We’ve been keeping you up to date with some casting news for the CW Arrowverse shows. Matt Ryan will be a series regular on Legends of Tomorrow. Keiynan Lonsdale is leaving both The Flash and Legends. Danielle Nicolet has been promoted to series regular on The Flash. Now comes a litany of new casting information, which we will breakdown below.
First up: Hartley Sawyer. Sawyer portrayed Ralph Dibny/The Elongated Man in a recurring basis last season. Entertainment Weekly has announced that Sawyer has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming season. Dibny brought a previously unseen dynamic to Team Flash, so to see him continue full time is welcome news.
Jessica Parker Kennedy has also been announced as a series regular. This makes sense, as Kennedy portrays Barry and Iris’s daughter from the future, which will be a huge story line with big season extending implications. She’ll need to be around on a full time basis for that to happen. This news comes from Entertainment Weekly as well.
The Supergirl finale aired last night, and it seemed to fundamentally change the show going forward.
Let’s start with Jeremy Jordan. Jordan has played Winn Schott since the CBS Pilot. He is returning next year, but only on a recurring basis, not a series regular, as reported by TVLine. With how his story ended this season, the move makes sense. What is unclear is if this was Jordan’s decision so he can do other things, or if this was the showrunners’ decision. They do have a story planned for him in the future, so his appearances will not be wasted.
“We love Jeremy, and even though he’s [not going to be around full-time], we’re not saying goodbye to Winn at all,” executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller tell TVLine. “We’re already breaking big stories for him right now for the fall, and I think the fans will be excited to see what he has coming up.”
I thought the closure he got with his family was a great addition to his character. This definitely gives new story telling possibilities, so if it keeps the character fresh, it is worth giving this move a chance.
Next, comes news of Chris Wood from TVLine. Wood, who played Mon-El for two seasons, will not be returning next season. An odd choice, seeing that Winn and Mon-El are on the same path now, so it will seem weird that one returns and one doesn’t but apparently that was always the plan according to executive producer Robert Rovner.
The plan for Chris was always to have him on the show for two years,” executive producer Robert Rovner explains to TVLine. “We’ve loved telling Mon-El’s story, as well as the story we’ve told for him and Kara. We hope the fans felt that it was a satisfying conclusion.”
Executive Producer Jessica Queller chimed in also, but it has spoilers for the season finale of Supergirl, so skip the next quote if you haven’t watched it yet.
“They both have destinies in different times as heroes. What they did was the sort-of Casablanca decision of putting what’s most important to them — which is saving the world — first. It’s a little bittersweet that one destiny is to be a hero in this time and one’s destiny is to run the Legion in another time, but I think they grew a lot from knowing one another. They have respect for one another, and they have a respect for the decisions they respectively made.”
It’s not to say that we’ll never see Mon-El again though.
Rovner says, “We love working with Chris, so we’d love to have Mon-El back someday if the story takes us there and if Chris is available.”
So Mon-El fans can keep hope alive.
One more casting change for Supergirl according to TV Line: Jesse Rath, who recurred as Braniac-5 has been promoted to series regular for next season. Rath and Jordan are essentially switching places.
“We love the character of Brainiac-5 and can’t imagine anyone but Jesse Rath in the role,” executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller said in a statement. “He brings such fun, heart and brilliance to Brainy, and we’re so excited he’s joining the cast as a series regular for season 4. We have a lot of great Brainy stories to tell.”
The reason for this is apparent in the finale, and does provide some great possibilities of stories with him. He was fun, and his awkwardness in learning human emotions and stuff will make for some humorous exchanges.
As for the rest of the cast, David Harewood et al, despite their story lines, will be back with the same status next season. If anything changes we will be sure to let you know.
Overall, the entire Arrowverse is changing. All 4 shows have promotions, exits, or returns. So come fall, things will be a little different all around.
What do you think of all these casting changes? Good? Bad? Indifferent?