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You might remember a couple of weeks back when it was announced that Arrow would be getting a new vigilante in Season 5. We all speculated over who this new character could be, but now we have the answer.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new defender taking up residence in Star City will be none other than DC Comics character Wild Dog.

EW reports that Rick Gonzalez has landed the role and will appear in a multi-episode arc of Arrow's fifth season.

Rick Gonzalez will star as Wild Dog (via EW).
Rick Gonzalez will star as Wild Dog (via EW).

Appearing in Action Comics for major story arcs from 1987–1989, the character hasn't been featured too prominently since. Wild Dog is certainly an interesting choice for Arrow, as he hasn't really appeared in much off the comic book pages.

Thus with a major platform like Arrow about to thrust him into the spotlight, let's get to know Wild Dog a little bit better and explore his potential Arrow storylines.

Wild Dog Was A Marine

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Photo credit: DC Comics

Before there was Wild Dog, there was Jack Wheeler — a bright, promising young athlete. Attending college on a football scholarship, after an injury forced him to drop out, Wheeler signed up to become a Marine. However, he quit after most of his squad was killed by a bomb blast.

With Arrow's John Diggle having served in the military, it's possible that these two may have some interesting scenes together, whether it's exchanging stories or using their skills to outdo one another. It would certainly make for an interesting character dynamic.

Wild Dog's Fiancée Was Killed

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Photo credit: DC Comics

Many of the most famous vigilantes and superheroes are propelled by tragedy. Unfortunately, the same applies to Wild Dog. After losing some of his squad members, he also loses his fiancée Claire Smith — the secret daughter of a Chicago mob boss — when she's killed by a hitman. Driven by the tragedy, Jack Wheeler takes up the mantle of Wild Dog.

It will be interesting to see if Arrow employs the same origin story as we have all seen how far grief can push our heroes on the series. It's also starting to sound very much like the Punisher arc in Daredevil.

Wlid Dog's Uniform Consists Of A Laughing Dog

Yep, you read that right! Driven by grief, Wheeler becomes Wild Dog. He assembles an intimidating outfit consisting of camouflage pants, combat boots, a football jersey with an emblem of a laughing dog on it, and finally, a hockey mask to conceal his true identity.

Talk about an unforgettable outfit! I can't wait to see this come to life on Arrow.

He Has Extensive Knowledge Of Weaponry

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Photo credit: DC Comics

Due to his Marine background, Wild Dog has vast knowledge of weaponry and is versatile with practically all types of fighting. Underneath his laughing-dog jersey, he wears a lightweight body armor and is armed with a pair of shock gloves that can (and have) knocked people out with a single touch.

Much like our favorite vigilante Batman, he is also armed with a utility belt that can hold hand weapons and ammo. I sense a showdown with Diggle's Spartan coming. That would be so cool!

He Isn't Afraid To Kill

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Photo credit: DC Comics

Many vigilantes often steer clear of crossing that line. Even our own Green Arrow used to kill those who "failed this city." But he too changed his ways, shying away from killing. However, Wild Dog isn't afraid to go there and has done so on many occasions — usually targeting mob criminals. In fact, he got his name from law enforcement when the SWAT captain orders the team to shoot him "like a wild dog in the street."

Once again, getting a very Punisher-like vibe from Wild Dog.

He's Skilled At Hand-To-Hand Combat

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Photo credit: DC Comics

Outside of his advanced knowledge of weaponry, Wild Dog is also incredibly well-skilled at hand-to-hand combat (thanks to his military training). This should really make for some great fight scenes with the Green Arrow. It will be intriguing to see military training go up against League of Assassins training.

So there you are, all caught up on Star City's newest vigilante. Whether you're still a fan of Arrow or have been one of the legion who have been unhappy with its current direction, you must admit that the introduction of this underrated DC character has piqued our interest. I will most certainly be looking forward to seeing Wild Dog come to town!

Are you happy that Wild Dog will be appearing in Arrow? Or do you wish the show creators had gone with someone else? Let us know in the comments.

(Source: Entertainment Weekly)


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