DC Dispatches: Supergirl, Gotham, Suicide Squad & Arrow

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

This week: we’re mad about the (Super)girl, Gotham gets scares, Suicide Squad get their Bonnie & Clyde, and Arrow gets a new bird!

Supergirl: Just as I were reading the news that Marvel’s first female superhero will be Captain / Ms. Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, I had to do a double-take on this news that casting details from CBS’ Supergirl TV show, included the following:

For Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers, the show is eyeing Caucasian females, age 22 to 26, to play 24. As the series’ mythology goes, Kara at age 12 was sent from her dying home planet of Krypton to Earth, where she was taken in by the Danvers, a foster family who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers. After repressing said skills for more than a decade, Kara is forced to bust out her super moves in public during an unexpected disaster. Energized by her heroism for the first time in her life, she begins embracing her abilities in the name of helping the people of her city, earning herself a super moniker along the way.

There, is actually a rationale to this: in Supergirl’s comic-book debut, her Earth name was Linda Lee, which then extended to Linda Lee Danvers, whilst her Kryptonian name (similar to her cousin Kal-El) was Kara Zor-El, so the show-writers have seen fit to morph the name into Kara Danvers… making it ever so slightly similar to Marvel’s blonde super-powered heroine Captain Marvel… Carole Danvers, due for her own movie debut in 2018. Supergirl will also introduced an all-new supporting character in the form of her human foster-sister:

The other lead role currently being cast is that of 26-year-old Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Kara’s gorgeous, brilliant, science-minded foster-sister. Growing up, Alex was partly jealous of her sibling yet also fascinated by her abilities, prompting Alex to learn as much as she could about alien anthropology, sociology and culture. Today, Alex works for a secret government organization and, alongside her heroic sis, will face many challenges, both mundane and super.

In addition, a whole bunch of other casting details has been garnered, incl:

Cat Grant – The project is eyeing females in their 40s, open ethnicity, to play the founder of CatCo, a media conglomerate that Cat built from the ground up. Kara (Supergirl’s mild-mannered alter ego) will work as a personal assistant to Cat, who is described as “J.Lo by way of Anna Wintour”. In DC lore, Cat Grant was in a love triangle with Lois Lane, but for Clark Kent’s affections, and not the Big Boy Scout, and also harbours a grudge against Supergirl.

James Olsen – In his late 20s/early 30s, open ethnicity, James is a smart, worldly and attractive photographer for CatCo. Though an alpha male, his salt-of-the-earth nature elicits a huge ol’ crush from Kara. This is huge people… Jimmy Olsen!!!

Winslow ‘Wynn’ Schott – This twentysomething tech whiz/Comic-Con stalwart toils for CatCo as a programmer, unaware of his own potential. Unware of her secret, he carries a torch for Kara, whom he lives next door to. In cannon, Schott is the alter ego of Superman villain Toyman.

Hank Henshaw – As an upstart CIA agent, Hank grew obsessed with intergalactic intel. Now in his 40s and lording over the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations), he is on high alert when Supergirl reveals herself, worried that her otherworldly abilities pose a threat to humankind. Sorry – this is huger… in the comics Hank Henshaw goes missing on a space mission and returns as the powerful but insane, Cyborg Superman.

Gotham: at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Gotham TV series director Danny Cannon revealed Batman foe Scarecrow will appear in the show, but his origin story is getting a complete rewrite. “We’re breaking the story now,” said Cannon. “The villain will be seen as a child, before he takes on the Scarecrow moniker. In fact, it’s something that will be passed on to him from his father, which will create an eventual enemy for Batman while still having an adversary for Jim Gordon.”

Suicide Squad: interweb reports say that Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) will play Harleen Quinzell/Harley Quinn, the psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum treating the Joker, who then found herself falling under his spell and chilling grin, in the upcoming DC Dirty Half-Dozen movie. This comes hard on the heels of the news that Jared Leto is the number one choice to play The Joker in David Ayer’s directed film. That news sent the web into a tailspin similar to when Batfleck was announced. Personally, as much as I do think that it is too soon to reboot Heath Ledger’s Oscar take-home turn as the Clown Prince of Crime, I’m inclined to give Leto the benefit of the doubt – clearly all concerned think that this is a good time to approach Big J. In case you were wondering, it was 1989 to 2008, nearly 20 years, between Jack Nicholson’s and Ledger’s very distinct but equally brilliant portrayals of arguably the Dark Knight’s ultimate nemesis – is less than 8 years too little time?

And if all that wasn’t enough, it is also reported that Jai Courtney is “in talks for a major role in Suicide Squad that could prove to be Batman villain Deadshot.” Currently attached to both Divergent sequel Insurgent, and as Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genisys, this would liken him to Christian Bale, who also had a foot in the Batman & Terminator camps simultaneously.

Arrow: oh dear: it seems The CW is determined to press on with the idea that plotline loser, Laurel Lance, arguably the least popular character on the show, is not going to let a lack of street smarts or combat training dissuade her from becoming the Black Canary in Arrow Season 3, to be seen in Episode 10 (Left Behind); you can check out the spoiler shots below:

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Black Canary cannabilises some of the clothes her sister Sara had at the end of Season 2, with the blonde wig and mask to hide her identity. The baton and boots come straight from the comics, but they have a long way to go to convince us that Laurel can really pick up the mantle from Sara…

Sources: TVLineTVLineZap2ItColliderVariety

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