Arrow Exclusive: Oliver's Big Season 1 Nemesis Will Be Vertigo (But There's a Catch)!

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Arrow Season 1 VertigoDon’t look down, because sources tell TVLine exclusively that the latest DC Comics Universe villain coming to Arrow is none other than… Vertigo!

However, we hear that the character will be very different from the Vlatavan count in the comics — so much so that he’s likely even getting a new name. On the other hand, the deadly new drug that becomes all the rage in Starling City in the Big Bad’s introductory episode (set to air in early 2013) will be called Vertigo!

Dizzy yet?

Odds are, Not-Vertigo’s superpower — the ability to disorient and unbalance his victims — will remain intact. (Dare I suggest “That Second Martini” as an alternate moniker?) However, he’s not just going to be an effective evildoer, he’s going to be a downright terrifying one.

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“He will be truly scary and nightmarish,” previews a source, who declares him “Oliver’s deadliest adversary to date.”

The new heavy is just the latest in an increasingly long list of DC characters who’ve passed through the CW hit in its freshman season. The others: Firefly, Deadshot, China White, Deathstroke and The Huntress.

So, who do you cast as Not-Vertigo? We’d go with someone kinda exotic like Rudolf Martin (NCIS’ Ari). How about you? Let loose in the comments section below.



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Comments (36)

  • so got the feeling Thea wants to getw Dizzy!? I like the show! Let’s see how progresses through S!

    Comment by Mare – November 6, 2012 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Makes sense. She gets hooked on the drug (Speedy and drugs go back a long ways), and Arrow has to find Vertigo to get a cure. Sounds solid.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – November 6, 2012 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Every time Rudolf Martin pops up on TV, I go, “Oh, no, it’s that guy who played Ari! Hurry up and do him in, ’cause he’s BAD NEWS!” He’s really good at playing really bad. Of course, if he did show up on this show, there would be absolutely no ambiguity as to his morality. He’s evil.

    Comment by Dreamrose – November 6, 2012 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Guess you never watched Buffy. Rudolph Martin *is* Dracula, period.

      Comment by Jason – November 6, 2012 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope the show keeps him for the rest of the season as the big bad. I love the crimes of the week format but I think towards the last 6 or 7 episodes of the season they need a storyline that carries through those eps with one big bad.

    Comment by tht – November 6, 2012 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the show, but am I the only one who wishes they’d embrace the comic book-ness more? Does that make sense?

    Comment by Michelle – November 6, 2012 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. They have changed a lot (City name, family, etc.).

      Comment by Breck – November 6, 2012 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They’re making the show more reality-grounded. That’s all

      Comment by Phil – November 7, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am dying to see Katie Cassidy pull of Black Canary…They got to do it.

    Comment by Jake – November 6, 2012 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i think they will but they’ll wait until at least season 3.

      Comment by dude – November 6, 2012 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • im expecting it somewhere in season 2, probably her motivation would be to get revenge for the death of her father. its how i would write it

        Comment by Alan – November 6, 2012 12:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They did slip in that little bar fight scene to let us know early on that she can handle herself. But she’ll probably have to put in some serious hours with Lady Shiva before she’s ready to go vigilante.

      Comment by wordsmith – November 6, 2012 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael Rosenbaum!!!!!!!

    Comment by Dee – November 6, 2012 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i like this show but…..they really have to make oliver more jokey and normal. hes to serious and talks as if hes reading a shakespearean play. also they have to make the characters more realistic because since oliver has come home every character has been a total dick to him and thats not realistic.

