The Count, a new psychotic villain pushes Arrow to his limits

The Count, a new psychotic villain pushes Arrow to his limits
by: Lindsay Zier-Vogel

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The Count is making an appearance on tonight’s episode of “Arrow,” and we don’t mean the purple puppet from Sesame Street.

No, this count is far more dangerous, and according to, is based on Batman’s nemesis, The Joker.

Seth Gabel will be playing this DC Comics character, though his powers will be created through a drug called Vertigo, the same one that lead to Thea’s car accident last episode.

"He doesn’t have any super powers per se, but I think he still qualifies as a super villain because he is psychotic," Gabel told about his character.

"[Executive producers] Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg had initially pitched the character as a Joker type, which I was intimidated by because I didn't want to live up to anything that Heath Ledger had done. But at the same time, I was really excited to come up with my own version of that intensity and intimacy with violence.”

The actor revealed that in preparing for the role, he focused on how The Count would hold a gun: "Ultimately, I found that being super casual with it and super relaxed about it — like I might drop the gun at any moment or blow someone's head off at any moment — was the coolest way to do it.

“The Count has a physical presence that can rival anyone."

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET on CTV. Full episodes are also available online at


About LindsayLindsay Zier-Vogel has been working for since 2008. Lindsay’s highlights include interviewing the famed American choreographer Bill T. Jones and Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain, as well as covering the Juno Awards. Follow her on Twitter!


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