You can't have a great hero without a great villain. Luckily, DC Comics are filled to the brim with fantastic supervillains. From the Joker, Lex Luthor, Darkseid, the Reverse Flash, and so on and so forth the DC superheroes have their work cut out for them. So far on Arrow
we have seen Deathstroke, Deadshot, Ra's Al Ghul, Vertigo, the Clock King, the Huntress, and many other characters from the comic books plague Starling City and the Arrow. On the Flash
we've seen the Reverse Flash, Girder, Captain Cold, Heatwave, and the Weather Wizard among others. I don't know about you but I can't wait to see what happens for the remainder of the two seasons and what might happen next season. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel,
before them the seasons are generally centered around a "Big Bad." So who might the Big Bads next year? For Arrow
Season 3 we have Ra's Al Ghul. The Flash
Season 1 has the Reverse Flash. But who will be stopping by next season? Let's speculate shall we?
5 VILLAINS THAT COULD BE IN ARROW SEASON 4:
This dude legit started out as a guy that ran around as a giant calculator. Years later, Brad Meltzer thought of a better use for the character. He made him the supervillain equivalent to Oracle. He kept all the villains in communication and organized. For Arrow, he would be great as a the supervillain equivalent to Felicity. The Clock King played this part a little bit during Season 2, but that was just one episode. It would be great to have this guy be a main villain for a whole year to plague Team Arrow with coordinated attacks around Starling City and maybe even spill over into Central City. Given Arrow's knack for taking second or third tier villains and making them awesome, this one is probably more of a when rather than an if.
See what I did there? I had a previous post about keeping her out of Gotham! And now I'm saying that she should be on Arrow! Oh my gosh, I'm so clever! Ok not really, but this would be freaking awesome if I do say so myself. Harley is one of the most popular DC characters of all time. She's the star of two current comic book series Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad. While Harley did have a brief cameo in Season 2 it would be great to have her come on the show for real. After all, Injustice: Gods Among Us has shown us that Harley and Oliver have some great banter.
Read it, it's hilarious
While Harley has never been a really proper supervillain, more of a henchmen or antihero, it would still be great if she could get an introduction in the DC-CWverse. The odds of this happening are very slim considering the upcoming Suicide Squad movie and the Gotham TV series will most likely bring the character on soon enough. However, I think a character like Harley would be a great way to shake things up on Arrow for its fourth season.
For those of you who don't know, yes, in DC Comics there is Batman and Catwoman and the completely unrelated Catman. And they say Hollywood is out of ideas. You try coming up with a new villain based on an unused animal! But seriously, Due to Gail Simone's acclaimed run on Villains United and Secret Six Catman became a hot character. Although he has become more of an antihero in the comics now, that doesn't mean we couldn't see him start out with his villainous roots. He may not be strong enough to be a "Big Bad" but he would be a great character to come on the show and join the Suicide Squad. I think this might be another case of not if but when.
Back in the early 2000s, movie director Kevin Smith wrote a critically acclaimed run on Green Arrow. His first arc, Quiver, featured a villain called the Star City Slayer. The Slayer was a child murderer and Satanic cultist. Quiver is one of my favorite comic book storylines. Stanley pretends to be Oliver's friend and benefactor after he returns from the dead just so he can gain his trust. Dover intends to gain immortality through the Beast with No Name. Since he's getting older, he plans to take over Oliver's body to live out the next several years of his life looking for the Beast. Given the realistic nature of Arrow it would be a tough sell to see this character. He would probably be a better fit for Constantine or maybe even the Flash. But he started as a Green Arrow villain. The magical portion of the story could be toned down. Instead he could just be a cultist with delusions of grandeur. Either way, it would be a great story to see adapted in some way.
