Arrow Season 3 Spoilers: Roles Being Cast – Possibly Including Blue Beetle

Craig Byrne June 15, 2014 21

While we have no title yet for the Season 3 premiere of Arrow, which will likely air in October, TV Line came through with some details on new roles that will be cast for Arrow Season 3.

Casting breakdowns like these rarely tell the whole story — for example, last summer they were casting a role called “Lisa” that we think was either Sara or Nyssa (and we’re being too lazy this Sunday morning to look up to see for sure) — and when Slade Wilson was cast, even Manu Bennett was unaware of the character that he would be playing. This is to throw off people as to which characters are being cast, so big surprises can be announced at Comic-Con next month.

So which characters are they looking for?

420px-Blue-Beetle-1“Daniel” is obviously a code-name for someone else. The character is described as “a 20something gent” and a major recurring character for Season 3. He’s handsome — of course, it’s The CW, right? — and he’s also an enigmatic and highly intelligent entrepreneur developing groundbreaking technology. He exudes charm and confidence in public, but is said to harbor a tragic past that drives him to become a tech-powered superhero. From this description, it sounds like they are describing Ted Kord, whose company Kord Industries has already been mentioned on the series, and he is indeed a tech-based superhero.

More for this character: He’s said to be a love interest for Felicity and a rival of Oliver’s – both personally and professionally. Since Barry is in Central City, seems there is new competition for the lady that Quentin Lance calls “Misch Schmoak.”

Ted Kord is recently added to the “New 52″ DC Comics universe with the Forever Evil story, which means he is a growing player in the DCU. Finally, we might add that if this is Ted, the “Daniel” alias for casting makes sense: Ted’s predecessor as the Blue Beetle was Dan Garrett.

Then there’s “Seth.” We don’t know what character inspired him, but he gains power over enemies by exposing them to drugs that drain their willpower. He also is a physical match for The Arrow. Any ideas on who that could be? Leave them in the comments.

“Toshi” is recurring in the Hong Kong flashbacks, and he will be Oliver’s teacher and handler who eventually becomes a friend. He’s a well-trained operative, skilled in weaponry, intelligence gathering and combat, and when he’s not doing that, he is a devoted father and husband. So, basically he’s a sane version of Slade Wilson, right?

“Akiko” is Toshi’s wife and is highly skilled in the martial arts.

You can read the TV Line post that revealed these characters here and of course, come talk about it all on our Arrow spoilers forum!


  1. Ryan June 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm -

    Okay so for Seth…Scarecrow maybe? As for Akiko and Toshi, David Cain and Lady Shiva

  2. Russ June 15, 2014 at 12:29 pm -

    Somebody suggested Dr. Alchemy for Seth. Not sure I buy it, but I guess it could work.

    Maybe Max Lord? The reference to controlling people could be analogous to his minor psychic “pushes” and he’d certainly be a formidable foe for Ted.

  3. Thomas June 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm -

    I just really hope that Ted Kord potentially appearing doesn’t mean Ted Grant won’t appear this season as well. Most shows rarely ever do two characters with the same name, especially at the same time. So that has be slightly worried because I was really hoping he’d make an appearance to train with Laurel.

    • Craig Byrne June 15, 2014 at 12:47 pm -

      Thomas – one thing I considered is that maybe “Daniel” isn’t a code name at all and it’s Daniel Garrett… though we know Ted Kord likely exists in the Arrow universe, so maybe not. But if it was Dan Garrett then there’d definitely be no Ted conflict.

      Was every Justice Society member named Ted, anyway? It’s like all the Hanks in the Marvel Universe…

      • Thomas June 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm -

        I’d like for that to be the case, but with the way Ted Kord just made his New 52 debut, I feel like this could be one of those things that’s out of the writer’s hands. A DC higher up probably gave them a bit of a nudge to use him.

        Another alternative is just call Ted Grant Wildcat most of the time. Or Grant even. They hinted to him appearing last season (a news feed in, like, 2.15 and then again in the finale), so I can’t imagine he’s not in the cards for this season.

        And Marvel liked to shake it up a bit too, though. They threw in a variation of Peter and Robert every once in a while once in a while to go with their army of Hanks.

