As the cogs slowly turn bringing the DC Extended Universe together in big budget blockbuster movie form, The CW has already carved itself out a neat little DC TV universe that's been steadily growing since the initial success of Arrow. That show now exists in the same continuity as its spinoff, The Flash, and both shows will soon share that continuity with DC's Legends of Tomorrow, another spinoff that will feature a team made up of superheroes (and supervillains) from both The Flash and Arrow, as well as new characters from DC Comics.
Among the new characters is Kendra Saunders a.k.a. Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée), the latest reincarnation of an ancient warrior who has the ability to grow wings out of her back. In the comic books, Hawkgirl's fate is tightly interwoven with that of Hawkman, her male counterpart and soulmate, who has similar abilities. Hawkman is set to appear on all three of The CW's DC shows, and now we know who will play him.
TheWrap reports that Falk Hentschel (Transcendence) is taking on the role of Carter Hall a.k.a. Hawkman, who will appear first on Arrow and The Flash before making his debut in Legends of Tomorrow. According to the character description, both Carter and Kendra "can access the powers of the Hawk God, Horus," which is how they are able to transform into their winged alter egos. A previous report said that Carter is able to access memories of all 5000 years of his various lives, whereas Kendra is "born anew" each time and therefore has no idea who Carter is at first.
Hentschel recently starred in CBS's short-lived legal drama Reckless and guest-starred in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two as mercenary Marcus Scarlotti. He's also played supporting roles in feature films like Transcendence and White House Down. According to TheWrap, Hawkman will "play a major role" on Legends of Tomorrow, which could mean that he's in line to become a series regular.
The full superhero team in Legends of Tomorrow includes Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jay Jackson (Franz Drameh), the latter of whom is rumored to be the second half of Firestorm. There's also the recently resurrected White Canary (Caity Lotz), criminal duo Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Heatwave (Dominic Purcell), perky billionaire Ray Palmer a.k.a. the Atom (Brandon Routh), and time traveller Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill). They are brought together for the first time in a mission to kill immortal supervillain Vandal Savage.
By crossing over three different shows, The CW is experimenting with an interesting support structure. Even if fans lose interest in the plot of one show, they will likely keep watching it anyway in order to keep up with what's going on in the DC TV universe at large. According to this latest report, Hawkman will make his first appearance on crossover episodes of The Flash and Arrow, thereby helping to promote Legends of Tomorrow in the same way that Barry Allen's introduction on Arrow encouraged people to follow his character into The Flash.
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Arrow returns for season 4 Wednesday, October 7th, at 8PM on The CW; The Flash returns for season 2 Tuesday, October 6th, at 8PM on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.