Superheroes wear costumes until they are comfortable enough in their new role to call it a suit. There are growing pains along with trial and error before a costume morphs into their second skin and can be worn as a uniform. Once it becomes a uniform, superheroes are no longer using a disguise to protect their true selves; instead the uniform is now a symbol to their city, their enemies, and the world.
Heroes and sidekicks alike all have unique abilities and need their uniforms to function accordingly. On Arrow alone, Oliver Queen’s Green Arrow is about to undergo his fifth wardrobe change as actor Stephen Amell confirms a new look for season 5. In an episode from the second season, The Flash‘s Barry Allen gives Oliver a new mask (a major step up from eye black), telling him to use it to protect his loved ones. A gesture that makes perfect sense, and isn’t surprising given Cisco Ramon’s penchant for being S.T.A.R. Lab’s tech guy.
Now that all of Arrow‘s field operatives have been given suits, it’s time that Diggle’s Spartan gets an upgrade. As reported by the People’s Choice Awards Twitter feed (via: Comicbook.com), during Heroes & Villains Fan Fest 2016, David Ramsey, who plays John Diggle, told Arrow fans during a panel that in “season 5, you will see a Cisco-created new mask for Diggle.” Spartan’s uniform is less flashy and more functional in its black on black military commando look. His mask, which was originally worn to protect his identity, however, always seems like a cumbersome piece of equipment that could use a design upgrade.
Given Flash’s flexible, form-fitting headpiece and Oliver’s billowing but sturdy hood, it will be nice to see Spartan get a bit more flexibility and gain some peripheral vision while in the field. The mask has not given him cause for complaint yet, but surely with Cisco’s tech abilities (and with Felicity and Curtis joining forces), maybe we’ll see Spartan gain some on screen data analysis capabilities in that visor on the mask. If Arrow really is working to get back to basics, then upgrading team members to make them (hopefully) more efficient is a good starting point.
Fans are already anticipating a massive four-night crossover event between Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, but there’s sure to be smaller cameos throughout the season as well. After Echo Kellum (Curtis Holt) was upgraded to series regular, he and Cisco are bound to be great friends and might even strike up a friendly rivalry since they will play similar roles on their respective teams.
Arrow kicks off its fifth season on Wednesday, October 5th at 8ET on The CW. The rest of the DCTV shows are in the same time slot with The Flash beginning its third season the night before, Tuesday, October 4th; Supergirl debuts on The CW the following week, Monday, October 10th; and Legends of Tomorrow premieres on Thursday, October 13th.