Is This the Main Villain for Arrow Season 5?

Friday, 17 June 2016 - 10:11AM
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Friday, 17 June 2016 - 10:11AM
Is This the Main Villain for Arrow Season 5?
Yesterday, The CW announced that they had cast Chicago P.D.'s Josh Segarra as a new DC Comics hero: Adrian Chase, aka Vigilante. The original report described the character as an "ally," but if the comics are any indication, he will most likely be the new antagonist for season five.

According to Deadline, Chase is the new District Attorney in Star City who wants to clean up the streets through the legal system (very similar to Harvey Dent, and we all know how that went). In the comics, Chase becomes a vigilante and, at first, refuses to kill criminals, but then over time becomes more violent and less concerned about collateral damage, until he becomes a danger to the city and to other vigilantes. So in all likelihood, this is another Jay Garrick type of situation, in which he starts off as an ally but then is revealed to be the villain of the piece.

This seems like a great choice, not only because it will highlight how far Oliver has come, but because fans have been calling for Arrow to get back to its gritty, realistic roots after its less-than-successful magical detours. The realism distinguished Arrow from other superhero shows in the acclaimed first two seasons, so hopefully this is a sign that it's ushering in a new-old era.
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