Deadline is reporting that actress Devon Aoki will be joining the cast of “Arrow” for a major recurring role in season 3. It was revealed that she will be playing Tatsu Yamashiro, better known as Katana to most DC fans, and will play a big part in the third season’s flashback sequences. Here is the report from Deadline which reveals how Tatsu Yamashiro will be involved in Oliver’s life for season 3. Some of this information should be considered spoilers if you don’t want to know too much about season 3 right now:
Devon Aoki has landed a major recurring guest role on “Arrow” the hit CW drama from Warner Bros TV. Aoki will play Tatsu Yamashiro, a character that first appeared in the Green Arrow origin series graphic novels published by DC Comics. She is a Japanese martial arts expert who wields a deadly sword, a blade from which her codename Katana is derived. In Arrow, Tatsu will be one of Oliver’s mentors in the flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become The Arrow of present day. Aoki, repped by Schiffco, appeared in features including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City, D.E.B.S. and War.
As the report mentioned, Katana has mostly appeared in Green Arrow and Batman stories in the comics, where she was part of the hero group The Outsiders. On television, she mostly recently has appeared in the short lived animated series “Beware the Batman,” where she was a central character in the show, but it will be cool to see her live action debut on “Arrow.”
It’s always great to see more DC characters make appearances on the show, and given their track record, you know the creative team behind “Arrow” is going to do a great job adapting the character to their series!