The successful series charting the early days of urban hero
Green Arrow is adding some more costumed muscle, with Devon Aoki
joining the cast as the sword-wielding heroine Katana.
Aoki will have
a recurring role on the upcoming third season as Tatsu Yamashiro.
In the show, Tatsu will appear as one of title hero Oliver Queen’s
mentors in the flashback portions of the show, which explore his
growth from spoiled playboy into driven avenger. If previous
seasons of Arrow are anything to go by though, the hero’s
past will come back to haunt him, so viewers will likely see Aoki
and Stephen Amell, Queen’s actor, cross paths in the present.
Aoki is no stranger to comic book or geek-friendly genre work,
having appeared as mute assassin Miho in 2005’s Sin
City and Kasumi in 2006’s (surprisingly enjoyable, if
supremely cheesy) video game adaptation DOA:
Dead or Alive.
Katana first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #200
back in 1983, in an insert promoting the then-impending launch of
Batman and the Outsiders. Created by Mike W. Barr and Jim
Aparo, the character has been a semi-fixture of the DC Universe
since, a regular member of the Outsiders in most of the team’s
incarnations, and even joined the Justice League.
In the comics, Katana uses a sword known as the Soultaker, which
houses the spirits of those who dies by its blade. Besides being a
skilled martial artist and swordswoman, Katana can also commune
with the trapped souls, including that of her husband Maseo. Dear,
departed hubby will also appear, played by Karl Yune,
introduced as Oliver’s ‘handler’ during scenes set in Hong
Arrow hasn’t dabbled with mysticism or superpowers too
much so far, preferring gritty street combat and more grounded
plots. However, with the just-finished second season serving as a
backdoor introduction to super-speedster The Flash — who gets his own series this autumn,
sharing continuity with Arrow — showrunners Greg
Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg seem increasingly
willing to adopt the more fantastic elements from the comics,
meaning Katana’s soul-sucking shiv may end up on
While Arrow mark’s Katana’s first live-action
appearance, viewers wanting a brief onscreen introduction to the
character can see her in animated series Beware the
Batman and alongside a modified version of the Outsiders
team in Batman: The
Brave and the Bold.
Arrow season three begins on 8 October in the US, with
UK broadcaster Sky likely to follow soon after.