Along with all the news yesterday about the upcoming Justice League movie, there has been a landslide of casting information for DC Comic’s TV shows this week.
Hot on the heels of the announcement that Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin will be joining Supergirl as Superman, Jamie Chung will be playing Valerie Vale on Gotham, Nick Zano cast as Citizen Steel on Legends Of Tomorrow, and Evelyn Sharp returning to Arrow as Artemis, we have 3 new bits of casting news.
Firstly, Chad L. Coleman, who is probably best know to most of you as Tyreese on The Walking Dead, has been cast in Arrow as a character called Tobias Church. He’s described as “an imposing gangster looking to unite the various criminal enterprises in Star City under his own singular command.” So not somebody that’s going to make life easier for Team Arrow. Church will make his first appearance in the premiere of season 5.
Next up we have the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter joining Supergirl. Rumours had been flying around for some time that producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kriesberg had been trying to get Carter in season 1, but hadn’t managed to make it happen due to scheduling conflicts. However, things have worked out for season 2, and she will be playing President of the United States! Carter will make her debut in the 3rd episode of season 2, and will appear in various episodes throughout the series.
This isn’t the first time the Berlantiverse has delved into DC’s previous tv shows for casting. 90’s tv Superman Dean Cain was cast as Kara’s foster father on Supergirl, whilst 90’s Flash, John Wesley Shipp, was cast as Barry’s father (and *spoilers* Earth 2’s Jay Garrick), on The Flash.
Lastly, as we suggested here, and on last week’s Geektown Radio, Gotham is casting a new version of Poison Ivy. That may slightly confuse you, as there is already a girl called Ivy on the show played by 14yr old Clare Foley. However, it seems the young Ivy will have “an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill”, which puts her through some sort of ‘rebirth’, making her older. The new Ivy will be played by 19yr old Maggie Geha (All My Children) and has her sights set on the young Bruce Wayne…
Supergirl, Arrow, Gotham and all the other DC shows are due to return in the Autumn.