“Arrow” executive producer Wendy Mericle has revealed that with Echo Kellum’s Curtis Holt character being promoted from recurring to a regular in the upcoming fifth season of The CW’s “Arrow,” the writers have come up with a way to avoid him and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) butting heads as both characters do serve similar purposes.
Instead, they’re changing around his role in Team Arrow into one more resembling that of Cisco on The CW’s “The Flash” – utilising his skills as a mechanical engineer as opposed to Felicity who will be more about running operations and hacking. Mericle tells TV Line:
“Essentially, if she’s software, he’s hardware. As he evolves into becoming Mr. Terrific in Season 5, one of the things we’re really exploring is differentiating them by having Curtis be more like Cisco on The Flash. We want him to be a bit more hands-on, a little more about building physical tech.”
It has been teased that Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow gets a new suit next season which will likely be the responsibility of Curtis.
In related news, The Live Feed reports that Tyler Ritter has scored a recurring role as Detective Malone, a new addition to the Star City Police Department who takes over from Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne). Blackthorne will remain a series regular though.
The fifth season of “Arrow” premieres October 5th.