Most fans may recognize Neal as the mustached member of the 'Howling Commandos' who had helped Captain America defeat the evil H.Y.D.R.A. forces in the film Captain America, and has also made appearances in Marvel's [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469), and [Marvel's Agent Carter](tag:1119765).
It seems that Neal is taking a turn from Marvel to DC, as he has now been officially cast by the CW for the role of Damien Darhk in the upcoming season 4 of "Arrow". An Arrow producer described Damien like this:
A mysterious and sophisticated villain, and an adversary of the late Ra’s Al Ghul. Now the leader of his own clandestine group, this cunning foe will prove to be one of the Arrow’s greatest challenges.
An ally of Ra's that has turned to an enemy, Damien is said to become the main antagonist for the fourth season of "Arrow", and will be the most 'challenging' one. Damien has been hinted at for quite a while now, and will finally make his first appearance on-screen.
How does Damien already play a big part in "Arrow"?
In the third season of "Arrow", Damien was mentioned by Ra's, when he told Oliver the story about his old ally in the 'League of Assassins', but when Ra's was picked to become the Heir to The Demon, he was ordered to kill Damien. Since Ra's hesitated to carry out the act, Damien escaped, taking his followers with him, and some of the Lazarus Pit's water.
Damien then went on to form H.I.V.E., which was actually mentioned many times in season two, since they hired 'Deadshot' to assassinate John Diggle's brother. H.I.V.E. is responsible for many other evil acts like, when they tried to purchase Malcolm Merlyn’s earthquake machine, also smuggling terrorist Gholem Qadir into Markova, and hiring an A.R.G.U.S. agent to steal certain classified files. H.I.V.E. will most likely be making their full appearance in the show, along with Damien, and cause more mayhem on Starling City.
Where do you know Neal from?
Neal McDonough has made many appearances in films such as, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Band of Brothers, Red 2, Star Trek: First Contact, and Flags of Our Fathers. He also made many appearances in shows like, Justified, Desperate Housewives, Medical Investigation, Boomtown, and Suits. Other than "Captain America: The First Avenger", or "Agent Carter", this isn't the first time Neal has done any work that is 'superhero' related, especially with DC. Neal has also voiced many characters in animated movies, or shows. Neal has voiced characters in, DC Showcase: Green Arrow, Deadshot in the animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham and Flash, and Nightwing in the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Do you think Neal was the right choice for the role of Damien Darhk? Comment Down Below! Arrow Season 4 will be released on October 7, 2015!