SDCC '13: 'ARROW' Panel Reveals Season 2 Spoilers - Bronze Tiger, John Barrowman And More

Update: The CW's Arrow held their San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) panel today and revealed a few surprises. Bronze Tiger, Brother Blood, and the Suicide Squad all set to appear in Season 2. Read on for details. Press Release details Blood and Tiger.

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By Mark Julian - 7/20/2013
  • John Barrowman is back....at SDCC. He joins the panel but it's left unclear whether Malcolm Merlyn will be returning to the show. He says if asked, he'll gladly come back.
  • Bronze Tiger and Brother Blood will also appear in Season Two. Michael Jai White will play Bronze Tiger. Kevin Alejandro will play Brother Blood.
  • The Suicide Squad will also appear. Bronze Tiger will be a member of that team along with Michael Rowe's Deadshot.
  • As previously confirmed Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Richards) makes improvements to the "Arrow Cave."
  • Arrow is going on a journey to take The Hood and transform him into Green Arrow with the help of some "other heroes."
  • Colton Hayne's is going to go through is own 'Island ordeal' in season 2 to mold him into sidekick material.
  • Paul Blackthorne's character is now a beat cop. Demotion!
  • David Ramsey's Diggle will be introduced in the pages of DC Comics and officially become a comic book character. AJ Kreisberg and Ramsey say they're really proud.
  • "One of the things we're doing this season is we're telling the beginning of the Black Canary story," says Andrew Kreisberg. He says that the first version may not be Laurel but stresses that it's the beginning of that character's story.
  • The panel closes on Deathstroke talk with show producer Marc Guggenheim saying that the opening moments of the season premiere will clue viewers in on where Manu Bennett's character is headed in Season 2.


UPDATE: Per the Press Release -

Michael Jai White plays Ben Turner, a claw-wielding assassin better known as Bronze Tiger, who’s well known to DC Comics fans as a member of both the League of Assassins and the Suicide Squad. On Arrow, he’ll form an unholy alliance with fan-favorite villain China White (played by Kelly Hu), another well-established character in the DC Comics universe.

Kevin Alejandro plays Sebastian Blood. Drawing inspiration from the iconic New Teen Titans nemesis Brother Blood, Sebastian is an alderman who rises to power in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Starling City in Arrow’s first-season finale. Blood’s “man-of-the-people” popularity instantly places him at odds with Oliver Queen, whose family he blames for the quake.



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Running Time: 60 min
Release Date: (Season Two) October 9th, 2013
MPAA Rating: Tv-14
Starring: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Byron Mann, Colin Donnell, Colin Salmon, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Roger R. Cross and Willa Holland
Creators: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Characters: George Papp (character) and Mort Weisinger (character)

"After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine."
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JerBear - 7/20/2013, 6:13 PM
They should have announced that this show will tie into the DCCU.
TheYoungMan - 7/20/2013, 6:14 PM
The CW just stole the show at Comic-Con with this announcement.
Dmon - 7/20/2013, 6:15 PM
Ollie listen to Harley and change the name.

misner89 - 7/20/2013, 6:16 PM
Michael Jai White

TonyChu - 7/20/2013, 6:29 PM
Great to hear Diggle becoming a comic book character. Hope to see him in GreenArrows current run with Heff Lemire writing.
Mendenhall12 - 7/20/2013, 6:30 PM
10/9/13
PeterDarker - 7/20/2013, 6:33 PM
Thanks for putting those right in the headline. Bang up job. Appreciate that.
knighted - 7/20/2013, 6:34 PM
Amazing. I always thought mjw would be the perfect bronze tiger if they ever made a suicide squad movie. Now he will be playing him on arrow. Thats pretty awesome. I better not see the hood beat him in a hand to hand fight because the tiger is one of the best martial artist in the sculpture. He's even gone toe to toe with Batman and beaten him.
gmoney0505 - 7/20/2013, 6:34 PM
More black people in comics. YES Diggle. You deserve it.
Please bring Barrowman back as The Dark Archer. He deserves to come back. Manu character is going to the dark side of being stuck on an island forever I hope. Isn't Brother Blood connected to Trigon?

Connect Arrow to DCCU please. If its only a quick blink if you miss it shot of Felicity infiltrating Luthor Corp or something I would be happy.
gmoney0505 - 7/20/2013, 6:36 PM
@knightted
Since this Oliver has been trained by Deathstroke who has beaten Batman, Im pretty sue this version of Oliver can handle his own with the op martial artists in DC even Batman now.
Lemons - 7/20/2013, 6:37 PM
MICHAEL JAI WHITE OH YEAH!
thewonderer - 7/20/2013, 6:38 PM
Arrow is going on a journey to take The Hood and transform him into Green Arrow with the help of some "other heroes."

MOTHER OF GOD!!
knighted - 7/20/2013, 6:39 PM
Damn autocorrect. Best martial artist in the dcu.
knighted - 7/20/2013, 6:44 PM
@gmoney
Deathstroke has beaten bats because of his physical enhancements . Not because he is a better fighter. Batman has trained a lot harder and knows more forms of hand to hand than slade. But the super soldier program puts him over the top.
Mothchild - 7/20/2013, 6:47 PM
Bronze Tiger is such a good fit for this show!! Awesome. he and Batman also trained together. (See BTAS)
thewonderer - 7/20/2013, 6:48 PM
SLADES TRAINING GREEN ARROW!
DKey - 7/20/2013, 6:51 PM
I think this may open the door for an Amanda Waller appearance. I always thought it would be out of their budget to go after Ryan Reynolds for a Hal cameo, but with all of Guggenheim's and Hayne's hints about larger DC characters... bringing back Angela Bassett seems like it would be more reasonable. She's a big name that lends credibility to the show, but isn't a huge star, and it also ties into the GL movie. The Suicide Squad is the perfect way for them to fit the character in, so I would imagine that she is the big name character that they've been hinting at.
dnno1 - 7/20/2013, 7:00 PM
I am sure that there are people having orgasms hearing that Michael Jai White will be Bronze Tiger. That will be a badass episode (or two... or three). They should make him choreograph is own fight sequences, though.

thewonderer - 7/20/2013, 7:02 PM
Amanda Waller is confirmed for Arrow Season 2
KungFuGee - 7/20/2013, 7:02 PM
Yesss.... Bronze Tiger,my fave character who never got his due, being played by another fave who never got his due Michael Jai White.

