Arrow Season 4 hasn’t exactly been shy with its casting details, though the fourth year flashbacks have been somewhat shrouded in mystery. Now, British actor Jimmy Akingbola has joined in the flashback role of DC villain Baron Blitzkrieg, but what might it mean for Oliver’s latest expositionary chapter?

Akingbola will recur as DC Comics villain Baron Reiter — also known as Baron Blitzkrieg, menacing Oliver in his (presumably) Coast City flashbacks. In the comics at least, the character is recognized as leader to the dastardly Shadowspire group, who debuted in Deathstroke comics and also included characters like Steelhawk, Kodrescu and both Mourn figures. Comic Blitzkrieg also has a noted connection with Vandal Savage, which could come into play with Legends of Tomorrow setup.

Elsewhere of Arrow Season 4, we know the fourth year is expected to somewhat creatively revamp the series after its Season 3 finale saw Oliver retiring the vigilante lifestyle, at least with his current costume. In addition to a focus on DC villains H.I.V.E. and Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), Season 4 will also introduce Echo Kellum’s Mr. Terrific, and Alexander Calvert’s Anarky, and White Canary before her Legends of Tomorrow role. Apart from Wendy Mericle’s elevation to co-showrunner alongside Marc Guggenheim, we also know that Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander will helm an episode.

We’ll surely see more of Arrow Season 4 as production gears up in Vancouver, but what can we make of Oliver’s new flashback baddie? Will Baron Blitzkrieg pop up in the modern day, as Arrow figures tend to do?

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