UPDATED: Added 4 HQ pics of Emily at last night’s WB/DC panel.
Taken during yesterday’s WB Panel at Comic Con. Arrow stars are present and interviewed throughout video.
Taken yesterday at Comic Con in San Diego.
The cast and creator of Arrow took the stage at Comic Con today to tease what’s ahead in Season 3, but before TV Guide’s Damian Holbrook ushered in producers Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim, Paul Blackthorne, and Greg Berlanti and cast John Barrowman, Willa Holland, Stephen Amell, Colton Haynes, and David Ramsey, a new trailer was released that answers a few fan questions and raises several more. Check it out on TV Guide.
Despite what it may look like in that trailer, fans were assured that Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity) is just fine, she couldn’t make it to Comic Con as she’s busy in production on the show. The producers touched on some things that we knew were ahead for the series, including the big episode 8 Flash/Arrow crossover. Kreisberg said that Oliver going to Hong Kong was planned from the very beginning – and we do see some of his time with Amanda Waller in that teaser. It’s also where he’ll meet Katana. Though, the producers did stress that the Hong Kong flashbacks don’t necessarily mean that we won’t see anything of the Island in the coming season.
Season 3 is “all about the price of victory,” Kreisberg said. “Right now everything is coming up Arrow, and as Joss Whedon says, when one of your characters is happiest, you have to yank it away.”
“Thea is going through some stuff,” Holland said when asked what had become of her character after we saw her leave in that limo. “All I can say is that I’ve had to start hitting the gym a little bit. She’s definitely made a big change. There’s no more Vertigo, dancing on table tops Thea. The Thea that you saw in Seasons 1 and 2 is gone.”
John Barrowman hasn’t read the scripts yet, but hopes that Malcolm will try to use his emotional connection with his daughter to control her and keep her alive, as he’s still reeling from the loss of his son. The producers did assure that we will see what happened in that limo in a flashback.
As to “daddy Diggle,” Ramsey says that his paternity will add “a lot of dramatic tension.”
“The stakes get higher,” the actor said. “Does he stay with the team? Does he leave?”
In terms of “Olicity,” as Amell says, “Well there’s been sexual tension there always, so now they finally go on a date!” It doesn’t necessarily look as if it goes very well, though.
“We really weren’t trying to fake everyone out with their confession to each other,” Berlanti said. “So we’ll deal with that directly.”
Oliver may have some competition, though, in the form of t Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer, AKA The Atom.
“We actually originally asked for Ted Kord,” Kreisberg said of the character. “But DC has other plans for him, so they said, ‘H about Ray Palmer?’ And we said that would work even better.”
Will We See Oracle?:
Fans have wondering about Felicity as Oracle for some time and the producers dropped a big hint to that effect right at the close of the panel.
“Ivo is not her father, to quash a rumor,” Kreisberg said when asked if that would be revealed to be a part of her history. “We’ve known her backstory for a long time and one of the early episodes this season will be a flashback to Felicity and her time at MIT. The title of the episode is “Oracle.”
Photo above is courtesy of Paul Blackthorne
Arrow made a splash at Comic-Con with the very first footage for the third season — and boy, is it a doozy.
During Friday’s panel session in Ballroom 20, the raucous crowd got an epic first look at the new season for The CW comic-book drama featuring the introduction of Brandon Routh’s Roy Palmer/The Atom, Karl Yune as Maseo and the return of John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn. Colin Donnell will also appear in the second episode in a flashback, delving into Tommy’s history with Oliver.
Other notable moments include many Hong Kong flashbacks, Oliver and Amanda Waller’s backstory, Oliver and Felicity’s anticipated first official dinner date and a bloody Felicity lying on a slab, which elicited audible gasps. About that last scene? Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg joked, “She had a little booboo.”
One of the themes for season three is “at what price is victory”? When the show picks back up again, “everyone’s enjoying the peace,” Kreisberg said. “As Marc [Guggenheim] says, everything is coming up Arrow.” Kreisberg referenced Joss Whedon as a starting point for how to successfully take happiness away from characters.
As previously reported, The Flash and Arrow will have a two-hour crossover event during the shows’ respective eighth episodes, with Felicity making an appearance in Central City in episode four of the spinoff.
The panel, which included executive producer Greg Berlanti, stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Colton Haynes, Willa Holland, Barrowman and Paul Blackthorne, was relatively mum with spoilers but here are some season-three teases.
“Olicity” date goes “horribly” wrong: Guggenheim hinted that Oliver and Felicity “go for Italian.” Berlanti insisted that producers “weren’t trying to fake anybody out with Oliver’s confession to her at the end of last year, so we’ll deal with that directly this year.” Amell hinted that the date goes “horribly.”
Roy-Oliver hiccups: Roy is finally in sidekick mode but producers reaffirmed that there will be some obstacles in the way. Amell said that with Roy by his side as he works his way to Arsenal, Oliver has become more humorous and sarcastic, classic elements of the character “that we’re building toward.” Amell noted that there will be “unresolved issues” from last season with Roy that are still bubbling under the surface.
