Manhunter is the newest DC Comics character set to appear in Season 3 of The CW’s “Arrow,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Medium” and “Bates Motel” star David Cubitt will play Mark Shaw, who eventually becomes Manhunter and is an A.R.G.U.S. operative who John Diggle (David Ramsey) encounters.
Other characters along for the ride this season are Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), who becomes Atom; Ted Grant (J.R. Ramirez), who becomes Wildcat; Katana (Devon Aoki); a new Count Vertigo (Peter Stormare); Felicity’s mother (Charlotte Ross); and Maseo (Karl Yune).
Ra’s al Ghul, a notorious DC villain, will provide much of the conflict this season. The character was featured prominently in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and was played by Liam Neeson.
“We have a really clever way of doing Ra’s this year that is true to the comic-book origins but different from the way Ra’s was portrayed in the Nolan movies,” said “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim. “You don’t want to compete with ‘Batman Begins,’ even though we’ve always said ‘Batman Begins’ was a big influence on us.”
“Arrow” follows billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who, after being stranded on a hostile island for five years, becomes a street vigilante to combat his city’s rampant crime and corruption.
The series was developed by writer-producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Guggenheim, and is based on the popular DC Comics character Green Arrow.
In addition to “Arrow,” Cubitt has several upcoming feature films in the can, including “Seventh Son” and “Bad City.”
The original Manhunter appeared in Quality Comics’ “Police Comics” No. 8 in March 1942. He went through several incarnations, including being part of the Manhunters, an ancient group of androids created by the Guardians of Oa to police the galaxy before the formation of the Green Lantern Corps.
Season 3 of “Arrow” premieres Oct. 8.