After making an impact with nerds at large as Doctor Who’s and Torchwood’s xeno-amorous time-traveling captain, Captain Jack (known to time-normies as John Barrowman) has taken on the mantle of Arrow’s nemesis, Dark Archer. For the non-die-hard Green Arrow fans out there, Dark Archer (AKA Malcom Merlyn) was Oliver Queen’s arch nemesis. Originally going by the stage name “Merlyn The Magician”, the trickster won his very first bout against Oliver Queen in Justice League Of America #94 in the olden days of November 1971. Since then, Malcom Merlyn has switched careers constantly, joining the League of Assassins, working as a soul-bound unpaid intern in service to the demon Nero, and competing in the Olympics with the Zandian National team.
This incarnation promises a brand new twist however, as according to a recent statement by John Barrowman, he is preparing to launch a series tie-in limited comic book series, titled Arrow: The Dark Archer (more…)
This week’s episode of Arrow brings the stirring and action-packed finale to the
Funeral for a Friend Brick trilogy, in which Team Arrow comes to terms with being Oliver-less just in time for the Man in the Green Hood’s return. In a busy hour of television that saw Oliver’s triumphant comeback, and the titular gathering of Glades residents ready to stand up to Brick and his very ambitious gang of psychos and criminals. We also get new revelations into the mind of Merlyn and a new direction for the season as to how Ra’s al Ghul will respond when he finds out that stabbing a guy with a sword isn’t nearly as effective a death as it should be. (more…)
Tonight’s episode of Arrow –airing at 8pm on the CW – is titled “Heir to the Demon“, an obvious reference to Ra’s al Ghul and his League of Assassins (in particular his daughter, Nyssa al Ghul). During its second season, Arrow has been absolutely littered with these sorts of nods to DC Comic villains and lore, hinting at a larger and more dangerous universe. But who is Arrow‘s big bad? Oliver’s “ultimate foe?” [SPOILERS] (more…)
Moira Queen’s (Susanna Thompson) day in court has come. Will she fry for the 500+ innocent people she had a hand in murdering, or will she walk free? The earthquake only hit six months prior, which means her case is moving ahead at lightning speed, and in a flashback we witness the Arkham-like prison break it caused at Iron Heights. We see the guards escaping, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves (jerks), and we see The Dollmaker freed, by Count Vertigo (Seth Gabel), no less. (more…)
For a lot of us watching John Barrowman play Arrow‘s Malcolm Merlyn (the Dark Archer), it was the first time we’ve seen him be a real villain. Sure, there was that one time onDoctor Who, but this is the first time we really saw him embrace the role of a ruthless killer, and it was fun. At least until the season finale of Arrow came around and Malcolm’s fate was left in the wind.
With Season 2 of Arrow on the way, the villain responsible for the death of Oliver’s father and his time shipwrecked, is set to make a comeback. As for when he’ll return, producer Marc Guggenheim wasn’t forgiving in laying out a straight answer.
Part of the enjoyment of Season 2 for us is how do you combine the old — not the old — but the Season 1 villains with the new Season 2 villains, we’ve confirmed that John Barrowman is coming back. We are a show that does flashbacks. I don’t think it’s spoiling anything to say that John Barrowman’s scenes will be with Stephen [Amell].
Seeing as the two last shot it out in a building rigged to collapse, that might be Marc’s clever way of saying he’ll return only in flashbacks. On the other hand, Barrowman might very well return at some point in the living flesh – we didn’t see his body so he may have made it out. Perhaps with The Hood moving on to the more known role of Green Arrow, maybe we’ll see him return all scarred up and looking for a rematch by season’s end.