Arrow Season 4 premieres next Wednesday (at the time of writing this) and new details keep coming forward. Fans already learned of several big changes, like how the new season will embrace an overall lighter tone compared to season 3; that Diggle will finally wear a costume; that Thea shall suit up as an official part of team Arrow; and Oliver and Felicity will be happy… for a while, anyway.
In addition to major directional changes, fans are also excited about the slew of new characters joining the cast. Matt Ryan will appear for the first time on Arrow reprising his role as John Constantine, Rutina Wesley (True Blood) is joining the cast as Liza Warner (known in comics as the hilariously titled Lady Cop), Neal McDonough will be playing playing the “purely evil” Damien Dahrk, and finally we have Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific (Curtis Holt)–who we finally have a first look of.
Kellum’s character Curtis Holt is based on Michael Holt, a member of the Justice Society and Checkmate in the DC Comics universe. In addition to being an all around genius, Holt is an Olympic level athlete. In Arrow, the character will appear working with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) at Palmer Technology. He is described as a tech savant (much like Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer) and will also be the series’ first openly gay character.
Here is what Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim told TV Insider about Curtis (followed by the first look image):
“Curtis is someone we started talking about [in the writers room] at the end of last year, out of a desire to fill in some gaps in terms of the cast and storytelling… No one will compare [Ray Palmer and Curtis Holt]. It is really a different performance than Brandon’s.”
Viewers should expect to see Rickards and Kellum’s genius characters share many scenes – and it should be a lot of fun. “Echo has quickly become an MVP of the cast,” raves Guggenheim. “I think a lot of people will compare him favorably to the addition of Emily in Season 1. He has this wonderful energy.”
The slight name shift between Kellum’s Curtis Holt and DC comics Michael Holt likely means the two won’t have identical stories. Hopefully, along with everything else happening during Arrow season 4, we’ll get a decent origin story for the new cast member, too. Whatever the origin of Kellum’s Holt ends up being on the show, though, he looks… terrific in the role (I’m so sorry).
The Flash season 2 premieres on The CW on Tuesday, October 6 at 8pm/7 central; Arrow season 4 debuts Wednesday, October 7 at 8pm/7 central; Legends of Tomorrow begins in 2016.
Source: TV Insider