For many movies and television shows based on comic book properties, Comic-Con International is the best opportunity to get fans excited for upcoming releases or new seasons of series. At the Warner Bros. Studios and DC Entertainment panel Saturday night, the studios teased their upcoming seasons of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Gotham. For Arrow, that included unveiling new costumes for the show's stars Oliver Queen a.k.a. the Arrow (Stephen Amell) and John "Dig" Diggle (David Ramsey).
However, Oliver and Dig's new threads won't be the only new aspect coming to season 4. Announced earlier this week, Neal McDonough (Justified, Suits) will be joining the show as DC Comics villain Damien Darhk. Also announced at the panel are two other season 4 additions, Mr. Terrific and Anarky, both from the comic books.
Revealed during the WB/DC TV panel and confirmed by the official Twitter for Arrow's writers room, Anarky will be a villain in season 4 while Mr. Terrific will join as someone who works with Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). Executive producer and showrunner Marc Guggenheim also said Mr. Terrific will be gay.
In the DC Comics, there are two versions of Mr. Terrific: Terry Sloane and Michael Holt. Though Guggenheim didn't confirm which version will appear on Arrow, it will likely be Michael Holt, who appears in DC's New 52 revamp from which The CW's DC TV universe draws many of its characters. Additionally, since he is confirmed to work with Felicity, it's possible we'll see his T-Spheres - artificially intelligent devices with an array of abilities that Mr. Terrific controls through his mask and earpieces.
As for Anarky, he has been called an "anti-villain" since he wants to save the world, but does so through methods that are deadly and destructive. It's likely his role on Arrow will be drawn from the 2005 comic "Anarky in the USA" written by James Peaty (which sees the villain and his ideology face off against Oliver Queen). Since previous seasons of Arrow have dealt with the evolution of Oliver's methodology when it comes to saving his city, Anarky could provide another opportunity for the writers to explore what Oliver is (and isn't) willing to do to be the hero.
In all its four seasons, Arrow has been adapting and tweaking DC Comics characters so that they fit into the world Guggenheim and the other writers have created. While that has worked for certain villains, others, like the first version of Count Vertigo, didn't quite fit with the tone of Arrow. As for Mr. Terrific and Anarky, it's difficult to say whether or not they will work since Guggenheim hasn't said much about either character.
Certainly, it seems Mr. Terrific will be a bigger part of season 4 since he will be working with Felicity, and if they explore the technology of his T-Spheres that could provide a longer storyline. However, with Damien Darhk acting as the major villain of the upcoming season, it seems Anarky will likely be a one-episode villain or, at most, provide a short multi-episode arc. In terms of adaptation, whether these two characters fall into the category of those that worked remains to be seen until Arrow season 4.
What do you think of Mr. Terrific and Anarky joining Arrow? Are you excited to see them come to life on The CW? Let us know in the comments!
Arrow returns for season 4 Wednesday, October 7th, at 8PM on The CW; The Flash returns for season 2 Tuesday, October 6th, at 8PM on The CW; Legends of Tomorrow is expected to air on The CW in early 2016.
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