Arrow is totally reinventing another classic DC Comics character — this time it’s the Kung Fu Master Richard Dragon.
The epitome of cheesy mid-1970s superheroes, the original Richard Dragon was a reformed thief who gave up his life of crime in order to devote his martial arts skill for the forces of good.
However, there is also a later incarnation of Richard Dragon who’s the son of a drug lord and a member of the Longbow Hunters along with a crew of the Green Arrow’s street-level enemies.
Deadline reports that Arrow‘s version of the character will be based around the later incarnation and called Ricardo Diaz — to be played by Fringe and Agents of SHIELD veteran Kirk Acevedo.
Arrow‘s sixth season begins with martial arts expert Diaz intent on taking over Star City’s criminal underworld, after spending years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit.
(Kirk Acevedo in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD)
Diaz’s arrival on the scene in Star City will come as Olly (Stephen Amell) tries to pick up the pieces after Prometheus’s potentially deadly bombing attack on Team Arrow in the season five finale.
And while some familiar faces (Rory Regan for sure, and maybe even The Huntress and Malcolm Merlyn too) may be a factor in the season six arc, all signs point to the Black Siren emerging as a key figure in the Green Arrow’s future.
A year after the tragic death of her character Laurel Lance, Katie Cassidy will step back to the forefront in Arrow‘s sixth season as Laurel’s evil doppleganger Black Siren.
“I don’t know if there’s any question about whether or not the [idea] of redemption will come up,” showrunner Wendy Mericle has teased.
“Her father is there. Oliver is there. Everyone is going to be asking whether or not it’s possible to find a little piece of Laurel, the Laurel Lance they knew and loved, in there somewhere.”
Arrow‘s Season 6 premieres on The CW on October 12 at 9pm ET in the US. Sky1 airs the show in the UK.
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