As the season four premiere of The CW’s Arrow grows closer, fans can expect to learn even more. This past summer has seen several announcements concerning casting, especially regarding which characters from the DC Comics universe will be added to Arrow. One of the most recent and exciting of announcements has been the casting of True Blood and Hannibal alum Rutina Wesley. For those wondering who the actress is playing, look no further because we have your answers…and pictures!
Rutina Wesley, described as “the amazingly talented badass” by director Lexi Alexander (The Punisher: War Zone, Green Street Hooligans), will be taking on the role of Liza Warner a.k.a. Lady Cop. The character is based on the hero appearing in the 1975 DC Comics 1st Issue Special titled Lady Cop. While she hasn’t appeared much within the DC Universe, pre-New 52 or post-Convergence, fans can expect a wildly different take on the hero. Within the story arc for season four of Arrow, Liza Warner Lady Cop will be introduced as a member of the anti-vigilante task force. Tasked with the objective of arresting Team Arrow and company, we do not know if Lady Cop will be more of a help or hindrance to the Green Arrow’s adventures.
Rutina Wesley’s Liza Warner will primarily be seen alongside Paul Blackthorne’s Captain Lance and will undoubtedly be a thorn in Team Arrow’s side, initially at least. Having director Lexi Alexander on board The CW’s Arrow will surely guarantee great action and an understanding of physicality that is necessary for a show like this. Over three seasons Arrow has dramatically updated many characters from the DC Comics Universe and I expect them to do the same with Liza Warner Lady Cop. Rutina Wesley should be a great addition to the cast of Arrow and she already looks fantastic as a militarized member of Star City’s anti-vigilante task force.
*As a sidenote, Rutina Wesley is the second member from True Blood to find a home within the DC Universe as Brit Morgan was cast earlier this summer as Livewire for CBS’ new series, Supergirl.
Arrow returns Wednesday, October 7th on The CW at 8 pm ET. Check your local listings.