Arrow fans are eagerly awaiting the Season 4 premiere and the CW Network is keeping the buzz going with these new photos from Arrow Season 4 Episode 2. What’s exciting about these photos is that they feature Alexander Calvert as Lonnie Machin. DC comics fans will be familiar with Machin, he’s better known as the antihero Anarky.
According to Wikipedia, Anarky first appeared in DC Comics as a rival to Batman. He’s written as a child prodigy who has extensive knowledge of radical philosophy and anarchism, hence the name Anarky. He’s meant to embody the ideals of anti-statism, but themes like environmentalism, antimilitarism, and economic equality have also been explored through his character in the comic-books.
Looks like the Arrow Season 4 will be using the character a little bit differently though. Screen Rant reports that the CW describes Anarky as “a deranged freelancing criminal who is willing to do whatever it takes to impress a potential employer.” As you can see this description diverges markedly from the way Anarky is written in DC Comics. There he’s more of a social justice activist who doesn’t mind using violence if it suits his political ideas.
Screen Rant writer, Sean Reed, hypothesizes that this character description could mean that Anarky’s employer is “Damien Dahrk,” the big bad villain in Arrow season 4.
“Anarky’s ideology and single-minded goals somewhat negate working for an employer – that is, unless the aforementioned employer shares a similar objective,” Reed writes.
“Perhaps Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), season four’s main antagonist, is the employer whom Anarky is trying to impress. As the leader of H.I.V.E. and a former member of the League of Assassins – an organization that also adopts immoral means to ‘protect’ and ‘save’ humanity – Darhk could be interested in recruiting supporters of his nefarious cause.”
A potential team up between Damien Darkh and Anarky could mean that Arrow Season 4 is going to continue to have the same dark tone as the previous seasons, although Arrow showrunners have told fans to expect a lighter mood this season.
“We played him as a guy who was returning home from war with PTSD for the first three years,” says Marc Guggenheim, Arrow executive producer, to Entertainment Weekly. “Now he’s put those demons to rest, or so he thinks, and there’s a lightness to him as a result of all the things he learned last year.”
The Arrow Season 4 trailer definitely shows some of that lightness as we see Oliver Queen and Felicity enjoying the perks of their new domesticity.
“It still feels like Arrow, but at the same time, Oliver’s got a new outlook on life,” Guggenheim says.
Arrow, played by Stephen Amell will also be wearing a new, lighter suit. As Guggehneim reiterates, the first three seasons of Arrow are meant to chart the Emerald Archer’s origin story. In Season 4, Arrow will step into his true destiny, becoming “The Green Arrow,” the sworn defender of Star City.
There’ll be new characters in Arrow Season 4 that will probably help to maintain that lighter tone, Screen Rant reports. Season 4 will see the debut of Mr. Terrific, another import from the DC Comics universe. who will be played by Echo Kellum.
In Arrow Season 4, Mr Terrific, aka Curtis Holt, is a tech genius and inventor who is employed at Palmer Technologies with Felicity as his boss. In the comic books, Mr Terrific (The Michael Holt version) is known for his weaponry like T-Spheres, so fingers crossed that Arrow fans will see him unleash them in Season 4.
There’ll also be a whole list of changes that fans can expect from Arrow Season 4, Screen Rant notes. Diggle gets a superhero suit, Thea Queen becomes and official part of the team and Sarah returns from the dead.
Arrow Season 4 premieres on the CW on October 7.
[Photo by Katie Yu /The CW]