Camp and Lucifer alum Liam Hall will join the cast of Arrow next season in the role of Joseph Wilson, the son of Deathstroke and a potential metahuman.
Entertainment Weekly has the story, which reveals a clever comic book Easter egg in the form of the name Wilson finds himself living under. Here's the network's official character description:
The son of one of the Green Arrow’s greatest foes, Joe Wilson has followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the secret Australian military agency, A.S.I.S. After years of brutal combat, Joe now finds himself in a remote Kasnian prison under the alias, Kane Wolfman, fighting for his life.
That name, obviously, is a wink-and-a-nod reference to Marv Wolfman, the comic book writer who co-created Deathstroke and Jericho. It is likely the name "Kane" is a reference to longtime DC artist Gil Kane.
In the comics, Joseph Wilson first appeared in 1984's Tales of the Teen Titans #42.
When Joe, better known in the comics as Jericho, was a child, he was held hostage by The Jackal, a terrorist who was after his father. Deathstroke refused to give Jackal the information he wanted because it went against his professional code of ethics. Deathstroke managed to rescue his son, but not before one of Jackal's men had started to cut his throat. As a result, he was rendered mute.
Jericho's metahuman power, a result of the biological experimentation done on his father years before, appeared in his late teens, while trying to save his mother from an assassin. He is able, essentially, to use an astral projection-like power to take over the bodies of others, speaking and acting convincingly like them while controlling their words and actions.
In the current volume of Deathstroke comics, Slade's rocky relationship with his children has been a major part of the first year or so of issues. Currently, Jericho and Rose are part of a Deathstroke-headed teen superhero team along with Wally West (the New 52 version) and Power Girl (ditto).
Arrow will return for its sixth season on The CW on Oct. 12, 2017, with the season premiere episode titled "Fallout." The premiere will mark a move from its traditional Wednesday time slot to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT.