Before San Diego Comic Con 2015, Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim had already stated season four would not only tread lighter in terms of tone, but also introduce fans to a new Oliver Queen, no longer under the guise of 'The Arrow'. Beyond reaffirming this, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment's panel at Comic Con last Saturday also announced official casting for Damien Darhk and teased two new comic book characters coming to the show: Mister Terrific and Anarky.
While Mister Terrific will work mainly with Felicity, considering his natural aptitude for technology (and tech-based weapons), Anarky will work against Team Arrow in an effort to undermine order in the newly-named Star City. As of last weekend, neither role had been cast, but now both characters have officially found their respective actors.
EW is now reporting that Echo Kellum has signed on for the fourth season of Arrow as Curtis Holt, a.k.a. Mister Terrific. Meanwhile, CBR has learned that Alexander Calvert (Bates Motel, The Returned) will play Lonnie Machin, a.k.a. Anarky, in forthcoming episodes on the CW/DC TV show.
A technological savant and inventor, Holt is going to be working at Palmer Technologies under Felicity's supervision. As previously discussed, there are two versions of Mister Terrific in the comics (Terry Sloane and Michael Holt); judging by the last name - and Holt's employment with Palmer Technologies - it seems Arrow will take inspiration from the latter version. That means including the character's technological prowess and potentially introducing his signature electronic devices, T-Spheres.
Aside from recurring roles on NBC's Ben and Kate and Fox's Sean Saves the World - both cancelled after one season - Kellum is relatively unknown, which follows Arrow's tendency to cast unfamiliar faces (most notably series stars Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards). With experience working on comedies, though, Kellum is at the very least well-prepared to trade witty retorts with Rickard's cheeky techie.
As for Anarky, the villain will reportedly debut in the second episode of season four as a "a deranged freelancing criminal who is willing to do whatever it takes to impress a potential employer." Said description contradicts the character's established motivation and personality in the comics. With no tragic or traumatizing past, Anarky acts not for vengeance or redemption like Oliver Queen, but in the name of his strong and particularly skewed beliefs. Ultimately, he is a social activist who views himself a hero (and sees his violent actions as heroic).
Anarky's ideology and single-minded goals somewhat negate working for an employer - that is, unless the aforementioned employer shares a similar objective. Perhaps Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), season four's main antagonist, is the employer whom Anarky is trying to impress. As the leader of H.I.V.E. and a former member of the League of Assassins - an organization that also adopts immoral means to "protect" and "save" humanity - Darhk could be interested in recruiting supporters of his nefarious cause.
Whatever the case, Alexander Calvert - another lesser known TV actor who has appeared in both Bates Motel and The Returned - will most likely bring his own edge to the character for season four. And with a big bad named 'Darhk', as well as a smaller villain looking to unleash anarchy, Arrow season four would seem poised for yet another dark turn despite recent reports. Maybe Mister Terrific, along with a few cameos from The Flash, will be able to balance out the doom and gloom.
Arrow returns for season 4 Wednesday, October 7th, at 8PM on The CW; The Flash returns for season 2 Tuesday, October 6th, at 8PM on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.