‘Arrow’: Oliver Queen Finally Gets a Mask as he Evolves into Green Arrow

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Oliver Queen may have enjoyed a little time away from Starling City in the interim between the Arrow season 1 finale and the season 2 premiere, but there’s no rest for those who oppose the wicked and the vigilante formerly known as “the Hood” in back on form and ready to face a whole new breed of both friends and enemies.

Now that Oliver’s alter ego is interacting on a regular basis with friends and acquaintances of his public personality, it’s becoming increasingly distracting that, for example, his ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) is incapable of recognizing him simply because the top quarter of his face is painted green. Not only that, but his new ally Black Canary (Caity Lotz) and previous guest vigilantes like the Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) have been shown sporting a standard domino mask that offers them better concealment than Oliver’s simple smear of eyeshadow.

Soon, however, Oliver will decide to sport an extra level of protection as he continues to wage a war against the criminals of Starling City. Entertainment Weekly has revealed two new images of the Green Arrow mask that Oliver will be wearing by the end of season 2, and also has some details as to why he’s going to bow to peer pressure and get a proper mask like the rest of the cool kids. First of all, let’s take a look at the design.

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Very nice. Admittedly it doesn’t do much more to disguise Stephen Amell’s sculpted chin and jawline, his mouth, his nose or really anything farther south than the tops of his cheeks, but his enemies will definitely no longer be able to see what his eyebrows look like. At the very least it’s in line with what comic book logic generally requires of a costume designed to conceal its wearer’s identity.

One thing that the upcoming introduction of the mask highlights is that Oliver Queen isn’t yet Green Arrow. He is on his way to becoming the infamous vigilante, but he’s not yet using the title and is still continuing to mature into the role that he has chosen for himself. In many ways, season 2 has been a continuation of Green Arrow’s origin story as he struggled to decide exactly what role he should play in bringing justice to Starling City, and what his persona should be.

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According to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, the new mask is more than just an aesthetic choice. A lot of time and effort was put into making sure it was exactly the right fit for the character, and the actual introduction of the mask will apparently be part of a significant plot point with some build-up to it:

“Conceptually, it was something we wanted to do because Oliver himself is evolving as the Arrow–  from vigilante to hero, sort of from Arrow to Green Arrow — and we wanted to see that progression in his costume as well. As Oliver is embracing being a hero, being a hero means stepping out of the dark and being more of a symbol, so he has to take steps to conceal his identity more.

“A lot of our early attempts were very, shall I say, Joel Schumacher-esque… I think what’s so wonderful about the design that Maya came up with is that it really is very simple, and it feels as if it’s been part of his costume since the beginning…once we finally had this mask and put it on Stephen, even Stephen was like, ‘This is the right one.’

“He doesn’t just put on a mask. It’s actually a big plot point in an episode, and there really is a story behind, not only the need for the mask but also who provides him with it. It’s going to be a little bit of a surprise, and once they see how the mask comes into creation, I think people will be really excited about it.”

Of course, the other iconic element of Green Arrow’s character design in the comic books was his luxurious blond goatee, but this feature is distinctive enough that it would probably undo the benefits of concealing Oliver’s eyes behind a mask. There’s nothing more awkward than being interrupted in the middle of a mysterious voice-distorted speech by someone saying, “Oliver, that’s clearly you under there; I recognize your beard.”

That’s not to say that the goatee should never grow organically into the show, but for now the combination of the sleek-looking costume from the comics and the beautiful custom compound bow (thanks, Felicity) are working together to make Oliver feel more and more like a superhero with each episode. Tell us in the comments if you approve of his new look, or if you think TV’s Green Arrow should have been left unmasked.


Arrow continues next Wednesday with ‘State vs. Queen’ @8pm on The CW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. A lot of our early attempts were very, shall I say, Joel Schumacher-esque


  2. I like it, much better than the weird wraparound sunglasses that Justin Hartley wore.

    • Ah ah:) I liked the weird wraparound sunglasses better. But they’re less “organic” and more “tech”.

  3. Add a fake goatee that he puts on every time he suits up…

    • He’d have to superglue that thing on in case it falls off mid-battle.

      • I know, but he is rich, and it just does not look right without it. That is just my opinion though.

        • I’d love to see the beard myself but then again, I’m still hoping to see Todd Lasance play the character on the big screen with the same haircut and beard he had for his first few episodes of Spartacus: War Of The Damned.

  4. They should make the eyes white like the comics and explain it as additional eye and identity protection and can also serve as a 2nd display making it so he can have night vision, rear view, GPS, etc etc.

    This is something Felicity can help make.

    • ^^^^^ Yup.

      • That’s the exact thing I have always wanted!
        I hope Batfleck will do that as well…

        • I was also hoping that Green Arrow and Bats would have the old white eyes, they looks really striking.

    • Yesyesyeyseysyeyeysyeyseyseyeyes

  5. Finally! Now I’m wondering if they’ll make his costume sleeve-less?

  6. Yay no more eyeliner! Mask looks good, goatee next perhaps?

  7. by the 5th year on the island didn’t he have a beard?

    • Yep.

      Makes you wonder how he’s spent a year on the island already yet still only has designer stubble if he had the full beard when he was rescued.

      • He was still going through puberty.

      • Slade had a prett decent set up with that wrecked plane. I bet he had some scissors somewhere.

  8. Sweet. If they were serious about expanding the media from tv to film, it’d be cool if in Batman vs Superman they mention Queen Consolidated as a rival or supporter of Wayne Enterprises.

    • Wasn’t there a Queen Industries crate seen or mentioned in MOS or am I confusing the movie with some other DC thing?

