It’s more than fair to say that since the locking up of Season 2’s Deathstroke on Lian Yu, Arrow villains have been inferior by comparison. Some of that could be the result of the show missing Manu Bennett’s incredible screen presence, but even the talented Matt Nable couldn’t bring the usually formidable Ra’s al Ghūl to task in Season 3. Try as they might, Neal McDonough’s take on the elusive Damien Darhk, while intriguing, has been lacking in the character’s deliverance of a solid narrative. Perhaps in Season 5, the show will introduce a villain to turn the trend back around. From the sound of things, that may very well be the case according to a casting report via TVLine.
The casting call insists the show is looking for an actor of any ethnicity in their late 20s to 30s, with a physically threatening stature. The character of interest is described as one to “just as easily shake your hand as your best friend or break your neck as your worst enemy — and you never know which one is coming. Either way, he’s more than capable of having a good time as he does it.”
James is the name of Team Arrow’s mysterious new adversary, who TVLine reports will be a series regular. He’ll be Oliver Queen’s “irrepressibly charming” contemporary and is said to be “a man on a mission.” This mission is to supposedly avenge a tragic and violent loss from his past. Maybe he won’t be a foe, per se, but another vigilante on the scene, perhaps an anti-hero of sorts; one who resembles the Ollie/Arrow of Season 1.
Green Arrow admittedly has a pretty weak rogue’s gallery, but one villain that stands out, and surprisingly has yet to turn up, is Prometheus. The same Prometheus who defeated nearly the entire Justice League, even Batman, and left the League with only one choice — have Bats deal with him. It led to perhaps the cruelest thing Batman has ever done: convincing Martian Manhunter to imprison the foe within his own mind. Of course, he escaped, killed the Martian and destroyed Star City. The ruin brought about was so devastating that when catching up to the villain, Green Arrow ended him with one shot to the head.
Why has Prometheus not appeared on the show? Who knows? Maybe he’s too big in terms of scope, but with the Arrowverse slowly building its own mini-Justice League, it’s only a matter of time before the possibility is able to become reality.
Who do you think this new character is, a villain, an anti-hero, or something else entirely? Chime in with your thoughts and theories below.
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