For several weeks there's been a serious mystery looming around the heads of Arrow fans. Today, we finally got some juicy new details which have resolved the question we've all been asking: "Who is the mysterious new vigilante that will appear in season 5?" The answer is...
This rather obscure character will be played by Mr. Robot's Rick Gonzalez. Unless you're a die hard Booster Gold fan, chances are you've never even heard of Star City's newest masked vigilante. According to EW:
"On the show, Wild Dog is a new vigilante in Star City whose reckless and cocksure nature prompts Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) to take him under his wing."
To prepare you for the addition of Wild Dog to your television screens, I've put together a quick list of everything you need to know about the character before tuning into Arrow season five this fall.
1. "His super powers are guns"
Similarly to Marvel's The Punisher, who recently had a resurgence of popularity thanks to his inclusion on Netflix's Daredevil, Wild Dog has no super powers to speak of. Instead, Wild Dog utilizes a Jatimatic GG-95 PDW sub machine gun and his own pair of electrified "shock gloves." He is an excellent marksman and a fantastic hand-to-hand combatant.
2. He's a brutal killer
Another similarity that can be drawn between Wild Dog and Marvel's Punisher is their incredible brutality. Since his very first appearance in 1987, Wild Dog has shown time and time again he leaves no enemies alive. He primarily targets domestic terrorism, but has even gone so far as to kill criminals who use arson to destroy pornographic materials.
3. His backstory is heartbreaking
Like many vigilantes, Wild Dog has a tragic backstory prior to becoming a hero. Before he was known as Wild Dog, Jack Wheeler attended college on an athletic scholarship. Unfortunately, an injury forced Jack to give up football and drop out of college as he could no longer afford tuition. At this time, he decided to join the United States Marine Corps and served a tour of duty. More tragedy occurred, however, as he watched his fellow marines killed by a terrorist bombing. When he returned from duty, more traumatic events plagued the young man. He found love, but not for long. His girlfriend was shot in the streets in a seemingly random shooting (I'd reveal more details, but that might spoil the show). It was after all of this heartbreak that he took up vigilantism to stop these tragedies from happening to other people.
4. He was nicknamed by the police
In the very first issue of his limited series, Wild Dog rushed into a hostage situation and killed all of the criminals. He successfully rescued the hostage, but was targeted by the police for the brutal killings of the other people. The SWAT captain ordered his men to "shoot the vigilante like a wild dog in the streets." From that point on, Jack took to using the name Wild Dog and hasn't looked back since.
5. He's extremely conservative
In his Booster Gold days, Wild Dog was depicted as an incredibly conservative individual. This might not seem like an important character trait at first glance, but given Oliver's new status as the liberal mayor of Star City, we might see the two bump heads on several issues. Not only does it appear they'll be arguing over political and social issues, but given Oliver's stance on not killing people any more and Wild Dog's view of death as a necessary evil, it will be interesting to see if the two prove to be more foe than friends.
The streets of Star City have gotten a whole lot safer (or perhaps far more dangerous) with the addition of Wild Dog. I think this is the type of change the CW show needed after the low-rated and fan-hated season the show is coming out of. It feels like a return to the darker, more grounded feel and overall tone of the first and second seasons of the hit television show based on DC comics. I, for one, am extremely excited to see what Wild Dog and actor Rick Gonzalez bring to the table in the next season of Arrow.