The population of Star City just increased by two.
Arrow has just announced 2 new castings to it’s fifth season. Actress Carly Pope and Actor Tyler Ritter.
Carly Pope, previously from The Tomorrow People, Suits and Popular, will be playing Susan Williams. Williams is a journalist from Coast City, and as fans of the comics know is also the significant other of Jim Jordan, who is the younger brother of Hal Jordan, better known as Green Lantern.
Pope’s character is “looking to make a name for herself”, and what better avenue to do so than by targeting Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen. As for the character’s relation to the Green Lanterns, DC has kept that brand a bit quarantined since the Green Lantern film debuted to mixed results. Hopefully, this is a sign that we’ll be seeing more of the emerald warriors, or at least characters from that part of the universe, in future episodes. Other references to Green Lantern on the show have included mentions of Coast City and billboards for Ferris Air. Pope will debut in episode three of the upcoming fifth season.
Tyler Ritter, son of the late actor John Ritter, will join the show as a detective to the new SCPD. Ritter joins Star City’s boys in blue after Captain Lance leaves following the events of season four. The role is a recurring one.
Lance, played by Paul Blackthorne, is still a series regular, so despite no longer being on the SCPD’s payroll, he’ll still be around as well. Echo Kellum (Curits Holt) was promoted to series regular for season five, and Josh Segarra and Chad L. Coleman have also joined the season five cast, as a district attorney and a villain, respectively.
Tyler Ritter has acted in guest roles on series including Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and most recently on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and two NCIS series in a crossover. He top-lined The McCarthys on CBS, as well.
Arrow returns to The CW Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 8pm. It’s part of the new four-day 8pm block of DC Superhero shows on The CW, with Supergirl on Monday, The Flash on Tuesday, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on Thursday. After seasons featuring superpowers, immortals, and magic, series star Stephen Amell says Arrow will return to a more grounded tone for season 5, aside from its crossover with the other three series.