Wildcat is only the latest DC Comics’ character to make their debut on The CW’s Arrow, and while we haven’t seen him officially join with Team Arrow, he did join forces with them against Brick in last week’s episode, “The Uprising.”
When he was first introduced, however, Ted Grant (J.R. Ramirez) and Oliver didn’t see eye-to-eye. For one, Oliver doesn’t approve of Laurel training with him to follow in her sister’s footsteps as the new Canary. Having refused to train her himself, Oliver wasn’t all too happy to learn she was taking fighting lessons at Wildcat’s Gym (which Grant now runs as an outlet for underprivileged youths).
Later on, Ted became linked to a string of murders and while the Arrow was investigating the two came to blows in one epic brawl. Not only was it fun for audiences to see two DC heavyweights duking it out, but in the scene, fans were treated to a long awaited Easter egg: the boxing glove arrow.
In this behind-the-scenes video, Arrow fight designer James “Bam Bam” Bamford shares how the iconic moment came to be. Give it a watch, above.
Arrow has always tried to tone down the campier, more outlandish aspects of its characters. In fact, much of the series success is thanks to the decisions to ground the Green Arrow lore in a more realistic setting. And because of that, trick arrows like the infamous and fan-favorite boxing glove arrow had to go.
But Arrow has also made it their business to include shout outs to characters’ comic book roots. For example, last season Professor Ivo’s boat was called Amazo, an allusion to the android Ivo created in the comics, and Brother Blood’s first successful Mirakuru recipient being named Cyrus Gold a.k.a Solomon Grundy.
What have been some of your favorite Easter eggs Arrow has included so far? Were you happy to see Green Arrow’s iconic boxing glove arrow make an appearance? Drop us a line in the comments below!
Arrow airs Wednesday nights on The CW @8pm.