      • The Queen Industries crate was indeed in a trailer of Batman: Arkham Origins

        • Thanks, I knew I’d seen it somewhere lol

      • There was one in Arkham Origins. That may be what you were thinking of. Or there may have very well been one in MOS, but I neither saw it nor have heard of it myself.

        (On a somehwat related note, when I saw that crate, I was thinking how cool would it be to play an Arkham-style game as Green Arrow? Or any other superhero for that matter?)

    • I would have preferred Wayne Enterprises being the company that bought the remaining stock in Queen Consolidated instead of Walter.

      • Genius.

  9. *that first time you realize*

    ~Arrow is displayed as unconscious or dead on the cover art of INJUSTICE and in the opening minutes of the DC Universe On-line trailer.~

    *tips martini glass*



    …no wait…

    We shall call it “Arrowing.”

    Dress up like Green Arrow and then go play dead somewhere! Have a friend take a picture!


    • You’ve just started a thing. Fox News will be talking about the dangers teens are putting themselves in through this Arrowing phenomenon within a year.

  10. To be fair, has Laurel ever really gotten a good look at his face? Seems like he’s always hiding in the shadows when he meets with her.

    • He’s spoken to her from not too far away in a fairly well-lit office. Meanwhile Detective Lance has practically stared right up Oliver’s nose without recognising him.

      • As has Roy and Moira. If a mother can’t recognize her own child…

  11. The mask is a good idea, better than Clark Kent donning glasses and presto: you can’t find Superman anywhere, just a bumbling reporter at the Daily Planet. I hope he does not grow the Billy Goat beard, tho, as that would detract from his heroic look, and make him look more like a grouchy old man. I did not really like the idea before of just a hoodie or bathrobe pulled up over his heard, a fake gutteral voice, and green grass-stains around his eyes from the lawn-mower being his disguise. It just wouldn’t hide much at all.

  12. One word… FINALLY!
    But why the need for that paintjob underneath though? That’s probably the only one I never really like about superhero costumes…

    • Same reason masked gimmicks in pro wrestling use black makeup around the eye holes too, make the person wearing it seem a little less human by blocking out skin colour in that area so it blends with the mask.

      There was a scene in TDKR where Batman didn’t have black makeup around his eyes while the cowl was on and it distracted me somewhat.

      • I know about the whole wrestler thing :)

        Which is the reason why it’s kinda distracting for me, considering logically you can’t take the mask on and off easily without having to deal with several minutes of make up applying/cleaning. It can end up being a small ‘plot-hole’ (I’m not sure the term is correct, but I’m sure you get what I meant) if done incorrectly. For example when Catwoman tore Batman’s cowl in Batman Returns. Probably the reason why they opted that one out for Captain America :)

        • Yeah, it’s weird but I guess it’s better than trying to find something that covers every part of your face.

          Easier way of making your heroes and villains larger than life without too much restriction around the eyes.

          I always thought domino masks worked better on paper than in live action because they look silly on a real person.

          • BigNerd made a valid point by using a tech-based domino mask to conceal the eyes completely… it’s definitely more logical. But oh well, to each their own I guess :)

            • Yeah, having white eyes….again, I look at the image at the top of the article and think the white makes it look slightly sillier.

      • Another example, just look at what happened to The Canary in episode 4. Her black makeup ‘magically’ disappeared when Ollie took her mask off (07:01-07:12) -_-

  13. Good!!! The makeup around his eyes wasn’t a good look. I don’t like heroes wearing eyeliner instead of a mask.

  14. BigNerd made a valid point by using a tech-based domino mask to conceal the eyes completely… it’s definitely more logical. But oh well, to each their own I guess :)

    • Sorry, this was meant to reply Dazz

  15. I’m a big fan of the show, but I always wondered how nobody was able to tell who he really was due to him always having the same kind of facial hair in and out of costume.

    • While the show does go for a more grounded, grittier approach, some things just have to be given a little leeway. Sort of like Lois Lane with Clark Kent/Superman.

  16. HURRAy,finally a mask. Now if he could get a hanger for his uniform ,so he can stop dressing and undressing that dummy on display every time he changes.

  17. omigod, it would be awesome if he put on a fake mustache and goatee.

  18. Wow. Now we need some fake facial hair and complete his path…
    Vigilante -> Arrow -> Green Arrow

  19. This makes me super happy! Looks great and completely in the spirit of his costume.

    • It slightly suggests he could be moving away from being such a somber hero, too.

  20. this looks fantastic, & the original GA never had a goatee!!! should also go back to the original bow, Green Arrow hates a compound bow!!!!

  21. I like it looks good

  22. Not bad for a first mask. Can the eye shadow smear be considered a mask?
    I like the aforementioned white lenses to cover the eyes.

  23. The mask is okay, but the covering of the eyebrows makes the placement feel a bit off… Now, introducing the beard: Have Oliver fake his death for whatever reason, but continue his vigilantism (?). Now the beard can be grown without suspicion.

  24. Olicity Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone give Oliver a smack to the face. Open your eyes, man, look at the signs. You need Felicity.

  25. the goatee could be an addition while being GA. It would help with the disguse, you always want to protect your loved ones.

    • I think we’ll see him grow the goatee…eventually, maybe next season. The overall uniform will probably go through some changes as well at some point. But for now, I’m glad he’s getting a mask. He’s changing into Green Arrow gradually. Would hate for it to be rushed.

  26. I like the idea:-). The mask looks good on Oliver. It’s More logically to have a mask even though realistically anyone could still tell it’s Olive Green;-). But then it’s a comic book hero made into a TV show & we all know that type of fiction is excepted by fans because it’ that good. I like & enjoy the Show:-)