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The CW's “Arrow” casted two new actors for its upcoming third season. “Supernatural” actress Amy Gumenick will play DC Comics villainess Cupid, while “Glee” star Nolan Funk has been cast as the ex-boyfriend of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards.) Also read: ‘Wolverine’ Star Rila Fukushima Replacing Devon Aoki on ‘Arrow’ Cupid begins her arc as an obsessive fan of “The Arrow” (Stephen Amell), but she eventually devolves into a nemesis of the Starling City protector. Gumenick, best known for playing Dean and Sam Winchester's mom in “Supernatural” flashback episodes, has signed on for two episodes. Funk, who starred in “Glee” and “Awkward, »
- Travis Reilly and Linda Ge
Earlier today, we reported that Sin City‘s Devon Aoki had left Arrow and had been replaced by The Wolverine actress Rila Fukushima in the role of Tatsu Yamashiro a.k.a. Katana. Now, we have a new bit of castingto announce, as THR reports that Glee and Awkward alum Nolan Funk has signed on to be a guest star.
Funk will make his debut in Arrow‘s fifth episode, titled “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.” Details about his role are sparse, though we know he’ll play Felicity’s former hacker boyfriend from her days at MIT. Whether or not he’ll show up in flashbacks or make his way to Starling City in the present day remain to be seen.
- James Garcia
Rila will play Katana/Tatsu in The CW hit, taking over for Devon Aoki, who had to depart the series due to a scheduling conflict.
She will be a mentor to Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen in flashback sequences. Her character will be an important influence on Olly’s journey to becoming present day hero, The Arrow. Tatsu is a recurring role for Rila.
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In a bit of a casting change-up, The Wolverine actress Rila Fukushima has replaced Sin City‘s Devon Aoki as Katana on Arrow‘s upcoming third season. Aoki landed the role back in July, but has had to leave the series due to a scheduling conflict.
For those unfamiliar with the character, Katana is the alter-ego of Tatsu Yamashiro, a Japanese woman who’s skilled with a blade and has a knack for martial arts. She’ll debut in the season premiere in flashback sequences depicting Oliver Queen’s time in Hong Kong under A.R.G.U.S. custody.
Katana is just one of many DC Comics characters headed to the series, as we’ll also be seeing Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer a.k.a. The Atom, Matt Ward as the dangerous archer Komodo, Peter Stormare as the New 52 version of Count Vertigo, J.R. Ramirez as boxing champion and vigilante Wildcat, »
- James Garcia
Back in July, it was reported that Sin City’s Devon Aoki was to join the cast of Arrow as Tatsu Yamashiro, a.k.a. Katana, but it seems that scheduling conflicts have forced her to drop out, with Deadline revealing that The Wolverine star Rila Fukushima has been brought in as her replacement.
Fukushima is one of several newcomers to the cast of the DC superhero show for season three, with other additions including Matt Ward as Komodo, Brandon Routh as The Atom, Karl Yune as Maseo Yamashiro and Peter Stormare as Count Vertigo. They will join returning stars Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), David Ramsey (John Diggle), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak), Willa Holland (Thea Queen), Colton Haynes (Roy Harper), John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance) and Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance).
- Gary Collinson
Fukushima, who played Yukio in the "X-Men" spin-off, is set to replace the previously cast Devon Aoki in the role of Tatsu Yamashiro on the upcoming third season of the show.
The character serves as one of Oliver’s mentors in flashbacks, and is a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow. In the comics, she becomes the woman known as Katana.
The role is said to be a major recurring one and Aoki has reportedly had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
We've heard some casting news from CW’s Arrow this morning, including a very familiar face for fans of the Wolverine's film antics.
Having already played Yukio, a deadly assassin/ precognative mutant, in The Wolverine, Fukushima is now jumping ships from the X-Men series to the DC televisual universe.
She will play Tatsu Yamashiro, "a Japanese martials arts expert who wields a deadly sword" - a role which certainly suits her skillset. Her character will also have the codename Katana, inspired by her weapon of choice.
Fukushima replaces Devon Aoki, who you may have heard was originally cast in the role before a scheduling conflict arose.
