SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 22: (L-R) Actors Emily Bett Rickards, Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy attend the ‘Arrow’ Video Presentation And Q A during Comic-Con International 2017 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Michael Emerson’s role on Arrow has been kept under wraps for most of the summer. However, he will play a villain.
In July, it was reported that Michael Emerson would take a mystery villain role in season 6 of Arrow. As of this writing, who he’ll play is unknown, but there have been multiple teases by the producers that it will be something grand.
If Emerson is season 6’s big bad, he would follow on what John Barrowman (Malcolm Merlyn), Manu Bennett (Deathstroke), Matthew Nable (Ra’s al Ghul), Neil McDonough (Damien Darhk) and Josh Segarra (Prometheus). They all provided foils to Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen character, even though all of them faced their inevitable defeat.
Emerson’s role is in question, however, so let’s look at who he might play in season 6 of Arrow. What characters from the comics could make sense?
LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 15: Actor Michael Emerson attends the ‘Duck Commander Musical’ premiere at the Crown Theater at the Rio Hotel
The Electrocutioner is a villain that uses an electrically-powered suit to help commit his crimes. It’s not something that screams “Arrow villain,” but his background does.
The Electrocutioner is a character that can tie to Prometheus. This villain worked for Prometheus in the comic books, and although Prometheus on Arrow worked with Evelyn Sharp and Black Siren, who’s to say there wasn’t someone else behind the scenes?
Emerson’s Electrocutioner could have been the person that gave Adrian Chase all of the inside info that kept him “one step ahead” of Oliver Queen in season 5. This would make Electrocutioner more of a cerebral character, a trait he doesn’t have in the comics, but as more of a mercenary.
This character was also killed by Vigilante in the comics, who was introduced in season 5 of Arrow. However, the person behind this suit and armor was never discovered, but could be in season 6.
This would be an interesting role for Emerson to take on, if only for the backstory. There are others, however, that might relate more to what Arrow has used for Oliver Queen’s enemies.