Green Arrow, New Costumes and Other Revelations from Arrow's San Diego Comic Con Panel
Saturday night was DC's Superhero night in San Diego Comic-Con's famous Hall H, and who better to kick off this series of panels than the Arrow himself. Superhero night started off with Stephen Amell appearing on stage in character as Oliver Queen, delivering a variation of his famous introduction monologue that can be heard on the beginning of every episode of Arrow. The panel that was held at the conclusion of his speech (and after a highlight reel from Arrow season 3) didn't fail to keep the excitement going, as several big announcements in regards to the next season of Arrow were made. Let's take a look at the big news.
Arrow to Become Green Arrow
Most fans of the show were anticipating that the Arrow would finally become Green Arrow in season 4, and their expectations were spot on. It was announced by the Arrow himself at the start of the night that he would indeed become someone else - he would become something else...the Green Arrow.
During the panel itself, this change was discussed among the producers and cast of the show. And while it was promised that the show wouldn't "become a comedy," it was confirmed that the Arrow to Green Arrow transition that's due to take place will also produce a transition to a lighter tone for the show in the coming season. Later, when asked by an audience member if the Arrow would become more like the Green Arrow in the comic books, who frequently makes quippy remarks, Stephen Amell responded by saying that the end of the last series, when Oliver finally seems to be satisfied and happy, will definitely have a great impact on how the character is portrayed.
New Costumes Revealed
During the panel, it was revealed that Oliver would get a costume change in the coming season, but he's not the only one. The audience at Hall H were also given the first glimpse of Diggle's new costume, and after three seasons of being a vigilante, it's definitely about time. The costume was dark and featured a helmet with a visor that covered the upper half of Diggle'sface. Now the only question is whether or not he'll be given a brand new superhero identity? I guess we'll have to wait to find out.
So what about Ollie's new costume? Take a look for yourself - when Stephen Amell took the stage before the start of the panel, he was actually donning the brand new suit. Fans of the Green Arrow comics will notice that the new suit has some striking similarities to Green Arrow's costume from the New 52. However, he was also without his mask, which makes you wonder if he just didn't wear it at Comic-Con, or if it has been excluded from the new costume altogether.
New Characters Revealed
We've known that Damian Darhk would be the big bad for season 4 for a while now, but there were also other characters confirmed to be making their entrance onto the show in the coming season. The DCTVU will be expanding their universe by introducing Anarky, a DC villain who fights for social revolution by causing anarchy and making attempts to overthrow the government. He's mostly appeared in Batman titles, but on a rare occasion takes the fight to the Emerald Archer.
Mr. Terrific, the name of two DC superheroes known for their amazing intelligence and martial art skills, was also confirmed, but which iteration of the character it will be is still up in the air. There's also the possibility that this will be an entirely new take on the character, as producer Mark Guggenheim has said that the TV version of the character would be gay, which is something that can't be said of either comic versions of the character.
With season 3 failing to meet the high standards set by its predecessors, it will be interesting to see if the storytelling and the new change in tone can bring the show back to its former glory in season 4. You can catch the start of the next season on the CW at 8:00 p.m. on October 7th.