Check out BLOOD and BONE to see his fighting prowess. He has even become a better actor over the years.
This is going to be excellent.
Suicide Squad should get their own show. Not the latest incarnation but the earlier version.
AtomicChipmunk - 7/20/2013, 7:22 PM
Why do some [frick]ers want to connect this to the DCCU?

Deathstroke, now Brother Blood? Do they [frick]ing realize that these are Teen Titans vilains. Brother Blood is related to magic. I highly doubt we'll see anything supernatural in this shitty show.

Suicide Squad again? Remember how shitty the Squicide Squad was in Smallville.

Arrow cave? WTF?

[frick] YOU

LEAVE THIS SHIT OUT OF THE DCCU. Do not mix shit tier actors with top tier actors.
NosferatuZodd - 7/20/2013, 7:24 PM
Uh oh. A obscure black comic character played by Michael jai white . Time for white fanboys to lose their minds!!!!
CauseImBatman91939 - 7/20/2013, 7:27 PM
@atomicchipmunk Dude calm down and just give it a chance damn i hate when people dont give shit a chance, i mean to me marvel's agents of shield doesn't look that good but im going to give it a chance
Fxrank - 7/20/2013, 7:51 PM
WHY the WB haasn't used Scott Adkins as a Stunt man for batman blows my mind. I want to see the Dark knight in all of his glory and I believe he is the only one with the build and ability to deliver that performance. In this scene he takes on a warehouse full of "villains", and in one particular segment he throws a tire iron much like a batarang and takes the a guy down in a manner i think batman could be seen doing. Anyone agree?

http://youtu.be/6DgFACquju8
BlackIceJoe - 7/20/2013, 7:53 PM
This is great to hear Bronze Tiger will be in Arrow. He should really make for some interesting shots in the film.

Diggle becoming apart of the DCCU is great. It will be interesting to see what they do with him in the comics.
m0th3r - 7/20/2013, 7:59 PM
The show is clearly changing....with the DC Universe taking off and him evolving into "Green Arrow"...Well WTF can Brother Blood do besides Magic? Wondering after JL Announcement about him and the shows direction
JULEZ13 - 7/20/2013, 7:59 PM
Lets hope season 2 is MUCH better than season 1, which I am only watching cuz of Manu Bennett's involvement. I'm finding it extremely difficult to finish this season. I am kinda forcing myself.

No way in hell this show should tie in to the DCCU.

This season sounds promising. Manu Bennett said he has a huge role in the coming seasons, signed a pretty big contract. His character's role is the only reason he signed on for more so I am looking forward to seeing more of him. He said this at the Philly Comic Con I attended.
superbatspiderman - 7/20/2013, 8:31 PM
I just want to see Slade become Deathstroke and have epic battle with Arrow. Hopefully Barrowman will come back because he played Malcolm to perfection. HE was like a mixure of Ras Al Ghul from Batman Begins andBatman himself.
Pooh - 7/20/2013, 8:43 PM
Suicide Squad sounds interesting. I'm not familiar with Bronze Tiger though.
gmoney0505 - 7/20/2013, 9:06 PM
Why the hell is Dectective Lance demoted. F the SCPD!!! He did the right thing for the city and that is the thanks he gets.
KungFuGee - 7/20/2013, 9:47 PM
If they portray Bronze Tiger correctly Arrow should get a severe ass-kicking and lesson learned. And he will need help pulling those arrows out of his culo

A really good display of MJ White's skills:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXRb1-ld2sc

DC/WB is clearly ready to jump hard into it's comic book universe on TV and on the big screen. EXCITED am I.
Dayv - 7/20/2013, 10:06 PM
I hope they do him better than the crap they pulled with him in SPAWN.
dnno1 - 7/20/2013, 10:13 PM
DCeddie - 7/20/2013, 10:27 PM
I had my doubts at first about this show, but man, it keeps getting better and better!
FlixMentallo21 - 7/20/2013, 10:28 PM
Waitaminute--Sebastian Blood? What is this, G.I. Joe guest-starring in the show? How the heck did they get Major Bludd on the show?

(For those who caught on--KIDDING! XD)
Battabing - 7/20/2013, 11:36 PM
Interesting!
Looks like Arrow went and got itself a bigger budget!

Well-deserved, I say.
Chekkarma - 7/21/2013, 12:34 AM
Michael Jai White is a legitimate martial artist,so it's good to see him putting his skills to work.Can't wait to see the Suicide SQUAD!!
Jer3miah - 7/21/2013, 12:43 AM
Holy mother of--!!! Michael Jai White!? Oh, hell yeah. This show just got like... 10 f*cking times better. He will be THE asset.
LEEE777 - 7/21/2013, 1:51 AM
Awesome!!!

Tho I guess that means we wont see that SUICIDE SQUAD movie anytime soon now!

MJW = GOLD!
DarkArts - 7/21/2013, 2:31 AM
Once again we will see a studio take a nothing comic character and turn him into a great character.

Cant wait to see MJW on Arrow and see Bronze Tiger go from zero to hero.

Michael J White is the best martial artist in film. A real martial artist not a street dancer.
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