For the upcoming season of The CW’s Arrow, the show is upping the ante in terms of how many pieces are on the board. The series recently added characters who will become Wildcat, Katana, and the Atom. Meanwhile, Arrow is bringing Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) back into the game, moving Ra’s al Ghul out of the shadows, introducing a new version of Count Vertigo, and developing Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) into Arsenal. Then there’s the crossover with Arrow’s spinoff series, The Flash, that will begin in episode 8.
Even with all the pieces already on the board, Arrow will be adding another character who might take on the mantle of Manhunter (not to be confused with Martian Manhunter).
THR reported Medium star David Cubitt has joined Arrow’s upcoming season as Mark Shaw, one of the characters from the DC comics to go by the Manhunter moniker; the guest star will appear in episode 3 as an A.R.G.U.S. agent in Corto Maltese and he will cross paths with John Diggle (David Ramsey).
In the comics, Shaw was a public defender who aligned with a group of crime fighters called the Manhunters, though in the New 52 he appears as a U.S. Marshal and a skilled manhunter. Arrow has already given a nod to another Manhunter from the comics: Kate Spencer. However, the character on the show was killed off late in season 2.
As far as Shaw’s character, it seems Arrow has pulled more from the New 52 version and placed him with A.R.G.U.S. rather than the Marshals. Whether or not he’ll take on the name of Manhunter isn’t specified, and it seems he’ll only appear in one episode. With season 3 of Arrow delving more deeply into A.R.G.U.S. - especially Oliver’s ties to Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) - it’s not surprising that the show would bring in more of the organization’s operatives in the form of Shaw.
However, with Cubitt only confirmed to appear in one episode, it doesn’t seem Arrow will give him the same multi-episode treatment as other guest stars and DC comics characters on the series. His appearance may either be a one-off or Shaw may have ties to one of the other characters that will give him a longer arc to explore - similar to the fashion in which Deadshot was introduced to the show.
Arrow season 3 premieres Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.