There has been a wild rush of new characters being added to the comic book TV series of the world, and fans can’t wait for the fall. Well, Arrow didn’t want to be left out, so it has now joined the fray with an announcement of a new DC Comics’ character heading to Star City for Season 5. Oliver Queen may be the vigilante that walks the streets and lurks on rooftops, but the city will have to prepare for another one as they see the reveal of Wild Dog.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Team Arrow is indeed getting bigger in Season 5 with the addition of Rick Gonzalez, who will be playing the role of Wild Dog.
Wild Dog is going to be a new vigilante in Star City, and he’s looking to help but he isn’t nearly as polished as some others. He has a bit of a reckless nature and he’s a tad cocky so this brings about Green Arrow to take him on as a protégé and teach him the proper way to do things.
Gonzalez is known for his roles on Mr. Robot, Rosewood, and Rush, so he’s no stranger to the small screen. As for Wild Dog, he’s not yet a series regular, but he is going to be appearing in multiple episodes this fall in Season 5.
For those who aren’t aware of the character known as Wild Dog, he started out as a guy named Jack Wheeler in DC Comics. Wheeler was a college football player with aspirations of making it big in the pros, but an injury caused him to drop out of school and join the Marines.
When getting out of the Armed Forces, Wheeler got his life back together and realized he could do some good in the world by exacting justice on criminals. Actually, he ends up seeing his fiancée murdered by the mafia, and he becomes Wild Dog to avenge her death.
His superhero costume is quite simple, as it merely consists of a hockey mask and his old college football jersey, but it’s an appropriate look for a self-trained vigilante. It’s going to be interesting to see just how much of his back-story is given on Arrow, and if it stays true to the comics.
Meanwhile, there is another character being hinted at by Arrow‘s creators, and it could very well be another addition to Season 5. As reported by Screen Rant, Amell has said that the major villain is not super-powered, but some of the crew are hinting at The Spectre making his debut later this year.
Arrow is just the latest comic book TV show to add new characters for its upcoming season. The list keeps on growing and that’s going to do nothing but make fans happy. As of now, here are some of the new characters confirmed or possibly arriving.
- DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 — Dr. Nate Heywood/Commander Steel
- The Flash Season 3 — An older, geekier contemporary to Barry Allen
- Supergirl Season 2 — Superman
- Gotham Season 3 — Vicki Vale, Mad Hatter, Talon, Solomon Grundy
The addition of Rick Gonzalez to the cast is a great one for Arrow as he’s a very talented actor that is going to bring a lot to the series in season 5. It’s going to be interesting to see how Arrow handles another vigilante in Star City, but he’s going to end up teaching Wild Dog how to do things the right way. The fall/winter seasons of the comic book TV series can’t come soon enough as DC Comics is really turning up the new character heat.
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