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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.

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  1. Azerty says:

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

    • Alan says:

      he’s not ra’s al ghul.

      • Azerty says:

        I know but they are very close to mention him and spoilers keep talking about the League of Assassins.

        • Drew says:

          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.

  2. 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).

    • Alan says:

      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?

      • 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.

  3. Kevin H. says:

    I hope Malcolm Merlyn comes back soon. I know he isn’t dead; you can’t keep a good Barrowman down.

    • Drew says:

      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.

  4. robinepowell says:

    Something wrong here, because Marc Guggenheim says episode 2.5 is called “League of Assesins”.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      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).

  5. Delirious says:

    “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.