In this edition of DC Round-Up, there’s news about Arrow’s Vertigo, Deathstroke, and General Matthew Shrieve. We also have an interview with The Flash’s Pied Piper and news about a new Syfy series set on Krypton.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Peter Stormare will reprise his role as Vertigo in episode 13 of Arrow. The Prison Break and Blacklist alum first made his debut in the season 3 premiere as Werner Zytle, a crime boss who took up the mantle of Vertigo after the death of Count Vertigo (Seth Gabel). The last we saw of Zytle, Oliver (Stephen Amell) had fought off the effects of the new Vertigo drug, which caused fear in its victims, and left Werner tied up for the police.
“It’s a thrill to have Peter Stormare return as Vertigo,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “When people see this episode, I think they’ll find that it’s a culmination of a lot of elements that we’ve put into place in the first 12 episodes of Season 3. For that reason, it felt appropriate to us to have Peter return since he was the villain of the episode that kicked off all of this madness. It’s also just a joy to work with him.”
Vertigo won’t be Team Arrow’s only problem in the second half of the season. In the following episode, aptly titled “The Return,” viewers will see Manu Bennett’s Deathstroke once again, according to Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim’s twitter feed…
The best news, however, according to Comic Book Resources, is that genre veteran Marc singer will also debut in “The Return,” as recurring character General Matthew Shrieve. Despite existing for nearly 35 years, General Matthew Shrieve has appeared in relatively few comics over the decades. Introduced as Lt. Matthew Shrieve, he’s primarily comics role has been as the human leader of the World War II-era Creature Commandos, a military unit consisting of characters fitting various monster archetypes (Frankenstein’s monster, werewolf, vampire, gorgon). The character was depicted in three DC Nation “Creature Commandos” animated shorts released earlier this year. Here’s the official character description from Warner Bros. TV: “In the DC Comics, Matthew Shrieve is the leader of a group known as the Creature Commandos. In ‘Arrow’ he will play a significant role in the latter portion of the season’s flashback storyline.”
Variety featured an interview with actor Andy Mientus in which he discussed playing gay supervillain the Pied Piper on The Flash…
“With the gay thing, I feel like I’m representing a whole community,” Mientus, 28, told Variety at the “Into the Woods” premiere in New York on Monday night. “People are excited to see this character, so it is a lot of pressure. But I’m glad they are introducing the character to the show. It’s a huge step forward, and I’m thrilled to help make that happen. It’s awesome…”
One thing he enjoyed was donning his comicbook character’s costume — which is black and comes with a hood and a cape.
“It’s badass. I can’t put it on and not feel powerful,” said Mientus, who originally auditioned to play Barry Allen, aka the Flash. “It tells you everything you need to know on how to move and feel like a superhero. It does a lot of the work for you.”
According to TV Line, Syfy is developing the one-hour drama series Krypton, about The Man of Steel’s grandfather. The prequel project — which is executive-produced by David S. Goyer (Constantine, Da Vinci’s Demons, Man of Steel) and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, FlashForward) — centers on the superhero’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton during a time when the House of El was shamed and ostracized. Goldberg will pen the pilot.