Echo Kellum has become a series regular on Arrow for season five and details abut the upcoming season have explained that Curtis Holt (Kellum) will be getting more screentime and will be working out with Oliver Queen to get into fighting shape.
Kellum opened up about life on Arrow and how this season is going to show an evolution of his character during a recent interview with CBR.com. When asked about Curtis becoming Mister Terrific, he added that this a journey but you will see progress in that transformation.
“With these shows, they like to play it pretty real, especially with “Arrow.” That’s definitely what I gravitated towards when I started watching it. I was like, “Oh, man, this is pretty gritty.” Oliver gets into all these situations, and sometimes you have to make the choice to kill somebody, or, sometimes not. I’ve always loved characters where that morality was at the forefront of what to do.
One of the cool things is that Curtis builds up to become Mister Terrific. It’s played out very real. He’s not going to put on a suit and all of a sudden be like, “I’m kicking ass.” It’s going to be a journey to get that character to that place. That’s one of the things the Green Arrow is facilitating. He definitely puts Curtis through the training process and makes sure he is apt to being out in the field in this dangerous world. You’ll see that progress really pay off when Curtis gets to the point where he’s kicking ass and taking names because of all the hardships and hurdles he has to pass through.”
This season of Arrow also finds Oliver Queen in another dark place after the events of season four, Curtis will be playing a part in helping Oliver through those depressing and dark times. Curtis is bringing in a new energy to the team.
“As I was saying earlier, Curtis just has an optimistic outlook on life, even when things are tough. That can sometimes be infectious in a way, where you can start looking positively on things. He does rub off a little bit on the home team.”
Kellum also opened up about the upcoming crossover which will feature all of the superhero shows on The CW coming together. His character will especially be interacting with Cisco from The Flash.
“That’s something you will have to wait to see, but I will say it’s a lot of fun working with Carlos Valdes. We hang out anyway outside of work. Curtis, Felicity and Cisco – as a fan, they all seem familiar and would have a great sensibility, or a great rapport, with each other. That’s something you’ll get to see some glimpses of in this crossover.”
Arrow Season 5 begins on Wednesday, October 5 at 8/7c on The CW.
“Legacy” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-14, LV) (HDTV)
NEW BEGINNINGS — After Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) death and the departures of both Diggle (David Ramsey) and Thea (Willa Holland) from Team Arrow, Oliver (Stephen Amell) takes to the streets solo to protect Star City’s citizens as the Green Arrow. With Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) guiding him from the bunker, Oliver is forced to deal with a city that has become overrun with both criminals and a slew of new (and painfully inexperienced) vigilantes. Watching Oliver try to balance his jobs as both the mayor and also the protector of Star City, Felicity suggests he form a new team, but Oliver resists. However, when a deadly new criminal, Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman), enters the picture, Oliver realizes the best thing for the city might be a new team of superheroes. Meanwhile, the flashbacks take us to Russia where Oliver faces off against the Bratva.
James Bamford directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Wendy Mericle (#501).
Original airdate 10/5/2016.