Doctor Who star and a new Hawkgirl join the Arrow/The Flash spinoff

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Jun 26, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT (Updated)

Former time-traveling Doctor Who companion Arthur Darvill (recently seen in Broadchurch) has been cast in the role of DC comics character Booster Gold Rip Hunter, who's considered to be one of DC’s classic heroes. Created back in 1959, Rip Hunter was the leader of a timey-wimey (oops, wrong franchise) time-traveling group. Ironically enough, Hunter’s origin was rewritten so that he became the son of Justice League member Booster Gold (he's the one who was rumored to appear in that spinoff), a character created in the mid-1980s. Rip Hunter’s described as "a roguish time traveler who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a facade of charm and wit."

Darvill is the fourth major Doctor Who alum to be cast in a superhero TV series/movie. Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston played Malekith the Accursed in Thor: The Dark World; Darvill’s co-star, Karen Gillan, was Nebula on Guardians of the Galaxy; and David Tennant — Doctor Number Ten — was cast as the villainous Purple Man on Netflix's A.K.A. Jessica Jones. This will be Arthur Darvill's very first American role.

Also joining the cast of the show spinoff is relative newcomer and Broadway star Ciara Renée (Law and Order: SVU), who’ll be taking on the role of Kendra Saunders, whose alter-ego is the DC superhero Hawkgirl. Kendra is a young woman who’s just starting to learn that she’s been reincarnated over and over again for centuries. When provoked, her ancient persona rises to the forefront and she grows wings out of her back to become Hawkgirl.

The team for the new DC superhero series is slowly taking shape rather nicely. Darvill and Renee join Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold, Brandon Routh as the Atom, Victor Garber as Firestorm, Caity Lotz as Black Canary (or is she? this one is still TBD) and Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave. All of these characters have previously appeared on either Arrow or The Flash.

The spinoff is still in development and has no title as of yet. It’s described as an ensemble show that features recurring characters from The CW’s Arrow and The Flash. Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim — who created Arrow — are working with Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Prods to develop the spinoff — which we're told won’t be part of the current pilot cycle. Berlanti, Kreisberg, Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter, the guys also behind CBS's upcoming comic-book TV series Supergirl, starring Melissa Benoist, will executive-produce.

Are you excited to have Arthur Darvill take on the role of Rip Hunter? How about getting to see Hawkgirl take flight in that upcoming Arrow/The Flash spinoff?

(via THR, The Wrap)