Arrow has been going strong in its sophomore season (despite a few criticisms) and fans have certainly been eager for the second half of season 2. Big villain debuts and cameo appearances by some iconic DC Comics teams (Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey) have certainly cranked up the hype for what's to come - and the showrunners are dropping more tidbits to keep fans on the hook.
Today we have new images that reveal the Arrow version of the Birds of Prey, which will involve The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) and Black Canary (Caity Lotz) going up against one another. It's admittedly a different slant on the Birds of Prey comics - which featured Huntress, Canary and Batgirl on a team - but so far Arrow's interpretations of the DC Universe have been solid, and the following gallery of images from "Birds of Prey" looks similarly solid:
Having all of Oliver Queen's lovers in one place seems like a disaster waiting to happen - and from the looks of things, that's exactly what it's going to be. So, while people may be waiting for the big showdown between Ollie and Slade (Manu Bennett), this looks like it will be an exciting aside until we get there.
More Flash Crossover
The Arrow TV series has already been utilized to introduce the new TV version of The Flash (Grant Gustin), but before The Flash TV pilot shows the world the scarlet speedster in full form, his world will get another little bit of introduction, thanks to an upcoming episode of arrow featuring two actors from the The Flash cast.
TV Line reports that actress Danielle Panabaker (Shark) and actor Carlos Valdes will be guest-starring on Arrow S2E19 as Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon, respectively, before moving on to the Flash series. We already know that Caitlin Snow will be a woman who lost her fiancée in the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator accident, while Ramon will be S.T.A.R.'s youngest genius.
Comic book fans will recognize the name Cisco Ramon as a variation of "Francisco Ramon," the Justice League superhero known as Vibe; although, his origin on the show will likely be worlds away from his (somewhat controversial) Latin Gang origins of the 1980s. In the New 52 continuity, Caitlin Snow takes up the mantle of the ice villain Killer Frost - though that is a somewhat surprising move for the show to make. Killer Frost has traditionally been a primary rogue of the superhero Firestorm; The Flash certainly has his own (and many would say superior) ice-foe in the form of Captain Cold.
As the leader of The Rogues (a group of gimmicky villains that battle The Flash), Cold has proven to be one of the more interesting villains, despite his generic appearance, with a mix of ruthless edge and a strict (at times admirable) criminal code of ethics. He's been such a major player in 21st century Flash lore that it's surprising that the show could spend their ice villain chip on Killer Frost, instead.
Of course, there's always the possibility that Caitlin Snow could be the means by which we get Captain Cold - so best to stay tuned to see what develops. At the very least, it's interesting to see the continued link between the Arrow and Flash worlds.
The Flash is expected to air on The CW in the fall of 2014.
Arrow continues Wednesday, March 19 with ‘Suicide Squad’ @ 8pm on The CW. Check out preview below: