‘Arrow’ to Feature DC Villains Deadshot & China White

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Early into the first season of The CW’s Arrow, Oliver Queen might want to rethink this whole vigilante thing. Following the premiere on October 10th, the hooded crime-fighter will have his hands full facing villains straight out of the pages of DC comics.


First up, it was confirmed that Arrow (Stephen Amell) will be taking on the South Pacific drug cartel leader known as China White, played by X2 and The Scorpion King actress Kelly Hu. It is revealed that White, also known as Chien Na Wei, may have already had a run-in with Oliver Queen, while he was marooned on a remote island for five years. Though she’s only scheduled for one episode, the question of her ties to the unfolding mystery of Queen’s lost years could mean a larger role for Hu in the future.

Kelly Hu X Men 2 Arrow to Feature DC Villains Deadshot & China White

For those unfamiliar with the character, China White is a relative newcomer to the DCU; she first appeared in Andy Diggle’s 2007 miniseries, Green Arrow: Year One, on which Arrow is reportedly based.

Moving on, executive producer Marc Guggenheim recently spoke about the appearance of DC’s master assassin, Deadshot, after Amell mentioned the two would be facing off in the series’ third episode: ‘The Lone Gunman.’

Guggenheim had this to say regarding the appearance of Deadshot:

“The episode – I think it’s pretty amazing, especially as a third episode, because it already takes the existing paradigm and plays with it. And also, just the nature of a character like Deadshot, who is Oliver’s equal in every, way, shape or form, and maybe even his superior in certain ways… it just creates the opportunity for amazing action very, very early on in the series.”

Deadshot is likely the more well known of the two villains, as he’s been around since 1950, and has popped up in episodes of Justice League, Justice League Unlimited and Batman: Brave and the Bold. Deadshot even made an appearance in the Batman: Arkham City video game as well as the final season of Smallville – though both versions were departures from the character’s signature look.

 Arrow to Feature DC Villains Deadshot & China White

Deadshot vs. Green Arrow (Comics)

It was recently announced that Canadian actor Michael Rowe would be taking on the role of the unparalleled marksman. So, with casting out of the way, the concern can get down to just what Deadshot is going to look like.

Co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg stated:

“I think that there are going to be nods to the comic book character. If you’re a fan of the comic book, you will definitely recognize Deadshot in what we are doing. In the same way that the pilot is a more grounded and realistic take on the material, our Deadshot is a more grounded and realistic take on the character than the fully costumed and masked super-villain that you see in the comics.”

“You’ll definitely see the red eye piece, which is the most distinctive, iconic feature of that character, and I will say that with no slam to Smallville intended, it’s a much more faithful version of Deadshot than the Deadshot that was in Smallville.“

If the glimpse of Deathstroke’s tattered mask in the extended trailer for the series was any clue, Arrow isn’t going to shy away from throwing DC characters into the fray right off the bat. Stay tuned to see which other characters are primed to make an appearance on the show.

Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 10 @8pm on The CW.

Source: TV Guide, KsiteTV

Green Arrow Comic Art via Comic Vine Forums


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  1. it would be nice if you guys tipped your hats once in a while to the guys that made the art you use for these articles, the guy that did the deadshot art is very talented and deserve more attention then what he currently gets (the same guy that made LMS, which paramount now has the rights to).

    • I was thinking the same thing. Dan LuVisi needs more attention.

  2. I have to say, everything I’ve seen about Arrow looks excellent so far. And if they’re really using Year One as a basis, then this could be excellent. That was the best Green Arrow comic for years, then they totally ruined the character for New 52.

    I wasn’t looking forward to this when it was announced, seemed to soon after Smallville and I feared it would be treading on the toes on the show I loved but that seems unfounded. This is absolutely the thing I am looking forward to the most on the new schedule. I hope it’s good and that if it is, they stick with it.

  3. I’m still skeptical they will be able to pull this off long term. I just don’t know how they are going to keep us interested for more than a couple seasons without adding in other heroes but then it will start feeling like Smallville 2.0.

  4. I agree with DSB that everything looks excellent so far, and I also agree with Mongoose about being skeptical about how the show will do in the long run…

    But whatever happens in the future is in the future… for now, I’m very excited for season 1.

  5. Please give Deadshot his mask!

  6. Im getting more interested in this one, the more i see. I have been a big Arrow fan over the years actually since Grell’s work on Long Bow Hunter. I was hoping the show was actually going to follow along Grells formula and it looks to have that more serious feel. They do have alot of material they can work with but they will have to bring in a supporting cast to help the show along in the future. I know that Dinah is in the new series in a different form of the character and I hope they fix this early on, Dinah is very important in the later development of Oliver’s life. I like the introduction of Dc villains and to keep fans happy they need this

  7. Sweet maybe Arrow will be just as good as smallville

  8. it seems like everyone working on the set of arrow like to slam smallville then say with no slam intended .. kind of reminds me of the ricky bobby and i mean with all due respect ..

    with all due respect that aint worth a velvet painting of a whale and a dolphin getting it on ..

  9. Im liking everything I hear about Arrow. Glad they are taking inspiration from Year One. I only wished a whole season was devoted to his Island asylum and fight aainst China White’s smuggling circuit.

    • Seems like it will be told extensively through flashbacks.

  10. Was I the only person that felt Deadshot was in TDKR? I’m talking about the assistant to Bane.

    • Am I the only one who thought Helen Mirren was Deadshot in RED?

      Haha JK. But yes. You were probably the only one.

    • No you’re not the only one, but as I have had repeatedly pointed out to me, he wasn’t Deadshot at all. Shame, would have been a nice little easter egg.

    • The character portrayed by actor Josh Stewart?

      • yes , i felt like they shoe horned in that scene where he is using that sniper rifle just for that purpose ..

    • i re watched batman begine before going to see tdkr and i was hoping they were gonna include izazz i dont know if thats how you spell it .. but the serial killer who they sent to arkham instead of prison .. and yeah it was kind of stange for bane to have no problem killing an henchmen at any moment but he never threatended his assistant thus making me feel like me may be deadshot especially when they kind of forced that one scene in there where he is sniping …

  11. whats the deal with the booster gold tv show rumored for syfy

  12. Cool looking forward to this

  13. China White, wow. Hope no sensitive Asian rights group latches on to that…..

    • I assumed it was a play on the drug.
      Because assuming never backfires. 😉

      • That could be a running joke on the show. “You smuggle weapons, and your name is Chine White? How unfortunate…”

  14. I never really liked Green Arrow in the comics, but this TV show looks good, since hopefully they dropped the liberal stuff and the billy-goat beard! I’ll watch it for sure.

  15. I rember wene Deadshot was on Smallvile. He wore A wide brimed hat and had A collection of antique weapons,in the previews I thought he was Jona Hex. I hope they make him modern and high tech like in the comics.

  16. Arrow indeed is sounding more promising as news updates continue. Nice to know JH gave them his blessing…seems action is going to be quickly paced. Which I hope the first few episodes don’t try to give to much plot away or rush storylines for the sake of ratings. As for the villains they are pulling every hat o the trick to please fans.