Definitely one of the most outlandish comic-book characters set to appear in The CW’s ArrowÂ Season 1 so far, Count Vertigo is being reinvented for Fringe star Seth Gabel as a gangster who uses a vertigo-inducing narcotic.
It might seem on the surface, that Vertigo is a pretty outlandish choice for a villain in this more grounded show, no matter how much reinvention is involved, but for co-creator and executive producer Andrew Kreisberg there was simply no alternative as “Count Vertigo, I would say after Merlyn, is probably his most well known villain.
“The comic-book version of him, the Count Werner von Vertigo… when your last name is Vertigo of course youâ€™re going to grow up to be a supervillain who uses vertigo as a weapon. That concept just doesnâ€™t exist in our world, and weâ€™ve never been shy about saying that weâ€™ve taken all of our cues from Chris Nolanâ€™s Dark Knight trilogy, and how he took somebody like Raâ€™s al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson, who was immortal in the comics and presented a realistic take on how he could be immortal, by having a frontman who could be killed and allowing him to survive.
“We thought of Count Vertigo sort of the same way, with Seth Gabel from Fringe and Dirty Sexy Money whoâ€™s terrifyingly awesome in the part. First of all, how he gets the nickname â€˜the Countâ€™ is kind of fun and spooky, but also how he is able to create this vertigo effect without using certain superpowered means. And thatâ€™s whatâ€™s fun for us.
“Thereâ€™s some characters who for the most part have transitioned literally from the comics to the show â€“ like Deadshot, who despite his costume is still the worldâ€™s greatest assassin â€“ and Deathstroke, and China White, but Count Vertigo is our first real, complete overhaul. Weâ€™re really excited about it.”
ArrowÂ will return to Sky 1 in late January 2013.