DC Race Swaps Another Red Head, Nia Robinson as Carrie Kelley on The CW’s Gotham Knights

Although she survived the jump from her The Dark Knight Returns debut in both current DC Comics continuity and the Titans TV series with her original appearance intact, Carrie Kelley has been announced as the next character in red-haired comic to receive a race swap in their live debut.

Source: Dark Knight III: The Master Race Vol 1 #1 (2016), DC Comics. Variant cover by Amanda Connor.

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As announced by DeadlineKelley will be portrayed in The CW’s upcoming Gotham Knights series by Navia Robinson, the actress perhaps best known for her role as Nia Baxter in the That’s So Raven sequel series Raven’s Home.

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“Fearless, idealistic and brave as hell, Carrie has fought her way to becoming Batman’s unlikely sidekick,” reads a description of her character provided to the trade newspaper. “If there’s a building on fire or someone in need, she’s the first to rush. As long as she’s home by curfew.”

Source: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Vol. 1 #2 “Dark Knight Triumphant” (1986), DC Comics. Lyrics by Frank Miller, illustrations by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley.

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As noted above, since her introduction in the first issue of Frank Miller’s seminal The Dark Knight Returns, Kelley has always been portrayed as a white-skinned redhead, even with her introduction to the mainline DCU in 2013’s Batman and Robin Vol. 2 #19, just as the woke trend of race-swapping under the guise of “representation” was beginning to gain momentum.

However, with the casting of Robinson, Kelley now joins DC characters such as Hawkgirl, Cyclone, and Artemis on the list of established red-headed comic book characters who in recent years have been arbitrarily swapped in an attempt by publishers and IP. owners to woo social media audiences.

Source: Batman & Robin Vol. 2 #19 “Denial” (2013), DC Comics. Lyrics by Peter Tomasi, illustrations by Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray and John Kalisz.

Alongside Kelley’s casting, it was announced that French actor Oscar Morgan will play a seemingly quirky character named Turner Hayes, who “despite the murder of his biological parents, remains resilient and determined to live up to his father’s name. adoptive billionaire,” and “while charming and moving, never really felt comfortable in this world of wealth and privilege.

Additionally, Days of Our Lives actress Olivia Rose Keegan was also cast as Duela – better known in the comics as the self-proclaimed Joker’s Daughter.

“Abrasive, unpredictable and a little off balance, Duela is above all a survivor. Born in Arkham Asylum and abandoned by her father — the most dangerous man in Gotham — Duela forged herself into a brutal fighter and skilled thief,” Deadline described her character.

Source: Batman: The Dark Knight Vol. 2 #23.4 “The Joker’s Daughter” (2013), DC Comics. Cover by Jason Fabok and Nathan Fairbairn.

According to a plot synopsis of the series provided by Deadline, “Gotham Knights picks up in the wake of the murder of Bruce Wayne, his rebellious adopted son forging an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies as they are all framed for ‘killing the Caped Crusader’.

“As the city’s most wanted criminals, this gang of renegade misfits must fight to clear their name.” “But in a Gotham without a Dark Knight to protect it, the city becomes the most dangerous it has ever been. However, hope comes from the most unexpected places as this team of mismatched fugitives will become its next generation of saviors known as the name of Gotham Knights.

Source: Dark Knight III: The Master Race Vol 1 #1 (2016), DC Comics. Variant cover by Kenneth Rocafort.

Slated to be helmed by Batwoman writer Natalie Abrams and producers Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux, production on Gotham Knights is slated to begin in April.

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