The past few days have been heavy on Arrow news leading up to tonight's midseason premiere, "Burned," which introduces the DC Comics villain Firefly to Starling City. However, there's more than that to look forward to in the coming weeks.
TV Guide has the first look at Fringe alum Seth Gabel as The Count, a businessman/drug manufacturer based on the DC villain Count Vertigo. Debuting in the Jan. 30 episode, the character is behind a new drug called Vertigo that's plaguing the city.
"He's a very interesting character, and the way Seth performs him, he plays him with a lot of flair," executive producer Marc Guggenheim told the website. "The fun thing about The Count is he's actually a businessman. He's got a little bit of a sociopathic streak in him, for sure, but he sees himself as an entrepreneur, as creating not drugs, but art. He compares his drug to performing a social service and to a fine wine, so he has a very skewed view of what it is that he does. At the same time, we know that he's not only sociopathic, but he's very sadistic as well."
Meanwhile, fellow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg spoke to Hero Complex about some of the big choices that went into making the series the way it is, like not actually calling the hero Green Arrow.
"If everyone was running around calling him the Green Arrow, we thought it would cheapen it and make it feel cartoonish and a little silly," Kreisberg said. "We tell our police officers that they’re in an episode of Law & Order. And if there’s some crazy person running around with a bow and arrow, you’re not going to give him a nickname and put a giant light on top of the police department to call for help. Whatever he’s doing, he’s a crazy lunatic and you’d be trying to stop him. So the whole notion, him not having a superhero name and everyone calling him the vigilante or the Hood or whatever, helps us keep it grounded in reality."
Arrow returns tonight at 8 ET/PT on The CW.