'Arrow' season 5 spoilers: New villain likened to Idris Elba's vigilante role in 'The Wire;' Oliver Queen to fulfil promise to Taiana


Season 5 of The CW’s superhero series “Arrow” seems like it will return to its original theme of street-level vigilantism with the introduction of a new big bad.

According to Den of Geek, Oliver Queen/Green Arrow’s (Stephen Amell) new adversary is apparently taking inspiration from HBO’s iconic crime drama titled “The Wire.” The upcoming villain named Anton Church is deemed to be loosely inspired by actor Idris Elba’s character, Baltimore’s drug kingpin Stringer Bell.

Based on Church’s description shared by TVLine, he is a ruthless crime lord “who sets out to fill the sizable void left by Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E.” He is also said to be an “apex predator” who makes his way through the shadows by eliminating the biggest threat to him first. He is also likened to “Game of Thrones” character Khal Drogo’s (Jason Momoa) physical appearance.

A casting call is reportedly ongoing as the network searches for the right actor to bring the antagonist to life. Amell previously hinted, “As far as I know, they don’t have superpowers. I’ll tell you that.”

In addition, another character will be joining the ensemble in the upcoming installment. Series regular “James” is defined as someone who is irrepressibly charming and a contemporary of Oliver. He is also teased to be a man on a mission as he sets to avenge a tragic and violent loss from past years.

Meanwhile, showrunner Wendy Mericle commented that with Oliver’s stint as mayor, the City Hall is a crucial institution to the narrative. The lead superhero will also fulfill his promise to the girl from the island, Taiana (Elysia Rotaru).

“It’s a very good possibility that we’ll finally find out how he got that Bratva tattoo and how he learned to speak Russian. When Oliver says, ‘No one can know my secret’ and he kills that guy in the pilot, we’re going to get some insight into that,” she elaborated.

The premiere of “Arrow” season 5 is yet to be set by the network.