‘Arrow’ Casts ‘Fringe’ Alum Seth Gabel as Count Vertigo

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Seth Gable Cast on Arrow Arrow Casts Fringe Alum Seth Gabel as Count Vertigo

Well, this is a twist – The CW has cast former Fringe star Seth Gabel as a dangerous new villain on their ratings dominating thriller Arrow. As previously reported, Gabel’s deadly new role will be based on DC Comics’ nausea inducing supervillain Count Vertigo, but the character’s name and back story will be significantly altered for the show.

Originally, Count Werner Vertigo was the last descendant of a disgraced eastern European royal family who comes to Star City to rob its wealthy inhabitants, but the CW’s more grounded take on the superpowered scoundrel will depict the character as a deadly drug dealer.

Making his entrance in an early 2013 episode titled ‘Vertigo,’ the yet to be named character will hit the streets of Starling City with a dangerous new drug called Vertigo  that will most likely take a heavy personal toll on Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) sloppy socialite sister Thea (Willa Holland).

Despite Gabel’s baby-faced appearance, an Arrow insider describes his new character as “Oliver’s deadliest adversary to date… He will be truly scary and nightmarish.” Yikes! With the likes of truly badass assassins and killers such as Deadshot, China White and Deathstroke the Terminator, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that Vertigo will have some serious lasting consequences on Starling City and her new guardian angel.

Seth Gable Cast on Arrow Count Vertigo doing his thang Arrow Casts Fringe Alum Seth Gabel as Count Vertigo

The DC Comics version of Count Vertigo doin’ his supervillain thang

Coming off his most recent television endeavor as Lincoln Lee on Fringe,  Gabel’s new gig on Arrow will reunite the actor with executive  producer Greg Berlanti after the conclusion of ABC’s short-lived dramedy Dirty Sexy Money in 2009.

While exciting, the announcement of Gabel landing the role of Count Vertigo (or whatever he goes by) does throw a wrench in the popular theory that Torchwood alum John Barrowman’s mysterious “The Well-Dressed Man” character would later be revealed as Vertigo. With the frontrunner for Barrowman’s enigmatic character crossed off the list of theories, it’s back to the speculation drawing board as to who he might be.

So what do you think about Arrow’s version of Count Vertigo? Is it a great way of modernizing the character? Or should The Cw stick to the comic book script?

Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. The ‘Vertigo’ episode will air in January.

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Source: TV Line

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  1. Kinda a shame If they didn’t have some sorta tech that messed with arrows inner ear and let him beat the crap out of him… The drugs thing is fine but the whole point of vertigo is that he could weaponize it

    • And Thea’s addiction will let the producers to do an adaptation of the “Speedy”s got an drug problem” story from the Neal Adams era Green Arrow/Green Lantern. If Thea does become Speedy, will this lead into the Finding America story line from thecomics? Will Diggs became an stand-in for Hal Jordan/ Green Latern? Honestly I think the Vertigo character would work better with some sort of audio based tech and that wouldn’t be too over the top comic -wise. I guess the producers are striving for the Nolan-ish reality for the characters. Diggs seems to want Arrow to focus more on the social ills of Starling City centering on the urban areas. Are they intending to create an Daredevil/Hells Kitchen vibe? .And the lack of Meta abilities (so far) what does that mean for Dinah Lance? And will Tommy Merlyn become his nemsis?

  2. I think it a good choice, is work in Fringe was pretty good. Especially, due to the fact of the alternate universe. He manages to play multiple character and we saw is range of acting. Arrow is really solid so far, I am trusting there casting.

  3. Darn it!, as good as Arrow is I wish the wouldn’t dump down on the superpowers and other comic-book material… :(

  4. He’s a fine actor and all, but he just strikes me as a bit young for the role, or is it just me?

    • Oh, and I’d prefer anything other than the “drug” angle. Having him use a drug makes it too much like “Scarecrow” from “Batman Begins”.

      • if you have not noticed by now, Arrow borrows fairly generously from the Nolan Batman movies – its almost like they have a checklist.

        But I like the casting of Vertigo, Seth is an awesome actor, I miss him from Fringe.

        • Lol that is so true. It isn’t necessarily bad, but yeah I remember thinking that the Royal Flush Gang was almost an exact copy of Joker’s clown gang at the beginning of The Dark Knight

          • Yeah, except they don’t kill other members of the team. Nolan’s bank robbers could be called a ripoff of the Ex-Presidents from Point Break.

      • Well ,alot of the current advances in areas such as technology and medicine are being created by an younger group of sciencists and researcher -especially in computers. I guess the producers want to reflect that and stay with the show’s younger demographic. Remember Oliver Queen/Green Arrow is or is approaching middle age in the comics .

  5. So my guess is hopefully John Barrowman being the Question considering Huntress is in the show now.
    I hope he isn’t batman though.

    • His character so far does not seem anyway like Batman. At least no Bruce Wayne.

    • he’s not Bruce wayne, who knows, he may never get a “name”.
      Think “the smoking man” in x-files.

  6. sick he was pretty good in fringe cant wait to see him on arrow

  7. Ummm, why did they kill off Deadshot???

    • They didnt kill him off

    • An arrow in the eye from twenty feet away equals dead all day

      • The arrow struck the optical device covering his eye and may not have killed him but merely destroyed his eye allowing him to return with an cybernetic implant. BTW anyone else thought the tattooing of his kills on his body kinda lame? Especially for an assassin who needs to remain low-key.

  8. Sounds boring. Hopefully he won’t be another one-shot. The villains are an extreme weak point for this show.

    • Agreed.

  9. Im going to reserve my thoughts until I see how they portray him. I trust the producers and their casting choices. So far they have been very good. Deadshot isn’t dead. There was no blood around him and as the producers said ” we didn’t see him get put into a body bag”. I think he’ll be back, as I think Ace will from the Royal Flush Gang. If you start mixing in superpowers, things can get expensive (production), can get out of control and story telling can become farcical.

    This show is excellent, and has done almost everything right so far. I think they know to get away from th vilian of the week theme & are moving that way. Remember, they’re learning what works and what doesn’t work right along with us the fans, so we need to give them a chance to adjust.. I think they’re doing a nice job of mixing comic book things with they’re own creative spin, and it’s working, I mean people love this show. I say keep up the good work, and let’s wait and see how Vertigo works out.

  10. I never heard of Count Vertigo but thought Seth Gabel’s ‘Count’ had more in common with The Joker, more so at the end of the Arrow episode when he was given an overdose of the Vertigo drug he created. Also wasn’t The Joker a chemist before something tragic happened to him? Whether as Count Vertigo or an early incarnation of The Joker, I look forward to seeing more of this character.

  11. @Daniel Jude, no the Joker was never a chemist. He was a failing stand-up comedian turned petty thief. This is not the Joker, it’s Count Vertigo. The Heath Ledger Joker wasn’t what most people thought of as the Joker, either. At least storywise. They’re changing some things to be more realistic. Arrow essentially takes place in the same world as The Dark Knight

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