Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers from Wednesday night’s episode of Arrow.
It’s week two of Oliver Queen’s absence from Starling City on Arrow, and things are not looking good for our team with their hero presumed dead (but actually recovering from being dead halfway around the world). While last week’s episode was about the characters dealing with Oliver’s death and grieving, this week was all about moving on without him, as Felicity, Laurel, Roy and Diggle made some big decisions. So how did it turn out for them? It didn’t start out so well
Laurel may have spent a little time in the gym but that doesn’t mean she’s in anyway her sister’s equal when it comes to fighting. As a result Roy needed to save her early on in the show and then later our new big bad Brick shoots a hostage in front of them after they fail to take him down. But it wasn’t all bad
Laurel may not be our favorite character, but she did have a memorable and touching scene with Felicity after her failed fight with Brick. The two characters were able to open up about their losses (of Sara and Oliver, respectively) and look at how they might work together to heal and to help Starling City. We’ve got to say, Felicity on a mission is better than sad Felicity. Sad Felicity can make us cry with just a teary look from behind those glasses.
The Suicide Squad is coming back to Arrow, whether you're ready for them or not.ETonline has exclusively learned that Arrow will be reuniting members of Task Force X, also known as the Suicide Squad, in the 17th episode of the season in an hour appropriately titled "Suicidal Tendencies."RELATED: 'The Flash' Boss Reveals Secrets to the Next 'Arrow' Crossover!A.R.G.U.S. head Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) returns in this episode, along with fan favorites Deadshot (Michael Rowe) and Cupid (Amy Gumenick), who is the newest member of the gang! Not everyone will be present however, with Bronze Tiger sitting this one out and Shrapnel six feet under (R.I.P.).A brand-new character will also be introduced to the Arrow universe: the corrupt politician Senator Cray, to be played by Grey's Anatomy and Bosch star Steven Culp.
Arrow's" Felicity Smoak is coming back to "The Flash" and she's bringing Ray Palmer, aka The Atom, with her!
"In episode four of 'Flash' when Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] came by, it wasn't just a gag to have Felicity come by," Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer for both shows, said in a recent interview with Variety. "It really was integrated into the story."
"When you reach what's going on in 'The Flash' at that point in the season, Barry [Grant Gustin] is really at a crossroads," he explained. "Having Felicity come by exactly when he needs her really plays into the whole storyline."
"It's fine because as ['Arrow' executive producer] Marc [Guggenheim] said, Ray Palmer [Brandon Routh] is all about technology and STAR Labs is all about technology. We get to see Ray so happy to be in STAR Labs... With Cisco [Carlos Valdes] and Ray, they're new best friends. The STAR Labs team is going to help Ray further his ATOM project."
Arrow is back, and it's letting us know a couple of important things. One - no one can even guess where this season is going to go. Two - it's going to be incredibly sweet to get there. The Right Villain Played by the Right Guy
Green Arrow fans know Brick from the comics. A ruthless thug with a brilliant mind and a near-indestructible body, he was set up to be Oliver Queen's Lex Luthor or Joker, a character that is both an antagonist and a funhouse mirror version of the hero. This episode, "Left Behind", brings him in smooth as a buttered ice rink. This is very well done. We start out by watching Roy and Digg catch one half of a duo who shot a cop. It turns out that both of these guys work for Danny Brickwell, a guy who stays out of jail because witnesses against him keep disappearing.
In fact, he's disappearing the other half of the duo right that second. Brick's method of execution is odd. He gives the cowering man his gun, and offers him a free shot. Which he takes, but aside from a little blood, bullets don't seem to affect Brick. He turns around and - oh my god! It's Vinnie Jones! To give you some idea of how perfect Vinnie Jones is for this, he has already played a guy named Brick. He's also played guys named Killer, The Extractor, and Rover, Ryker, and Sarge.
The CW's Arrow returns tonight with Oliver Queen continuing to save Starling City, but his heroics wouldn't sound nearly as good if not for Blake Neely, the man tasked with composing the score you hear every week on the hit television series.
