Following the Television Critics Association event on August 11th, lots of news has been released that will surely excite fans of DC Comics on the CW.
Actor Chris Wood (The Vampire Diaries) has been cast in Supergirl as the alien Mon-El, who in the comics is a hero with ties to the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Legion is a team of super-powered adventurers and time travellers from the 31st century. Mon-El has been described as having a power set similar to that of Supergirl, but a big difference is that he hails from the planet of Daxam. The Legion of Super-Heroes was already teased in the last seasons of Supergirl and The Flash.
Also joining Supergirl is actress Sharon Leal (Guiding Light) as Miss Martian, the daughter of the Martian Manhunter J’onn J’onzz, played by David Harewood (Homeland). The Martian Manhunter appeared in the first season of Supergirl to much acclaim, and was the mentor to the Girl of Steel.
Film and TV director Kevin Smith (Clerks) has been confirmed to direct an episode of Supergirl and The Flash this coming season.
Greg Berlanti, an executive producer for the CW DC shows, revealed that in the second half of the season, there will be a two-part musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash. Lead actors Melissa Benoist and Grant Gustin were both members of the musical TV show Glee.
Actor Grey Damon (The Secret Circle) will menace the streets of Flash’s turf Central City as the Mirror Master, a thief who gains the ability to travel through anything with a reflection. The main villains of The Flash season three have been stated to be Doctor Alchemy, a man with a split personality that can manipulate molecular properties, and Savitar, another speedster villain following in the path of the Reverse-Flash and Zoom. Savitar is suspected to be the man fighting Kid Flash (Keiynan Lonsdale) as revealed in recent set photos.
Yet another threat to the Scarlet Speedster will take place over two episodes in Gorilla City, a dwelling for hyper-intelligent apes hidden deep in the jungles, ruled by the ferocious and psychic Grodd.
On Arrow, a younger Oliver Queen in flashbacks set in Russia, will have to contend with action movie star Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) in an unspecified role. Lead Arrow actor Stephen Amell recently teased on a social media some sort of meeting on set between the Atom (Brandon Routh), the Flash, the White Canary (Caity Lotz), Supergirl and Green Arrow.
After having already appeared last season on Arrow, Megalyn E.K. will have to pass on reprising her role of Vixen / Mari McGabe on Legends of Tomorrow, due to scheduling conflicts.
Instead, actress Maise Richardson-Sellers will play her grandmother Amaya Jiwe, a member of the classic superhero team the Justice Society, who have been confirmed to be in the 1940’s. Both women wear the mystical Tantu Totem, which grants the powers of any animal. Megalyn E.K. originally voiced Vixen on a short animated show on the CW Seed, an online streaming service, and will return for a second season of Vixen.
Other members of the Justice Society have been confirmed as Obsidian, played by Lance Henriksen (The Terminator); Hourman, played by Patrick J. Adams (Suits); Commander Steel, played by Matthew MacCaull (Tomorrowland) and Stargirl, played by Sarah Grey (Power Rangers).
Finally, a new animated superhero show confirmed for the CW Seed is Freedom Fighters: The Ray. It has been hailed as the first superhero show with an LGBT character in the lead. Both Vixen and The Ray share the same continuity as the live action DC shows on the CW.