    • Erin June 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm -

      I noticed while rewatching season 1 that they’ve actually specifically mentioned Ted Kord on the show before. I can’t recall which episode it was, but there was a flashback scene between Robert and Moira where they said they had just gotten back from (or we’re getting ready for) a fundraiser thrown by Ted Kord. This made me think it was unlikely he’s the mysterious ‘Daniel’ and more likely he was a friend/colleague closer to Oliver’s parents age.

      • Craig Byrne June 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm -

        Or, maybe Ted Kord was just really, really young then.

        We’ve had something happen before where someone who was thought to be a contemporary of one ended up being contemporary to another… for example, in “The Undertaking” where Laurel mentioned “Ray and Jean,” we assumed Ray Palmer and Jean Loring, but then Jean Loring showed up as Moira’s lawyer in S2.

  4. Halberdier17 June 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm -

    I think ‘Seth’ is Jonathan Crane “Scarecrow” because his drug removes Willpower and Fear is the opposite of Willpower according to the DC Universe.

    Stephen Amell also said recently if you love villains Batman fights you will love Season 3.

  5. Alex Snow (@Geodude96) June 15, 2014 at 1:34 pm -

    For Seth, how about Brick? The drug that specifically “drains willpower” is new, granted. However, in the comics he had super strength/invulnerability (translating that to “a physical match for the Arrow” makes sense) and was a gang leader/drug lord/drug dealer. And his name, Danny Brickwell, was on The List.

  6. Christian June 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm -

    Seth is totally Black Hand

  7. JJB June 15, 2014 at 1:42 pm -

    I somehow feel that “Seth” is actually some “Arrow-fied” version of Sinestro. Which I this would be really cool! There’s no way it’s Scarecrow, he’s too similar to Brother Blood. Also could be Doctor Alchemy. “Daniel” is probably Kord, but having Dan Garrett appear as the character first would be very Arrow. The other two characters, I’m betting, are exactly who they say they are.

    • Max Simmons June 17, 2014 at 9:07 am -

      Gotta say I’m leaving towards the possibility of it being done short of yellow lantern. Maybe they’re not aliens but some sort of street gang or something? The ‘willpower’ word just seems very deliberate.

  8. Diogo June 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm -

    I was thinking about “Akiko” and “Toshi” could be Tatsu a.k.a Katana and her husband, Maseo Yamashiro. Tatsu had two children with Maseo Yamashiro, and the plot about the the brother of Maseo, the Yakuza member Takeo, gives opportunity to show see him seeks revenge against his former family and the woman who loved (love triangle, another thing that the CW loves it too) and the origins the legendary sword Soultaker. It also gives opportunity to work with an unknown character and within which they seek to propose Oliver this season.

  9. sean June 15, 2014 at 7:38 pm -

    I think toshi will be another member of “the great ten” like they used yao fei in season one. My guess from this description Is Fang Zhifu, “the august general in iron”. he fits the description perfectly

    • sean June 15, 2014 at 7:40 pm -

      but then again the celestial archer would make a lot of sense as well

  10. jake June 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm -

    Daniel is obviously ted kord’s blue beetle. the Seth description sounds like parasite or scarecrow. Akiko and Toshi descriptions sound like David Cain and Lady Shiva.

  11. Guillermo June 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm -

    Quien enseño a pilotear a Arrow… sera Hal Jordan o Bruce Wayne

  12. The Tingler June 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm -

    While obviously Japanese rather than Chinese, I wouldn’t be surprised if “Akiko” turns out to be Katana. She’s been involved a lot in Green Arrow’s recent excellent New 52 comics arc so it’s the most obvious guess from me.

    Seth is interesting however…

  13. Stephen June 19, 2014 at 1:38 pm -

    Could Seth be Parasite, the Superman villian?

  14. Sophie June 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm -

    I believe Toshi is in fact David Cain because David has been involved with the league of assasins in the comics and i think it’s a way to connect the past with the present..

  15. Nathan June 22, 2014 at 4:54 am -

    “Seth” would not be Scarecrow.

    Can’t be as they said he was a “physical match” for Arrow and the Scarecrow has NO physical ability in the batman series (going on dark knight here which is Arrow’s line) therefore he would not match up physically with a specimen like the green Arrow