Thea’s journey: “Thea is going through something pretty crazy,” Holland said. “All I can say is I’ve been hitting the gym a little bit.”
Diggle leaving Team Arrow?: Ramsey hinted that with Diggle’s impending fatherhood, “the stakes get higher” with a child in tow. “Does he stay with the team? Does he leave?” he teased.
Felicity’s backstory coming: An early episode of season three will have Felicity-centric flashbacks where they will delve into her M.I.T. backstory. The title of said episode is “Oracle.”
Routh’s introduction: Kreisberg noted that producers wanted to bring in a “lighter” external character to come into Starling City and work opposite Oliver, which was why they decided to bring in Routh as Ray Palmer.
When Arrow fans first met Oliver Queen in season one, he was Laurel’s ex-boyfriend. You know, the one who had cheated on her when he took her sister, Sara, on a boat trip, only to have the boat sink and Sara die. Or, at least, that’s what viewers thought.
By the end of the first season, Ollie is a changed man, and he and Laurel rekindle their flame—for a time. But by that point, another girl had caught the audience’s eye. Enter Felicity Smoak, the witty IT girl who nearly drooled every time Oliver walked into a room. Their relationship seemed so impossible that fans started rooting for it.
But as time went on, romance didn’t seem so impossible anymore. To recap: By the penultimate episode of the second season, Oliver and Felicity have exchanged loving glances, had loaded conversations, and even hugged, but it wasn’t until the season-two finale that fans got something bigger. When Slade kidnapps Laurel in the season-two finale, Oliver hides Felicity at the Queen mansion, where he tells her that Slade is after the woman he loves and that Slade had taken the wrong woman when he took Laurel. He then tells the awestruck Felicity that he loves her.
It was an epic moment, until fans later figured out that it was all a scheme to trick Slade. Felicity is in on it the whole time. Although, as she later tells Oliver on the island, he gives a very convincing performance.
So, naturally, ever since news broke that Oliver and Felicity are going on a date in the premiere, fans have been speculating about whether it will be a romantic date, another scheme, or something platonic. When EW caught up with Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, we asked him the obvious question: Is this another fake-out?
“It’s not a fake-out,” Kreisberg said. “Felicity and Oliver actually have a pretty raw discussion about what they mean to each other, which we’re really excited about, and [it] is actually an extension of what happened at the end of last year.”
In fact, fans can expect a different type of identity crisis for Oliver this year—one that might change his outlook on Felicity.
“So much of this season is going to be devoted to Oliver,” Kreisberg said. “He never really stopped to let himself think about if there was a life for him beyond the hood. When we saw him in the pilot, he came back with a very specific agenda, and I don’t even think he necessarily thought he was going to survive it. And certainly last year with Slade’s return, there was again, I don’t think he ever thought he would live past last season.
“What’s interesting about the beginning of season three is it’s been about six or seven months since the finale, and crime is down, Lance has disbanded the anti-vigilante task force, police aren’t hunting him anymore, and Dig actually says to him in the premiere episode ‘It’s never going to get better than it is right now,’” Kreisberg said. “So much of that first episode is really Oliver saying, ‘Am I Oliver Queen or am I the Arrow? And can Oliver Queen have a life?’ That extends to running Queen Consolidated, and it also extends to romance, and as much as that’s the story of the premiere episode, it’s really the story for this season.”
But there’s reason to doubt the imminence of the Olicity happy ending: It’s been announced that Brandon Routh is joining Arrow‘s third season as Ray Palmer, a.k.a. the perfect stud to complete Olicity’s love triangle.
“When you have characters who a large portion of the audience are pulling for, the only way those things work is if you actually provide a plausible second option, and one of the things that Brandon brings to our interpretation of Ray Palmer, which is something that we actually don’t have on the show right now, is somebody who she can verbally spar with,” Kreisberg said. “Emily is such a naturally gifted comedian and I think people might not realize this about Brandon, but he is an incredibly gifted comedian. He is like a movie star from a different time—he’s like Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant. And what’s funny about Oliver and Felicity is that he’s the straight man to her humor and there’s a whole different energy to having Brandon on the show.
“We sort of say, if you take Grant [Gustin] and Stephen [Amell] and mix them together, you get Brandon. You get the guy who looks like a superhero, because Brandon obviously is. But you get that sort of charm and verbal dexterity that Oliver doesn’t necessarily have that Ray has in spades, so seeing [Ray and Felicity] together, it’s already fun.”
So it sounds like this year’s new big bad won’t be the only thing weighing on Oliver. As Kreisberg put it, “Now there’s a real legitimate threat, or at least a real legitimate choice for Felicity to make. Oliver’s reaction to it and the decisions it forces him to make are the emotional crux of the episodes.”
Arrow returns for season 3 on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.