Rutina Wesley will play Lady Cop in a multi-episode arc on Arrow, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed today at the Television Critics Association.
That's not a generic, nameless female cop's credit as an extra, as much as it might sound that way. "Lady Cop" is how comic book fans might remember Liza Warner, Wesley's Arrow character and a member of the anti-vigilante task force.
That task force will have its work cut out for it, as the season will start with yet another marked increase in vigilante activity in and around Starling.
In the comics, Warner was the only survivor of the "Killer-in-Boots", who murdered Warner's college roommates. The event made her decide to join the police. She stopped several criminals, always driven by a desire to catch the killer who had changed the course of her life.
Warner was later promoted to Chief of Police in Ivy Town, and frequently assisted onetime Atom Ryan Choi...but since she's not exactly poised to "help" superheroes just yet, it doesn't necessarily stand to reason that she'll be buddy-buddy with Ray Palmer on DC's Legends of Tomorrow anytime soon.
Arrow returns on October 7, airing new episodes Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
The first draft of this story misidentified The Atom with whom Warner had an association. Sorry for any confusion.