Devon Aoki Joins the cast of the CW’s Arrow as Katana

Devon Aoki has joined the cast of the hit CW series Arrow. Aoki will play Tatsu Yamashiro  better known to DC Comics fans as Katana.

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from Deadline.com:

Devon Aoki has landed a major recurring guest role on the hit CW drama Arrow from Warner Bros TV. Akoi will play Tatsu Yamashiro, a character that first appeared in the Green Arrow origin series graphic novels published by DC Comics. She is a Japanese martial arts expert who weilds a deadly sword, a blade from which her codename Katana is derived. In Arrow, Tatsu will be one of Olivers mentors in the flashbacks and a critical influence on his journey to eventually become the Arrow of present day. Akoi repped by Schiffco, appeared in features including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Sin City, D.E.B.S. and War.

The third season of Arrow debuts October 8, 2014 on the CW network.

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Akoi in Sin City
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Katana first appeared in Batman and the Outsiders #1 (1983) and was created by Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo. Katana employs a magical blade named Soultaker that steals the essence of those it slays and stores them inside. It was taken in a duel with the man ( her brother in-law) who killed her family, Takeo Yamashiro. She was recruited by Batman to be a member of his newly formed black-ops team the Outsiders. Katana  was also a member of the Birds of Prey.

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The New 52 Katana has been a member of the Sword Clan (which is what links her to Green Arrow), Birds of Prey, and Justice League of America.

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Justice League of America

 

In recent years Katana has appeared in other media:

 

She was a member of the Outsiders in

Batman: the Brave and the Bold
Batman: the Brave and the Bold

 

and was Batman’s partner  in

Beware the Batman
Beware the Batman

 

Source: Deadline.com

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Thomas ODonnell

Thomas ODonnell

My love of comics started at the age of 5, when visions of mythic beings fought their way across my TV screen. Batman ’66, Super Friends, Wonder Woman, and Superman ’78 filled my early childhood with imagination and adventure. Soon enough I found the spinner rack! Batman, Justice League and DC’s Who’s Who kept me coming back for more. I’ve seen the death of hope, justice broken, a light extinguished, and a universe torn! A kingdom come, the lightning return, a triumph of evil and a multiverse reborn!