Arrow is still preparing to feel the shakeups to the larger universe of The CW’s DC Comics TV series wrought by the outward-rippling events of The Flash season 3 premiere’s Flashpoint event, as well as the impending multi-series crossover planned with new network-partner Supergirl. In the meantime, Arrow season 5 has its own story to tell and a mission statement of getting back to the vigilante action roots that defined the series’ early success.
However, that doesn’t mean fan-favorite and all-new supporting characters won’t continue to appear on Arrow, and now we know how one new guest star will be introduced into an upcoming episode. The CW has released a synopsis for “Human Target”, which will see unconventional comics’ hero Christopher Chance (played by Jessica Jones‘ Wil Traval) return to the fold.
Recently seen in a different incarnation in the short-lived same-named TV series Human Target, the character – there presented as a private security contractor who drew attention away from potential assassins onto himself, alongside allies Guerrero, Laverne Winston and their dog Carmine – has long been rumored to become a part of The CW’s Arrowverse. Mr. Chances makes his debut as part of a potentially vital event in Arrow season 5. The synopsis for the episode reads as follows:
When Tobias Church (guest star Chad L. Coleman) captures and tortures one of Oliver’s new recruits, Oliver must turn to an old friend, Christopher Chance (guest star Wil Traval) AKA the Human Target, for help. Meanwhile, Felicity’s (Emily Bett Rickards) worlds collide when Detective Malone (guest star Tyler Ritter) joins the ACU. Laura Belsey directed the episode written by Oscar Balderrama & Sarah Tarkoff (#505). Original airdate 11/2/2016.
Positioned as an espionage/spy style character rather than a superhero, Chance’s presence potentially provides a contrast with the grim, increasingly more comics-inspired figure of Oliver Queen. However, the Human Target character was originally inspired by a DC Comics creation of the same name whose origins were credited to Len Wein and Carmine Infantino. In that version, his role was to assume the identity of his clients in order to draw would-be assailants into conflict and neutralize them.
How much effect the arrival of the Human Target and (possibly) his associates to Arrow will effect the new season’s main storyline remains to be seen, though fans hoping to see more “grounded” episodes amid the recently more prominent superhero/fantasy-heavy scenarios will likely be looking to this episode to deliver that particular experience. That said, it’s unclear whether Chance will be more than a one-off episode addition to this season of Arrow.
Arrow continues next Wednesday with ‘A Matter of Trust’ @8pm on The CW.
Source: The CW