The CW Fleshes Out the DCU

Is it October yet?

Every piece of news that comes out of the CW’s two superhero series, Arrow and The Flash, gets us more excited for this fall, and the recent round of casting is no exception. 

Arrow kicked off production of its third season this week, and has recently revealed several of the actors who will be bringing some beloved DC characters to life on the small screen. To flesh out this season’s flashback sequences, which, according to the season 2 finale, will take place in China, actors Devon Aoki (Sin City) and Karl Yune (Real Steel) have been cast as Tatsu and Maseo Yamashiro, respectively. DC fans will know Tatsu Yamashiro better by her moniker, Katana, a samurai warrior who wields a sword that captures the souls of everyone it has killed, including her own husband. Sadly, this piece of DC lore doesn’t bode well for Maseo.

As Arrow’s present day storyline plays out this season, expect to see veteran character actor Peter Stormare (Fargo, The Big Lebowski) appear on the scene as the new Count Vertigo, filling the void left by Seth Gabel last season. Stormare will play Werner Zytle, an alias of Count Vertigo from the comics, and will likely take over the trafficking of the Vertigo drug in Starling City. Maybe we’ll eventually graduate to the Count using his equilibrium-disrupting eyepiece sometime in the future. Maybe…

The most recent bit of casting is, by far, my favorite of the lot. Actor Brandon Routh is no stranger to the DC Universe, having portrayed The Man of Steel himself in 2006’s rather lackluster Superman Returns. This time around, Routh will join Arrow’s cast in the role of Ray Palmer, aka The Atom. Previously thought to be Ted Kord (aka Blue Beetle) based on an early character description of a “tech-powered superhero”, Palmer will become a love interest for Felicity Smoak, and take the reins of Queen Consolidated now that Summer Glau’s Isabel Rochev has been dethroned. The race is now on to see which micro-hero rides an arrow first. Will it be the Atom on one of Ollie’s shots, or will Ant-Man get launched by Hawkeye?

Meanwhile, over in Central City, The Flash has added another character to its freshman year roster. Ronnie Raymond, better known as one half of the nuclear superhero Firestorm, will be featured this season, and he will be played by none other than Robbie Amell, cousin to Arrow’s Stephen Amell, and former star of last season’s The Tomorrow People. Raymond will serve as a S.T.A.R. Labs maintenance worker who is engaged to Danielle Panabaker’s Caitlin Snow, but it is unclear if Firestorm will appear. If Professor Stein shows up, well, I think we’ll have our answer then.

So, to reiterate a popular opinion, DC/Warner Brothers should stick to TV. They seem to have a good handle on things to come.

The Flash premieres on Tuesday October 7th, and Arrow season 3 debuts the following night on Wednesday October 8th on The CW!

Written by: Rob "T3K" Piontek

Rob is excited to be contributing to The Fridge. With one finger on the pulse of Marvel/DC and another on that of Hollywood's superhero franchises, no multi-issue arc or casting rumor is too small to report. When Rob opens The Fridge, the light inside shines green!

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