Following the release of his second Arrow soundtrack album, Blake sat down with us for a second time (here's the first) to discuss the evolution of his score and how he separates the music of Arrow and its sibling The Flash from his many other television projects.
"I try to evolve the sound a little bit each season, just because I think you can get definitely music fatigue," he explained. "The trick is, I'm a big fan of recurring themes. They're not changing the sets, they're not changing the costumes, and the themes are there to remind you of things subliminally. How can we evolve them and present them in a different way? And that's also the fun part.'
The Paley Center has announced the lineup for its 32nd annual benefit festival, featuring cast and showrunner panels for television series such as Girls, Outlander, The Good Wife, Arrow and The Flash, as well as a special salute to Comedy Central programming Key & Peele, Broad City, Kroll Show, and Workaholics. New honoree Homeland will kick things off, while FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show will serve as the festival’s closing presentation.
Yahoo Screen will stream the panel sessions, and also offer video on demand content following each event, via the Paley App and Yahoo Screen App. Hit the jump for the full PaleyFest 2015 lineup and schedule. The event will be held March 6-15th in Los Angeles.
Saturday, March 14: The CW/Warner Bros. Television’s Arrow & TheFlash (4:00pm) & ABC’s Modern Family (8:00pm)
With Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) presumed dead, after the face-off between he and Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) in the Arrow winter finale, there’s no telling where Team Arrow will go next or how they’ll fare without him. What is clear is that fans of the show will have to wait a bit before learning his true fate because no one is revealing anything.
While at The CW portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour, actor Stephen Amell talked about how he personally loves it when there is adversity for the protagonists, what he thinks it would take for Oliver Queen to have survived, why Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) is so important to him, his favorite episodes, his hope to continue to do cross-over episodes with The Flash, and the advantage of keeping the DC movie and TV universes separate. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
arrow-the-climb-oliver-queenQuestion: Oliver Queen is supposedly dead. How did they warn you of how the winter finale was going to conclude, and had you been looking forward to an arc like that?
STEPHEN AMELL: There was no warning. We had a very full discussion about the third season, back in late June or early July, and they said, “The first arc of our season will commence with Sara’s death, and will end with Oliver facing Ra’s al Ghul and losing. I personally love when there is adversity for the protagonists. And when we give other characters on the show an opportunity to acquit themselves and to come more into leading roles. We’re 50-plus episodes into the show, and if we don’t give other characters an opportunity to shoulder the load, then we give nothing for the viewers to attach themselves to. So, I’m excited for everyone’s opportunity.
Oliver’s probably going through one of the most transformative periods of his life right now. Can you hint at all about how that will change him?
A lot is going to change in the third season of “Arrow”, and it seems like the producers are planning to shake things up quite a bit. The midseason finale left off on quite the dramatic note, showing the apparent death of the main character – but of course, as fans were suspecting, this was merely a temporary setback and not the actual end of their favorite hero. In fact, not only is he going to come back for the remaining episodes, but his relationship with Ra’s al Ghul might take an interesting turn.
The news is coming directly from the actor who plays Ra’s (Matt Nable), and according to him, his character has a lot of respect for Oliver, and will actually try to warm things up between the two once Oliver returns. He went as far as to say that the two might even develop a mentor-like relationship and become total allies, and anyone who’s been watching the show closely recently would probably find that statement borderline ridiculous.
And yet, complex storylines like this often end up creating alliances from the most unusual combinations, so it’s not unlikely that something like this could happen indeed.
David Ramsey thinks he has a pretty solid notion about when his "Arrow" character John Diggle should consider putting on a mask -- and when he should take off his shirt.
With Oliver Queen apparently dead at the hands of the villainous Ra's al Ghul in series' midseason finale, Ramsey explains that Team Arrow has to step up their game, with Diggle leading the charge. And while Dig's been carrying his responsibility's more comfortably than anyone else in Starling City, with his relationship in a good place and his enjoyment at becoming a father, will taking center stage, especially without the benefit of a secret identity, eventually put his loved ones in harm's way?
