According to Access Hollywood, Neal McDonough, or as I hope many would know him as Dum Dum Dugan from Captain America, is coming to Arrow.
Marc Guggenheim, executive producer of Arrow, was interviewed about season four and, in particular, the new villain Damien Darhk. The name Damien is associated with the devil like son in The Omen and Darhk is obviously a misspelling of dark. You couldn’t get a more obvious bad guy name if you tried. I have a dislike for that name. Ra’s al Gul is an interesting name that gives a sense of mystery. It seems as though they didn’t try with that Damien. And yes, I know he’s a long-standing character in the comic world.
In the interview Marc Guggenheim explained that: “Damien’s a different kind of villain than we’ve had on the show before… He’s not as centurion as Ra’s, he’s not as Looney tune as Slade… he’s not as noble as Malcolm Merlyn. He’s pure evil. We wanted someone who was truly, truly malevolent.”
Guggenheim went on to talk about Neil McDonough: “Neal is such an amazing actor… what Neal also brings to it is an intensity and a darkness.”
Guggenheim also noted that while we, the audience, usually see the “big bad” at about the mid season point, Damien will appear very early on in the season.
It will be interesting to see a pure evil bad guy facing off against Arrow, and Neil is definitely a good enough actor to pull off the role.