    Comment by ed – November 6, 2012 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • oliver was stuck on an island which from what we can tell was an absolute hellhole, where he had to fight everyday to survive. he witnessed his father kill himself so oliver could live, oh and the woman he loves’s sister died while having an affair with him. yeah sounds like he should be a jokey person doesnt it? honestly he has been through some serious traumas and i dont blame him for being closed off and cold, i know i would be.
      its something called character development, look it up

      Comment by Alan – November 6, 2012 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • since oliver came back from the dead hes tried to act as if hes the same playboy, party animal as before and he tries to act charming/funny and for me the dialagoue comes off cheesy. so i guess what i meant was if theyre going to make oliver, (a fictional character on a television series), pretend to be a charming/funny guy, he can at least actually be those things. im ok with a show thats dark, but id rather it be all dark and not try to be lighter/comedic if it cant pull it off. characters like tommy and thea say “funny” things that are extremely cringe worthy in order to lighten the mood, if these characters were more grounded then i would totally agree with you, but they’re not.

        Comment by ed – November 7, 2012 01:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like this show but i think a Nightwing series would have been better i do have a few questions
    1) Are meta humans in his world?
    2) Is the universe linked to smallville or the batman movies or is it a stand a lone type?
    3) Sidekicks any chance for them to show up? i’d like to see speedy, mia or any of the other interpretations

    Comment by Dennis – November 6, 2012 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • to the best of my knowledge:
      1) jury still out, i wouldnt rule it out but i dont think we will see metas early on while they are still trying to establish their grounded reality.
      2) stand alone. backstory way too different to ever reconcile it with smallville and it just wouldnt be a good idea to weld the batman filmverse continuity onto this, would make things too complicated
      3) i expect sidekicks eventually. we have already heard that thea’s nickname was speedy when she was younger and, based on interviews ive read, it seems like that is intended to be more than just a throwaway reference
      also a nightwing show would never work, everyone would just want batman to show up and that would overshadow the show. green arrow is enough removed to stop the majority of those thoughts

      Comment by Alan – November 6, 2012 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Metahumans will have to be, unless they’re basing Laurel on the original Black Canary, who was just a kick-arse martial artist.

      Comment by Summer – November 6, 2012 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • the creators/producers have said that eventually Ollie will join the Justice League, though we just won’t ever see the rest of the league. so i think its a safe bet Meta-humans are a possibility.

      Comment by erik – November 6, 2012 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • vertigo is a nice choice, and while i do get dropping the name i wish they would keep it, i mean we already have a guy called deadshot running around, why not vertigo?
    anyway i suspect this to link into thea’s ongoing drug problem so that should create some fun drama to watch. all in all im really digging the direction of the show so far

    Comment by Alan – November 6, 2012 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you for this picture, TVLine.

    Comment by Sarah – November 6, 2012 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show is so so much more intresting then the vampire diaries.

    Comment by Carrie – November 6, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ‘than’, not then

      Comment by Spellchecker – November 7, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I haven’t read the comics so I don’t know much about this villain but he sounds kinda cool and it sounds like maybe he’ll be part of a Thea drug addiction storyline. Also have the producers said anything about who the season’s Big Bad will be? I thought they’d said it was gonna be Deathstroke?…But I’m not sure

    Comment by Jon – November 6, 2012 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • could be Merlyn.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – November 6, 2012 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • no i see tommy as the long term gameplan. to me it seems like the show is setting up a big bad ensemble rather than just one straight big bad

        Comment by Alan – November 6, 2012 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Forget that, I want to know who John Barrowman’s character really is.

    Comment by Emily – November 6, 2012 03:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Honestly, I was actually hoping that Barrowmen’s character was Vertigo! It would be a perfect fit!

      Comment by Alice – November 6, 2012 06:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG! Rudolf Martin would be a great choice as Not-Vertigo! Evil!

    Comment by Lou – November 6, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Christopher Meloni

    Comment by splusm – November 6, 2012 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love this show, So amazing. Canada mistakenly aired ep 5 and wow.

    Comment by Shuayb – November 7, 2012 06:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thanks for the heads up. Downloading it now to go ahead and watch since I have nothing on my DVR from last night.

      Comment by Sg.Grant – November 7, 2012 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rudolf Martin is a perfect choice. He plays the BEST bad guy ever. There is no one else who can portray dark roles like him!!

    Comment by Cassie – November 7, 2012 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rudolf Martin would be perfect!!

    Comment by Katie Bancks – November 10, 2012 02:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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