Why Arrow Should Bring Back The Human Target

There was talk yesterday about Arrow bringing back Helena Bertinelli / The Huntress played by Jessica De Gouw. Which got me thinking of characters that the series brought in for an episode or two then went away. Arrow has done that a lot and where I'd like to see them catch up with The Huntress and of course more visits from John Constantine (Matt Ryan) would be good… a character that I'd like to see them explore more is Christopher Chance / The Human Target played by Wil Traval.

Human Target
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Chance was someone John Diggle (David Ramsey) knew of and helped Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) when someone was trying to kill him. Chance is a very unique character in the DCU. A hero that literally stands in for someone to take a bullet. The character has gotten his own television series twice before, the first time was 1992 in a series created by Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo, the guys behind the first The Flash series, and it starred Rick Sprinfield. This was surprisingly accurate portrayal of the character where he would step in and pretend to be the victim. Then in 2010, Fox tried a Human Target series with Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley. The show varied from the original concept, making Chance someone who can adapt to any situation and steps in to get close to the victim.

This character brings a skill set that really doesn't exist elsewhere in the Arrowverse. The ability to get into an organization or a situation where no one else can. You can hack, follow, torture until you get the information you need. Or you can get the guy who can take on the look of someone else and walk in, get what you need, and walk out. And it would be cool to see Oliver get to return the favor. Maybe have Chance get too deep into a cover and needs help getting out.

Arrow returns October 10th at 9 PM on the CW.

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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