‘Arrow’ Producers Tease Season 3 Details, Possible Justice League Episode

Published 7 months ago by , Updated April 2nd, 2014 at 7:08 am,

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[APRIL FOOLS!!!! This article is for joke purposes only. None of it is true.]

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Even as Oliver Queen approaches his final showdown with Slade Wilson in the final stretch of Arrow season 2, fans are already thinking about what next season could bring, in what has been a successful evolution of DC’s TV superhero action drama. As always, producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim are tuned into what fans want and just how much they should know in advance, teasing some possible directions for Arrow season 3 without giving away where things could leave off by the season 2 finale.

NOTE: The following quotes will contain information about all of the Arrow season 2 episodes that have aired on TV, so if you’re not already caught up with the show, you may want to avoid reading on.

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Speaking with The Wrap, Berlanti and Guggenheim hinted at where season 3 could find Oliver Queen/Arrow (Stephen Amell):

Berlanti: Well, with a villain as big as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, he’s not going to just go down without landing a few hard hits of his own. Even if Oliver ultimately wins the day, could it possibly happen without some kind of sacrifice? That’s the question.

Guggenheim: In our show it’s not even really a question: somebody’s going to be feeling the pain; the piper has always got to get paid. But what’s the price and who pays the tab? That’s the question that will hopefully be baiting the hook up through the finale.

As for what’s coming in season 3? Naturally the producers can’t give anything solid away – but that didn’t stop them from dropping some pretty strong hints as to what kind of ambitions they have in mind:

Berlanti: Well, the interesting thing about this season is that it kind of closes off the story of Oliver Queen and his time on the island. In a weird way seasons 1 – 2 are really just one big story arc split up over two seasons; but we’re quickly getting to the end point of that story. After that, the challenge is figuring out who Oliver wants to be now that the past is behind him. He’s finally going to know who “Green Arrow” is.

Guggenheim: We’re talking with the writers and making plans right now, but essentially we think we’ve fully earned our way into the ‘Age of Heroes’ for this TV universe. Oliver is a full-fledged Green Arrow, he’s hanging with Black Canary – Barry Allen will be doing the Flash thing over in his show… The masks are on now, and all that’s left is to bring some of these vigilantes together to achieve some greater purpose. 

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After being pressed for which particular heroes would be brought together (remember those Nightwing rumors from late last year?) and what purpose could bring them together, Guggenheim responded:

Guggenheim: The purpose is something we’re still working out, but as for who? Well (smiles) you’ll find out, but let’s just say that some of them you’ve never seen on TV before – and others you have, but maybe just not for a while.

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Arrow‘s Justice League: Tom Welling Returning?

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Guggenheim’s final comment may have inadvertently let a very big cat out of the bag, even though he thought he was being coy. A recent Deadline report detailed how model/actor Tom Welling is currently in talks with Warner Bros. TV about possible projects they could develop together. Welling is best known for playing the character of Clark Kent through 10 seasons of Smallville, the “Superman: The Young Years” TV series that ran through the ’00s and arguably wrote the current blueprint of DC comics live-action TV.

The report goes on to detail how Welling is in talks for WB TV projects both in front of and behind the camera. No surprise about the latter: Welling has had directorial ambitions for awhile, having helmed no less than seven episodes of Smallville during its run. However, it’s the projects in front of the camera that have us most interested: could Welling be stepping back into the Superman suit for a run in the Arrow/Flash continuity?

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Guggenheim’s final quote seems awfully specific; Tom Welling’s Superman/Clark Kent is about the only character we can think of being a hero we may not have seen on TV in awhile. We doubt he’s talking about Alan Ritchson’s Arthur Curry/Aquaman or Justin Hartley’s version of Oliver Queen or any of the other DC heroes that Smallville (sort of) incorporated into its mythologies. Tom Welling’s Superman seems like the more obvious and logical choice for both exciting the fanbase and grabbing major attention for a TV Justice League team-up event.

…And it couldn’t come at a better time. Welling was derided by his critics for being too scrawny and baby-faced to play a convincing Man of Steel – even in the character’s younger years. When the new NFL movie Draft Day hits theaters this month, fans are going to see first-hand that an older and more bulky Tom Welling now looks every bit the part of Superman (he plays an all-star NFL player).

