While Arrow has steadily built a reliable audience over its first three seasons, every show that heads into a fourth year needs a bit of a shake up. It is a tried and tested strategy, and can be seen in many of the biggest successes of the modern era – including The X-Files, ER, The Office, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men, and even Breaking Bad.
These are shake ups that apply to both the structure and narrative of the show, and serve to refocus and redirect the overall plot. It is always interesting to see how a series team will approach these shake ups, and Arrow is no exception. What is clear now is that, for this show, the shake up will come in the form of Damien Darhk, played by actor Neal McDonough (Justified).
"Since Arrow revealed in Season Two that Oliver Queen has a child he doesn't know about, fans have wondered whether and when the playboy superhero might learn about the son we're going to call Connor until we're told differently.
“Me personally being a dad, I would love to see how Oliver interacts with having a kid," said Stephen Amell during a reporter roundtable at Comic-Con International: San Diego. "Now obviously, it would be a different experience from that experience, but I think that that storyline deserves further attention. One of the big tenets of Greg Berlanti is you don’t introduce something to the audience and you don’t tease it if you are not going to follow through with it in some way, shape or form. So I think it’s a safe bet that Oliver will find out about his child at some point.”
"For as much as Comic-Con 2015 and beyond revealed of Arrow Season 4, we don’t yet have the clearest picture what Oliver will be doing in flashback this year, other than the vague suggestion that the younger Mr. Queen will head to Green Lantern’s hometown of Coast City. The series has alluded to Green Lantern on a number of occasions, but is a Season 4 appearance really in the cards?Don’t hold your breath. According to executive producer Marc Guggenheim’s latest conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, we should expect neither Hal Jordan, nor any significant revelation of the fan-favorite theory that John Diggle will be revealed as an incarnation of famed ringbearer John Stewart. Said Guggenheim:They announced the Green Lantern Corps movie, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t include Hal Jordan. It would be great but I doubt it very much.Read More: 'Arrow' Season 4 Won't Feature Any Green Lantern Characters | http://screencrush.com/arrow-season-4-green-lantern/?trackback=tsmclip
NBC’s cult favorite Constantine might be gone, but it’s not forgotten. Turns out, former star Matt Ryan might be making the jump over to another DC series.
Back before NBC decided to pull the plug on the low-rated horror series, there were rumblings that Constantine might crossover into The CW’s superhero hit Arrow. Arrow had just taken a supernatural turn with the addition of the Lazarus Pit and Ra’s al Ghul, so it seemed like a natural entry point, and everyone seemed keen to make it happen. But then, attention turned from crossovers to cancellation, and we didn’t hear much else.
Good news: Those conversations are apparently still underway, and Arrow executive producer Wendy Mericle says they’re actively working to close a deal with Matt Ryan (and all the movers and shakers at Warner Bros and DC) to make it a reality.
Schedule for San Diego Comic Con - Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow & Supergirl
FRIDAY JULY 10
5pm - Nerd HQ - Conversations for a Cause - Stephen Amell
SATURDAY JULY 11
8–11pm Warner Bros. Television & DC Entertainment Present: Super Hero Saturday Night Three-hour superhero experience in Hall H. The exclusive evening will feature a pilot screening of the highly anticipated new action series Supergirl, followed by a Q&A with stars and producers; plus, individual special video presentations and Q&As with stars and producers from Arrow, The Flash and Gotham. Also, special Q&A with cast and producers of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and a peek at the new digital series Vixen. Hall H
"Following an explosive third season finale, which left Ra's al Ghul dead, Thea partially amnesiac and Ray Palmer presumably blown to smithereens along with the rest of Palmer Industries, fans of The CW's Arrow hardly know whether they're coming or going with regard to new episodes of the show. Thanks to star Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen), we know that Season 4 of Arrow will take place six months after the events of Season 3, with the actor recently confirming that the show does indeed follow a real-world timeline. So, with Malcolm at the head of the League, Ollie and Felicity AWOL and Diggle unsure if he can ever trust his best friend again, what's next for Team Arrow? Fans of the show can rejoice now that the official description for Season 4 (set to premiere October 7 on The CW) has been released. Read on to find out what's in store for Ollie when we return to Starling City in the fall.
