Summer Glau Joins 'Arrow' Season 2 Cast as New Adversary Isabel Rochev

Summer Glau as River Tam in 'Firefly'

We might be seeing a lot more of Stephen Amell in the role of vigilante superhero Green Arrow if he gets his wish; the star recently expressed an enthusiastic interest in joining the cast of the Justice League movie if it eventually gets made. In the meantime, however, Amell's future playing millionaire playboy and secret crime-fighter Oliver Queen in the CW's series Arrow is looking very bright.

Arrow was renewed for a second season midway through its first, and new episodes will begin airing on the CW this fall. There have been plenty of teases both from the cast and the creative team as to what fans of the show can expect to see in the series, and Amell has revealed that the events of the season one finale have driven Oliver away from Starling City and left him lacking motivation to return to his vigilante crusade. However, the announcement of a new adversary on the show may force him to take up the hood and bow once more.

According to TV Line, the return of the series will bring with it Summer Glau in a new recurring role as Oliver Queen's adversary, Isabel Rochev, yet another character lifted directly from the DC comics upon which Arrow is based. Season one's villains included Firefly, the Huntress, and lethal assassin Deadshot, so it feels natural that the writers should turn to the source material once more when building their storylines for the second season.

Glau is best known, in geek circles at least, for playing troubled genius River Tam in Joss Whedon's space Western TV show Firefly (which was sadly cancelled after only one season) and the subsequent movie, Serenity. She's since had roles on a number of other shows, including The Cape, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Dollhouse, and is set to star in Knights of Badassdom - a LARPing adventure fantasy with Peter Dinklage and Ryan Kwanten.

Isabel Rochev's name in Robert Queen's book
Rochev's name was shown on Robert Queen's list in season one

In the comics, Rochev becomes the CEO of Queen Industries after the death of Robert Queen, but her storyline will apparently be slightly different in Arrow. According to her character description, Rochev is the Vice President of Acquisitions for Stellmoor International, a company that is attempting to take over Queen Industries now that the head of the company has been sent to jail.

Arrow's big bads for season one were Malcolm Merlyn AKA The Dark Archer (John Barrowman) in the modern storyline, and Sebastian Dunn as Edward Fyers in the island flashbacks, and executive producer Mark Guggenheim (who has referred to the show's structure as being "Whedonesque") has promised two major villains will appear in season two of the show. Assuming for the moment that Rochev will be one of these primary villains, rather than a mere business adversary, that still leaves a spot open for another main antagonist who has yet to be revealed.

Glau has delivered some engaging and intense performances during her career and is definitely an exciting casting choice for the role of Rochev. Which other characters from the DC universe are you hoping to see in the next season of Arrow?


Arrow returns to the CW on Wednesday October 9, 2013 at  8:00-9:00 PM E.T.

Sourve: TV Line

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