Season 4 of The CW’s The Flash has cast Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff as Amunet Black, aka Blacksmith in the fifth episode titled “Girls Night Out,” described as a mini-crossover with Arrow featuring the character Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). Executive producer Todd Helbing briefly revealed some info on the episode, stating:
It’s really fun. The girls [including a visiting Felicity Smoak] go and have a night out in Central City alone, without the guys. And they get into some trouble.
In the comics, Amunet was briefly the wife of Keith Kenyon, a criminal scientist who tested a gold-based serum on himself and was granted superhuman strength, invulnerability and a golden glow. Becoming the supervillain Goldface, he operated as a foe of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern for a time. When they divorced, Amunet stole the elixir and modified it before drinking it herself. As a result, she gained the ability to reshape metal and merge it with her own flesh. Using her newfound abilities and the underground black market known as the Network as a power base, she assembles a new team of The Flash’s Rogues to take control of Central City and Keystone City. Although initially successful, she is brought down by a combinatiom of infighting amongst her team and her ex-husband galvanizing the citizens of both cities against her and imprisoned in Iron Heights Penitentiary.
Sackhoff’s iteration of the character is described as “a steely and badass boss of an underground black market for supervillains [who] uses every means possible, including the long list of metahumans under her thumb, to ensure her illicit enterprise thrives.” This sounds extremely close to her comics counterpart, minus the details about her ex-husband, whuch is to be expected given the fact that Green Lantern’s existence in the Arrowverse has yet to be outright confirmed, although there are plenty of hints and Easter eggs. Sackhoff has long been on several lists and fan castings for superhero projects, owing to her strong association to geek culture through her involvement in genre projects such as Battlestar Galactica, Halo 3, Bionic Woman, Batman: Year One, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Riddick. There was recently a strong fan campaign to cast her as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, and while that role has gone to Brie Larson Larson, it’s good to see Sackhoff finally involved in a superhero project.
Season 4 of The Flash premieres on October 10 on The CW.