The Green Arrow adaptation, Arrow, starts up next month. Fans are all praying that CW does something to make it shine and it doesn’t end up being just another in a line of often-failed attempts at bringing a super hero to television. And though they’re updating the show for the modern day, it looks like many old favorites will be showing up during the series – 11 DC characters have been confirmed so far, in fact.
Which ones, you ask? Well, just in case you’ve missed the piece-meal news announcing each character and who will be playing them, we’ve organized a list here. Some of these you may know, while others played more obscure roles in Green Arrow’s comic and may be lost on you. So without further ado, the line up is…
Black Canary (AKA Pretty Bird, Scream Queen, Canary)
Played by: Katie Cassidy
Super martial arts lady who ends up on the romantic side of Arrow’s life. Looks like this one may have been seriously nerfed by the Arrow team, however (lame).
China White (AKA Queen of thePacific Rim, The Woman without a Heart)
Played by: Kelly Hu
Leader of a drug cartel in the Pacific Rim who butts heads with Green Arrow.
Played by: Darren Shahlavi
Kick-ass martial arts master and assassin who almost takes Green Arrow down.
Deadshot (AKA The World’s Finest Assassin, The Man Who Never Misses, The Greatest Sniper on Earth)
Played by: Michael Rowe
Expert marksman who, despite being an assassin, has a softer side.
Deathstroke (AKA Deathstroke the Terminator)
Played by: ???
Super-soldier mercenary with mega-genes who once managed to kick the entire JLA’s ass. Little info is available about what they want to do with the character in the series, including who will be playing him.
Played by: Emily Bett Rickards
Computer software businesswoman who fights the good fight.
The Huntress (AKA Batgirl II)
Played by: Jessica De Gouw
Mafia daughter who sees the evil of crime and dedicates herself to taking down the bad guys in rather violent ways. Looks like this one will be a regular on the series.
Merlyn (AKA The Dark Archer, Vordigan)
Played by: Colin Donnell
Bow and arrow wielding member of the League of Assassins. Looks like this one may not be quite the character he was in the books, as the team at Arrow has seen fit to rewrite his story just a bit.
Speedy (AKA Arsenal, Red Arrow OR Mama Mia)
Played by: Willa Holland?
There are two versions of this character, one male and one female. Both ended up serving in a side-kick capacity for Green Arrow. All the rumors so far point to using the girly Speedy and having Holland play the role as a mash up of side-kick and sister to the titular hero.
Played by: Colin Salmon
Stepfather of Oliver Queen and CEO of Queen Industries who stays out of the action.
“The Well-Dressed Man”
Played by: John Barrowman
Who is Barrowman playing? We do not know yet, but that shouldn’t matter too much. I mean, it’s John Barrowman! Speculative folks have kept the list short on who they think he might be, the possibilities including Count Vertigo, the Star City Slayer, Dr. Light or Deathstroke (which would put the real total to 10, I suppose?).
Well, this is certainly looking to be more interesting than I had first though. Luckily, the show starts up on October 10th, so we’ll all soon get to see what DC has planned for us.
Btw, screenrant has an excellent breakdown of each character, including where you might have seen them first, some of their background and what CW is looking to change about them. Check it out.