Many fans of the Green Arrow have been wondering when this no-good sort would turn up in The CW’s Arrow, and now it’s been confirmed that the villainous Richard Dragon will be a part of the Stephen Amell-starrer’s upcoming sixth season.
As per Deadline, 12 Monkeys, Fringe and Kingdom’s Kirk Acevedo has landed the role of Ricardo Diaz, aka Richard Dragon. The early blurb on the character reads, “A hardened ex-con recently released from prison for crimes he didn’t commit, Ricardo Diaz is bent on taking over Star City’s criminal underworld. A master in hand to hand combat, honed by years of life on the street, Diaz has yet to meet a foe he can’t take down.”
Comic book-wise, a more heroic take on the character called Richard Drakunovski debuted back in 1974’s Dragon’s Firsts before he was rejigged in October 2013 for Green Arrow #23. In his initial days as a hero, he was actually seen to be a mentor and trainer for the likes of Oracle, Huntress, The Question and even Bruce Wayne. Since DC’s New 52, though, Richard Dragon – in the shape of Ricardo Diaz Jr. - has been turned in to a villain most closely associated with the Emerald Archer.
It’s now known yet just how big of a role Richard Dragon will have to play in Arrow’s sixth season, and, in general, very little is known about the show’s new season bar this piece of casting and the news that Lost’s Michael Emerson has landed a major mystery role.
Arrow returns to US screens on October 12th, with a UK return to follow shortly after that date.