So onto TV. Since the Arrow finale just aired this week, what can you tell us about next season?
Guggenheim: Ah, good question. It will take a lighter tone. That’s pretty much the only thing I say without spoiling it.
We’ve been working for about a month now in the writers’ room, talking about season 4, and I think that one thing we all collectively understood was season 3 beginning with Sara’s death, because it’s the death of a major character on the show, it set a tone for the remainder of the season. And I’m not the least bit apologetic for that tone. I happen to like dark and I like the fact that Arrow is a pretty dark show particularly for a network show. That said, every year you want to mix things up and there was sort of a collective desire on all of our parts to try to inject a little bit more lightness into the show, a little bit more humor. It’s not going to radically change. The show’s still going to be the show but in terms of tone we’re coming off a very very hard season for all of our characters. We wanted to try to mix it up a little bit.
After defeating Ra’s al Ghul and preventing a bioweapon from killing everyone in Starling City, Oliver Queen decided in the Arrow Season 3 finale that he was done being The Arrow. Hanging up his costume and leaving the crimefighting to the other members of Team Arrow, he departed Starling City with Felicity and left his superhero life behind him. With the show coming back next season, Oliver’s new life isn’t permanent, but if series star Stephen Amell is to be believed, the next season will see the hero being altered in a major way.
E! Online caught up with Amell at the Upfronts Thursday and pointed out how Oliver had retired as a superhero, which prompted the actor to give this response.
Arrow is done. No more Arrow suit. I’ve worn it for the last time.
Seeing that Arrow is on the schedule for next season, and it hasn’t been renamed to something like The Adventures of Oliver Queen (that just doesn’t have a good ring to it), Amell’s statement certainly shouldn’t be taken too literally. At first, it sounds like the actor is hinting that Oliver will be wearing a different costume when Season 4 starts. However, Oliver was seen wearing his normal Arrow suit in the Legends of Tomorrow trailer, so it can’t be as simple as him just never wearing it again. Amell did admit earlier in the interview that aside from one small thing, he doesn’t know what’s in store for Season 4, so this tidbit of information may just be referring to how the status quo was left in the Season 3 finale.
Even ignoring his duds in Legends of Tomorrow, a costume upgrade would be an effective way to transition the character to what every fan wants him to become: Green Arrow. Unlike Barry Allen in The Flash, Oliver Queen hasn’t taken his superhero identity from the comics. He started out being called a vigilante/The Hood in Season 1, and in Season 2 transitioned to becoming The Arrow. Depending on what goes down in Season 4, we could see Oliver transitioning away from the Arrow and finally becoming Green Arrow, something many fans have been desperate to see. If he’s rocking a new suit next season (preferably something that’s a brighter shade of green), this could be one of the final steps towards him becoming the hero he’s destined to be. So instead of the above picture, he’ll look closer to something like the image below.
Fans of The Flash will remember that the future newspaper from “The Trap” mentioned Green Arrow in the lead article, so we know that Oliver will adopt the name sometime before 2024. The question now is when this identity change will occur, and if we’re interpreting Amell’s statement correctly, it may be sooner than previously expected. We’ll find out when Arrow returns with new episodes later this year.
Comingsoon.net revealed the first still of Stephen as Casey Jones!
“AL SAH-HIM TAKES HIS FINAL STEPS TO ASCENSION; ROY AND THEA REUNITE — Oliver/Al Sah-him (Stephen Amell) finishes his training and is left with two final tasks to become the next Ra’s al Ghul. Ra’s (guest star Matt Nable) threatens Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law) and delivers some shocking news. Meanwhile, Malcolm (John Barrowman) makes a surprising offer to Team Arrow and Thea (Willa Holland) goes to see Roy (Colton Haynes). Wendey Stanzler directed the episode with story by Erik Oleson and teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brian Ford Sullivan.”
I have added captures of Stephen from this weeks Arrow to the image gallery.
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