Could Joe Wilson, the antihero/villain known as Jericho in the comics, make an appearance on Arrow season 6?
It seems surprisingly likely after Oliver Queen provided Slade "Deathstroke" Wilson with files in tonight's season finale of Arrow that he described as everything he and Felicity had on Wilson's son.
In the comics, Slade has two sons: Joe, and Grant. In previous seasons, Slade's wife Adeline and son Joe have been referenced; they were both seemingly killed during a raid on Wilson's home, something that seems to be less true than previously assumed.
No Arrow episodes had previously mentioned Grant, who first appeared in the comics in 1980's New Teen Titans #1.
In the Arrowverse, Grant has only appeared in one previous episode -- "Star City 2046," a season 1 episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, in which he was the Deathstroke of the future, squaring off against Connor Hawke, Oliver's successor as Green Arrow.
it isn't yet clear whether Joe will follow his path from the comics, or be more reminiscent of Grant's TV version, if he shows up next season.
When Joe, better known in the comics as Jericho, was a child, he was held hostage by The Jackal, a terrorist who was after his father. Deathstroke refused to give Jackal the information he wanted because it went against his professional code of ethics. Deathstroke managed to rescue his son, but not before one of Jackal's men had started to cut his throat. As a result, he was rendered mute.
As a result of that incident, and the fact that Slade had lied to her, his mother divorced his father, and took her two sons (Joseph and his older brother Grant) with her.
His metahuman power, a result of the biological experimentation done on his father years before, appeared in his late teens, while trying to save his mother, Adeline, from an assassin. He had the power to take possession of any humanoid being he can make eye contact with. Once inside, Jericho takes possession of his target's voluntary motor functions for his own use, attaining full physical control if the body is unconscious. In addition, if the host is unconscious while Jericho is in control, he can speak through the host's body, but only with that person's accent and vocabulary and easily control the body physically. Jericho's body changes into an astral form seconds before possession.
Joseph Wilson first appeared in 1984's Tales of the Teen Titans #42.
The battle between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. After recent events, Oliver decides to recruit a group of unlikely allies – Slade (guest star Manu Bennett), Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law), Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Digger Harkness (guest star Nick. E. Tarabay) – to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army – Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy), Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin) and Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig) – and the forces collide in an explosive season finale.
Jesse Warn directed tonight's episode, written by Wendy Mericle & Marc Guggenheim. It will air on May 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Based on the characters from DC, ARROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl), Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Supergirl), Wendy Mericle (Desperate Housewives, Eli Stone) and Sarah Schechter (Supergirl, Blindspot).
Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW Television Network.