The Arrow-verse continues to expand.
Today Entertainment Weekly reports that Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate) has been cast as Curtis Holt, an employee of Palmer Industries, working with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). Curtis, an inventor/tech genius, will also have a night job. He’ll be out on the streets fighting crime as Mr. Terrific. Kellum will make his début in the series’ second episode this fall.
Mr. Terrific has a long history in comics, with two men taking up the mantle of “fair play”. The current Mr. Terrific appearing in DC Comics is Michael Holt, a self-made multi-millionaire, who happens to be the third smartest man in the world. He holds 14 Ph.Ds (two in engineering and physics—including doctorates and master’s degrees in law, psychology, chemistry, political science, and mathematics), oh, and he won the gold medal in the Olympic decathlon. His success in, well, everything comes from his “a natural aptitude for having natural aptitudes”. He fights crime with his genius, along with his army of tech toys, including his T-Spheres, flying mobile robots who can hack any system and generate electric bolts. He is also invisible to all means of electronic surveillance.
He was driven to fight for justice after the death of his wife, and unborn child in a tragic accident. The character has a long association with the Justice Society of America, the original super team created by DC Comics in the 1940s. The character also appeared as part of the Justice League Unlimited on Cartoon Network for 3 seasons where he was played by Michael Beach.
The character’s appearance in Arrow’s season 4 was announced last week during the Arrow Panel at Comic Con, along with the Bat-villain Anarky, along with the fact that this version of Mr. Terrific will be a gay man. Mr. Terrific and the newly re-christened Green Arrow will be protecting Star City (Starling no more) from Anarky, and the recently cast Neal McDonough who will play the season’s main villain Damien Darhk.
Arrow’s 4th season debuts on October 7th.