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Details appear about an upcoming villain all set to join The CW's Arrow

Nov. 7, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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SPOILERS.

Hopefully this news doesn't make you too dizzy with interest...

The CW's "Arrow" has been enjoying a solid enough run so far, with the lingering question of course being just how long that sort of success can be maintained with fickle viewers and a bevy of quality shows to compete with.  But that won't be known for some weeks yet, and in the meantime another DC villain is gearing up to join the ranks of "Arrow's" quiver of characters.  While he won't be in a form you fans out there recognize, the one and only Count Vertigo is on his way and set to be Oliver Queen's "deadliest adversary to date... He will be truly scary and nightmarish."  Here's the catch: the "Vertigo" of the name will now "belong to a new drug that makes its debut in the same episode as the character inspired by Count Vertigo."  So we're very much stretching the boundaries of inspiration here, with what seems like a bit of a nod to DREDD 3D combined with the possibilities of BATMAN BEGINS' Scarecrow.

Count Vertigo first appeared in 1978 and has since been featured on "Batman: The Animated Series" - there is no word on casting as of yet.  The CW's "Arrow" airs on Wednesdays at 8pm ET/PT.

Count Vertigo on Batman: The Animated Series

Extra Tidbit: What do you think of "Arrow" thus far and the way it has treated its villains?
Source: Coming Soon

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10:08PM on 11/07/2012
Count Vertigo would absolutely NEED to turn up in a Green Arrow show. The idea that the "vertigo effect" that he's famous for is caused by an illicit substance sounds like it would make sense. Hopefully he looks cool.
Count Vertigo would absolutely NEED to turn up in a Green Arrow show. The idea that the "vertigo effect" that he's famous for is caused by an illicit substance sounds like it would make sense. Hopefully he looks cool.
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5:19PM on 11/07/2012

The problem with the show isn't the villains.

The first half-hour of this show had me hooked. I thought they set him up perfectly as a spoiled, obnoxious rich kid unable to live with what he had done (hence the change to superhero being something more believable). They even had an interesting female lead with a great backstory. A woman who he had been dating, then he killed her younger sister while cheating with her.....brilliant!

Unfortunately, her character had a sudden change of heart and was willing to make up with him ONE DAY
The first half-hour of this show had me hooked. I thought they set him up perfectly as a spoiled, obnoxious rich kid unable to live with what he had done (hence the change to superhero being something more believable). They even had an interesting female lead with a great backstory. A woman who he had been dating, then he killed her younger sister while cheating with her.....brilliant!

