Fans of DC comics, movies, and TV were ecstatic this week when the long rumored addition of Smallville stars Tom Welling and Erica Durance were finally announced for the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths as Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Now, one of the original Birds of Prey is also swinging into action!
TVLine and other sources are reporting Ashley Scott is now on board in her role as Huntress from the short-lived and highly underrated Birds of Prey series. The show, which debuted on the defunct WB network in 2002, depicted a future Gotham City abandoned by Batman. The Huntress portrayed here was Helena Kyle, the daughter of Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle).
The series also starred Dina Myer as Batgirl / Oracle / Barbara Gordon, and Rachel Skarsten as Dinah Redmond, the daughter of Black Canary.
As Comingsoon.net points out, Kevin Conroy is is also appearing as an older version of Bruce Wayne, opening up the possibility Helena will reunite with the father she never knew sixteen years after Birds of Prey ended.
Fans of the Arrowverse know one incarnation of Huntress already lives in that continuity. Jessica De Gouw starred as the character’s Post-Crisis version, Helena Bertinelli, the daughter of a mob boss. She was not related to Batman.
Scott joins a long roster of DC characters, past and present, who will appear on what can only be described as DC’s most ambitious TV project ever. Besides the Arroverse’s current lineup of heroes and villians, Brandon Routh is returning as Superman, donning a suit based on Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come design. Burt Ward, the Robin of Batman ’66, will also drop in as an aging ‘boy wonder,’ we can only assume. John Wesley Shipp, who portrayed The Flash in CBS’s shortlived 1990 series but who has made appearances as Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth 2, is also returning to the role. And, as previously mentioned, Smallville‘s Tom Welling and Erica Durance will reprise their roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and the crossover will reveal how their lives have transpired eight years since Smallville almost a decade ago.