In the new CW show Arrow, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home after being marooned for five years on a remote island. He’s got a new agenda, fancy weapons, and judging from the previews I’ve seen, a smokin’ body ready to take the fight to the bad guys. But will he have any friends to help fight crime? Rumor has it we might be seeing not only Firestorm, but maybe even Batman.
China White (played by Kelly Hu), Deathstroke, and Deadshot (played by Michael Rowe) are already confirmed as baddies for the new series, which means Oliver Queen will certainly be keeping busy. Does that mean he might invite a little help into his city? Arrow writer Marc Guggenheim says it is possible we’ll get to see some of Oliver’s other superhero pals as the series develops.
Word is Emily Bett Rickards has been cast in the show as Felicity Smoak. As the stepmother of one half of the hero Firestorm, Ronald Raymond, and a part described as a recurring role, it’s more than possible we could see Firestorm in the show. This does, however, go against the show’s claims that “no one in Arrow has super powers.”
When asked if Batman might be brought in to help Queen, Guggenheim says, “My hope is that we can use him at some point. I think that plagued the Smallville showrunners more than it plagues us because, obviously, the Dark Knight Trilogy is over…My hope is that they’ll be available to us at some point. That would be awesome. No question, that would be absolutely awesome. But I don’t know. That’s above my pay grade.”
“I would say, ‘Probably,’” he answered when asked if superheroes would appear on Arrow in the future. “One of the things we want to do is roll the show out at the right pace. For the most part, I think we’ve taken the philosophy that things are happening sooner rather than later. I always feel like every time we get the note from the network, ‘Is this happening too soon?,’ I feel like we’re on the right track. I know as a viewer myself, I’m impatient. I want to see stuff. We’re not going to make the audience wait to see characters, plot twists, revelations. I think running out of great characters and great moments is a quality problem to have, and I just want to have them.”
What do you all think? Are we still high enough from our Nolan’s Batman to be excited for a possible Arrow appearance or should it stay out entirely to keep the show balanced, as Batman’s appearance could take away from Oliver Queen as the head superhero? And if Firestorm is brought in, is there a way to keep magic powers out of it and stick with the “realistically grounded” superhero approach?
And in case you’re still on the fence about watching the show, here’s a preview so you can hope on board!