During the panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, executive producer Marc Guggenheim announced a new, and confirmed, character aboard “Arrow” Season 3. Read on to learn more about the casting details.
In an exclusive report from Deadline, Guggenheim confirmed that J.R. Ramirez (“Emily Owens, M.D.”) is joining the third season of “Arrow” as Ted “Wildcat” Grant. Based on the DC Comics, Grant is a member of the Justice Society for America. He also trains masked vigilantes including the Black Canary. In “Arrow,” Grant is a former boxer who runs a gym for the less privileged youth. Deadline noted that Ramirez’s character will play a very important role in Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) arc.
Meanwhile, another character was introduced during the comic-con. It was no other than Ra’s al Ghul. He is Nyssa al Ghul’s (Katrina Law) father, who is connected with the League of Assassins along with Sara (Caity Lotz). However, the casting for this role is underway.
Ra’s al Ghul is notable for his appearance in “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” played by Liam Neeson. Guggenheim, on the other hand, said that the “Arrow” version of Ra’s will be distinctive enough in an “Arrow-ified” way.
“We have a really clever way of doing Ra’s this year that is true to the comic-book origins but different from the way Ra’s was portrayed in the Nolan movies. You don’t want to compete with Batman Begins, even though we’ve always said Batman Begins was a big influence on us,” he says. “We really wanted our Ra’s to be very different — at least our own Arrow-ified version,” explained Guggenheim in a statement as published on The Hollywood Reporter.
Moreover, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg discussed about the possibility of Merlyn and Oliver joining forces against Ra’s. He explained how Ra’s hates Merlyn (John Barrowman), while Oliver (Stephen Amell) does not like Merlyn.
“It’s going to be series of who hates who more. The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” remarked Kreisberg.
There you have it for the latest “Arrow” cast updates. Season 3 premieres on Oct. 8, 2014 on The CW. Do not forget to check out the preview below. For more news and updates on “Arrow,” keep tabs on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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