Even as The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow tightens a stranglehold around either Arrow Season 4 or The Flash Season 2, the DC drama isn’t afraid to dive deeper into its comic roots. Case in point, famed Green Arrow character Connor Hawke will put in an appearance on the new series, but with a surprising twist from the canon.

Per ComicBook.com, the as-yet-uncast Hawke will appear in an unknown outing of Legends of Tomorrow in 2016, described in casting as “an African-American or biracial male who decides to put on the uniform of a missing hero who once stood for justice and hope.”

Curiously, for as much as the role seems as if the Legends will encounter a future iteration of the Green Arrow, The CW’s version of Connor Hawke will not be the child of Oliver Queen and his African-American and Korean college girlfriend Sandra Hawke, as in the comics. Further compounding that curiosity, Arrow’s Oliver has already been revealed to have an unknown child by an unnamed past love, while executive producer Marc Guggenheim has previously denied Connor Hawke would be addressed within the series.

So reads the official Legends of Tomorrow description:

When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?

Set for 15 episodes (to start), thus far we know Legends of Tomorrow will include among its cast Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber), Jay Jackson (Franz Drameh), Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee), Hawkman (Falk Hentschel), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Caity Lotz, time-traveler Rip Hunter (Doctor Who alum Arthur Darvill), Valentina Vostok (Stephanie Corneliussen) and DC big bad Vandal Savage (Casper Crump).

Legends of Tomorrow will also continue its setup over the next few weeks, but what do we make of the latest hero?


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