The recent Green Arrow comic books brought a new level of mythology previously not heard of in the stories. The Outsiders consisted of seven clans, Arrow, Mask, Sword, Spear, Fist, Shield, and Ax. Katana was part of the Sword Clan and Komodo was on the Arrow Clan. Oliver found out about the Outsiders and his father's involvement in it when Komodo came to Star City to assassinate Oliver. Green Arrow discovered a whole conspiracy involving his father's manipulating his time on the Island, the Clans, and where their "powers" came from. It was a fascinating story and made Green Arrow more than just a "lucky survivor" of the Island. He was now a hero with a predetermined destiny. It would be really cool to bring in these characters and flesh them out. Felicity, Laurel, and even Diggle could be brought into the various clans. Given the fact that we've already met Katana in her civilian guise as Tatsu Yamashiro and Komodo was a villain in an earlier episode, it's again likely that the Outsiders could be making an appearance before the series is over.
5 VILLAINS THAT COULD BE IN THE FLASH SEASON 2:
We've already seen a few of the Rogues on the series with a few more confirmed on the way. These characters are practically the Flash's supporting cast in the comic books. It would be great to see them become more than just occasional guest stars. During Geoff Johns' run on the Flash comics he really built up the Rogues as legitimate threats to the Flash. They each had complicated backstories and motivations as well as a code of honor. Like I said, DC Comics has no shortage of wonderful villains. It's also not unheard of to see the occasional guest star become a series regular. Arrow is a perfect example with both Slade and Malcolm Merlyn becoming regulars after having guest spots in the previous seasons. I'm hoping this will be a when and not an if. We will see . . .
THE CRIME SYNDICATE:
Given that the Flash is about to tackle time travel in the next few episodes, I'm willing to bet that alternate dimensions are also on the list. The Crime Syndicate is a twisted version of the Justice League from Earth-3. Their version of the Flash is named Johnny Quick. He's a sadistic killer that loves using his speed to plow through people, literally annihilating them. Yeah, it's pretty messed up. But he's an evil Barry Allen and it would be cool to see Grant Gustin have to play an evil version of himself. They could even bring in an evil version of Arrow for Oliver to fight. I'm sure Amell and Gustin would love the opportunity to play twisted versions of their characters. What actor doesn't love a challenge? Also, it would save the producers money from hiring new actors. Unless, they really wanted to I guess . . .
Dr. Caitlin Snow is already a regular character on the show. In the comic books, she becomes the evil Killer Frost. She's a metahuman that freezes her victims to death. And get this - she's also a spurned lover of Firestorm. So . . . We're on the way to this happening! The only downside to this happening is that Caitlin has become a very likable character and I would hate to see her become a villain. I already went through this with Lex on Smallville and I just don't know if I can go through this again . . . Sniff . . . Sniff . . . Don't do it, Caitlin!
FUTURE BARRY ALLEN:
In the current comic book series, Barry is trapped in the Speed Force and his murderous future self is in his place in the present, mucking things up in Barry's name. It's a pretty wacky story but it's still a lot of fun. Future Barry suffered a major tragedy in the form of Wally dying. Now he's in the present trying to make sure that his mistakes don't happen again. Now, I actually consider this somewhat of a long shot because I have a theory that Harrison Wells is actually Future Barry. Since he's the Reverse Flash he might be Eobard Thawne or Hunter Zoloman or Daniel West. However, I think Harrison has qualities of all those characters and could very well be either Future Barry or Barry from an alternate dimension. If he is not, then maybe Future Barry can be the villain next season.
Deathstroke is too strong of a character to be just one hero's arch-nemesis. I would love to see him return on Arrow which apparently will be happening next week. However, I think it would be just as cool to see him become a regular villain on the Flash. In the comics, he's taken on the Teen Titans and the Justice League. He's taken all of them on and wiped the floor with them, so it's not crazy to think he could take on Barry and beat him. He's a great character and was a truly evil guy on Arrow. It might be a bit of a stretch to get him to Central City but he's already attacked Caitlin and Cisco while they visited Starling City. Barry has yet to fight him as the Flash, but I have a feeling that we'll be seeing him again soon. If not on the Flash then maybe on the Titans show that's currently being developed.
That's my list of who I want to see on the next seasons of the Flash and Arrow. I think any of these characters would be great to see, and great to have them crossover with each other. And maybe if they end up crossing over with Supergirl or Titans then those villains can show up too! Oh my gosh! The possibilities are endless!
Till Next Time!
JJ - The Comic Junkie!