Fans of John Barrowman's conniving Malcolm Merlyn will be thrilled to hear that we're going to be seeing a lot more of the character. According to TVLine, Barrowman has signed a new deal — similar to the groundbreaking one Wentworth Miller recently signed — which will allow him to appear on all of the superhero shows executive produced by Greg Berlanti.
With aliases from the Dark Archer to the Magician, Malcolm Merlyn has been a significant part of Arrow for all four seasons. Although still menacing, some have grown tired of the character's constant dabbling in both good and evil. And I can see why — when somebody wrongs him, he throws a tantrum and joins the newest threat.
Despite his constant returns to the dark side, the character was never as truly compelling or intimidating as he was in Seasons 1 and 2. So perhaps some time away from Star City might give him something new to work with. Or perhaps it will result in a new interesting story in Season 5 of Arrow.
This new deal makes sure that he will continue to show up regularly on Arrow as well as appearing on the likes of The Flash and Legends Of Tomorrow. However, this news also brings some interesting possibilities. Let's take a look at what Barrowman's series regular status means for the entire Arrow-verse, starting with the two most interesting options.
An Enemy Of Supergirl?
By the sound of things, Barrowman's new deal allows for potential appearances on all of the CW's superhero shows. However, the CW's latest acquisition, Supergirl, takes place on another "Earth." So with that in mind, could Barrowman's deal be a sign that Supergirl will indeed be joining the Arrow-verse?
This most certainly sounds like it could happen. And with "Flashpoint" taking place over on The Flash, it's highly likely that we will see Supergirl joining her heroic counterparts in the Arrow-verse. Furthermore, Arrow has mostly tried to remain in a realistic world but The Flash and its accompanying metahumans made that difficult.
Having Malcolm Merlyn on Supergirl would be a big step into the superhero world for Arrow and its characters. The mix between martial arts, mysticism and aliens would definitely make for some interesting television, thus it's possible that we could see the Dark Archer causing trouble for Kara and her buddies.
Even if "Flashpoint" doesn't bring Supergirl into the Arrow-verse, that doesn't mean Barrowman wouldn't appear on the show. The Flash has appeared on Supergirl before despite being part of the Arrow-verse, and if Merlyn to be a part of The Flash, he may well follow in the Scarlet Speedster's footsteps.
Furthermore, we have seen doppelangers show up all over the Arrow-verse before. And let's not forget that in Season 1 of Arrow, Malcolm Merlyn was a powerful business tycoon. Could we see an alternate version of Merlyn show up on Supergirl, perhaps as an acquaintance or enemy of Cat Grant or Maxwell Lord? Or he might not even be a villain at all.
There are so many possibilities and I'm excited at the prospect of seeing Barrowman joining the cast of Supergirl because it's definitely one of the most interesting possibilities as it could bridge the gap between Supergirl and the Arrow-verse.
Time Traveling Magician
I actually think this seems like one of the most likely options — Barrowman's new contract could result in a stint on Legends Of Tomorrow. The irony being that Barrowman's contract is identical to Wentworth Miller who left Legends as a series regular in favor of the new contract.
With Rip Hunter and the Legends having destroyed the Occulus at the Vanishing Point, the team have essentially become the Time Masters now. Thus, they can continue to travel through time as they see fit and treat us to an awesome second season. So with all of time at their disposal, it's highly likely that they could end up coming into contact with a younger or older version of Malcolm Merlyn.
We have seen a flashback to a younger Merlyn on Arrow before, back to the night his wife was killed. This was actually one of the standout moments of Season 3 as it gave us an insight into what turned him into the Dark Archer. So more Merlyn flashbacks are definitely welcome.
On the other hand, we may even see the current version of Merlyn appear on the show. He was responsible for Laurel/Black Canary's death as well Sara/White Canary's original death, so it stands to reason that Sara would have a lot of frustrations to take out on the former Dark Archer.
Of course, the team may end up needing his help — he is one of the most trained fighters in all of the series and was downright unstoppable in Season 1 of Arrow. Perhaps the team could use his help to take down a formidable foe.
No matter what role he plays, it will be fun to see Barrowman show up on Legends Of Tomorrow. On an interesting note, both he and Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter) played quite significant roles in Doctor Who, albeit at separate times. Either way, of all the shows Merlyn could show up on, Legends has got to be the option I'm hoping for the most.
So while this new deal brings some interesting options, let's not forget that it also means we will be seeing his face in familiar territories also.
The Dark Archer Will Cause More Trouble On Arrow
Starting with the obvious one, Barrowman's new contract ensures that he will continue to appear on Arrow. By the sound of things, that will remain his home base, so to speak. So expect to see Merlyn continuing to cause mayhem for Team Arrow and his daughter Thea in Star City.
Barrowman's Dark Archer was the Big Bad of Season 1 where he was responsible for the dreaded "Undertaking" which decimated the Glades. After everyone believed him to be dead, he returned during Season 2 and confirmed that he was Thea's father. Since then, he has drugged his daughter into killing the Canary, helped the team stop Ra's Al Ghul, become Ra's Al Guhul, joined the Darhk side, been responsible for the death of the Black Canary, and finally, sided with Team Arrow again to take down Damian Darhk.
Merlyn In Central City
With the series regular deal, Barrowman could show up on any and all of the other superhero shows on the CW. Why not start with their biggest superhero show in The Flash?
Barrowman has appeared on one episode of The Flash so far, but that was the annual The Flash/Arrow crossover which was practically a mini movie between the two series. However, he also came into contact with the Flash in the Season 3 finale of Arrow when Barry saved all of Team Arrow from Ra's Al Ghul.
Being an occasional member of Team Arrow also means that Merlyn knows Barry's true identity. Could the villainous "Magician" have tricks up his sleeve to cause trouble for the Flash, or will he help them stop a different force of evil — one can never be sure when it comes to Malcolm Merlyn.
A Lot More Of Malcolm Merlyn
So whether you want him to remain on Arrow or show up on The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow or even Supergirl, there's once certainty: We are going to see a lot more of Malcolm Merlyn. The devious, conniving former leader of the League of Assassins will be popping up all over the Arrow-verse and I look forward to seeing what mind games he brings along with him. I was a big fan of Barrowman's portrayal, especially back in the early days of Arrow, and am eager to see what kind of dynamic the character could bring to the other shows.
Are you excited to hear that John Barrowman will be appearing on all of the CW's Superhero Shows? Or would you prefer that he remains solely on Arrow? Let us know in the comments!