No doubt about it, Arrow has had some memorable big bads to call its own during the previous six seasons. No matter which you prefer, Malcolm Merlyn, Deathstroke, Ra’s al Ghul, Damien Darhk, Prometheus and Ricardo Diaz each brought something unique to the table. But as we head into season 7, we find ourselves in a different situation, for “The Dragon” is still in the wind.
This time, however, Diaz has other – and, perhaps, more loyal – folks backing him up in the form of the Longbow Hunters. Having previously been name-dropped at the tail end of season 6, these formidable adversaries have now been confirmed to appear in the coming year.
As it turns out, the live action version of the group will be rounded out by Holly Elissa as Red Dart, Michael Johnson as Kodiak and Miranda Edwards as Silencer. Call me crazy, but those three just sound like people you wouldn’t want to cross paths with in a dark alley.
What’s more is that a few returning delinquents will be showing up very early on, for Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels) and Danny “Brick” Brickwell (Vinnie Jones) will be there to confront Oliver Queen in prison. And based on what we saw in the trailer screened at San Diego Comic-Con, the Emerald Archer can’t even have five minutes to himself in order to shower.
Being someone who read the Season 2.5 comics, I’d like for someone to explain to me how Bronze Tiger’s still alive, but that may be a conversation best left for another day.
Arrow returns for its seventh season on Monday, October 15 on The CW.