Arrow is bringing in a new foe for Oliver Queen in season 4.
Jimmy Akingbola has been cast as DC villain Baron Reiter, also known in the comics as Baron Blitzkrieg, THR reports.
Reiter will be a recurring character in season 4 and feature prominently in this season’s flashbacks, which have been kept mostly under wraps at present. At Comic-Con, Stephen Amell told us that mysticism would influence the flashbacks this season.
UPDATE: In an interview with EW.com, executive producer Marc Guggenheim confirmed that Akingbola’s character will not be the Baron Blitzkrieg from the comics.
“We took the name Baron Reiter without any intention of turning him into Baron Blitzkrieg,” he said. “Baron Blitzkrieg is the evil Nazi super villain. Baron Reiter is not going to become Baron Blitzkrieg in the show.”
He continued: “We never planned on actually telling a story about a bad guy who is a Nazi. In fact, when people meet his character, he’s not German, he’s not a Nazi, he doesn’t subscribe to any Nazi philosophies. We were attracted to an organization that actually in the comics had been associated with Deathstroke called Shadowspire. In the comics, Baron Reiter became associated with Shadowspire.”
Arrow returns for its season 4 premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8/7c on The CW.