Arthur Darvill has been cast as time traveler Rip Hunter in the Arrow spinoff DC Superhero team show being developed for the CW by Arrow and Flash producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. No stranger to time travel, Darvill played companion Rory Williams for two and a half seasons on Doctor Who. Rory Williams shares many of the traits that were used to describe the Rip Hunter character –
“a Han Solo-esque rogue who gets by with his charm, this hero hails from the future, and has journeyed back in time on a secret mission. His razor-sharp wit hides the pain of a man who has lived through serious conflict. He also harbors many secrets, always leaving both his teammates and the audience unsure of his true allegiances.”
While no one may mistake Rory for Han Solo, Rory experienced many events that would bring pain to the strongest of heroes. Dying, and coming back as plastic android, spending 2,000 years protecting his fiancé, who was put into perfect suspended animation, then surviving the rebooting of the universe, which reversed that, marrying his fiancé, then had her kidnapped and replaced with a replicant, only to find out she was pregnant, and that their child will be kidnapped and raised to be an assassin of one of his best friends, then to find out, that he has already met his child, as an adult. Oh and he would die two or three more times along the way. So yeah, he knows serious conflict.
Darvill’s Hunter is the second of three new characters announced being developed for the new series. He joins Broadway actress Ciara Renée, who was announced as Hawkgirl last week. She will be playing the Kendra Saunders version, 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. Hawkgirl appeared once in Smallville, so that means she is not one of the three “never before seen on TV”, The “twentysomething Latina is pretty but unassuming, book smart and socially awkward by day. But by night, when she hears the cry of battle, her fury is ignited and she becomes a fierce warrior — so much so, that sometimes she can become a threat to others.” though she seems to fit the description.
Darvill also has a background in Musical Theatre, having starred on Broadway, and the West End in the musical, Once. And Flash star Grant Gustin appeared for several seasons on the musical TV series, Glee. So perhaps there will be a musical episode down the line (Maybe featuring Batman: the Brave and the Bold villain the Music Meister, played by Neil Patrick Harris, natch.)
There is still at least one more role to be announced, the Mystery Hero, an African-American male in his twenties will fill the role of a regular, street smart guy who unexpectedly gains powers, and then, as part of the team, regularly quips about the insanity of the situations.
The show features Brandon Routh as his Arrow character, Ray Palmer (the Atom), along with Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory/Heat Wave), Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein, half of the Firestorm Matrix) and Caity Lotz whose played the first Canary on Arrow, before being killed at the start of the season.
The as yet unnamed show is not following the normal pilot schedule. It seems aimed for a mid-season launch next year, perhaps to run during a period when either Flash or the Arrow takes a hiatus.