‘Arrow’ Season 2: First Look at ‘Spawn’ Star Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger

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Fans of The CW’s vigilante justice show Arrow were left reeling by the finale of season 1, which didn’t pull any punches when it came to the lasting effects of the Dark Archer’s campaign against The Glades. Season 2 will apparently pick up with Oliver Queen returning after a period of travel, potentially to other DC cities like Blüdhaven, but there won’t be much time to rest for the protector of Starling City.

Among its host of returning and brand new actors, season 2 of Arrow will feature a number of new characters drawn from the pages of the DC comic book universe. One of these is Michael Jai White, best known amongst comic fans for playing the title character in the 1997 movie Spawn, who joins Arrow as the expert martial artist and assassin Benjamin Turner AKA Bronze Tiger.

Courtesy of TV Guide, we now have the first image of White in the role, sporting what looks like a durable jacket to fit his title and a set of deadly weapons on his fists. The actual screenshot that was chosen to promote Bronze Tiger’s introduction is unfortunately more funny than exciting. It kind of looks like Green Arrow and Bronze Tiger are about to go skydiving and Bronze Tiger is feeling nervous about it. Alternatively, it could be the two of them imitating Shaggy and Scooby Doo after seeing a ghost. If nothing else, the screenshot would be great as the subject of a caption competition (feel free to weigh in with your own caption in the comments).

Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger in Arrow 570x391 Arrow Season 2: First Look at Spawn Star Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger

Bronze Tiger is just one of several members of the Suicide Squad who will be appearing in Arrow this season, not the least of which is mastermind Amanda Waller, who will be played by Spartacus star Cynthia Addai-Robinson. Waller isn’t being introduced as the leader of the Suicide Squad, however, but as an agent of A.R.G.U.S., an organization that was briefly heard about last season when they were pursuing lethal assassin Deadshot.

The growing number of villains on the roster, including Oliver Queen’s business rival Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau) could indicate a move towards some kind of villain team-up. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim has already dropped a few hints as to why Bronze Tiger is in town:

“He’s basically the best of the best, so he has come to Starling City to see if the Hood can give him a challenge. To that end, he has aligned himself with China White [Kelly Hu] and the Chinese Triad.”

If the various villains of Starling City do band together and attack at the same time, Oliver won’t necessarily be alone in facing them. Not only does he have his trusty back-up in the form of tech expert Felicity Smoak (who has upgraded the Arrowcave during his absence) and bodyguard John Diggle, it’s also likely that we’ll see Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) in training to become Red Arrow, and Barry “The Flash” Allen (Grant Gustin) will appear in three episodes this season with the potential for his own spin-off show.

Tell us if you like the look of White as Benjamin Turner – and if you’re impressed by his tiger claws – in the comments.


Arrow season 2 premieres October 9th, 2013 @8pm on The CW.

Source: TV Guide

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  1. doubt they’ll use him to his potential considering they killed of darren shalavi within the first few minutes of introducing him in the pilot (still pissed off about that) with him barely doing anything besides throwing a punch or two :(

    • As long as they have Bronze Tiger in more than one episode I’m okay.

  2. I really wish that Oliver would incorporate a mask into his costume, The eye make up always looked stupid and I hoped producers just were using that as a learning curve for the character as he grew. I mean seriously it’s not even a disguise it’s just eye liner, get a mask for season 2 please!

    • Thats true becuase Huntress had a Domino mask and Black Canary has one, so….. He should have one

    • I actually prefer the green makeup as opposed to a domino mask, I just think it’s underused. If it was a full streak across his eyes and the bridge of his nose to his sideburns, I think it would look a lot better.

    • With you on that one…someone might guess his secret identity is as the Revlon Man!

    • I agree that a mask of some sort needs to be implemented. To base the character in reality such as this show has and to then have Oliver wear makeup and only makeup is pretty stupid in my opinion. Also the hood itself seems pretty impractical. Don’t these people read their Frank Miller?

      • I wondered that myself, although it was cool in the Year One book to have him fashion a rain proof hood out of tarpaulin while he was on the island, then using it as a disguise until his identity was discovered partway through the story.

        Did the makeup wearing start with Mike Grell’s run on Green Arrow? Never understood the practicality of wearing it myself, especially if you see him in broad daylight.

