Arrow is arguably the most popular superhero TV show on the air currently - which could change if shows like The Flash have anything to say about it - and that's thanks in large part to the producers' decision to up the ante and expand the universe. While the show was once Batman Begins for TV (more or less), it quickly became an honest-to-goodness DC superhero power hour.
Now, with the season 3 premiere little more than a month away, we've got images from the episode to whet your Arrow-loving appetite, featuring Arrow himself (Stephen Amell), the recently revealed Arsenal (Colton Haynes), Laurel and Quentin Lance (Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne), The Canary (Sara Lance), and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards).
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Obviously, there's not a whole lot to glean from these images, as they mostly feature characters from the series doing some pretty mundane stuff. The standout image is probably the one with Arsenal, as it gives us only our second look at the character of Roy Harper in his new superhero digs - and he appears to be working rather well with Arrow.
Arsenal, of course, is based on the comic book character Speedy, who functioned as Green Arrow's sidekick for much of his career and is perhaps most famous for his teenage heroin addiction. Later, he went by the codenames Arsenal and then Red Arrow when he replaced Green Arrow on the Justice League. And later still, he lost an arm, got addicted to heroin (again), and was convinced that the corpse of a cat was his dead daughter. (Spoiler alert: it wasn't.)
The other most interesting thing about the above images is that Quentin Lance seems to be all healed up. Arrow fans will recall that he was gravely wounded in the battle against Deathstroke's army at the end of season 2 - he was internally bleeding and had a collapsed long - and his fate was left hanging in the air.
Finally, it's probably worth pointing out The Canary's presence in one of the above images. Is she back from her work with the League of Assassins? Temporarily? Semi-regularly? We'll have to wait a month to find out.
Speaking of The Canary, showrunner Marc Guggenheim recently spoke to TV Line about what we can expect to see in upcoming episodes, and seemingly revealed who will be donning the mask and wig down the line:
"Episode 3 will focus on dad-to-be Diggle, episode 5 delves into Felicity’s past [with 'NYPD Blue‘s Charlotte Ross as her mom], viewers will get to sit in on the limo convo between Malcolm and daughter Thea, and Ted 'Wildcat' Grant [played by J.R. Ramirez as a Latino boxing instructor] will play a role in Laurel’s evolution into Canary."
It's not particularly surprising that Laurel will eventually become The Canary - or maybe just a Canary - considering the Black Canary of the comic books is named Dinah Laurel Lance. Frankly, they've hinted at this development for a while.
The question is, will there be two Canaries running around Starling City? Or will Sara Lance remain a member of the League of Assassins - or worse, will she die?
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to the season 3 premiere?
Arrow season 3 premieres October 8th, 2014 @8pm on The CW.
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Source: TV Line