The synopsis reads: "After defeating his most formidable foe to date and riding off into the sunset with longtime flame Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen (a.k.a. The Arrow) left Starling City with the hopes of beginning a new life. But will Oliver ever truly be able to leave behind his past as the Arrow, and, if so, what becomes of the team he has worked so hard to assemble? Will Diggle, Thea, and Laurel be left to continue Oliver's crusade without him? And with Malcolm Merlyn having ascended to the top of the League of Assassins as the new Ra's al Ghul, is anyone really safe? "
Is it October yet? Dying for some Arrow scoop! –Catarina I can’t let good Arrow fans up and die, now, can I? In the second episode of Season 4, the CW hit will introduce the heavily recurring character of a twentysomething African American male who is a technological savant on par with Ms. Smoak. Maybe during Felicity and Oliver’s romantic retreat, Thea/Diggle/Laurel had to recruit a new computer whiz via Craigslist…? UPDATE: Or better, as readers have suggested, he’s Felicity’s H.I.V.E. counterpart/adversary?
"There’s really not a whole lot of “Arrow” news out there right now in regards to season 4, but there is also a pretty good reason for that: Filming has not even started yet. While we imagine that there will be a good amount of casting information released at some point before we even get to production starting yet, we’re still a little ways away even from that.
Maybe this is why the folks over at DC All Access were so smart when it comes to their timing. In releasing the video below when they did, they have given us at least something to watch, enjoy, and talk about at a time when there is not too much else happening. Is there any surprising information in here? Not really, given that they actually filmed this back at the upfront presentation and the cast probably did not even know very much about what was going to happen just yet."
Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood has made a career out of bringing fantasy to life through her lavish creations, but perhaps her most impressive feat is allowing the heroes of “Arrow,” “The Flash” and this fall’s “Supergirl” to fight crime in high style.
Below, Atwood discusses designing the eye-catching ensembles for “Arrow’s” Stephen Amell, “The Flash’s” Grant Gustin and “Supergirl’s” Melissa Benoist.
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How do you approach designing a superhero’s look?
Well, in the opportunities I’ve had to do it, I go from a story point, from where the script has put the superhero, and then back into the history of that superhero in the world that [they inhabit], the traditions, and try to come up with something that has a touch of the old, but makes it a fresh kind of superhero.
“Teen Wolf” actor JR Bourne will appear on Season 4 of The CW’s “Arrow,” playing the DC comic book villain known as Double Down, TheWrap has learned.
Bourne is taking on the role of Jeremy Tell, a metahuman who can turn his playing card tattoos into deadly weapons. As a metahuman, Double Down is more closely associated with “The Flash” mythology in the comics, and is a member of the villainous Rogues gallery.
He will appear in the third episode of the new season.
Jimmy Akingbola will recur as an adversary for Stephen Amell's Oliver.The CW is enlisting a new foil for Arrow's Oliver (Stephen Amell).British actor Jimmy Akingbola has nabbed the recurring role of DC Comics villain Baron Reiter — well known as Baron Blitzkrieg — on Arrow's fourth season.Akingbola will recur on the series as Baron Reiter, an adversary for Oliver, and appear in the show's prominent flashback scenes. In the comics, the character is the leader of the nefarious group Shadowspire.
"When bringing a beloved superhero or villain to screen, probably one of the most important pieces to the puzzle, one that could make or break the superhero's translation to screen, is the theme. Theme's like John Williams Superman stick with us and become a part of how we recognize our superheros, like beacons of nostalgia. Though, scoring around big bangs, explosions, and creating music that can transition between shared universes means composers like The Flash's Blake Neely have pretty difficult jobs. Blake is behind the sounds in all of DC TV's hits including the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow and CBS's Supergirl. Arrow, The Flash, and now Legends will continuously crossover and have a multitude of characters, each in need of their own sound. Blake says The Flash and Arrow music had to be different, but also able to mix well in each-others universe for crossovers to come.
I got to introduce and get to know Barry (The Flash) and come up with the sound in Arrow, so by doing so it had to work in the Arrow universe. They have to sound different but they also have to be in a style that when they do mix I can mix them. Which is a lot of fun in the crossover episodes to literally mix the themes and put them on top of each-other. They aren't the same music but they are the same style."
“Arrow Season 4 stole a bit of spotlight from Comic-Con 2015 in introducing Oliver’s flashy new threads, but The Flash Season 2 better lives up to that description with an upgrade of his ownBarry Allen is rocking some classic white lightning for his Season 2 costume, but what might it mean for the speedy CW series?The CW released our first look at The Flash’s Season 2 costume, which more closely follows the comics with a white background behind the lightning bolt logo, as opposed to the first season’s red. Read More: 'The Flash' Goes White in Upgraded Season 2 Costume Photo | http://comicsalliance.com/the-flash-season-2-costume-white/?trackback=tsmclip.”
