‘Arrow’ Casts ‘Battlestar Galatica’ Star James Callis – Hint of Things to Come?

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The minds behind Arrow certainly weren’t kidding when they teased the amount of DC Comics characters that would be appearing in live-action as the show progressed. Hot on the heels of adding their own version of Roy Harper a.k.a. Speedy, James Callis (Battlestar Galactica, Eureka) has been confirmed as the latest addition to the growing rogues gallery.

He’s not the first actor familiar to fans of Battlestar to make the trip to Starling City, but the character he’ll be portraying will be familiar to devoted Green Arrow fans, and could spell big things for future villains of the series.

The announcement of Callis’ addition comes via TVGuide, naming his character as ‘The Dodger,’ an international jewel thief who plays puppet-master to the citizens of Starling City, meaning Oliver and Diggle will need to fight him in a somewhat unconventional way. The writers continue to add to the number of villains lining up for a shot at Ollie in the coming months, but Callis’ role could be one of the more promising we’ve seen.

There’s only one ‘Dodger’ in DC comic books who also happens to make his living as a high-end thief, until being chased down and brought to justice by Oliver Queen and Speedy. We doubt that the live-action TV series will stay faithful to his Mjolnir-esque lightning rod, but Callis most certainly has the hair for the role. Similarities or tweaks to costume aside, it’s what happened (in the comics) when Dodger was apprehended that could promise something different from this villain.

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Upon being captured, Dodger flat-out flips on his criminal connections, siding with Oliver and giving him information regarding the League of Assassins. Could this be a sign that Arrow‘s writers are setting up the secret society of deadly assassins as a lasting enemy? Technically, The League has already been established in the Warner Bros. continuity, under the name of ‘The League of Shadows’ in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight¬†Trilogy.

We know that the idea of bringing the worlds of Batman and Arrow closer together is on the minds of Arrow‘s producers, and the increasingly significant role of Helena Bertinelli (Jessica De Gouw)- a character from Batman comic books – is laying some serious groundwork. We’re still waiting to see how the Deathstroke¬†story line plays out, but the show’s mid-season finale heavily implied that there was another figure pulling the strings of Starling City’s organized crime. And we’re not talking about the Dark Archer.

We won’t jump to conclusions and argue that Ra’s al Ghul could be the man referred to, or if the writers decide to get creative and place Deathstroke as the head of the organization in his stead. But Callis’ casting as Dodger may not play out as a simple ‘villain-of-the-week’ appearance. The thief’s arrival certainly won’t bring the same ratings boost as the Terminator did, but it could nevertheless turn the show in a new direction.

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Then again, Callis’ incarnation of Dodger could be little more than a cockney thief. In the comics he enters into a romance with Mia ‘Speedy’ Deardon, but that certainly won’t be happening on Arrow. Whatever the case, fans have more reasons to pay close attention to the show in the new year.

What do you Arrow fans think of the potential for opening up the show’s storyline to more villains? Should they continue incorporating elements of DC Comics or forge their own path?

Arrow is currently on hiatus, with a return slated for January 16, 2013.


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Source: TVGuide

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  1. They are bringing some really good actors to the show. I like what they are doing in developing it.

  2. I suspect they will, at some point, look to bring the GA and Batman ‘universes’ together not through cameos, per se, but mentions. I fully expect to see an episode wherein Oliver hears about the year of hell Gotham city was forced to go through, whilst he was trapped on the island.

  3. So let me guess. He will show up in one episode, and then never be heard from again or will end up being killed by GA

  4. How stupid is this casting? He’s about as scary and villainous as casting Barney the purple dinosaur as Bane! Have we really gone back to casting stupid cheesy villains on tv shows of the 80′s you know like that one guy who played a villain in almost all the 80′s tv shows, he had a pizza face and sang MEMORIES in Naked Gun 2 and a half shower scene while trying to murder someone.

    • It’s not always about a villians appearence my friend. Remember, actions always speak louder than anything else.

    • Ummm, you don’t actually know about whom you’re talking, do you?

    • James Callis is a dope ass actor. I have no idea why anyone would have a gripe about this.

      • I agree to me he looks like a rehab reject and incompetently stoned all the time. Actually im gonna say it, bring in bats. why nit it would be cool as hell. i get bored with just names and mentions dropped here and there , i want to see more heroes coming out to aide ollie.

  5. Chances are he will be a love interest for Thea. They nick named her Speedy in the show and her name sounds similar to Mia.

    • Isn’t Callas like 20 years older than Thea . he would be a crib chaser lol

      • Real age of an actor rarely means much in hollywood. You can make a 60 y/o seem like a 40 y/o if you need them to. Same with 20 somethings… they used to use them for teens all the time. 90210 anyone? Anyway, she was chasing her brothers best friend at one point in the show and he has to be a bit older. Seems like she goes for the older type to me.

  6. awesome!!

  7. Arrow is easily becoming my favorite weekly television show, all the twists and turns are just making great headway for more DC comic characters. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out

  8. Excllent!!!! He is a great actor and Arrow is by far my favorite show on TV right now. Well done again Arrow!!

  9. that is freaking awesome..i cant wait for the 16th of jan..i’ll be on the edge of my seat every week

  10. Never heard of this guy or seen the shows he’s been in previously but the idea of bringing in The League sounds promising.

    Who knows, maybe they’ll introduce the next Batman actor via Arrow and have Stephen Amell appear as the Green Arrow in the Justice League movie?

    Makes sense, right?

    • Battlestar Galactica?!!?

    • Wow! You missed a real gem of a show if you’ve never watched BSG. Some of the finest drama on television and not just cheesy sci-fi.

      • I actually found BSG boring it was like a soap opera and git quite bland. .

        • Well each to his own I suppose. I felt it dealt with realistic as well as spiritual themes well whilst being in the midst of a science fiction fantasy. Parts of it were very similar to “Homeland”, which was quite thrilling. I take it if you found it boring and bland, you may not have stayed with it to watch all the seasons. I must admit, after the initial mini series I wasn’t convinced, but once I started on the first season I was hooked real quick.