When Echo Kellum signed up to play Curtis Holt in the fourth season of the CW’s Arrow, comic book fans were excited because of Curtis’ superhero alterego, Mr. Terrific. Now it would be wrong to say that if the last season of Arrow fell apart it was because Kellum never got to suit of as Terrific, but it was kind of disappointing that it never happened. Prepare to make amends! As inferred in the Comic Con sizzle reel for Arrow season five, Curtis will be one of a number of new heroes being trained by Oliver Queen, and the actor promises, “The mask is happening this year. […] You can definitely expect it in the first nine.”
In an interview posted to Comic Book Resources, Kellum said that season five will be Curtis time to find a new version of himself. “You’re going to see him fail and keep striving,” he explained. “There’s something about Curtis that’s very driven. I think you’ll see some of the hurdles he’ll have to pass. You’ll see that his drive really pushes him through everything. Whether it was the Olympics or now getting into the field with Team Arrow, I think it’s going to be a really fun journey.”
Curtis was introduced on Arrow as a tech expert and inventor at Palmer Tech and became a trusted friend and confidante of Felicity Smoak, the Palmer Tech CEO. Felicity, of course, was turfed as CEO at the end of the season, which puts Curtis in a bind professionally in season five. “Curtis is in flux, professionally, right now,” Kellum said. “He loved his boss, he loved his CEO. He is loyal, he’s still an active worker, I think Curtis still works there, but we haven’t talked about it. I feel like it might be a solidarity thing, like, if Felicity is gone, then I’m gone too. Maybe.”
One thing’s for sure, Kellum was a great addition to the show last year, adding some much needed levity to the Arrow Cave especially when he became a full-fledged member of Team Arrow. His promotion to series regular should be a good move as the show continues to look to get back to its season two high ground.
Arrow returns in October Wednesday nights on the CW.
Source: Comic Book Movie