Arrow Season 3: Who's Playing Wildcat?


It looks as if Arrow's third season is shaping up nicely! The show revealed its new Big Bad at Comic-Con last weekend, and now Emily Owens, M.D. and Power alum J.R. Ramirez has been tapped to play Wildcat, TV.com has confirmed.

In the DC Comics, Ted Grant is a member of the Justice Society for America, as well as the mentor and trainer of other masked vigilantes, including the Black Canary. On Arrow, Ted "Wildcat" Grant will be a former boxer who now runs a gym for underprivileged youths. A man with a mysterious past, he will play a pivotal role in Laurel Lance's (Katie Cassidy) arc.

In possibly related news, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg recently teased that Laurel will be getting a new love interest in Season 3. Could Wildcat be it? 


Arrow returns Wednesday, October 8 at 8pm on The CW.


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Aug 06, 2014
Wildcat does present a solution to the "who will train Laurel in time?" conundrum, given that Oliver and Sara both have too much personal baggage/history with Laurel to effectively be her trainer. Ironic that they need to go old-school to train the future Canary, since Black Canary has often been used in a training role herself in various iterations of the JLA.

The potentially really cool part is that this presents yet another fighting style for the team, given Sara's ninja-assassin training under RAG, Oliver's archery/martial arts/spec ops training under Yao Fei/Shado/Slade, Dig's military/special forces training, and Roy's street-tough background. Now we'll get to add boxing/Golden Age comics fighting to the mix. As long as they tone down the rough-cutting, altered-speed filming, the fight choreographers could have a field day.


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Jul 30, 2014
Seems odd they would pick him.

The guy is only 34. My understanding is Wildcat is typically older than that that by the time the newer heroes like Ollie and Bruce come along. That he trained them when he was already winding down.

I guess they're showing him more at the start of his hero career.
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Jul 31, 2014
yeah but the writers are using the characters and some aspects of the comics so wildcats age being younger than in the comics sure fine though if you look into the comics a bit the black canary part isn't exactly right either.
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Jul 30, 2014
wow they sure are rounding up the super heroes for this show
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Jul 31, 2014
Currently the only DC show on air being that Smallville isn't running anymore and the flash hasn't started or Gotham.
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Jul 30, 2014
Wildcat and Laurel could marry and move to another city (i.e. out of the show). I don't want to see Laurel anymore!
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Jul 30, 2014
And Arrow keeps getting better and better........

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Jul 30, 2014
Seems a bit too young to be playing Ted Grant, but hey, who knows how they plan to play out his storyline. Still, between this and long running rumors of CW wanting to make an Hourman series, they could be building up to a little Justice Society series!!
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Jul 29, 2014
This season is shaping up to be something great. So many possibilities lie ahead with the Atom, Ra's al Ghul, and Wildcat added to the mix. It's good to hear that most of the characters have a potentially interesting storyline as well. I am curious if or how they tie together though.
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Jul 29, 2014
I really hope this isn't going where I hope it's going...

Namely, Laurel (AKA Dinah, her real first name, same as in the comics), taking over as Black Canary after a 30s training montage with Wildcat (kidding about the 30s thing...I hope), following her sister's death, and after gaining an actual canary cry like in the comics (which, since actual super powers are now going to be a think in the show, is entirely possible).

While I don't necessarily love either of the characters (or more likely, the actresses), I do like Sarah a lot more than Laurel. So, I hope I'm wrong.
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Jul 30, 2014
I'd actually love to see a 30s exercise montage. Throwing a medicine ball back and forth, running on one of those giant hamster wheels used back then, and finally Laurel strapped into the electric rubberband vibrating back massage thingies while sipping a Gin Fizz.
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Jul 29, 2014
I hope Sara will DIE and Laurel can be Black Canary instead.
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Jul 29, 2014
I was actually hoping for the exact opposite. Have Laurel die a delightfully brutal and visceral death, and then Sara can just stay in the foreground more often without worrying about her whiny bitch of a sister complaining about how much her life sucks because she's really just a terrible person!
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Jul 30, 2014
She has good reasons to be miserable, and she's only complaining to the people who have made her miserable. It's not fun to watch, but to say that she's a terrible person is ridiculous.
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Jul 31, 2014
Sorry, I really can't agree with you. I generally believe almost all of her misery is brought on by herself and by her generally being a miserable person. Blaming other's is just deflecting her own flaws in my eyes.
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Jul 30, 2014
i think I amy have fallen inb love with you:)
aka: I couldn't agree more.
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Jul 30, 2014
I have an apparently crazy dream where Laurel stays Laurel and Sarah stays Sarah. I suspect I'm in the minority and before long Roy will become Deagle, Thea will become Malcolm, Bronze Tiger will become Deadshot, Quentin Lance will become Moira, Felicity will become Tommy, Slade will become Anatoly, and then next season everyone can slide over one chair and become someone else again. :-(

I've also got this other dream where not every single cast member of the show becomes a superhero or even knows Oliver's secret identity, but I suspect that ship will sail soon as well.
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