‘Arrow’ Casts Echo Kellum as Mr. Terrific for Season 4

Echo Kellum Mr Terrific Casting
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Echo Kellum will join the CW’s “Arrow” in the recurring role of Curtis Holt (aka Mr. Terrific) in season four, Variety has confirmed.

Curtis is described as a technological savant and inventor who works at Palmer Technologies under the supervision of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). As revealed at Comic-Con, Curtis will also be a friend to Felicity, and the show’s first openly gay character. The casting news was first reported by EW.

In the comics, Mr. Terrific is Michael Holt, a self-made billionaire and Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete with genius intellect who becomes a superhero after the death of his wife and unborn child, later going on to lead the Justice Society of America.

Kellum will make his “Arrow” debut in episode 402.

Mr. Terrific isn’t the only new face coming to season four of “Arrow” — according to Comic Book Resources, Alexander Calvert will also appear as DC villain Anarky (civilian name Lonnie Machin), described as “a deranged freelancing criminal who is willing to do whatever it takes to impress a potential employer.” As previously reported, Ra’s al Ghul’s nemesis Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), will menace Stephen Amell’s Emerald Archer too.

“Arrow” sister show “The Flash” is also beefing up its cast for season two, adding “Masters of Sex” alum Teddy Sears as Jay Garrick, another iteration of the Flash from Earth-Two, and Shantel VanSanten as police officer Patty Spivot, a potential romantic partner for Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen.

“Arrow” season four premieres at 8 p.m. Oct. 7 on the CW.

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  1. When will this STOP! I have had enough of the Gay Agenda and now they are going after our children. This is a children show based on comic books. Geeze, next I am assuming that Disney will be next. This is NOT OK!

  2. dsquare1111 says:

    To be honest, I am really in different about others sexual orientation. I am just at a loss as to why a show I enjoy has to cater to ‘political correctness’. Is it written somewhere that all shows MUST include a gay character? In all truth I don’t see where that adds to the story.

    Character history aside, if the studio is caving in to media pressure I don’t see how 1% of the population can put that much pressure on them to force them to write a gay character in. And if a little discomfort from a small group is all it take to make you alienate you fan base, I guess its time for me to look elsewhere for my hero fix…

    signed a disappointed (ex)fan.

    • Zach Trevors says:

      Sooo basically you’re lying? you say “I am really indifferent about others sexual orientation” but you go on to complain about it, and end your comment with “I guess its time for me to look elsewhere for my hero fix” You just contradicted yourself, either it makes you uncomfortable having different sexualities for characters or you’re just retarded. All they are doing is being realistic, not every person is straight so the same would apply for superheroes, you haven’t been complaining about the huge focus on romance on CW shows up until NOW when they add a gay character? Yeah definitely sounds like theres another agenda underneath what you’re saying

  3. Jen says:

    First openly gay character? Uhm…..there’s Nyssa & Sarah. And it was VERY obviously and stated several times that they were in love and an item at one time.

  4. Brad Kelly says:

    Btw. This is not the first openly gay character on the show. The chief of police is gay and the show has been very gay friendly.

  5. They took a black self-made billionaire business owner with genius intellect and reduced him to an intern. They’re way more comfortable with that. Not surprised.

  6. KPryde says:

    It’s called adaptation for a reason. Guess what? Just because THIS specific character is original doesn’t invalidate his place in the show. They clearly changed his name to Curtis for a reason (perhaps he’s a loosely-based relative of Michael Holt? Or perhaps they changed his name to appease the PC nerd-police) Original MCU and DC comics characters have been created outside the traditional medium before. Remember Spike–Storm’s nephew from the X-Men Evolution cartoons? He was eventually adopted into the comic book. This isn’t abnormal and I personally LOVE the idea. We need a gay black superhero as they’re pretty much non-existent, other than Hero Cruz and Josiah Power. And anyway, when was the last time Hero or Josiah even made an appearance in DC comics? According to ComicVine, collectively, they’ve appeared in 51 issues since 1996–if that doesn’t tell you something about how much we need Curtis Holt, then there’s no hope for you.

  7. adam says:

    Curtis Holt?. there is no curtis holt in the comics.. there’s a Micheal Holt that became the 3rd Mr. Terrific.. at least they got the race right this time.. though they had to make him gay.. even though he current has a girlfriend, karren star aka power girl

  8. JoelR says:

    These politically-correct casting are going too far. So now an “Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete with genius intellect who becomes a superhero after the death of his wife and unborn child” becomes a homosexual black man??? Thanks for crapping on our childhoods, Arrow. Might be time to drop this show and go with LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

    • Theros says:

      He was always black dude…clearly you don’t read the comics. ..he is the 2nd Mr terrific he took up the mantle of the old character when speaking to the spectre after his wife died….racist much?

    • Theros says:

      This character there are using was always black.and has been in comic for 10 yearsthero..the gay part however is the farcd.

    • Max says:

      Leaving aside the gay thing because that does drastically change the back story, is there any reason an “Olypic gold medal-winning decathlete with genius intellect who becomes a super hero after the death of his wife and unborn child” can’t be a black man? Sure he was drawn as white in the comics but it worked out pretty well with Nick Fury (so much so that the new comics created a character so that a Sam Jackson-esque Nick Fury can exist in canon).

      • Kyran Sawhill says:

        The movie Nick Fury was based on Ultimate Marvel’s Fury, who was intentionally drawn to look like Samuel L. Jackson. So this is a rare case where the comic books cast the actor.

      • adam says:

        the current Mr. Terrific is Black ( and straight since he’s dating power girl) while the previous Mr. Terrific was white

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