Arrow has recruited Farscape alum Ben Browder to help flesh out John Diggle’s backstory.
IGN has exclusively learned that Browder will play the DC Comics character Ted Gaynor who first appeared in Blackhawk #266 in 1984.
Arrow‘s version of the character sees Gaynor as Diggle’s commanding officer from his first tour in Afghanistan. Gaynor is now a bodyguard for Blackhawk Squad Protection Group in Starling City. Following a slew of armored truck robberies in the city, Gaynor becomes a polarizing figure between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey).
There don’t appear to be immediate plans to introduce Blackhawk himself, though the group Gaynor represents is a nod to his DC Comics origins.
Look for Gaynor in the 11th episode of Arrow.
It was recently revealed that Count Vertigo will enter the fray in early 2013 as a major villain (albeit under a different name).