ARROW producers give insight on Characters in Season Six

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The 5th season of ARROW took 4th s in an emotional roller coaster  ending with the entire cast, except for Oliver and William, trapped in the Lian Yu explosion, there are a lot of questions about Arrow’s sixth season.

Executive producers Wendy Mericle and Marc Guggenheim discussed everything from flashbacks to character returns with Comic Book Resources.

Oliver and William

Now that William knows his friend Oliver is also the Green Arrow and his father, how will their relationship develop?

“Season 6’s theme is family,” said Mericle. “The last thing we saw was Oliver reunited with his son under pretty tragic circumstances. For us, going forward, thinking about ‘what is the challenge we haven’t seen a superhero go through on any of these shows’ is them being a parent. I can’t tell you exactly how that’s going to shake out but I can tell you he’s going to learn about being a father.”

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Oliver’s relationship with his son will play a major part in season six.

The series will examine Oliver’s balance of being Green Arrow and a father.

“We’ve spent a lot of time in the writer’s room talking about Oliver’s relationship with William and the potential pitfalls that surround that,” said Guggenheim. “It was scary to us, because you’ve got a character who’s all about running around punching and killing people. What’s he going to be like as a dad? The way we chose to address this creative challenge was to really tell the story of Oliver and not shy away from the fact that Oliver does have this dual identity. We’re not moving away from it, we’re actually heading towards it.”

Flashbacks

One of the hallmarks of the show since day one has been the flashbacks to tell Oliver’s story.

“We’re not going to be doing the Oliver-centric flashbacks anymore,” said Mericle. “So we have the opportunity to do it from different points of view. Black Siren would definitely be one we want to do on the show.”

Character Returns

In the Arrowverse no character is ever really dead or gone for good. That means producers are open to seeing John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn or Jessica De Gouw’s Huntress again.

“We told John when we called him to tell him about the events of the finale, every single person on all the shows has come back in some shape or form,” said Guggenheim. “We’ve got flashbacks, we’ve got time travel, we’ve got parallel universes. Goodbye is never goodbye. He has an open invitation to return to the show any time he wants.”

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John Barrowman has appeared on every Arrowverse show except Supergirl, so he needs to come back a complete the quartet.

“Jessica De Gouw has expressed an absolute willingness to come back. Jessica’s a favorite actor of mine, and the Huntress is a favorite character of mine,” he said. “I want to make it happen in Season 6. We’ve got some plans for the later half of the year that I think she will fit into really well, so we’ll see.”

Already confirmed to return is Manu Bennett as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. He and Oliver came to a tenuous understanding in the season five finale.

“Whether he’s in present day or flashbacks I will leave to your imagination. I will definitely tell you that we really enjoyed having him back at the end of Season 5,” said Mericle. “He brings a chemistry and excitement to the set, and the fans love it. We’re excited about having him back.”

Arrow’s sixth season premieres Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9 pm on The CW.

Tom Felton won’t be back for a 2nd Season on The Flash

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When season 3 of THE Flash ended we knew that Julian Albert would still be part of Team Flash, even though Julian’s love Caitlin has fled into the wind. But now we are not too sure of his future.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Tom Felton won’t be returning for The Flash season 4, neither as a series regular nor as a guest star.

Tom joined the show as a series regular in season three, after the Flashpoint arc, as Julian Albert, Barry’s CSI lab partner who, among other things, became the love interest for Caitlin.

This past weekend, when the trailer for season 4 was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con,  his absence was notorious, with his character missing from the footage and Felton himself absent from the panel.

 

Nothing has been said about Julian’s fate (but is clear that as of this moment Felton has not booked to return to the show), so whatever is in the future for Team Flash and why is Julian absent from season 4 will have to wait until its premiere.

Legends of Tomorrow Adds American Odyssey Actress

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Season 3 Adds AMERICAN ODYSSEY Actress Tala Ashe As Zari Adrianna Tomaz/Isis

The 3rd season of the Legends of Tomorrow is beefing up their new cast and this announcement is proof of that.

According to Deadline, Tala Ashe (American Odyssey, Smash, Law and Order)  has been casted as “Zari Adrianna Tomaz/Isis” and of course she will not be using that name (Isis). She will portray a very different incarnation of the character that was first introduced in DC Comics as Black Adam’s wife.  Here, Tomaz will be a Muslim-American woman from the year 2030, who becomes “grey hat hacktivist” in an attempt to combat “humanity’s fear, prejudice, and mistreatment of the planet.”

The Arrowverse has not shied away from any of the current social or political issues that have been going on and this here will more than likely be no different.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return to The CW Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET this fall.

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First Look Trailer for Black Lightning

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Well things are picking up steam for Black Lightning. After being announced that the CW has picked up its newest Superhero show by Greg Berlanti and Mara Brock-Alim and husband Salim Akil for a full season order, we now have a first look trailer.

The trailer which shows Black Lightning aka Jefferson Pierce (played by Cress Williams) retiring from the crime fighting lifestyle after being shot one too many times and making a promise to his wife to lead a normal life for the sake of his family.

Now with Pierce a high school principal and his daughters coming of age in the same school, we see his city being overrun once again by the street gang known as “The 100”. Throughout the trailer we see the creation of the updated and modified Black Lightning costume as well as Pierce’s two.daughters develop abilities of their own.  This is an action packed trailer and has raised the anticipation for this new series.

Take a look

CW’s Black Lightning gets Series Order

 

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Slade Wilson is coming back to Arrow

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Not just Slade Wilson, but more specifically Manu Bennett? Could this be a setup to a potentially action packed season finale of Arrow?

Stephen Amell who portrays Oliver Queen, tweeted a pic featuring the Infamous Deathstroke mask with the caption “Desperate times call for desperate measures. Welcome back @manubennett”. Could this mean that Oliver Queen will go to the A.R.G.U.S. maximum security prison on Lian Yu and recruit Slade Wilson (played by Bennett) to help him deal with the homicidal Adrian Chase/Simon Morrison/Promethius?

This season has been loaded with action and I for one would love to see Slade both suited and mirakuru’ed up.

Here’s a First Look at The CW’s Black Lightning

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More like here is the first look of the upgraded Black Lightning.  Many people have been wondering what Cress Williams will look like after he dons the mask of the latest DC Comics hero to join the CW and it’s not bad at all.

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If you’re unfamiliar, Black Lightning, aka Jefferson Pierce, was the first Black superhero to headline his own book at DC, after one of In the single worst ideas DC ever tossed around the bullpen was thankfully filed away. A gold medal Olympian and educator, he returned to Metropolis’ South Side (better known as Suicide Slum) with his family to run the local high school, and quickly discovers a need to beat up crooks at night. On the show, Lightning (played by Cress Williams) retired years ago, in part because he did more good during school hours than spending his nights punching gangsters, only to find his daughter is following in his footsteps. And if that weren’t enough, one of his students is being forcibly recruited by a gang, so out comes the power armor.

In theory, Pierce won’t be hanging out with Barry, Ollie, and the gang, but considering how often Kara pops in to say hi, we don’t expect that to last. Hopefully not her cousin though.  We’ll find out once the pilot is shot and the CW decides to take it to series.