Arrowverse casting: The Flash stretches Elongated Man’s role, Brainiac 5 to be Supergirl regular

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Jun 15, 2018, 4:18 PM EDT

The Arrowverse is ramping up the screen time for a pair of familiar characters, who’re set to make more of their super-presence felt on both The Flash and Supergirl as development on The CW’s fall lineup takes off.

Via Deadline, the network is stretching Elongated Man’s recurring appearances into a regular gig for actor Hartley Sawyer, whose Ralph Dibny (Elongated Man) will move into the full rotation as a member of Team Flash when Season 5 of The Flash debuts later this year. 

The Flash Ralph Dibny Sawyer

Credit: The CW

Producer Todd Helbing already had hinted that Dibny might be poised to take on a larger role as Season 4 wrapped, telling Entertainment Weekly back in May that resurrecting the character for the Season 4 finale and bringing him back in the fall was always part of the plan.

We still don’t know the definite date when The Flash will race back for its fifth season, but we do know it’ll anchor the Tuesday-night lineup in the 8 p.m. ET time slot.


Supergirl also will be getting a bigger assist from Jesse Rath’s Brainiac 5, who has signed on to become a series regular in the upcoming Season 4. 

Aptly, Brainiac 5 has shown up five times during the current season, lending his man-machine superintelligence to the Department of Extranormal Operations’ ongoing quest to help Kara (Melissa Benoist) take back National City from the seemingly unstoppable “Worldkiller,” Reign (Odette Annable).


Supergirl’s executive producers said Rath’s portrayal of Brainiac 5 is a big reason he’ll be seeing way more screen time, admitting they “can’t imagine anyone but Jesse Rath in the role” because he brings “such fun, heart and brilliance” to the Legion of Super-Heroes, per Deadline.

The Season 3 finale of Supergirl hits The CW on June 18 before digging in for development on the fifth season. The CW is expanding its prime time menu to six nights a week (Sunday through Friday) this fall, with Supergirl taking point at 8 p.m. in the Sunday lineup.