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Casting News Roundup – The Flash & Gotham

Written by Robert Wallis

Superhero TV shows are a bit like buses: you spend all that time waiting for one and whole load swoop in at once. Case and point: Heroes is on its way back while Arrow spinoff The Flash and Batman prequel Gotham continue to accrue cast members.

Flash will follow the exploits the original super-speedster of the same name, Barry Allen. Grant Gustin has already been cast in the lead role after appearing in this series of Arrow. Meanwhile, Law & Order‘s Jesse L. Martin will be appearing as Detective West, Barry’s surrogate dad and biological father to Iris West. Iris, Barry’s love interest in the comics, seems to be have been reinvented as a best friend character and will be played by Candice Patton. On the ally/potential villain front, we have Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes and Tom Cavanagh as cop Eddie Thawne (AKA super-villain Professor Zoom), scientist Caitlin Snow (AKA super-villain Killer Frost), scienstist Cisco Ramon (AKA superhero Vibe), and rock-star physicist Harrison Wells, owner of S.T.A.R. Labs. Barry already seemingly received his powers in Arrow episode “Three Ghosts” in an accident at S.T.A.R. Labs, so we probably expect plenty of the series to take place there. Michelle Harrison will also appear in a recurring role as Barry’s mother, Nora. Like Arrow, The Flash will air on The CW. The pilot has been greenlit and will presumably air sometime later in 2014.

Gotham, meanwhile, is a project of Bruno Heller, creator of The Mentalist, and set to appear on Fox. It tells the story of Jim Gordon as a rookie detective, long before Bruce Wayne ever donned the cowl. Ben McKenzie of The O.C./Southland fame, will star as Gordon with Donal Logue as his more experienced, less reputable partner, Harvey Bullock. The show will feature many other recognizable figures from the DC Universe, notably a younger, gruffer Alfred (Sean Pertwee). Erin Richards will portray Barbara Gordon nee Kean, Gordon’s future ex-wife according to Post-Crisis continuity, while Zabryn Guevara plays Gordon’s boss, the ambitious Captain Essen. Jada Pinkett Smith will appear as Fish Mooney, a sadistic crime boss and new creation for the series, with Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) – not yet the infamous Penguin – as a low-level enforcer. It’s rumored that Gotham‘s pilot will feature the deaths of Thomas and Martha Wayne; the kid from Touch, David Mazouz has just been cast in the role of the eleven year-old Bruce while Camren Bicondova is set to appear as a teenage Selina Kyle AKA the future Catwoman. While it’s unlikely the series will follow through to the “present day”, we can probably expect the formation of some vigilante tendencies before the end of the first series, assuming Gotham makes it past the pilot stage.

But what do you think? Can’t wait to see more of Grant Gustin as Barry? Think Sean Pertwee seems a bit… common for Bruce’s faithful retainer? Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

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