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Watch your back, Ollie! Arrow's central bow-slinger will be facing more than just inner demons when the superhero hit returns for Season 2. "Michael Jai White is playing Bronze Tiger and he is such a badass," executive producer Marc Guggenheim says of the claw-bearing killer about to rock Starling City. "His performance, our kick-ass stunt department, our incredibly talented costumer designer, and our very gifted props master...they've all combined their A-games to create a really great representation of this DC Comics character."

White will debut in the season's second episode, which finds Stephen Amell's vigilante Oliver Queen drawn into a battle of pure brawn with the Suicide Squad member better known as Ben Turner. "He's basically the best of the best, so he has come to Starling City to see if the Hood can give him a challenge," previews Guggenheim. "To that end, he has aligned himself with China White [Kelly Hu] and the Chinese Triad."

So is this guy (who is set to recur) gonna bring the kind of feral ferocity and martial-arts mayhem he's known for in the comic books? Guggenheim promises it: "If you're a fan of the character from the comics, you are going to really happy with his Arrow-fication."

For more on the other DC characters coming to Arrow this season, pick up TV Guide Magazine's Returning Favorites issue, on sale this week.

Arrow's second season premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW.

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