The CW's new action/superhero series Arrow is based off the DC Comics of the same name, and it's living up to its source material by casting a new villain in every episode. Already the masked villain Deathstroke has been confirmed to be a part of the pilot, while X-Men 2 actress Kelly Hu will be playing drug boss China White in the show's second episode (in the Green Arrow: Year One comic, she was the first villain he faced). Now, the series has nabbed a third villain for the show's third episode: Michael Rowe will be playing the baddie Deadshot.
Though in the comic books, Deadshot is primarily an antagonist for Batman, he'll be switching DC Comics properties for the purposes of the CW show's third episode, titled "The Lone Gunman." The character also previously appeared in the CW series Smallville, where he was played by Bradley Stryker.
According to TV Guide, who broke the news of Deadshot's casting, executive producer Mark Guggenheim had this to say about the inclusion of the character: "Deadshot doesn't speak much, so he has to have that physicality. And Michael certainly has that. He has that look."
Michael Rowe (not to be confused with the Dirty Jobs host or the Family Guy writer) is relatively unknown, with two credits on his resume (short films Boltcutter and Sleepy Stories). This will be his first major role, and according to Guggenheim, it's "very possible" that he will be a recurring player on the series.
Arrow will follow Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), a vigilante who uses a bow and arrow to carry out justice. The series will premiere Wednesday, October 10 on the CW.