Ramsey gives Comic Book Resources a preview of what to expect in the back end of the CW series' third season, as Diggle, Roy, Laurel and Felicity fill in for the missing Oliver, Diggle continues to balance his personal life with that of a crime fighting vigilante and the pride he feels at his character's popularity expanding beyond the world of the show. Plus, Ramsey spills on one of the burning questions on many fans minds -- why do the show's ripped stars sometimes go a few episodes without taking their shirts off?
Comic Book Resources: What have you loved about this season, for you and for Diggle?
David Ramsey: Well, fortunately, now that Oliver Queen is dead, Diggle gets a lot more screen time, which is great -- just selfishly, I have to say that! But besides that, I just like the fact that Diggle is probably the most well-adjusted of the characters. He has a family. He has a child and potential wife, and he fights crime at night. And he's fine with all of those elements of his life, and well-adjusted to each of them. I think he's probably where Oliver Queen will be in five years, just in terms of psychologically where he's adjusted to. He's had his crucible. Afghanistan was his crucible. I like the fact that they're making him kind of a model, in some ways, of what Oliver Queen can and should be.
Tell me about fight scenes and stunts. What's the coolest thing you've gotten to do recently?
Well, I get to do some hero stuff where I get to slide underneath this truck and come up and fight this big bad guy and pull out two guns and start firing. Stuff that Stephen [Amell] gets to do on a regular basis that we just kind of take for granted. I've learned in Stephen's absence, as I get to do more action stuff, that I just don't envy him at all. He does this stuff every week. So yeah, the coolest stuff has been this big warehouse fight that's coming up. A huge warehouse fight that Diggle gets to be the star fighter of that scene.
Now lets face it, the likelihood of us all ever understanding Malcolm Merlyn is a slim one, but new information has been released on the upcoming 12th installment of the season entitled ‘Uprising’, which may just give us a sneak peek into Malcolm’s past.
By the time this episode comes about, Team Arrow will still be operating without Oliver but while Laurel will also join Diggle and Arsenal – the team really need all the help they can get. However, the possibility of Malcolm joining Team Arrow to shut down their latest criminal is not something everyone is on board with.
So for all you need to know about the episode set to air on the 4th February. Head on inside…
Of course when the show returns, the crime fighters will be up against Vinnie Jones’ new character Danny Brickwell aka Brick. He’s set for a multi-episode arc unlike many of the Arrowverse villains, who have been locked up within 45 minutes of the episode.
We can expect several characters on both Arrow & The Flash to transform into superheroes, but here's what we can expect for Felicity.
IGN had the opportunity to speak with Arrow/The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg along with a small group of reporters following a panel at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, where we asked if we might see Felicity - who's been a girl-Friday to one superhero and is looks to become one to a second (The Atom) - transform into an iconic DC character herself.
"It's like Dave Ramsey [who plays John Diggle on the show] said on the panel: if everyone starts dressing up, you lose that connection to reality," Kreisberg responded. "One of the things Dig and Felicity do so well in spite of the fact that they're incredibly talented -- obviously they're integral members of the team -- is that they don't have their own costume personas. I think that keeps them grounded, and it keeps Oliver grounded. It keeps the show grounded.
With all the talk of the Suicide Squad coming back to Arrow, soon, we decided to reach out to a key member of the Squad: Deadshot, known in the real world as Michael Rowe.
Rowe agreed to an exclusive interview with ComicBook.com, discussing the Suicide Squad's return, his beef with Diggle, Will Smith taking on the character in movies, and much more.
I need to start off with some confirmation. I’ve heard Suicide Squad is going to be back, does this mean Deadshot is coming back?
Yeah, man, I was on set last night. It’s been a while. But, usually they keep these things pretty tight under wraps, but I woke up to a couple of articles online, so I guess somebody, one of the higher ups, had done an interview with Entertainment tonight or one one of these publications and spilled the beans that it was going to be a new Suicide Squad episode.
It must be tough to do all this stuff and not be able to tell anybody.
