The CW's Arrow and The Flash have brought in seemingly countless characters from the DC Comics both shows are based on, a tradition that will continue with the network's midseason series, DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Arrow stars Caity Lotz (White Canary) and Brandon Routh (Atom) will be joined by The Flash's Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein), Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold) and Dominic Purcell (Heat Wave), along with Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter), Franz Drameh (Jay Jackson) and Ciara Renee (Hawkgirl). Earlier today, ComicBook.com confirmed with Warner Bros. that Arrow comic book character Connor Hawke will appear in DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
The character has not been cast yet, but a report recently surfaced that the studio was searching for an "African-American or biracial male" for a character who, "decides to put on the uniform of a missing hero who once stood for justice and hope." The studio also confirmed that, unlike the comic book version of Connor Hawke, this character will not be the son of Oliver Queen and his former college girlfriend, Sandra Hawke. In the comics, Connor is an expert martial artist and archer, like his father before him, and after Oliver died, he became the second Green Arrow.
Since DC's Legends of Tomorrow involves time travel, the site is speculating that he could be a Green Arrow from the future, or perhaps an alternate universe, but that hasn't been confirmed. In the New 52 comics, Connor Hawke is known as The Red Arrow, and he is a member of The World Army. The casting report revealed that Connor Hawke would make his debut in Episode 6 of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, but it isn't known if the character will appear in any episodes after that.
Even if Connor isn't Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) son, it's still possible that he may cross over into Arrow as well. We already know that characters like DC's Legends of Tomorrow stars Falk Hentschel (Hawkman) and Casper Crump (Vandall Savage) are set to appear on both Arrow and The Flash at some point before the midseason show debuts. Another report from earlier this week revealed that the new Arrow villain, Damien Darhk, will cross over into both DC's Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash.
The casting report did mention that this character, now confirmed to be Connor Hawke, would "pick up his father's mantle and become a powerful villain," so it's possible that Connor's comic book back story could be changed for the show. Instead of being Green Arrow's son, perhaps he's the offspring of Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) or any other villain from Arrow, but we'll have to wait and see. What do you think about Connor Hawke debuting on DC's Legends of Tomorrow?