The most recent trailer for the CW’s comic book adaptation Arrow promised fans of the show an “epic third season,” with Ra’s al Ghul, Deathstroke and a revamped Count Vertigo among its cast of villains and Roy Harper donning a slick new outfit and mask as Arsenal. The show’s trademark flashback sequences, meanwhile, will explore Oliver Queen’s time in Hong Kong and Nanda Parbat.
Among the characters that Oliver will meet (will have met?) during his travels is Tatsu Yamashiro, also known in the DC comic books by her alter ego Katana, due to her superior sword-fighting skills. Katana will act as one of Oliver’s mentors and therefore play in important part in his journey to become the vigilante hero of Starling City.
Devon Aoki (Sin City) was cast as Katana earlier this year, but due to scheduling conflicts she has since been forced to drop out of the role. Don’t worry too much about this setback, however; Deadline reports that the showrunners have already found a replacement in Rila Fukushima, who was recently seen alongside Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, playing psychic assassin Yukio.
Arrow‘s third season will also feature Tatsu’s husband, Maseo Yamashiro, who acts as Oliver’s handler during his time in Hong Kong, and will be played by Karl Yune (Real Steel). Other new cast members this season include Matt Ward (TRON: Legacy) as villain Simon Lacroix AKA Komodo, J.R. Ramirez (Power) as superhero Wildcat, Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as Ray Palmer AKA The Atom, and Peter Stormare (22 Jump Street) as the new version of Count Vertigo.
This season will also feature a crossover with the CW’s spinoff series The Flash. We learned during Comic-Con that the crossover will consist of a two-hour event on each show, adding up to a total of four hours of playtime for Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. It will be interesting to see how the showrunners tie the two series together for this without derailing either of their respective arcs.
Fans of Katana are no doubt excited to see the character in live-action on the show, especially since she’s being played by an actress who has already dipped her toe into the world of comics-based media. Here’s hoping that Tatsu will get a decent amount of screen time, and will get to suit up properly in the flashbacks.
Arrow season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.