Yeah, it sucks man! I gotta say. I mean, it’s a risky process when you know you’re going to be back on the show. I’m not under contract, so when you get the call you don’t really know what’s coming, but then they’ll reserve you for a bunch of days and you’ll know around when it’s coming, and then you’re just kind of waiting and waiting for details, then they’ll send you a script and then I’m like a kid on Christmas morning- I’ll start ripping through the script and see what’s happening. That’s one of my favorite parts of the job, man, it’s just like the wheels start spinning and you start getting ideas for scenes and yeah, it’s…it’s fun. It’s like a Batphone rings and you just gotta spring into action.
As far as gambits go, killing off the main character of a TV show (the title character, no less) is one that’s sure to get people sitting up and paying attention. Joss Whedon enjoyed it so much that he did it twice in the same show. In the context of a comic book universe, where death is notoriously impermanent, the death of Oliver Queen in last year’s Arrow midseason finale probably didn’t convince many viewers that he would be gone from the show for good. It probably made a few jaws drop, though.
Arrow has now returned for the second half of its season and has already answered the question of if and how Oliver will manage to get back up, but in his absence Starling City still needs a protector. Luckily Oliver has long since gotten over his insistence on working alone, which means that there’s now a whole team of vigilantes ready to cover for him.
Taking away the Arrowcave’s namesake means a shift in the dynamic of the show as Arsenal, Black Canary, Diggle and Felicity get to spend more time interacting with one another rather than being focused on Oliver. Speaking in an interview with Collider, actor David Ramsey explained that Oliver’s apparent death and resulting absence will actually help his friends to become stronger as a team.
“It’s odd, as an actor, doing so much with Stephen, and then he’s not there. You miss him, as an actor, obviously. But outside of that, me, Colton [Haynes], Emily [Bett Rickards] and Katie [Cassidy] really got to work together in ways that we weren’t able to work together before. There are some great scenes between me and Katie, and we never had scenes together before, like that…
“We’re finding our feet. It’s a little bit of fish-out-of-water. It doesn’t go smoothly, at first. Our head is not quite in the game, as it should be. The man who was running point is now dead, so someone else has to run point. It doesn’t go smoothly, but we find our legs. We find out why we’re working for the city and why we’re here, and we end up being okay. Team Arrow is more than just Arrow, hence the team part. There is no Arrow in team.”
Here's the CW's official description of "Canaries," written by Jake Coburn and Emilia Ortega Aldrich and directed by Michael Schultz: "VERTIGO (GUEST STAR PETER STORMARE) RETURNS AND PITS CANARY AGAINST BLACK CANARY —Oliver (Stephen Amell) is thrown by the changes within Team Arrow. He’s used to calling the shots but sees that the team has evolved in his absence and tensions quickly escalate in the lair. Oliver is furious that Laurel (Katie Cassidy) has been going out as the Black Canary and tells her to stop risking her life, but when Vertigo (guest star Peter Stormare) hits the streets again, Laurel goes against Oliver’s wishes and tracks down Vertigo who hits her with a full dose of the drug. Laurel’s biggest fears revolve around her sister Sara (guest star Caity Lotz) so the Vertigo causes her to hallucinate an epic fight between Canary and Black Canary. Meanwhile, Chase (guest star Austin Butler) surprises Thea (Willa Holland), and Roy (Colton Haynes) warns Thea to stay away from Malcolm (John Barrowman)."
"Arrow" season 3 airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the CW. "Canaries" airs Feb. 11.
We are all shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of actor and stunt performer Darren Shahlavi, who played Constantine Drakon in the Arrow pilot among many other roles.
Darren's family have set up a memorial fund with Give Forward to raise money towards transporting Darren back to his family in the UK for the funeral and to hold a memorial service in the US.
From the site:
"Let's send Darren off with an incredible Funeral, memorial and resting place. Spreading his memory along his journey to his dreams! Darren Shahlavi was one of the very best and we are shooting for the stars with him!
In a fiercely competitive profession he had a deserved reputation for being the consummate gentleman, as well as a highly professional, optimistic and sensationally talented individual."