  3. I will be mad if Green Arrow beats up Bronze Tiger because BT is a way better martial artist then GA but then again this version of GA is a better martial artist then he was in the comics, so you never know

    • Loos like two guys filming the reboot of Brokebutt Mountain in the picture there!

      • *Looks*

  4. Awesome.

  5. sick

  6. (caption)

    oh snap Logan came back for his claws

  7. Michael Jai White is an inappropriately underestimated talent in Hollywood. He’s got more charisma than many A-listers so it’ll be interesting to see what he’s allowed to do with this character. I know he’s remembered for other roles, but his work in the 1999 film ‘Thick As Thieves’ opposite Alec Baldwin, Andre Braugher and Bruce Greenwood (to name a few) was genuinely fantastic.

    • He may have charisma but that doesnt mean it will translate well to screen. I find his performances pretty bland all around. He is perfect for these kinda runs

    • Dude, go see black dynamite. That movie is awesome!

      • ++++++1

      • +++++++++++++++++++++1 Great Movie!! Hahaha…

      • If I recall correctly, he also has a writing credit for that one.

    • The only people who would question Michael doesn’t know his work, he played Spawn, he has done voice work for John stewart ( green lantern) and doomsday. He’s an excellent actor. Last but not least he holds Black belts in seven different styles of martial art. So I think he’ll do just fine as BT

  8. I’m still thinking we’ll get to the Squad at some point with A.R.G.U.S. finally capturing Deadshot and then offering him a chance to work for them. Who wouldn’t want to ask the world’s best marksman to take down enemies (of the state or personal)?

  9. Looks like they’re having a gay old time! Ollie’s just giving him a piggy-back ride. BFFs!

    • Open the door, or I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll………{oh, Fudge-ums!!}

  10. (caption)

    • Topical, and funny. Kudos my friend I commend thee.

  11. whats up with those Wolverine Claws ?

  12. Very original a black Wolverine.

  13. Wouldn’t it be cool if they some how brought in Deadshoot. I would love to see that battle.

    • Deadshot. Or are you using the present tense?

  14. Oh, as far as Roy becoming Red Arrow….

    I hope to god he becomes Arsenal instead.

    • Since Arrow has no problem tweaking things from the comic origins, I’d like to see Diggle get some love and become a hero or partner named Arsenal.

      Then that’ll leave Roy to become Red Arrow and Thea to become Speedy, since they’ve already got red hoodies and the nickname out there.

  15. Just because it hasn’t been announced doesn’t mean that Waller won’t be leading a suicide squad in the near future. If anything, her being on the show confirms a theory I already had. Think about it, Deadshot is a well known member of the squad, and bronze tiger has been amongst their ranks before. Is it so impossible that she may start forming a team in Starling city. And with Barry Allen being introduced this season, I think the introduction of Captain Boomerang, another member of the squad, is a real possibility. And the Roy Harper did at one point retrieve training from the squad isn’t something that should be overlooked. All in all, I don’t think we should dismiss the idea of a Suicide Squad in the Arrow universe just yet.

  16. Looks like a scene from dumb and dumber, bronze tiger just urinated and green arrow is making ‘ahhh warm’ face.

  17. Black Dynamite!

  18. Has anyone considered the possibility that this is intentionally misleading? Remember, the original shirtless promos edited out the tats.

    That being said: “WHAT’S DEADPOOL DOING HERE?!??” (Yes, I am well aware of the difference of universe, I’m borrowing DP’d fourth wall breaking ability for this.)

  19. Looks more like a CollegeHumour X-Men movie, if you ask me…

  20. He needs a mask and some better arrows

  21. White: “Two girls one cup mofo! Watch that sh*t!”

    Arrow: “OMG I’m gonna be sick”

  22. Other than the goofy picture above, I am thrilled with this casting and the look of the Bronze Tiger. So far, “Arrow” Season 2 seems like it will be a great watch.

    …and Season 1 comes out on DVD today. YAY!

  23. “D@mned hybrid cat…I KNEW I should’ve just gotten a chihuahua!”

  24. Yep, definitely NOT a good shot for marketing XD
    Bronze Tiger just totally lost his badassness on that image hahaha