I recently did an article on British actors kicking sss on the small screen, particularly in comic book adaptations and while researching that I realised that Australia and New Zeland have made plenty of additions to this world as well. WARNING-This article may contains spoilers.
This force of terror played by the ever imposing Manu Bennett (born 10 October 1969) was the villain that really made Arrow reach its full potential. I am a huge fan of the show but season one was well before it reached its full potential. However once Slade came on screen as the series villain, he was the protagonist in season one, then shit got really interesting. Manu plays Slade as charming yet chilling, a super powered force of destruction with nothing but time on his hands, he was a great nemeses and that’s all down to Manu. If you want to see Manu in anything else check him out as Azog in the Hobbit series of films.
“To kill you now would be a mercy. You cannot die until you have suffered the same way I have suffered, until you have known complete despair, and you will, I promise.”
—Slade’s vow to Oliver Queen
Olivia “Liv” Moore, M.D. is the protagonist of iZombie. Played by Rose McIver (born Frances Rose McIver 10 October 1988). This is probably my favourite entry on this list as iZombie has a great mix of comedy and action. Liv is the good girl gone dead, she never drinks and does not party, yet the one time she did she ended up waking up as a zombie, so not cool. She can function as a normal human as long as she consumes brains, though slight side effect if she consumes the brains she gains some of the skills, memories and personality traits of the original owner, combine this with the fact that she works in a morgue and we end up with a crime fighting zombie. With some of the original Veronica Mars team, combined with this DC/Vertigo publication you have one of 2015’s best TV shows and Rose Mclver as our leading lady (there really are not enough leading ladies) this former yellow ranger, that’s right, is someone who will be around for a long time.
There are zombies in the world, Peyton. And I’m one of them!
Eddie is the selfless cop who has some serious brass balls, he is willing to go up against any force and not be afraid, facing off against people that Barry struggled with. Eddie is played by the awesome Richard James “Rick” Cosnett (born 6 April 1983) and we quickly grew to like his character. Richard had one of the hardest jobs possible on The Flash, he had to play the other guy and make him likeable, that’s not easy especially if his rival is the very likeable and sympathetic Barry Allen. But Mr Cosnett did the near impossible, he made the watchers root for Eddie and Iris to end up together, seriously this is no easy feat, so I tip my hat to you. I expect to see a lot more from this Zimbabwean-born Australian actor. I do wonder if he will pop up again in The Flash though if you’re a fan of this guy, I’m sure plenty of women are, you can check him out in the Vampire Diaries.
“He was wrong. Turns out, I’m a hero after all.”
—Eddie Thawne to Iris West after sacrificing himself
Ok The 100 is not a comic book adaptation, but it’s definitely worth watching and part of that is the very talented Eliza Taylor. Anyone watching the show will recognize Clarke as the glue that holds the group together, well part of the glue, she is resourceful and has a sense of honour about her that plenty of people in the series don’t have, she really is a breath of fresh air, compared to less responsible and more aggressive members of The 100. I won’t lie Clarke could easily be one of the most dull people ever and I totally would hate to go on a road trip with her, but if I was trapped on a desert island she would be someone I’d want to have there,with a great set of survival skills and medical knowledge plus an unwavering dedication to the truth she is a brilliant protagonist.
Clarke: I was born in space. I’ve never felt the sun on my face or breathed real air or floated in the water. None of us have. For three generations, The Ark has kept what’s left of the human race alive, but now our home is dying, and we are the last hope of mankind. One hundred prisoners sent on a desperate mission to the Ground. Each of us is here because we broke the Law. On the Ground, there is no Law. All we have to do is survive. But we will be tested: by the Earth, by the secrets it hides, and most of all, by each other.
Ra’s Al Ghul
Played by Matthew “Matt” Nable (born March 8, 1972 is an Australian actor, writer and former rugby league player) Ra’s is an intimidating guy. Since the last person to play Ra’s was Liam Neeson, Nable had a hard act to follow, but he didn’t follow, he took the character in his own direction and made it his own. This Ra’s was an almost regal figure, and the kind of guy who could easily dominate a room, having the build of a rugby player would do that to you, we sadly did not see enough of him, but the Demon can never truly be killed so fingers crossed he will return someday.
“You tasted death, and you wanted more, but the truth is everyone and everything must come to an end, even for one such as me.”
—Ra’s to Oliver Queen