It’s believed that Tatsu will mainly appear in the flashback sequences that pop up throughout Arrow, as a key inspiration to the younger Oliver Queen.
Having first appeared in The Brave »
Less than two months after Devon Aoki was cast as Katana on Season 3 of Arrow, the actress was forced to step aside due to scheduling conflicts. Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine) has signed on to take her place.
Rila Fukushima will have a major recurring role as Katana, a Japanese martial arts expert who is seen in flashback sequences during Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) time on the island. She will be joined by Oliver's other mentor, Maseo Yamashiro, played by Karl Yune. It isn't known how many episodes of Season 3 that Rila Fukushima has signed on for.
Arrow returns with its Season 3 Premiere on Wednesday, October 8 at 8 Pm Et on The CW Network.
Arrow episode 3.1, "Season 3, Episode 1" airs on The CW October 8th, »
A substitute is stepping in as Arrow‘s new teacher.
Rila Fukushima, who co-starred in The Wolverine in 2013, has been tapped to play Tatsu Yamashiro — aka Katana — on Season 3 of The CW series. The Japanese actress replaces Devon Aoki, who reportedly pulled out due to a scheduling conflict.
Related Arrow Ep Talks Timetable, ‘Cool Ideas’ for Revisiting Oliver’s Long-Lost Child
As previously reported, Tatsu is a deadly, sword-wielding martial arts expert — and wife of Oliver Queen’s teacher/handler Toshi — who will play a major role in Oliver’s journey to becoming the Arrow. She will be seen in »
Rila Fukushima will put the martial arts skills she honed on “The Wolverine” to good use. The Japanese model and actress has joined the upcoming season of “Arrow” in a major recurring role, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Also read: ‘Medium's’ David Cubitt Joining CW's ‘Arrow’ as Manhunter Yukushima will play the role of Tatsu Yamashiro, who will feature in the show's many flashbacks as a mentor to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). Tatsu is a martial arts expert who wields a deadly blade called Katana, which also serves as her code name. Devon Aoki previously had been cast in. »
- Linda Ge
There’s a new Katana is town: Arrow has tapped Rila Fukushima to play DC Comics heroine Katana, EW has confirmed. The Wolverine actress replaces Devon Aoki, who had to depart before her character’s debut due to a scheduling conflict.
Known as Tatsu Yamashiro, the sword-wielding martial arts expert will act as one of Oliver’s mentors through flashbacks and becomes a critical influence on his journey to becoming the Arrow.
Arrow returns for its third season on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on The CW. »
- Natalie Abrams
Deadline reports that Rila Fukushima has been cast as Tatsu Yamashiro in the third season of Arrow. She replaces 2 Fast 2 Furious' Devon Aoki who has apparently departed The CW series due to scheduling conflicts. It's described as a major recurring role as the character is expected to play a big part in Oliver Queen's flashbacks this year, so it could be that the actress was unable to commit to such a demanding schedule. Regardless, The Wolverine star is now set to play the woman who becomes known as Katana. She's described as, "one of Oliver’s mentors in the flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow of present day." Of course, most fans are interested more in whether we'll see her suit up as Katana in Starling City »
"The Flash" makes quite a speedy impression in a new poster just released by the CW, which will being airing the "Arrow" spin-off this fall. The colorful poster -- posted to the show's official Facebook page -- features the DC Comics superhero (played by Grant Gustin) jetting through the city streets as fast as lightning. But super-fans will spend more time looking at the buildings in the images. They feature all sorts of fictional corporate logos which refer to other DC superheroes such as Blue Beetle, John Henry Irons/Steel and Green Arrow himself. Check it out here: How many Easter Eggs can you spot? The network has already revealed that both Katana (played by Devon Aoki) and The Atom will appear on "Arrow" (played by former Superman Brandon Routh), so who knows which minor heroes will follow suit and pop up on The CW? "The Flash" also stars Danielle Panabaker, »
- Dave Lewis
In 2005 we were given the gift of the beautiful, graphic, black, white and bloody violent good time known as Sin City. People clamored for more, and Hollywood listened... eventually. Just less than a decade later, we have Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Now we can get on with this week's Film Face-off of Sin City versus Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which we'll now just refer to as A Dame to Kill For. The Dames Sin City Nancy Callahan (Jessica Alba) strips, Goldie and Wendy (Jaime King) are twins, Shellie (Brittany Murphy) and Becky (Alexis Bledel) are annoying, Miho (Devon Aoki) cuts, Lucille (Carla Gugino) is fetching, and Gail (Rosario Dawson) likes her outfits. A Dame to Kill For Nancy still...
