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Arrow Spies Homeland Baddie as New Villain

Arrow Navid NegahbanOliver Queen, meet Abu Nazir.

Arrow has tapped Homeland alum Navid Negahban, who played the Showtime series’ dastardly master terrorist, as an adversary for Season 2, E! Online reports.

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Negahban will debut as Ollie’s new foe, Al-Owal, in Episode 5 (which is currently titled “The Hunted”). The scimitar-wielding baddie will first set his sights on someone very close to the bow-toting vigilante.

Al-Owal’s origins are akin to Ra’s al Ghul — as in Batman’s infamous mentor-turned-adversary — in that both he and Malcolm Merlyn were (are…?) members the shadowy organization The League of Assassins.

Arrow returns Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c.



Comments (14)

  • I am so excited that they are bringing Ra’s al Ghul and I still hope for a young Nightwing in Bludhaven.

    Comment by Azerty – August 22, 2013 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • he’s not ra’s al ghul.

      Comment by Alan – August 22, 2013 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I know but they are very close to mention him and spoilers keep talking about the League of Assassins.

        Comment by Azerty – August 22, 2013 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The League of Assassins is a very cool element to bring in, but I don’t think it necessarily means that Ra’s is going to show up. There are a lot of characters died to the League that can appear. It’s possible that the studio would not want the show going where the Batman movies have recently gone. Especially if they want Christian Bale back as Batman and to keep that continuity in play.

          Comment by Drew – August 22, 2013 01:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Just forget Christian Bale. Forget him. Start thinking Ben.

            Comment by Yas – October 3, 2013 04:56 AM PDT  
  • Poor Green Arrow. He tries, and tries to not come off as a Batman pastiche, and yet keeps becoming more and more like him.

    There was a comic, I think might have been a Legends of the DC Universe story, in which Batman comes down on Ollie over how much he rips him off (i.e. Arrowcave, Arrowcar).

    Comment by Michael Sacal – August 22, 2013 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • well he was literally just a recoloured batman when he was created. we should blame the writers when they undo all the great work that has been done with the character to break him away from “just a batman knockoff” by bringing the league of shadows and his own ra’s al ghul-esque enemy, surely he has more than enough bad guys of his own now that he doesnt need rip offs of batmans?

      Comment by Alan – August 22, 2013 03:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Since Smallville, Arrow has been used as poor man’s Batman. He joined Smallville because they couldn’t get Batman, now they’re turning his series into Batman Lite. It’s not good.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – August 22, 2013 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope Malcolm Merlyn comes back soon. I know he isn’t dead; you can’t keep a good Barrowman down.

    Comment by Kevin H. – August 22, 2013 03:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m kinda thinking the opposite. The Dark Archer plot was the season 1 arc. If they bring it back and keep rehashing, it will just weaken the structure of season 1. It ended really well. If he ever comes back, I hope it’s not for a long time. They should move on to the next arc.

      Comment by Drew – August 22, 2013 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Something wrong here, because Marc Guggenheim says episode 2.5 is called “League of Assesins”.

    Comment by robinepowell – August 22, 2013 05:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I checked just before we posted this story (~3pm ET, Friday Aug. 22), and it was currently/tentatively “The Hunted” (having gone through multiple changes).

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – August 22, 2013 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Negahban will debut as Ollie’s new foe, Al-Owal, in Episode 5″

    … if you read it out loud, it’s as if you’re adding some posh txt-speak flair to it, while making fun of the casting.

    Comment by Delirious – August 23, 2013 06:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i m a

    Comment by miche kahite – August 26, 2013 01:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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