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None of this has been confirmed, of course; although the Deadline does mention that one of the executives Welling was meeting with was Joseph Patrick Finn – who happens to be one of the main producers on Arrow. Coincidence? Maybe. But with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. throwing fans bigger and better Marvel Cinematic Universe ties, DC and WB need to find some heavy-hitting event to match their competitor. Green Arrow, Flash, Superman – and possibly newcomers like Nightwing – all in the same episode? We’d definitely watch – how about you?

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Arrow season 2 will continue next Wednesday with ‘Deathstroke’ @8pm on The CW. Check out a preview below:

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Sources: The Wrap & Deadline

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  1. i need to get caught up on Arrow…is Slade actually using that mask now?.. it looks incredible

  2. To me, it seemed that they were suggesting we’d see CHARACTERS that we haven’t seen for awhile on TV, not specific actors/actresses playing characters.

    • How about the oft-mentioned Nightwing? We have not really seen him as Nightwing before (except in some animated features), but we have seen the character as Robin in younger days, live-action (Burt Ward) and animated feature. I would be up for Nightwing. I also would like to see The Atom (Ray Palmer) introduced (remember, ties in with JLA). For some reason it sticks in the back of my mind that season #1 (Arrow) had a brief reference to Ray Palmer in an episode, although the specifics escape me at the moment. Or since someone mentioned Smallville, how about introducing Doctor Fate? The character was misrepresented (tsk, tsk, stepping away from canon again), as were pretty much everyone on Smallville from Clark Kent to Hawkman, but at least they made an honest attempt to get Fate’s costume right, which is more than some big tentpole movies do nowadays! I would like to see a traditional canon-respectful version of Fate in a big-screen movie, but could even settle for a TV series if push came to shove!

      • An off-on-a-tangent afterthought: if Marvel can have Ant-Man, why not Atom for DC? Other parallels: Marvel has Quicksilver, DC has Flash; Marvel has Hawkeye, DC has Green Arrow. Since Marvel is soon to have Dr. Strange, why not Doctor Fate for DC?

  3. Cue nerd rage if it is Tom coming back as Superman to disappoint those who wanted the Arrow continuity to tie into the film continuity.

    I like Tom, he’s a good guy and he suited the part at the time but I think I’d rather see Nightwing then Batman before ever seeing Superman on the show. And preferably, played by somebody else.

  4. Seeing Nightwing in Arrow. It would just be amazing. Feel like Red Hood would fit great in the show too. Have both. One chasing the other down. Oliver steps in and helps.

  5. I get the April Fools thing, but still would like to see the Smallville Cyborg or even Supergirl (who’s on Bitten now) pop in.

    • They won’t combine the two TV universes…and isn’t the Cyborg actor in jail (or was at some point)?

      • He died sometime last year.

        • Ah.

          Thanks for the update.

  6. Just found out Wonder Woman Movie was an Aprils Fool and I got suspicious…
    Trolled so hard :p

  7. Aprils Joke Tom Welling? Yeah right!

  8. I could see Welling playing SuperBoy a Cadmus clone of Superman, like in Young Justice….

  9. In the episode of suicide squad, there was a woman screeming in jail and for a moment the fist name that came to my mind was Harley Quinn. What do think guys?

    • Yeah, it was definitely her, it’s my understanding that they even hired an actress to protray her and ScreenRant or someone has photos. I thought it was weird that they went through all that effort but didn’t even show her face.
      Also, the voice was Tara Strong, the woman who’s been voicing Quinn since… 2011? Something like that.
      I just hope we get another Suicide Squad ep and she’s actually featured in it.
      Also, side note: Roy pretty much makes Diggle obsolete, shouldn’t he just leave and join the Suicide Squad now? I know that Roy is on the path to becoming Arsenal moreso than Red Arrow, but still, Diggle has no real purpose; Canary acts as his conscience and Felicity contributes as Arrow’s Oracle and tech support with Roy being the partner/sidekick. Roy never actually does anything though, so.. idk I think Arrow keeps introducing characters and isn’t sure how to use them half of the time. Diggle (he truly is my favorite) needs to leave or he’ll end up getting killed off soon. He’s the only character with no real future w/ Team Arrow. Suicide Squad should get a web series that comes out once a month or something, because I doubt CW would fund another spin off before they even know if Flash is successful yet.

      • Tara strong as been voicing Quinn since BMTAS!!!!

  10. I’d love to see Tom Welling in Arrow, and Flash, but not a Superman/Clark Kent. But as a different character I’d definitely be up for it!