While Arrow has been away, the casting director has certainly played.
When Arrow returns for its fourth season in October, there will be a slew of new faces that fans will be welcoming to the show, be it in a guest-star or recurring capacity. Some will have a major impact on the season, like Damien Darhk, and others will let their presence be known in the flashbacks, like Jimmy Akingbola.
From the big bad Damien Darhk to Mr. Terrific to a familiar face in John Constantine, we’re taking a look at the new cast of characters that will be coming to Star City (and the flashbacks, wherever they may be).
Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough)
While we’ve seen our share of daunting big bads on Arrow, nothing even comes close to the “pure evil” that is Damien Darhk. Unlike with the major villains of Arrow past, Darhk won’t be introduced in the midseason finale. Instead Darhk will make his introduction in the season premiere, where he will set the stage for his season-long plan. Also unlike those other big bads, Darhk doesn’t see what he’s doing as morally right in his book, he’s just “pure evil.”
Mr. Terrific/Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum)
Curtis Holt certainly will put the terrific in Mr. Terrific in season four of Arrow. The “technological savant” that will be working under our – what we’re assuming to be CEO Felicity Smoak, will also be a nice compliment to Felicity. And from we can tell, Felicity and Curtis are going to be fast friends. Holt will first appear in episode two.
Anarky/Lonnie Machin (Alexander Calvert)
One of the big villains that are coming to Arrow is none other than the “deranged” Anarky, who is a “freelance killer who is willing to do whatever it takes to impress a potential employer.” Anarky, who will be a recurring character, will first appear in episode two.
John Constantine (Matt Ryan)
While he’s only confirmed to appear in one episode of Arrow this season – episode 5, “Haunted” – John Constantine is a new yet familiar face to the DC Comics television world. Matt Ryan will be reprising his role as Constantine in episode 5 this season, bringing with him the mysticism and magic that the cast and producers have teased this summer will be appearing in season four. From the sound of things it also sounds like Constantine might play a role in Sara Lance’s resurrection, as it was revealed that someone will come back from the dead. And with Sara set to head DC’s Legends of Tomorrow when it premieres this midseason, we’re 99.9 percent sure it’s her.
Vandal Savage (Casper Crump)
Before he makes his way to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Vandal Savage will be wreaking havoc in the Arrow/Flash crossover episodes. The immortal big bad of the Arrow/Flash spinoff has spent the past 6,000 years roaming through history “like a disease” leading to his eventual world domination. So Oliver, Barry and Team Flarrow are certainly going to have their work cut out with him, which we’re assuming leads right into Legends.
Jeremy Tell (JR Bourne)
Star City is about to get a visit from another metahuman when Jeremy Tell aka Double Down comes to town to wreak havoc by the way of deadly card tattoos. He will first appear in episode three.
Baron Reiter (Jimmy Akingbola)
Our flashback big bad of the season seems to be that of Baron Reiter, who is the leader of the villainous organization Shadowspire. While not much is known about him, the involvement of mysticism this season could hint at what potentially Shadowspire might be up to.
Liza Warner (Rutina Wesley)
While the Arrow may be “dead” – so Star(ling) City assumes, the introduction of an anti-vigilante task force insists that the police still have their issues with the remaining heroes of Team Arrow, in Diggle, Laurel and Thea, who have taken over for Oliver and Felicity on the team. Enter Liza Warner, who will be part of the anti-vigilante task force that is looking to put a stop to vigilantism in Star City. Warner will have a recurring arc on the show, which hints that maybe this task force will be a major player for an arc of episodes and threatens Team Arrow’s ability to do its job.
Jessica Danforth (Jeri Ryan)
It’s been awhile since we’ve gotten to explore the Queen family as the Queen family, so the arrival of old family friend Jessica Danforth will do just the trick. Danforth’s political ambitions will put her “in the crosshairs of a menancing antagonist” that could very well be Anarky, who also makes his debut that episode.
Alex Davis (Parker Young)
While not much is known about Alex, a “smart and driven” young man who will be working with Oliver this season, it makes us wonder what Oliver will be doing in terms of employment this season. Also according to the casting report, he will be a potential love interest for Thea, which means that he will be a love interest for Thea, which has our hearts breaking. The-roy forever!
Conklin (Ryan Robbins)
Another of the flashback cast will include the “sadistic” and “ruthless” Conklin, who is Shadowspire member who will be an adversary for our past Oliver. He will first appear in episode three.
Oliver’s Past Love Interest (Elysia Rotaru)
Because flashback Oliver Queen hasn’t slept with enough women, he will be getting a new love interest in the flashbacks in season four. This relationship will serve as a “parallel” and “contrast” to Oliver’s present-day relationship with Felicity, meaning that we can certainly expect things to get toxic between Oliver and his new fling in flashbacks.
Arrow season 4 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8/7c on the CW.