Arrow's Vigilante Might Suffer the Same Fate as the Comics Character

Friday, 21 October 2016 - 3:26PM
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Friday, 21 October 2016 - 3:26PM
Arrow's Vigilante Might Suffer the Same Fate as the Comics Character
From the surprise return of a certain character this past week to a big-league crossover show coming up with the Flash, Supergirl and the Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow is talking the talk and walking the walk. With Season 5 underway, fans have been wondering when they'll get a chance to see Josh Segarra's new character, Vigilante, who was confirmed back in mid-summer. Vigilante's secret identity is Adrian Chase, Star City's new district attorney, and it sounds like he's gonna be best pals with Oliver Queen, the mayor. How do these public servants get all that work done and still have time to fight crime? Nobody knows!

But what we do know is that, according to executive producer Marc Guggenheim, Josh Segarra's Vigilante is going to stick pretty close to the comics, to the point that comic book fans might be catching the little hints at what's to come:

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"What's kind of fun about the way we're writing Adrian, and the way we're portraying Josh's character, is we're writing with the knowledge that the audience has a certain amount of comic book knowledge. If they don't, if you're not a comic book fan, it'll fly over your head and it's totally fine; it's like an adult joke in a Pixar movie. But if you are familiar with the comic, then you'll probably interpret certain scenes in a very specific way, and that's fun for us. I don't think we've ever really done it in this fashion before, use what I call their comic book destiny as part of the storytelling."
Closing quote


So no big deal, they're just going to stick to the storyline of Adrian Chase in the comics and follow the character's comic book "destiny." They're even gonna drop fun little hints. Wait, what was that destiny again? 

Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


Oh yeah, that's right—being Vigilante causes Adrian Chase to kill himself.

That's right—according to the DC comics storyline, Adrian Chase is a district attorney who loses his family to mobsters and takes on the Vigilante persona to fight crime in his own way. At first he's strictly non-lethal, but ends up switching to lethal tactics (sound familiar?) after his decisions lead to the death of a police officer. Throughout his whole run, Adrian is tormented by guilt over his actions, eventually leading him to hang up his mask and become a judge instead. But when two other people take up the mantle and ruin the reputation of the hero, he dives back in, leading to a climax where he's unmasked on national TV. From there, he goes on a downward spiral of violence and madness, culminating in his decision to commit suicide. Thus ends the saga of Adrian Chase.

So watch out for those key traumatic moments in the show, comic book fans, and keep track of Adrian's "comic book destiny" on your personal "Countdown to Adrian Chase's Suicide" bingo sheet. Lost his family? Check a box. Accidentally led to the death of an officer? Check that box. Switch to lethal methods? You get the picture. There's no telling how the CW will reimagine Vigilante's character in the show, but if the show is using the comic as its guide, Josh Segarra is in for a tragic end before he's even appeared on the show.


The next episode of Arrow, "Penance", will air on October 26th, 2016 on the CW. Josh Segarra will appear as Vigilante on "Vigilante", airing November 16th, 2016.
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