Arrow Is Casting A Manhunter

Craig Byrne August 17, 2012 6

An interesting Tweet came from actress Ashley Scott this afternoon:

@iamAshleyScott: Reading for @DCComics show #Arrow today. So excited about stepping into Kate Spencer’s shoe’s.

For one, this is interesting because Ashley Scott played Helena/the Huntress in The WB’s short-lived Birds Of Prey adaptation. That show also had a Black Canary, so it all comes together, in a way. Note that although the tweet says that she did a reading, we’re not sure that means that she has been confirmed for the role. (As I’m not an actor, I’m not sure where “reading for” falls into the process… maybe it’s just an audition?)

Even more interesting is that Kate Spencer is another character from the DC Universe – federal prosecutor by day, and vigilante “Manhunter” the rest of the time. This version of the character first appeared in Manhunter #1 back in 2004. Arrow’s Marc Guggenheim wrote Manhunter in DC’s later issues of Justice Society Of America.

You know, I’d watch a Manhunter TV series… just saying.

We should also point out that even with Kate Spencer coming on to Arrow, that doesn’t guarantee her scarlet alter ego will come into play. After all, it’s doubtful that Arrow’s Felicity Smoak will actually be Ronnie Raymond’s stepmother. It’s still a cool reminder of the larger DC Universe that the Arrow producers are playing with.

No word on when Kate Spencer is coming on to the show, but we’re assuming from the timing that the auditions are for Episode 5 or 6.


  1. Justin August 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm -

    Oh. My. God. This literally makes my year. Kate Spencer/Manhunter is my absolute favorite comics character ever! Even Batman, Red Robin, and Flash run a distance second behind her.

    Please, please, please, please let Manhunter show up! I’ll be the happiest man in history.

  2. Michael J. Petty August 18, 2012 at 11:44 am -


  3. Nick August 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm -

    First Deadshot and now Kate Spencer!? PLEASE tell me she shows up as Manhunter at some point!

  4. RT August 20, 2012 at 2:42 am -

    Great addition. Will she be a hero.

    I think though they should cast someone totally new. Wouldn’t want people to think this is connected to the bird of prey TV show, No that i don’t like it, because I do. It will confuse people.

  5. hopeless August 23, 2012 at 4:05 am -

    From what i recall the original character used equipment from other captured villains and set out to take down some nasty foes.
    If she becomes Manhunter the question remains whose equipment is she using and it would make sense to show her acquiring them from lockup without permission…

  6. PJ October 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm -

    Kate Spencer/Manhunter is awesome. Not sure if Arrow can live up to expectations concerning cameos.