Following the success of Arrow and The Flash, a new spin-off series will unite supporting characters from both shows. The Atom, Martin Stein, Captain Cold, Heat Wave and Sara Lance (?) are all set to star, as well as three unnamed DC characters. Casting breakdowns previously hinted at who the characters were. And now, one of them – a fan favorite character from DC Comics lore – has been cast.
It has been announced (via Deadline) that Broadway actress Ciara Renée is set to play Kendra Saunders, aka Hawkgirl, in The CW’s untitled team-up series. This iteration of the character is described as “a young woman who is just beginning to learn that she has been repeatedly reincarnated over the centuries. When provoked, her ancient warrior persona manifests itself, along with wings that grow out of her back, earning her the moniker Hawkgirl.”
This is Hawkgirl’s second live action appearance and the first for Kendra Saunders. The Shayera Hol version of Hawkgirl appeared on Smallville, and she was a fan-favorite character on the Justice League Unlimited animated series. Renée made her television acting debut last fall on Law & Order: SVU. Her Broadway credits include Big Fish and Pippin.
It will be interesting to see how the Arrow–Flash universe tackles this mythology. Could Hawkman be far behind? Stay tuned for more as we have it.