Actress Ciara Renée has just landed the role of Kendra Saunders AKA Hawkgirl in the CW Arrow/Flash show starring the oddest assortment of DC characters they could find. Ciara has Broadway experience in a leading role of Pippin and has recently made her TV debut in an episode of Law & Order: SVU.
The comic origins of Hawkgirl is problematic at best. She is an alien/egyptian? Doomed to die and be reincarnated all throughout time. Listen, the origin may be garbage but she can fly and swings a mean mace. She is also a fan favorite from the Justice League cartoon.
In the show Kendra recently finds out that she has been reincarnated repeatedly over the centuries and her “warrior spirit” comes out when provoked, along with wings that sprout from her back. Hmm…. Close enough.
Renée joins Brandon Routh (Arrow‘s Ray Palmer/The Atom), Wentworth Miller (The Flash‘s Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Dominic Purcell (The Flash‘s Mick Rory/Heat Wave), Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein) and Caity Lotz whose role is still TBD as her Arrow character Sara Lance was killed off, with her sister Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) taking over as the Black Canary.