The CW’s upcoming Gotham Knights series has found its first two cast members.
According to Variety, Fallon Smythe and Tyler DiChiara have been cast as Harper and Cullen Row respectively. Harper is being described as “streetwise, acerbic and often underestimated, the blue-haired bisexual is a gifted engineer who can fix anything.” While Cullen is described as having spent “years of hiding his true self from an abusive parent, the transgender teen is tired of being polite and agreeable. Clever and adept at reading human nature, Cullen is ready to fight his own battles.”
Harper first appeared in Batman Vol 2 #1 and went on to be known as Bluebird, and Cullen arrived in Batman Vol 2 #12.
Smythe made her acting debut in the web series S.H.R.I.E.K., and went on to appear in I Didn’t Do It on the Disney Channel and Grown-ish for Freeform. DiChiara made his debut in the feature film Relish, and was recently in The Virgin of Highland Park.
First rumored in Dec. 2021, the new series will hail from Batwoman writers James Stoteraux, Natalie Abrams, and Chad Fiveash. Despite a video game currently in development by the same name, it will apparently have no connection to this new series. It will also not be connected with Batwoman despite the writers moving over from that series.
Here is the logline for the upcoming TV project:
“In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader. And as the city’s most wanted criminals, this renegade band of misfits must fight to clear their names. But in a Gotham with no Dark Knight to protect it, the city descends into the most dangerous it’s ever been. However, hope comes from the most unexpected of places as this team of mismatched fugitives will become its next generation of saviors.”
Fiveash and Stoteraux are set to executive produce with Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden. Abrams will be a co-exec producer.
As with all pilots, this does not guarantee the project will move to series. If it does, it would be a possible pickup for the 2022/2023 TV season.