If you’re a DC Comics fan and lament the disappointments of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, remember that there’s still good options for you on TV. Last year, all of the CW’s three highest-rated programs were DC Comics adaptations. These shows – Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow – are collectively known as the “Arrowverse,” and were developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim. Now entering its fifth year since the first series premiered, fans are expecting a lot out of the upcoming seasons, which arrive in October. If you’re a follower of these shows (as I am), here are some things to look for in the coming months.
Let’s start with the show that started it all: Arrow. The fourth season’s finale marked two hugely significant changes in the story. First, series protagonist Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) -whose alter ego is the eponymous Green Arrow – was sworn in as the mayor of Star City. At that point, it was merely an interim term, but given his popularity with the people (and what we know from the comics), Oliver will likely stay in office throughout the season. It will be intriguing to see how our intrepid hero balances the double life of being a crime-fighting vigilante and the leader of the most terrorism-prone city in the world (seriously, it’s nearly destroyed every season)
Second, Oliver will have to assemble a new “Team Arrow.” During the previous season, “Black Canary” Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) was killed in action, his other compatriots – “Speedy” Thea Queen (Willa Holland) and “Spartan” John Diggle – departed from the team. That means that the Green Arrow will essentially have to build his team from scratch with the help of his former love interest, “Overwatch” Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). Thanks to information from interviews and previews, we know who will make up this squad: “Mister Terrific” Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), a character who helped out Team Arrow from behind the scenes on occasion in Season Four; “Artemis” Evelyn Crawford Sharp (Madison McLaughlin), a young girl who had previously impersonated the Black Canary; “Ragman” Rory Regan (Joe Dinicol), a young man “fresh from a personal tragedy” who receives guidance from Oliver; and “Wild Dog” Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez), a newcomer vigilante who the Green Arrow takes under his wing. Also joining the cast of characters will be the new Star City district attorney, Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra), who judging by his name, might join up with the team as Vigilante, as well as Christopher Chance (Wil Traval), known to comic book fans as the Human Target. According to the show’s creators, this season will put a large emphasis on the new Team Arrow and Oliver’s efforts to train this ragtag group of greenhorns to become a force for good. Fans should be eager to see these new characters in action, as we follow them on their paths towards becoming genuine superheroes.
This year will be Arrow’s Season Five, a number that’s deeply significant in its story. Five was the number of years that Oliver spent in exile after being marooned on the island of Lian Yu, which lead him down the path of becoming the badass we know and love. That means that this season will show Oliver’s final year before he returned home. The flashback subplot for Season Five will take place primarily in Russia, and deal with Oliver’s time as part of the Bratva. This plot point has been touched upon in previous seasons but never gone into much detail. Presumably, Oliver’s friend, Anatoli Knyazev (David Nykl) will play a much bigger role this season, and Dolph Lundgren was announced to be joining the cast as Kovar, a member of the Russian government. It will be exciting to see how Oliver came to be involved with in Russian organized crime. Not to mention, as previous seasons have shown us, what happened in the past will have a direct impact on the story in the present.
There’s so much to talk about the Arrowverse that I can’t contain it in just one article. Check back in a couple of days, and I’ll continue my analysis of this year’s season.