If you knew Darren or enjoyed his work in Arrow, Mortal Kombat Legacy IP Man 2 among others please visit the Darren Shahlavi Memorial Fund, contribute if you can or spread the word. Every contribution is appreciated.
The CW has embraced the fact that it isn’t the only comic book shows on the block, but they do have the only superheroes. Highlighting Flash, Arrow, Atom, Firestorm, Arsenal and even a good look at Katie Cassidy / Laurel Lance as the Black Canary… who looks pretty damn good here.
Though Stephen Amell himself teased the idea of a Lazarus Pit last month, in an interview with Collider the "Arrow" star denied the rampant speculation that Oliver Queen -- presumed dead since the show's midseason finale -- would return to life with the aid of a Lazarus Pit. While he did close that particular door, the actor also offered a few other hints about Oliver's fate.
"That's not something that's going to be used for Oliver," Amell said of the Lazarus Pit, a favorite of "Arrow" villain Ra's al Ghul, who delivered a possibly fatal blow to Oliver in the midseason finale.
Introduced at the start of Arrow’s third season, the charming, fast-talking and super-witty Palmer Technologies billionaire breathes a different energy into The CW comic-book show. Not weighed down by the vigilante lifestyle or a cursed family name, he has a perspective and approach on life far different from that of Oliver Queen (who will be M.I.A. for a while). And, he can hold his own against Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards)!
Routh is well aware of the mark Ray is making on Arrow (there's even talk of a potential spin-off!), especially when it comes to the passionate “Olicity” fans – and he has to be. Routh has been a part of a major TV love triangle before (see: Chuck), but this one may take the cake.
“I’ve been in that position before,” the 35-year-old star tells ETonline in a sit-down interview at the winter Television Critics Association press tour. “I was prepared [this time around], but it comes with the territory. Any time anybody is talking about the character in that respect is positive because that means I’m eliciting emotion – whether it be positive or negative. I’m getting a rise out of somebody.”
Though several other networks are getting in on the action, The CW is still the reigning champ when it comes to small-screen superheroes these days. But DC’s film plans probably just killed what could’ve been the coolest series yet.
The network has already caught lightning in a bottle with the hit Flash spinoff from Arrow, and rumor has it the Atom could be next in line for his own show. A small-screen version of The Suicide Squad has been kicking around for a few seasons now, and there had been some buzz that the team could get a look for a potential show.
Well, now that Warner Bros. is ramping up a Suicide Squad film loaded with A-listers like Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, it sounds like the Arrow version could be sidelined from a starring role. But that doesn’t mean everyone’s favorite antiheroes won’t be back.
The Arrow version of the team is set to return later this season on the flagship series, and they’ll also star in the latest issue of the Arrow Season 2.5 tie-in comic. Arrow series writer Keto Shimizu told MTV they’re excited to tell new Suicide Stories stories within the framework of Arrow, but noted that the film project has left any potential standalone series dead in the water:
Theyreally don't give audiences enough credit... love Arrow's Suicide Squad.
Just in case you are really wondering what Wednesday night’s “Arrow” episode is going to look like, we can get a better sense of it in the sneak peek video below rather than anything else that we have seen so far.
For one, this clip reminds us of what happened to Oliver Queen, but it also features executive producer Marc Guggenheim talking a little bit about how there is going to be a “trilogy” structure in a way to what is coming up. The show is getting ready to introduce a new villain in Danny “Brick” Brickwell (Vinnie Jones), and he will be appearing over the course of the next three episodes. In a way, it makes sense that this would be a good time for another villain to appear.
"Conceptual artist Andy Poon designs costumes for The CW Television Network's two comic book-based television series, The Flash and Arrow. Yesterday, Andy posted some new concept art featuring upgrades Oliver Queen's superhero costume received for special crossover event with The Flash. "The strap for the quiver is more like a bandolier now that holds special trick arrow tips," Andy wrote. "There are flechette holders added to his left arm, lower back and his thighs. 2 seams were added at the lower front of jacket which makes it feel a bit more like the lines of the abs which we all know Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has, but also for the new jacket belt to loop through that holds 2 side pouches."