Friday, July 24, 2015

ARROW Casts J.R. Bourne as Double Down

It might be time for Green Arrow to get his own rogues gallery and stop stealing from everyone else's.

TheWrap revealed yesterday that the CW series Arrow has cast J.R. Bourne in the role of Jeremy Tell, better known to fans of The Flash as DC Comics supervillain Double Down.

According to the article, Double Down is described as "a metahuman who can turn his playing card tattoos into deadly weapons" and will appear in the third episode of the upcoming season.

Bourne, 45, is best known as Martouf from Stargate SG-1 and as Chris Argent from MTV's Teen Wolf.  His previous TV work includes episodes of Revenge, Fringe, Smallville, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS, 24, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Jeremiah, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, and Millennium.  He's also appeared in the movies The Butterfly Effect 2, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Josie and the Pussycats.

Created in 2001 by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, Double Down first appeared in The Flash: Iron Heights as Jeremy Tell, a Central and Keystone City area con man and gambler, who gained powers when a cursed deck of cards bonded to him.  During a high stakes game, Tell lost all his money and angrily murdered the winner.  A "cursed deck of cards" that the murdered man owned animated and flew at Tell, cleaving and bonding to his skin.  Most of his flesh was seared off, replaced by the cards.  They can detach itself on his command, slicing everything in their way.

During his time in Iron Heights prison, the villain Murmur released the Frenzy virus and Tell tried to escape in the ensuing mass breakout.  However, he was stopped by Pied Piper and taken back to solitary confinement.  A later attempt to break out was successful, when he and Girder were both hired by The Penguin to help him establish a crime ring in Keystone City, but was stopped by The Flash and Nightwing.

Arrow returns for Season 4 on October 7, 2015.

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