The DC Comics universe on television has exploded in unimaginable ways in the past few years. It’s now populated with heroes from other planets and characters who can run at the speed of light. Four out of five nights of The CW’s prime time schedule features superheroes torn directly from the pages of the comics. So whenever there is a new addition it comes as no large surprise.
The superhero landscape has changed dramatically since 2011, when audiences first joined Oliver Queen on his journey to becoming the hooded vigilante, Green Arrow. The show, Arrow, was brought to life by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, as well as actor Stephen Amell, who became an immediate star in the lead role. However, Arrow didn’t wear its superhero credentials on its sleeve when it first debuted, as the creators took their time introducing its comic book influences.
In the show’s upcoming fifth season, Arrow is looking to return to its more grounded roots with more street-level action and drama. However, that doesn’t mean that there will be a shortage of costumed heroes. Thanks to Twitter user, PUNKD, we get to take a look at filming on the Arrow set and with that, our first look at comic book characters Artemis, Wild Dog, and Mr. Terrific, in their trademark outfits.
From the looks of the on-set photos, it appears that Queen is leading a team of young vigilante trainees and enthusiasts. It’s no surprise that he has Curtis Holt, played by Echo Kellum (The League), by his side as Mr. Terrific. Kellum was recently upgraded to a series regular and his character has had a season-long, slow burn transition into a crime fighter, which should feel like a natural progression by this point.
Meanwhile, Madison McLaughlin (Supernatural) returns as Evelyn Sharp, who Young Justice fans would recognize as her alter-ego Artemis. Although she doesn’t look much like her comic book counterpart, she certainly does share Team Arrow’s dreary sense of fashion. While Rick Gonzalez (Mr. Robot) plays Wild Dog, whose look literally jumps off of the page into live-action.
While these characters wear costumes, they are much more grounded than the magic and wizardry that was found in the previous seasons, with characters such as Damien Darhk. There is an optimism to the other CW/DC shows in the lineup, such as Supergirl and The Flash, that could becoming overwhelming if not balanced by the darker, more naturalistic approach that Arrow could potentially provide. There is a lot riding on the upcoming season and fortunately we only have a month’s wait to tune in and find out if Arrow has returned to form.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.