‘Arrow’ Behind the Scenes Video: ‘The Biggest Fight Scene in the History of TV’

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The CW’s superhero show Arrow is a proven hit for the network, and it’s that rare comic book adaptation that is managing to please just about everybody. To no one’s surprise, it has been renewed for a season 3, and on top of that, it has introduced audiences to Barry Allen (a.k.a. The Flash) ahead of his own spinoff.

While The Flash will have a different tone from Arrow – more sci-fi and fantastical in tone, rather than Arrow‘s Batman Begins-inspired “gritty” pseudo-realism. This difference raises the question of just how The Flash will handle his adversaries, considering the character’s super speed makes hand-to-hand combat somewhat irrelevant.

For Oliver Queen/Green Arrow/The Hood, however, a street-fight throw-down is all a part of the job. Indeed, the marvelously-staged fight scenes are one of the best parts of Arrow, and now star Stephen Amell and veteran fight choreographer James ‘Bam Bam’ Bamford take us behind-the-scenes as they prepare for what they call “the biggest fight scene in the history of the show.” Watch the video at the top of the page.

Stephen Amell on the CWs Arrow Arrow Behind the Scenes Video: The Biggest Fight Scene in the History of TV
Are Amell and Bamford just being cheeky? Will the fight truly be one of the biggest “in the history of television” or simply one more well-executed batch of stunts? Could the sequence we see Amell rehearsing in the video actually be one small part of a bigger, epic battle? With the League of Assassins, maybe?

Arrow has taken us into the nuts and bolts of these fight scenes before – watch this breakdown of Black Canary’s showdown with The Mayor during the first half of season two –  and as usual, Bamford and company bring an impressive level of focus and expertise to these preparations. Fight choreography is one of the more fascinating aspects of a production like this, and it sometimes goes unsung – when they’re doing the job right, as on Arrow, the effort involve goes almost unnoticed. Watch as the actor and stuntmen run through the fight slowly at first, as if rehearsing a dance, only to heat up in the second, faster run-through.

It’s safe to say that Arrow has some of the best stunt work on TV at the moment, and if the fight scene we see rehearsed in the video really is part of something much, much bigger, we can likely expect many more of these in-depth looks.


Arrow returns to the CW on Wednesday, February 26 @8pm with ‘Time of Death.’

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  1. Slade vs Sarah, and Oliver….

    • ehh maybe it’s Ollie vs The Suicide Squad

    • I am hoping its a two part season finale with Oliver, Sarah & Roy fighting The League Of Assassins! I settle for Slade & Mirakuro injected soldiers fight :) Either way it looks like a promising fight sequence that’s going to be talk about in Comic Book forums for weeks!

      • Me too! Your prediction sounds better than mine haha. It does have to be someone he can stab because from the looks of it he was going pretty deep with that Arrow and killing them.

        • Even if it’s not a two parter give us a damn good cliffhanger! I’m guessing Merlyn is bound too show up sooner then later…& stir some serious s###. I will so have a nerdgasm if Ras Al Ghul shows up moments after the fight to a battered & burned out Ollie & Team Arrow just to make his presence be known in Starling City.

    • Oliver and Roy Vs Slade
      now this is a fight that i can’t wait for

  2. Thea vs. Laurel ?

    • I’d buy that for a dollar

    • giggity!

    • through in felicity

  3. Another speculation could this be the episode Nyssa returns I noticed a female stunt double posing with Stephen & the crew.

  4. If I remember correctly, when Barry Allen was announced to appear in the season, they said he would appear in 3 episodes. Could this mean that he could be appearing in the fight sequence later on as the Flash? The crew doing the fight slowly could be them just practcing to get it down, but they could also be using it to help make the super-speed seem more realistic. Also, if this is meant to be a huge fight, we could also see Huntress make a return with some help – maybe a little bird from Bludhaven, perhaps? Either way, I can’t wait!

    • Well, I’m sure Huntress disappeared so she could film Dracula so who knows, could return.

      • The Huntress is said to return in the episode called, “Birds of Prey”.

    • The third episode was supposed to be a backdoor pilot for The Flash but sinxe he was so well received they decided to scrap that, and give him a full pilot.

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  7. Biggest Fight Scene In History:
    Me against my bosses at Wal-Mart!

  8. That actor mayo plays Slade, think his name is Manu Bennett. He was awesome as Crixus in the Spartacus TV series.

    He also plays as Azog the Defiler in the Hobbit trilogy. I hope the producers doesn’t kill off Slade too quickly.
    Long may Arrow series continue on TV.

    • I do hope they don’t kill him off. I can see Slade be in the Suicide Squad later on.

      • I could see them “killing him off” so he can come back with the mask (no idea if he’s worn it since episode 9, we don’t get the show back until Thursday).

    • He can’t die.

  9. LOL Awesome. Im going to post this to the Agents of Shield Twitter. Their action choreography looks so horrible and cheap compared to Arrow. I thought AOS had a much bigger budget. Where is the money going? How about Screenrant doing an article on that. Where is ABC Marvel spending the money for this show because its not on the set and actors

  10. Ts a scene on the freighter on episode 15 FYI. He said it on his Facebook page