Although Stephen Amell was cast as a superhero, it wasn’t necessarily the one he would’ve picked. Asked Saturday at Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon which superhero he’d play if it were entirely his choice, the “Arrow” star name-dropped the Main Man.
“I’m gonna go with Lobo,” the Toronto-born Amell told a packed convention hall at the noon panel. “Lobo was my favorite comic as a kid. I loved Lobo. I was way too young to read it.”
In its first season, which began in 2012, “Arrow” returned Oliver Queen (Amell) to his native Starling City after five years on a Pacific island. He reappeared with a cut physique, deadly skills with a bow and a list of upper-crust ne’er-do-wells that needed killing. In the current, second season, Oliver has attempted to renounce deadly force, squaring him more with the nonlethal stunt archer of comics history.
The show’s success precedes several new DC Comics TV adaptations, which had threatened to go dormant with the end of “Smallville” in 2011. Now the CW action-drama has wedged open the door for “The Flash,” to air this fall on The CW, and “Gotham,” slated for Fox.
Oliver (Stephen Amell), Canary (Caity Lotz), Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) return to the lair and find Slade (Manu Bennett) waiting for them. An epic battle breaks out and one member of Team Arrow is sent to the hospital. Thea (Willa Holland) hits her breaking point, but just as Oliver is about to reach her, Slade intervenes and Oliver is faced with a choice – his battle with Slade or his family. Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) struggles with a new secret.
The return of The Huntress to The CW’s Arrow coincided with an uptick in the ratings Wednesday night for its “Birds of Prey” episode. Arrow was up 12 percent in the adults 18-49 demo and beat NBC’s Prince Harry special. But The CW’s newest drama, The 100, dipped 22 percent in the demo for its second episode. (Hang in there: I’m told the freshman sci-drama picks up considerably with some game-changing twists in the next couple weeks.)
The episode started with a police raid, in which Quentin got shot — but was wearing a vest! — and Sara gave us our first glimpse at her dark side when she threw her father’s shooter out a window. But more importantly, Oliver tackled Mr. Frank Bertinelli, the father of Oliver’s psycho ex-girlfriend bent on killing her father because he murdered her fiancé, as Felicity put it. Just like that, Team Arrow was after Helena.
Attempt number one was a fail: The team got distracted by a decoy, but it did give us an amazing moment when Ollie, in an attempt to keep Roy from killing a man who had just shot him through the hand, called Roy “Speedy!” At least that’s what it seemed like. We later discovered that Ollie called him Speedy in order to snap him out of his rage. The interaction went like this:
Ollie: The only thing that snapped you out of it was when I brought up Thea.
Roy: That’s why you called me Speedy. I thought you were trying to give me a nickname, but for the record, don’t call me Speedy.
I have added screencaptures from last night episode of Arrow.
- Screen Captures 2×17 – Birds of Prey
“This is the episode where Laurel gets her groove back,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said of Wednesday’s “Birds of Prey” installment.
Helena is back on Arrow and that usually spells trouble.
In Wednesday’s “Birds of Prey” episode, Helena is lured back to Starling City to exact her revenge after her father is arrested. Laurel is handpicked to serve as lead prosecutor on the case, putting her in the middle of the crossfire at the city courthouse after Helena discovers there is more to her father’s arrest than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Sara risks her Canary identity to keep Laurel from harm’s way.
“We had been talking throughout the year about bringing Helena back under a variety of different scenarios,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim said of Helena’s return. “This is the episode where Laurel gets her groove back. We knew that we wanted to return Laurel to the D.A.’s office and we knew that Laurel by the end of the episode had to be in a good emotional place.”
“When you’re talking about bringing her back to the D.A.’s office, you naturally start thinking about, ‘Well, what case is she prosecuting?’ ” Guggenheim added. That led to Guggenheim, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg and the other writers pitching different elements of the episode. One of those elements features Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Sara (as Canary) spending a significant amount of time together after Laurel is taken hostage.
As if Arrow wasn’t flying high enough already, the superhero hit is aiming for new heights with this week’s episode, inspired by the popular DC Comics title Birds of Prey (which was also the basis for a short-lived 2002-03 WB series). “It’s beloved,” says executive producer Marc Guggenheim of the comic book, whose menagerie has showcased the Huntress, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon’s tech-savvy Oracle. “We’re excited to be doing our version of it.”
The CW show hasn’t introduced Oracle (yet), so this take has Laurel (Katie Cassidy) stepping in to team up with Black Canary — unaware, of course, that the costumed crime fighter is actually her sister, Sara (Caity Lotz). Together, they’ll battle Helena Bertinelli (Jessica De Gouw), who has returned to town as the Huntress to finish off her mobster father (Jeffrey Nordling).
But this flock won’t make Oliver (Stephen Amell) the odd man out. In fact, it’s the chiseled Mr. Queen’s efforts to keep the entire Lance family safe from crazy Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) that ends up triggering this epic battle of the babes, which promises to rehabilitate one of Starling City’s most troubled residents. “This episode is really about how Laurel gets her groove back,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says, adding that the ordeal could eventually drive a wedge between Ollie and his by-any-means-necessary sidekick. “It becomes an issue of what Sara is willing to do to protect her sister from the Huntress,” he says. “Remember, Sara was in the League of Assassins, not the League of Heroes. She has a different moral code than Oliver.”
While all this sounds serious, the producers promise that the hour has humor. “It is comic-booky, and we address that,” says Guggenheim. “Felicity [Emily Bett Rickards] can’t help but comment on how heightened things seem to be getting.”
Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.