Though it’s unclear if he is the Big Bad, Jeremy Davies (Lost, Justified) is set to play John Deegan, a doctor at the Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
Per The CW, Dr. Deegan’s “machinations will draw Green Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl to Gotham City” — which, coupled with Batwoman’s involvement, points to much of the crossover action taking place in the gritty DC Comics burg.
Elizabeth (aka Bitsie) Tulloch will play Lois Lane in December’s Arrowverse crossover, TVLine has learned.
As announced three weeks ago, this season’s three-night, Legends-less event — kicking off Sunday, Dec. 9, with a special airing of The Flash — will not only introduce viewers to Kate Kane aka Gotham vigilante Batwoman (played by Orange Is the New Black’s Ruby Rose), but Superman (played by Supergirl’s Tyler Hoechlin) will return to the heroic fray as well. The Man of Steel will bring Lois with him.
“This dogged, determined and brave reporter will make for a strong partner to Superman,” Supergirl EPs Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner said when Lois’ Arrowverse debut was announced.
As we get closer to the crossover kicking off production sometime this fall, we at That Hashtag Show have learned of two major characters that are currently being cast for the event. While their names are not DC Comics names, we believe they are just cover-ups for who the characters actually are. Starting off, we have the character of Lon-El that is said to be a male of any ethnicity in his 40s, with the potential to play older than their actual age. Lon-El is described as a mysterious visitor who is from another planet and is both ambiguous, inscrutable and has the power that is teased as nearly infinite. The breakdown specifies that this major recurring guest star has the potential to appear for post-crossover episodes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl as well as Legends of Tomorrow, some as just a small cameo.
Another candidate, while unlikely, is the Superman of Earth-2: Val-Zod. Given that the breakdown is looking for an actor of any ethnicity and that the description is somewhat Superman-y, it wouldn’t surprise us to see another Man of Steel from another Earth. But at the same time, since we already have Hoechlin’s Superman returning for the event, would this really be the right time to add another Superman? It is unlikely but given that Lon-El would appear in post-crossover episodes of any of the four shows, having another Man of Tomorrow around could work. But again, it is very unlikely.
Last, but not least, we have the character of Dr. Elias Kern, who the shows are looking to cast a male in his 30s, open ethnicity. Described as a psychiatrist with his own mental health problems, Dr. Kern is a brutal sociopath who appears to be starting to lose his grip on reality. This recurring guest star will be present in all three episodes of the crossover.
Patton: I think it’s great — the diversity in the superhero genre — that we’ve seen over the last five years even, but it’s one thing to just hire diverse talent; it’s another thing to write for them and fully flesh those characters out. Because fans no longer want to see a [checked box], you then have to also write for them and develop them and make them fully rounded characters that they can identify with.
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Lois Lane to the Arrowverse,” said Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner, Supergirl‘s executive producers. “This dogged, determined and brave reporter will make for a strong partner to Superman and amazing addition to our universe of DC characters.”
After last year’s “Crisis on Earth-X,” fans were curious to see how The CW’s Arrowverse shows would continue to top things in their next crossover event. Apparently, part of that will involve scaling things down a little bit.
Digital Spy recently asked the stars of the Arrowverse’s shows — Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl — about this December’s crossover. In the months since the crossover was announced, early plot details have continued to remain secret, other than the event will feature the live-action debut of fan-favorite superhero Kate Kane/Batwoman (Ruby Rose).
“I can’t say sh*t!” Arrow star Stephen Amell explained. “But I do know that when it got pitched to me, when Greg [Berlanti, executive producer] pitched it to me, I was like, ‘Oh man, that’s awesome! Really?!’”
And according to Amell, that awesome idea will involve a bit more of a focus on characters, as opposed to the larger-than-life spectacle that was Crisis.
“Because we went so big with the crossover last year, you can’t go bigger.” Amell continued. “So you have to go more about the characters and the story.”
Melissa Benoist who plays the title role in Supergirl, has also hinted at more character-inspired beats, particularly between her character and Kate Kane.
“Throughout the seasons, Kara’s had a few funny quips about Batman and her opinions on him – she thinks vigilantes are nuts.” Benoist explained. “So I’m excited to see her meet Batwoman, and see how they interact.”
And while the crossover is sure to feature many character interactions like that, the cast and crew of Legends of Tomorrow confirmed that they will be separate from the event.
“We’re not in the crossover this year.” revealed Caity Lotz, who plays Sara Lance/White Canary. “Legends are not in them at all.”
“There’s another show that’s gonna get launched [with Batwoman] and it just became over capacity,” added Legends showrunner Phil Klemmer.
“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”