Unfortunately, her character had a sudden change of heart and was willing to make up with him ONE DAY after telling him that he had taken everything from her, including the chance to mourn her sister. Then we find out this paragon of virtue has been nailing his sleazy best friend (who may be a bad guy). Then I decided the show's writers were too stupid to support. Nothing in it worth watching, other than the violence. No one to root for. No reason to care.
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2:30PM on 11/07/2012
Arrow is a little predictable as a show so far, but it's watchable enough stuff. The look of Green Arrow himself in it is fine, but the villains have been fairly watered down reinterpretations of DC characters so far (though only 3 or so episodes have aired here in the UK so far). I happily watch it though, unless the quality takes a massive nosedive.
Arrow is a little predictable as a show so far, but it's watchable enough stuff. The look of Green Arrow himself in it is fine, but the villains have been fairly watered down reinterpretations of DC characters so far (though only 3 or so episodes have aired here in the UK so far). I happily watch it though, unless the quality takes a massive nosedive.
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12:14PM on 11/07/2012
I don't really think there are too many Count Vertigo purists running around, so I don't think the changes matter. Besides, changing a villain doesn't mean anything if the story is good (Bane in TDKR). PS, I'm biased as I love this show.
I don't really think there are too many Count Vertigo purists running around, so I don't think the changes matter. Besides, changing a villain doesn't mean anything if the story is good (Bane in TDKR). PS, I'm biased as I love this show.
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12:20PM on 11/07/2012
Bane wasn't that different
Bane wasn't that different
11:22AM on 11/07/2012
I like the show, but I don't like the way they've treated the villains so far. Up to this point anyway, they've all been throw-away "baddies of the week". They have an awesome backlog of all these DC villains they can and are using, but take a little time and build them up for more than 1 episode. Start an arc or something. I'm still hoping they do that; they are only 4 episodes in. But if they continue at the rate they've been going, they'll run out of villains by the end of the season (and I
I like the show, but I don't like the way they've treated the villains so far. Up to this point anyway, they've all been throw-away "baddies of the week". They have an awesome backlog of all these DC villains they can and are using, but take a little time and build them up for more than 1 episode. Start an arc or something. I'm still hoping they do that; they are only 4 episodes in. But if they continue at the rate they've been going, they'll run out of villains by the end of the season (and I wouldn't be surprised if a season 2 happened, this is doing very well for the CW).
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11:36AM on 11/07/2012
They have an arc, they just need a better one. Clearly, the family drama and the truth about the sunken yacht are what they are going for, but it isn't amounting to much. Clearly, Barrowman's character should be Count Vertigo, slimeball 1%-er who is pulling a lot of strings behind the scenes, but thats clearly not the direction they are going in.
They have an arc, they just need a better one. Clearly, the family drama and the truth about the sunken yacht are what they are going for, but it isn't amounting to much. Clearly, Barrowman's character should be Count Vertigo, slimeball 1%-er who is pulling a lot of strings behind the scenes, but thats clearly not the direction they are going in.
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10:51AM on 11/07/2012
Personally I really like the show. I give it a 8.5/10. Additionally I referred the show to a friend and he also like's it. So far on these comments it seems I'm the only one that like's the show however I believe there are others out besides me ?!?
Personally I really like the show. I give it a 8.5/10. Additionally I referred the show to a friend and he also like's it. So far on these comments it seems I'm the only one that like's the show however I believe there are others out besides me ?!?
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10:39AM on 11/07/2012

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It would be better if they kept the villians as they are in comics. DC shows need to start showing its a bigger universe than whats going on in one town. That to include them looking close as humanly possible to what they look like in the comics, but updated to keep it modern (no underwear outside the tights)> It helps people like me know who the hell im looking at.
It would be better if they kept the villians as they are in comics. DC shows need to start showing its a bigger universe than whats going on in one town. That to include them looking close as humanly possible to what they look like in the comics, but updated to keep it modern (no underwear outside the tights)> It helps people like me know who the hell im looking at.
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10:33AM on 11/07/2012

Meh'

I dont follow DC no where near as much as Marvel, but to me they seem to be making him more like a "Batman with arrows". Not sure if thats how he is in the comic but so far it entertaining. The biggest problem is how the women are written, nothing but drama pouring outta their mouths. Thats where this show starts to look like its made for teenagers.
I dont follow DC no where near as much as Marvel, but to me they seem to be making him more like a "Batman with arrows". Not sure if thats how he is in the comic but so far it entertaining. The biggest problem is how the women are written, nothing but drama pouring outta their mouths. Thats where this show starts to look like its made for teenagers.
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10:06AM on 11/07/2012

The show kind of sucks...

It doesn't feel like it is made for comic fans, it feels like it is intended for teenage girls. Now they are destroying on of the only interesting Green Arrow villains?! This show needs to die. There are much better things on to watch.
It doesn't feel like it is made for comic fans, it feels like it is intended for teenage girls. Now they are destroying on of the only interesting Green Arrow villains?! This show needs to die. There are much better things on to watch.
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9:27AM on 11/07/2012
They are turning Count Vertigo into a simple drug dealer. Lame

Arrow has pretty much treated the villains like everyone expected, they have stripped them of everything interesting and kept a few visual cues.
They are turning Count Vertigo into a simple drug dealer. Lame

Arrow has pretty much treated the villains like everyone expected, they have stripped them of everything interesting and kept a few visual cues.
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