I think it would make more sense for it to be a certain piece of technology added to the suit. It will be interesting to see how the change is incorporated into the plot.
We will definitely get to meet Hawkman on Legends of Tomorrow and other DC CW shows.
Hawkgirl will be a major player on the CW's Legends of Tomorrow TV series, where she'll be played by Ciara Renee. We know that the show is going to play heavily with her past lives and the reincarnation aspect of the character, which makes sense when you consider that this is a time travel show.
But a key component of the appeal of Hawkgirl is her timeless romance with Hawkman. The two heroes are reincarnated throughout time, and always manage to find each other. While Kendra Saunders has proven a strong enough character on her own, particularly in the pages of JSA, setting up her origin story means we'll also have to meet her male counterpart.
“Arrow Comic Con Panel in full with Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Paul Blackthorne, Marc Guggenheim, Wendy Mericles, AJ Kreisberg & Geoff Johns.” View: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yrIATYxfNo0
Arrow is going Darhk in Season 4. Neal McDonough is joining the CW superhero drama in the pivotal (and series-regular) role of Damien Darhk, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The ominously named Darhk played an unseen role at the close of Arrow Season 3, as Ra’s Al Ghul regaled Oliver with a tale about his colleague-turned-adversary. Darhk even paid Starling City a visit, but got outta Dodge before causing any commotion (and before being seen by viewers).
The newly released synopsis of Season 4 of "Arrow" reveals that fans have a lot to look forward to when the series returns to The CW this fall.
During the Season 3 finale, Oliver defeated Ra's al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins, and saved Starling City from destruction. Malcolm Merlyn then stepped up as Ra's successor, while Thea adopted a new superhero identity as Speedy. In addition, at the very end Oliver decided to hang up his hood and drive off into the sunset with Felicity.
Although the finale ended on a good note, Oliver and Felicity left the rest of Team Arrow to defend Starling City by themselves. That means that the weight of protecting the city has fallen on Laurel, Diggle and Thea.
According to series star Stephen Amell, the show will pick up six months from where the finale left off, reports Melty.com. The CW also released the official description for Season 4, teasing that Oliver's so-called retirement with Felicity won't last for long:
"The CW has given ComicBook.com an exclusive first look at the Comic Con International: San Diego bag featuring Stephen Amell's character from Arrow.
For the sixth year in a row, there will be multiple options (13 to be exact) to stash and store your Comic-Con International swag in one convenient, wearable accessory. Warner Bros. Entertainment and Comic-Con have teamed up to produce and distribute the official bag of Comic-Con, which will be distributed to fans when checking in at the show. The highly coveted bag can also be worn conveniently as a backpack, and even made into a dress!
The writers for Arrow and The Flashare already back at work, planning for what promises to be a chaotic season for each show.
After all, they've got an ever-growing cast of guest stars to make room for, in addition to adding on a new plot, presumably a new big bad for The Flash (we already know it to be the case for Arrow) and setting up DC's Legends of Tomorrow to debut -- apparently without Ronnie Raymond? -- in early 2016.
But even with all of that going on, they will have to introduce new DC superheroes. At this point, the number of guest heroes and villains in the last few years on Arrow alone has resulted in a pair of spinoffs and a ton of fan enthusiasm.
So, while we'll address The Flash soon...who would we like to see on Arrow? Read on...
With a hot new series on the stands, Midnighter is a street-level character that would allow Arrow to do one of the things they really enjoy: mirror Batman.
While up to now, Oliver Queen has stood in for the Dark Knight on a number of occasions, Midnighter was created as a stand-in for Batman in a Brand-X Justice League and would give them a chance to make Oliver more likable -- without having to do too much to him.
Midnighter, after all, is more Batman than The Arrow, so he could be so driven and obsessed that even Oliver sees it isn't safe.
It would also give them an opportunity to feature a prominent and badass LGBT character on the show -- something that Arrow has done pretty well so far with Sara Lance and Nyssa Raatko.
New spoilers for the fourth season of "Arrow" suggest that Diggle could suit up as the live-action incarnation of a superhero known as the Guardian while Willa Holland briefly talked about her hopes that Thea will get a costume upgrade.
During the CW Upfronts, David Ramsey acknowledged the plethora of fan theories that have suggested Diggle will become the Green Lantern but admitted that executive producer Marc Guggenheim does not want to combine the two characters, writes Comic Book.
However, Ramsey did not deny the theory that suggests Diggle will suit up as a superhero known as the Guardian and hinted that the showrunners are working on a costume for his character to wear in Season Four.
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