While comic book films have become a fixture at the box office, the genre has barely managed to gain a foothold on the small screen. That's all about to change, of course, with AMC’s Preacher, NBC’s Constantine, FOX's Gotham, ABC's Agent Carter, as well as Netflix's upcoming Marvel shows, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, all in various stages of development or production. For now, though, The CW's Arrow is still the hottest superhero series currently on TV.
Based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow - who is billionaire playboy Oliver Queen by day - the last two years of Arrow have set the standard for future superhero series by combining just the right amount of source material with exciting new storylines, all magnified by impressive action sequences and fight choreography.
Season 1 took the Arrow down a path of retribution for those people he believed had failed his city. Season 2, on the other hand, has turned Arrow down a path of redemption following the death of his friend Tommy Merlyn. And now, Oliver Queen's life is about to change once again.
Collider recently sat down with executive producer and writer Andrew Kreisberg to talk about his plans for season 3. Beware, there are MINOR SPOILERS below:
"We’re gonna start season 3 with Oliver in very different circumstances than he’s been before. Obviously, him being in different circumstances changes the circumstances of his paid bodyguard and paid assistant, since he can no longer pay them. For season 3, you’ll see that some of our familiar standing sets from season 1 and 2 that you’ve come to know and love as being Arrow, are gonna be retired for reasons that will become apparent, as you see [in] these last episodes. We have already seen designs for some of the new sets for season 3, which are amazing. We want the show to feel like it’s constantly evolving, changing and growing. If this year is the sequel, then next year is 'Arrow 3.' As different as '2' is from '1,' in '3,' they got Ewoks."
Referencing Ewoks could just be a figure of speech, but we're guessing some new characters are indeed coming to Arrow in season 3. The second season saw the series rise in popularity due to its focus on a boat load of new villains and allies. (Roy Harper and Sara Lance both joined the crew, while Isabel Rochev, Deathstroke and various other baddies made the Arrow's life a nightmare.)
Sounds like next year will go back to basics and maybe Team Arrow will find help in the most unlikely of places.
The series is certainly growing in other ways, too, now that The Flash is in the works. Kreisberg says the spinoff series will stand on its own but reside in the same world. So there'll definitely be a sharing of characters from time to time, particularly if his love for Buffy and Angel crossover moments are any indication. However, besides this week's episode, we'll have to wait til next season to see any more of The Flash on Arrow:
"We knew that a lot of the fans had been looking forward to seeing a little bit of 'The Flash' in the season, and we felt obliged to fulfill that promise. And one of the fun things for the show, especially early in the season, we were constantly mentioning the particle accelerator. And then, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) coming to the show. It just felt like a fun way to bring up Barry and remember where he’s at, and give a little taste of the show. It’s a little more sci-fi than what we do on 'Arrow,' but it felt a little bit more like you get a glimpse into what kinds of things The Flash will be up against, more than what is coming into our world."
With only five episodes left to season 2, it won't be long before we know what's in store for Arrow. For more on Laurel's new knowledge of Oliver's secret, her and Oliver's ongoing friendship/relationship, and Felicity's role in the finale, head over to Collider for the full interview.
What do you think about a new status quo for Arrow in season 3? Are you looking forward to seeing how The Flash coexists with Arrow this fall? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Arrow airs Wednesdays @8pm on The CW. The season 2 finale will air May 14th, 2014.