He’ll play Mason Bridge, an award-winning reporter from the Central City Picture News. He’s assigned to shepherd new employee Iris West (Candice Patton), but their relationship becomes complicated when Bridge begins to investigate Barry’s mentor, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh).
Robbie Amell talks about the duality of The Flash’s Firestorm with Comic Book Resources…
And “The Flash” is really not shying away from showing superpowers in full force, which is certainly significant to your character. Firestorm, in the comics, has some unique abilities and is certainly very powerful — what are you looking forward to in playing up that aspect of the role?
[Tonight], you get to meet Ronnie Raymond, but in December, you get to meet Firestorm. I went into the writers’ room after reading the script before I left for Vancouver, and I was like, “Are you sure you want to do this? You’re making him powerful right now!” They’re like, “Oh yeah, we know.” “Alright, cool!” I do some stuff in my first episode as Firestorm that is — there’s no holding back. Firestorm is powerful.
“Not holding back” seems to be a recurring theme with the show, and another addition is Victor Garber, who will be playing Professor Stein, the other half of the Firestorm equation. Have you been working with him much so far?
I haven’t shot anything with Victor yet, but we did a TV movie together a couple years ago [“The Hunters”], and we had a blast shooting for a month in Vancouver. He was a great guy, we got along really well. I’m a huge fan of his work. I think this is going to be rad — I get to not only work alongside Victor Garber, but I get to do a Victor Garber impression, because sometimes Firestorm is Ronnie, sometimes it’s Martin Stein, but physically, it’s going to be me when the two of us are inside my head. So that’s another thing I’m excited for — getting to play up the comedy of two people inside one guy’s head.
TV Line reports that the CW has given The Flash a full season order of 23 episodes.
TV Line reports that Morena Baccarin is joining Fox’s Gotham in the iconic role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins. Thompkins is a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of the late Thomas and Martha Wayne. She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn to Ben McKenzie’s James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.