While Arrow may have been the first installment in the CW’s Arrowverse, the network’s corner of the DCTV wasn’t officially a shared universe until The Flash hit the screen. Praised for its impressive effects and lighter tone, the show continued the CW’s commitment to plumbing nearly every corner of DC’s comic book universe for superheroes and villains alike. Since then, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl have also joined in, with all four shows recently teaming up to take on the threat of an alien invasion. With that handled, the respective series had their midseason finales this week and are gearing up for new adventures when they return in January.
For The Flash, we’ve already seen some set photos tease new additions to the show. While Barry and his friends are currently dealing with the threat of yet another villainous speedster in the form of Savitar, the Speed Force users just won’t stop coming if the latest images are any indication. But like the other series on the network, producer Greg Berlanti is keen to continue his mission of bringing as many Justice League and Justice Society members to TV as he can.
Thanks to CBR, we now have word that the people behind The Flash will continue their streak of expanding the show’s roster. During a Q&A, Carlos Valdes (who plays meta-human Vibe on the series) said next year we’d see his role move closer to how it is in the comics thanks to a fellow alum from the pages of DC.
“There’s gonna be a new visitor to our world named Gypsy. DC Comics fans will be familiar with Gypsy. She’s gonna be coming into our world and Vibe will definitely get to learn some new skills as part of getting to know her.”
Also known as Cindy Reynolds, Gypsy has the ability to cast all manner of illusions and has worked with the Justice League and Birds of Prey many times since her debut in the ’80s. Her powers enable her to distract or scare enemies and camouflage herself. Given Valdes’ chemistry with just about everyone in the Arrowverse, a character he can directly play off of is always an enticing proposition. And while he didn’t start the show with powers, his slow transformation into a superhero has been a lot of fun to watch. Anyone who can help Vibe get closer to suiting up is a welcome addition to the show.
Though Gypsy isn’t traditionally portrayed as Romani, the character’s chosen nom de guerre provides DC and the CW with a chance to expand their representation. They’ve made great strides in the past, so hopefully they’ll avoid any problematic casting decisions when it comes to a hero who uses the name “Gypsy” and dons traditional Romani attire. With the continuation of Season 3 of The Flash fast approaching, a casting announcement for the character should arrive very soon.
Supergirl airs Mondays @8pm on The CW, The Flash in the same time slot on Tuesdays, Arrow on Wednesdays, and Legends of Tomorrow on Thursdays.
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