‘Arrow’ Season 3: First Look at Roy Harper as Arsenal

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Until the playing field gets really crowded this year (with shows like Gotham and Constantine) it’s easy to call CW’s Arrow the king of DC Comics TV show adaptations – and maybe the (current) king of superhero TV in general.

The story of Oliver Queen’s evolution into DC Comics’ Green Arrow may have been a little rocky in the beginning; but since the midpoint of season 1 and through season 2 the show has grown immensely and hit the bullseye in terms of story and tonal balance between gritty realism and pulpy comic book fantasy.

After an introduction like that it should come as no surprise that Arrow season 3 is being viewed with high expectations by fans – and today, we are getting a first look at something fans have been waiting to see since season 1.

EW has released the first photo of actor Colton Haynes’ look for season 3 – and it is quite the wardrobe change. After being discovered in the slums of Starling City by Thea, young hoodlum Roy Harper (Haynes) turned toward the good side of things, training under Oliver Queen/Arrow in season 2 to overcome the Mirakuru drug, which gave him superhuman abilities but made him violently unstable as well. By the time the final battle against Slade Wilson came, Roy was ready to fight as Arrow’s sidekick. In season 3, he’ll have the costume to prove it:

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Roy Harper as Arsenal (CLICK FOR FULL SIZE)

The costume looks like it fits in line with the overall Arrow aesthetic, which has generally been the same mix of gritty realism and faithful comic book pulp as the show’s tone. Though, the entire Arrow lineup of villains and superheroes (male or female) have gotten a better shake in terms of wardrobe than other superhero shows have pulled off (looking at you, Deathlok in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Arsenal continues that trend.

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Arrow will be previewing this and more season 3 goodies at Comic-Con 2014 – especially during a DC TV panel hosted by the show’s star Stephen Amell. Be sure to stay tuned for more details in the days to come.

Arrow season 3 Premieres on Wednesday, October 8th @ 8/7c on The CW.

Source: EW

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  1. If there was actually competition, Don’t count on me watching Arrow. How much of it did I fast forward through the last season? Tons. The only tv I watch, on my pc, is the few fantasy shows I like. And those are few. And when they go poopy, I’m sort of stuck with them because I’d die of boredom if I didn’t watch anything or, literally, one or two shows.

  2. I hope they give him is Robotic arm, that would be so bad ass, though I couldn’t imagine them adding a Robotic arm into the Arrow universe.

  3. If they could only get good writers on this show it would make it an actual serious contender against some of the best Sci-fi series out there.

    Other than costumes, they are doing a terrible injustice to the character.

  4. I like the look. Nice costume design.

  5. It isn’t a first look at Roy Harper as Arsenal, it is a first look as him as Speedy (or Red Arrow if they are doing the whole Lexcorp story)…he BECOMES Arsenal after Prometheus cuts off his arm…but w/e who goes by the comics anyways

    • In the comics Roy Harper became arsenal after he was speedy BEFORE he was red arrow, similar to how dick Grayson went from robin to nightwing. Based on your lexcorp comment I see you are a fan of young justice, so am I. This did not happen in any comic ever. Based on your Prometheus name drop I can tell you’ve done some googling albeit not thoroughly. Roy had been renamed as red arrow by Hal jordan during his time with the justice league and after the loss of his arm and death of his infant daughter he re-dubbed himself arsenal, his original solo persona. Class dismissed! P.s. In the current comic continuity he is currently Arsenal and has not yet taken the derivative red arrow name

      • A little pretentious there, man. It’s a TV show. They have to be realistic with the limitations. Most people aren’t huge comic book fans that watch it, and they have to cater to the bigger audience to make money and continue the show

        • I love arrow and was in no way inferring that they were about to do any of what I described. I just get sick of people complaining about things they have no stake in, unfamiliar with green arrow comics=you don’t get to say they’re doing it “wrong”

          Can’t wait for season 3!

  6. I get why they chose him as Arsenal.. Speedy was Thea and Red Arrow would of been confusing seeing Olly is just the Arrow for now but it hurts in the lore because yeah he had a robot arm! he needs to get some toys this season to keep the name!