New Arrow recurring character described as an “ex-Marine turned vigilante”

With little more than a month to go before production begins on Arrow‘s fifth season, new details are already starting to trickle out. A new report gives us clues about a new character joining the show, as well as how the flashbacks will tie into the Arrow pilot.

TVLine has a new preview article with all kinds of scoops on the fall TV season, and it includes some tidbits about Arrow. It seems a new vigilante character will be making an appearance in Star City. The unidentified recurring character is described as a “cocksure/reckless ex-Marine turned vigilante.”

This is the second bit of casting news for Arrow Season Five after news leaked out last month about the hunt for an actor to play the season’s new big baddie. Code-named “James,” the character is described as an “irrepressibly charming” peer of Oliver’s, who can “just as easily shake your hand as your best friend or break your neck as your worst enemy — and you never know which one is coming. Either way, he’s more than capable of having a good time as he does it.”

There’s no word on whether the new vigilante character will be an ally or foe to Team Arrow, but with Oliver now mayor of Star City, it sounds like he could use an extra pair of fists. Arrow showrunner Wendy Mericle says Ollie’s new role will play a large part next season: “City Hall, that institution, is crucial to our series.”

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Mericle also gave some clues about the direction the flashbacks will take next season. The season finale seemed to confirm the much speculated news that we’ll finally see Oliver head to Russia next year. Previously, Mericle has teased that Season Five will see the flashbacks finally drawing to a close as they catch up to where Oliver was in the pilot.

Speaking with TVLine, Mericle more or less confirmed this news, saying, “It’s a very good possibility that we’ll finally find out how he got that Bratva tattoo and how he learned to speak Russian. When Oliver says, ‘No one can know my secret’ and he kills that guy in the pilot, we’re going to get some insight into that.”

We should get much more news on Arrow Season Five at San Diego Comic Con in early July, and when production begins later that month. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for all the latest news and updates!