The CW is adding more heroes to their shows, while DC is adding more CW to their books.
There are big changes coming to The CW’s Arrow this fall. An actor who was originally Superman is coming to the show, and the show’s screenwriters will be taking on some comic book duties. Let’s break everything down.
First, the new actor. You can probably already figure out who the actor is by the hint. Brandon Routh, who played Superman in Superman Returns, has been hired to play the Atom. TV Line, which broke the news of the casting, describes The Atom aka Ray Palmer as “[a]n unparalleled scientist and inventor” who will “play an unexpected role in the lives of Oliver and (rumored love interest) Felicity as the new owner of Queen Consolidated.” Palmer’s plans for the company’s Applied Sciences Division, stated the website, “will be shrouded in mystery.” Routh will appear in at least 14 episodes.
Second, the screenwriters for Arrow, Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski will take over the writing of Green Arrow for DC Comics, with art by Daniel Sampere. The two will be replacing Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino in an effort to bring more of the show’s influence to the book, while keeping some individuality to the CW’s Green Arrow and the traditional character. “This is more about cross-pollination,” said Sokolowski to the LA Times‘ Hero Complex. “How can we incorporate what is working so well for Arrow into the New 52 DCU, while at the same time, keeping what makes the original 2-D Oliver Queen so special. To that end, comic Oliver and TV Oliver will have distinct voices and attitudes. We’ll do our best to keep them unique.”
The plan the writers have, said Solokowski, is to bring “the old-school Oliver Queen voice back to the character.” If you’ve felt Oliver hasn’t been what you wanted in the latest issues, perhaps Solokowski and Kreisberg will give you what you want.
Arrow isn’t the only CW show getting a new cast member. TV Guide states that Robbie Amell, better known as Stephen Jameson from another CW show, The Tomorrow People, has been cast as Ronnie Raymond, otherwise known as Firestorm. Interestingly enough, the casting of Amell is keeping the superhero daring-do in the family; Stephen Amell is also Robbie’s real life cousin.
Robbie’s character Ronnie is described as a maintenance worker at S.T.A.R. Labs and the fiance to Dr. Caitlin Snow. Ronnie will play a key role in the particle accelerator accident that transforms Barry Allen into The Flash.
Executive producer Greg Berlanti wrote about his excitement for the character in a statement. “Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and myself designed the pilot and series to include Ronnie (aka Firestorm)–and to actually have someone with Robbie’s talent playing the role is beyond exciting,” he said. “We can’t wait for viewers and fans of the character to check it out.”
Arrow‘s next season will air on The CW Oct. 8. The Flash will premiere Oct. 7.
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