The sixth season of Arrow saw some major dramatic upheavals such as Thea Queen (Willa Holland) leaving Star City behind (maybe for good), Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) dying, and Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) being sent to prison for being the Green Arrow.
When the show comes back for Season 7, two new characters will join the Arrowverse series alongside returning cast member Colton Haynes as Roy Harper/Arsenal and the Longbow Hunters. TVLine reports that with Oliver now in Supermax, Team Arrow will have to deal with the arrival of an “ambitious, young, anti-vigilante recruit at the SCPD” who is described as being the Buffy Summers to Star City’s vigilantes (if vigilantes were bloodsucking vampires, in this analogy).
Arrow will also be looking to cast the recurring role of a “successful tech whiz who is gay, and who harbors a heartbreaking past.” According to ThatHashtagShow, the series is apparently looking to cast a Caucasian actor in his mid-30s going by the name of “Daniel Porter” (a fake name used for the casting call) who is described as a successful and intelligent gay technological entrepreneur who has faced some tragic losses in his life. Something he hides from those around him.
There’s a strong possibility that “Daniel” is a brand new character but there is idle speculation it could be Ted Kord, the second Blue Beetle who was created by Steve Ditko. Kord is mostly associated with Booster Gold, with whom he has shared a long-term bromance in the pages of DC Comics. Although he never appeared on Arrow, the character was mentioned in the first season of The CW superhero series, and we know Kord Industries exists on Earth-1.
Again, this is just speculation, so please take the possibility that “Daniel” could be Ted Kord with a bucket of salt.
Interestingly, when the show was looking to cast Ray Palmer/The Atom (Brandon Routh) for Season 3, the character was also listed as “Daniel” and was described in a similar way. Which led people to believe Arrow was looking to cast Ted Kord at the time. Could the second time be the charm?
With the introduction of Batwoman and Gotham City to the Arrowverse in this fall’s epic crossover event, the potential addition of Ted Kord (if this turns out to be true, which we have some doubts) would certainly be icing on the cake.
Arrow moves to Monday nights in the fall, following Legends of Tomorrow.