- Jeff Bayer
It may be in 3D this time around, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s monotone, monochrome comicbook universe feels flatter than ever in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes. But that’s the dubious accomplishment of this visually arresting but grimly repetitive exercise in style, set against a sordid neo-noir landscape populated almost exclusively by tormented tough guys and femme-fatale fetish objects. Nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” grossed more than $158 million worldwide, it’s doubtful whether the directors’ overlapping fanbases can muster the same level of excitement for a picture about which the best one can really say is, “It sure beats ‘The Spirit.’ ”
- Justin Chang
Arrow, starring Stephen Amell, is The CW's most watched television program at 3.9 million viewers. With Grant Gustin, introduced in Season 2 as Barry Allen a.k.a.. The Flash, seemingly poised to become just as popular as Amell, it's probably fair to ask - What other superheroes and super villains introduced on Arrow are deserving of their own spinoff? Is a Huntress spinoff starring Jessica de Gouw a good idea? Would a Suicide Squad show, starring Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), Diggle (David Ramsey), Harbinger (Audrey Marie Anderson), Deadshot, (Michael Rowe), Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) and perhaps Harley Quinn find an audience? There's also appears to be a Birds of Prey team forming on Arrow with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Huntress, Katana (Devon Aoki) and Black Canary (Caity Lotz or Katie Cassidy) all in play. And lastly, we have Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) cooling his heels in the makeshift Super Max prison »
During the San Diego Comic-Con it was revealed that Ra’s al Ghul will serve as the main bad guy for the upcoming third season of The CW’s Arrow. We’re still waiting on a casting announcement, but a potential character description has emerged online via Reddit, which – if true – suggests that the producers will be taking a cue from Tom Hardy’s Bane when it comes to the depiction of the Demon’s Head. The following allegedly comes from the 50th episode of A, entitled ‘The Magician’, which is currently filming now:
Ra’s al Ghul. Male, 40s-50s. Open ethnicity. Accent preferrred. An iconic villain from the pages of DC Comics. Leader of the League of Assassins. Regal, mysterious, of a bygone era. Proud and unforgiving. Ra’s is a ruthless strategist, a master of martial arts, and a shaper of history. He carries the wisdom of the ages, »
- Gary Collinson
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 »
The CW has added yet another DC Comics character to the upcoming third season of Arrow, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Medium star David Cubitt has joined The CW superhero show in the role of Mark Shaw, a.k.a. Manhunter, who will be portrayed as “an A.R.G.U.S. operative in Corto Maltese who crosses paths with Diggle (David Ramsey).”
Cubitt joins fellow new additions Brandon Routh (The Atom), Devon Aoki (Katana), Karl Yune (Maseo Yamashiro), J.R. Ramirez (Wildcat) and Peter Stormare (Count Vertigo) in the third season of Arrow, which also features returning series regulars Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), David Ramsey (John Diggle), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak), Willa Holland (Thea Queen), Colton Haynes (Roy Harper), John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance) and Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance).
- Gary Collinson
(Cbr) "Medium's" David Cubitt has been cast as Mark Shaw (Aka Manhunter) in the upcoming season of "Arrow." The "Arrow" cast for season three continues to expand to the far corners of the DC Universe, as The Hollywood Reporter reports that "Medium" star David Cubitt has been cast as Mark Shaw, an A.R.G.U.S. agent in Corto Maltese that crosses paths with David Ramsey's character John Diggle. In the comics, Mark Shaw was one of the many who assumed the mantle of Manhunter -- though, there's no guarantee that he'll become the character in "Arrow." In season two of the series, District Attorney Kate Spencer -- another DC Character that assumed the Manhunter identity -- was killed by the end of the season before anything more about her background could be revealed. Mark Shaw's first appearance is slated for the third episode of the upcoming season of "Arrow. »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
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