DC Dispatches: Arrow, The Flash & Gotham

Whether it’s Warner Bros, The CW or the DC stable themselves, here are the world-wide mutterings!

This week: The Flash catches a Cold, Arrow has a cat and a man-hunt on its hands, more characters in Gotham plus a UK broadcast partner!

The Flash: DC Comics villain Captain Cold has been added to The CW’s The Flash. Played by Wentworth Miller, the frost controlling Captain Cold – Leonard Snart – will be introduced in Episode 4. “We’ll be seeing his origin and the origin of the Rogues,” said executive producer Greg Berlanti. Captain Cold first appeared in June 1957, and is only the second supervillain to face the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen – played by Grant Gustin in the show.

Arrow: Season 3 Episode 3 has added David Cubitt as Mark Shaw, better known to comic fans as Manhunter. Shaw will star as “an ARGUS operative in Corto Maltese who crosses paths with Diggle.” ARGUS is pretty SHIELD-like in the DC TV universe, which becomes embroiled in the Manhunter cult based around the android space police created by the Guardians of Oa prior to the Green Lantern Corps. After being betrayed by the Manhunters, Shaw served with the Suicide Squad before becoming a bounty hunter for various agencies. Historically, despite claiming to be a businessman, Shaw often acts as a hero – even being offered the role of Azrael, the Batman-substitute from the Order of Dumas.

According to reports, JR Ramirez has joined the cast of Arrow Season 3, and will be playing Ted Grant, better known as the Justice League’s Wildcat, a street-level tough-guy and heavyweight champion boxer. Technically speaking he appeared in January 1942 – three years after the debut of Batman, where Wildcat was added into the earlier generation of superheroes; a native of Gotham City, Ted Grant trained Black Canary, Catwoman and was one of the mentors sought out by a young Bruce Wayne on his journey to becoming Batman. It’s thought that in Arrow Season 3, we might see Wildcat mentor Laurel Lance as she works toward her own superhero destiny.

Gotham: Actor Cory Michael Smith has revealed that his incarnation of The Riddler will not start life as a villain. Smith stated that the villain focus will be on the Penguin this first season, and gave some details about Edward Nygma in the show, with his job with the Gotham PD. “We’re all starting at different points in our lives,” he says. “We’re meeting Oswald at a place where he is actively being beaten and slowly turning. This first season’s going to be about the rise of the Penguin. But I’m starting from a place of being with the Gotham City Police Department, being a good guy…. my intentions are completely positive. I’m trying to contribute, and it’s starting from the beginning, that Harvey Bullock is being a little rude, mistreating me… I’m underappreciated; I’m misunderstood, and I don’t understand why people don’t understand me. And that’s where I’m coming from.” Smith also explains what sets the Riddler apart, and what drew him to the role: “The lovely thing about the Riddler is he’s not someone who is a sadist; he doesn’t hurt people. In the history of all the comics, he’s not someone that’s trying to harm people, necessarily. What he does is he sets up tricks to make people be as smart as him. ‘Prove you’re as smart as me. Figure this out. I’m smarter than you. You don’t understand that. Try to figure this out. If you don’t get it, something terrible is going to happen. I don’t want it to happen, you don’t want it to happen, so figure it out.’ So his whole thing is about being misunderstood, mistreated, underappreciated. He just wants people to understand how smart he is, and that he can contribute. My role in the first handful of episodes is really going to be setting up my role with the police department, and showing my relationship with Ben McKenzie’s James Gordon and Donal Logue’s Harvey Bullock, and also the police captain, Sarah Essen. Kind of showing my place there, how I’m treated… giving people a taste of the way I interact socially; how it’s a bit awkward and uncomfortable. I add some levity to the episodes; at least I hope I do, I hope I add some humour to them. It’s like a slow introduction. Stuff starts heating up for me, probably at mid-season.”

It was also announced that Harvey Dent, the district attorney who will one day become Two-Face, and Hugo Strange, the maniacal psychiatrist obsessed with the Dark Knight, will appear in FOX’s Gotham TV series. However, Dent – who is usually portrayed as a similar age to Bruce Wayne – will be changed to add a bit more weight to the show’s cast. “We’re playing Harvey Dent slightly older,” said Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller. “He’s more Gordon’s age in this telling. One of the things to avoid in order not to tell a high school story – which would be great, but it’s a different show on a different network at a different time that I would not be a part of. But he will go back to school, and villains will be part of that world.”

Contrastingly, Strange – very much underplayed in the comics – sounds as though he could be Gotham Season 1′s big villain: “Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we’re going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was,” says Heller. “It’s a Season 1 thing, because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how is one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to… you don’t have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage, but if you’re telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, ‘What the fuck? Why don’t you make that place a place people don’t escape from?’ We’re going to explain why it is the way it is, and Hugo Strange is a big part of that.”

Finally, Gotham has finally confirmed a UK network ahead of its US premier on 22 September 2014: the show will debut on Channel 5 in Autumn; Channel 5’s head of acquisitions, Katie Keenan, commented “I don’t think there was a more exciting show at the LA screenings this year – Gotham is a thrilling drama built on iconic characters that fascinate. Channel 5 is delighted to become the home of such a powerful, bold and visually stunning show. Its acquisition proves we continue to be committed to the biggest in US drama.”

Sources: IGN, KSiteTV, The Mary Sue, IGN, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline,

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