Negahban’s character of al-Awwal — Arabic for “The First” — will appear in episode five, according to E!Online. The TV villain will be a meticulous and deadly man who is coming after someone very close to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). Al-Awwal is also fairly handy with a scimitar.
Although likely to differ greatly from his comic-book persona, al-Awwal does come from the world of DC Comics. He is known as one of the members of the League of Assassins, an organization led by the nefarious Ra’s al-Ghul. Merlyn — re-imagined as Malcolm Merlyn for the TV show — is also a member of this group.
“Arrow” Season 2 premieres Oct. 9 on The CW.