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Arthur Darvill Cast as Rip Hunter in Arrow/Flash Spinoff

The CW is bringing in a Doctor Who favorite for its upcoming Arrow/Flash spinoff, which will feature a veritable who’s who of heroes and villains. And he’ll be playing a character who shares some similarities to The Doctor.

Arthur Darvill will play Rip Hunter, a character who is described as a “roguish time traveler who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a facade of charm and wit.” Hunter is a DC character who has yet to be utilized on TV in any form, and Arrow creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Marc Guggenheim are looking to add more, as two other DC characters who’ve yet to appear on TV will make their debuts.

Darvill is an interesting choice for the role, naturally, since it’s a huge departure from his roles on Doctor Who and on Broadchurch, both of which were meeker roles than this. But he’ll be in good company, as the cast for the untitled spinoff already includes Brandon Routh (reprising his Arrow role as Ray Palmer/The Atom), Wentworth Miller (playing The Flash‘s Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (returning from The Flash as Mick Rory/Heat Wave), Victor Garber (who will once again play his Flash role as one half of Firestorm, Dr. Martin Stein) and Caity Lotz, whose role on the show is a total mystery, considering her character on Arrow was killed off, meaning we might not actually get to see Sara Lance in this spinoff.

Still, I can’t help but get excited by the prospect of The CW gradually becoming a superhero network. This seems like a particularly ambitious project, and while there’s no guarantee it’s actually going to work, I love that the network is expanding its DC brand. On the one hand, this could kill the Golden Goose if it turns out audiences aren’t ready for yet another CW/DC show. On the other hand, I doubt this is going to ruin the great thing going with Arrow and The Flash. This spinoff is being targeted for midseason next year, and if it works, great. But if not, these characters could easily return to their parent series (or, in the case of Darvill, make cameos in the parent series). So the possibilities are far more varied here than with most spinoffs, regardless of success or failure.

Who knew there’d be something to look forward to for midseason 2016 already?

Arthur Darvill Cast as Rip Hunter in Arrow Flash Spinoff

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