What’s next for Arrow?
May’s season three finale felt more like a series finale with Ollie (Stephen Amell) finally choosing a life apart from the Arrow and driving off into the sunset with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards).
But Team Arrow is coming back next season, which begs the question: what can viewers expect in season four? Season three laid the groundwork with plenty of Easter eggs, and The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the cast and producers at Comic-Con to weigh in on what they might mean for season four.
Is Thea Speedy… or could she be Red Hood?
Thea (Will Holland) has spent the series being nicknamed Speedy, and will finally take on that superhero identity in season four. In the comics, Speedy is the nickname of the Green Arrow’s sidekick, originally held by Roy Harper and eventually given to Mia Dearden. Holland confirmed at Comic-Con that she would be fighting in the costume more often next season, hoping to add a yellow cape to the ensemble, which is a callback to Mia’s costume in the comics.
But online, fans have speculated there could be more to Speedy than meets the eye, and that she could even be the Batman villain Red Hood eventually.
In the 22nd episode of Arrow, “This is Your Sword,” Thea goes to visit Roy (Colton Haynes) who is now a mechanic under the alias Jason. After a night together, Jason sends Thea back to Starling City with his former Arsenal costume. Arrow hasn’t shied away Batman references, and Roy’s alias Jason could be a reference to Jason Todd, who is the second Robin best known for his death at the hands of the Joker in the “Batman: A Death in the Family” storyline. In a 2005 comic book storyline, he is resurrected via the Lazarus Pit in “Under the Hood,” where he takes on the Red Hood persona, becoming a villain who challenges Batman.
The producers have confirmed Haynes will be back in future episodes since, as Holland told THR, “it’s not like he died.” Though it’s unlikely that Roy/Jason will become the Red Hood, Thea could potentially become Starling City’s “Red Hood.” The series has made it a point to say that the person who comes out of the Lazarus Pit isn’t the same person who went in. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim has said the show would deal with the ramifications of Thea’s season three revival via the Lazarus Pit. Could it send her down a villainous path?
Are the Birds of Prey assembling?
In the comics, the Birds of Prey are an all-female team comprised of superheroes and villains. The lineup has changed over the years, but Arrow characters Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Katana (Rila Fukushima), and Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) have all been Birds of Prey in the comics.
Guggenheim remained tightlipped on the possibility of introducing the Birds of Prey, bit did confirm his desire to bring back the Huntress for season four. “We have a great Huntress story,” he said. “We just have to find the right time for it, and it would be a shame if we couldn’t get her back this year.”
Amell told THR that in season four, Oliver will run into an old friend in Coast City. Could this be a reference to season one’s Detective McKenna Hall (Janina Gavankar) who was relocated to Coast City after mob boss daughter Helena Bertinelli (AKA the Huntress) — temporarily paralyzed her? That could be a way to bring the Huntress back into the fold.
The airline has been reference by name only, similar to Ra’s before season three, but with Arrow’s track record of having some sort of company in the background (see: Queen Industries, Palmer Technologies), it would only make sense to include Coast City’s Ferris Airlines, which would allow the series to introduce the company’s CEO Carol Ferris.
DC fans are sure to recognize the name as Hal Jordan’s (The Green Lantern) long-time love interest and supervillain Star Sapphire.
Green Lantern/The Guardian?
Diggle (David Ramsey) will finally be getting a superhero identity in season four, and some fans are speculating he could even become DC powerhouse Green Lantern/Jon Stewart. Not so, say the producers, who also listed Green Lantern Hal Jordan as unlikely to appear in the CW superhero universe.
“They announced the Green Lantern Corps movie, and I’d be surprised if it didn’t include Hal Jordan,” said Gugenheim. “It would be great but I doubt it very much.”
At the Arrow Comic-Con panel, it was revealed that Diggle would get a helmet as part of his costume. Although his hero wasn’t given a name yet, there’s plenty of evidence he will become The Guardian.
In the comics, The Guardian doesn’t have any superpowers and relies on his combat training and abilities, much like Diggle. The costume in the animated television series Young Justice resembles the concept art of Diggle’s costume revealed at the Comic-Con panel. The Guardian also has an indestructible shield, which is in keeping with the more realistic heroes of Starling City and something Star Labs could certainly design for Diggle.
Fun fact: In the Golden Age comics, The Atom, the Guardian, and Wildcat were all trained by the same instructor. Here’s another chance for a team up.
Damien Darhk and H.I.V.E.
Neal McDonough has been cast as Damien Darkh, a villain who became important towards the end of season three, though he was never seen on screen. He and Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) were the two original candidates as heir to the demon with Ra’s being chosen. In episode 21 “Al Sah-him,” Ra’s revealed that Damien orchestrated several notable events in season three and mentioned that Damien left with a group of loyal followers and water from the Lazarus pit. He continues the League’s ways with his own organization filled with a “hive” of agents.
H.I.V.E. was teased earlier this season when a female agent tried to recruit Deadshot in episode 17 “Suicidal Tendencies.” It’s worth noting that in the New 52 comics H.I.V.E. is responsible for turning The Flash’s Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) into the villain Killer Frost. Since there have been a couple crossovers with The Flash, this might be another significant event for the two shows to explore. Now that Damien has escaped Starling City, he is poised to become the central villain in season four along with his organization H.I.V.E.
Season four of Arrow premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.