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'Flash/Arrow' Spinoff Casts Ciara Renée as 'Hawkgirl'

The exact plot or reality-defying facts surrounding The CW's next spinoff in their shared Arrow/The Flash universe may still be kept largely under wraps, but one more actress - and DC Comics superhero - can be added to the confirmed cast. Whether she should be considered one of the heroes 'never before seen' on TV isn't clear, however (appearing in a minor role in Smallville).

The role in question is that of Kendra Saunders a.k.a. Hawkgirl, gifted with a set of wings and centuries-old battle instincts. The actress set to bring her to life, however, is far less well-known: Ciara Renée, who has quickly made a name for herself on the stage, not the screen.

The casting news comes courtesy of Deadline, following not long after the first descriptions of the remaining cast members were revealed (but without any real clues or hints as to which DC Comics heroes they referenced). We speculated at the time - colored, perhaps, by some wishful thinking - that one of the women mentioned could be Kendra Saunders. Now, that suspicion has been confirmed.

“FEMALE WARRIOR” | This twentysomething Latina is pretty but unassuming, book smart and socially awkward by day. But by night, when she hears the cry of battle, her fury is ignited and she becomes a fierce warrior — so much so, that sometimes she can become a threat to others.

Exactly how faithful to the heroine's origin and superpowers the showrunners will keep is up for debate. As much as The Flash and Arrow have both waded into the realm of metahumans, a young girl who is either the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, or bonded with the spirit of her ancestor (depending on classic/alternate versions of Kendra Munoz-Saunders) - complete with a set of wings powerful enough to put Pegasus to shame - is something else entirely.

The casting announcement describes the heroine as "beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries," with her warrior side emerging when in danger. That is in keeping with the comic book version of the origin story, but how such a mystical ability will be fitting alongside heroes firmly rooted in technology - A.T.O.M., Captain Cold, Canary(?) - remains to be seen.

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