At this point, it is just a waiting game for Arrow season 5 and the rest of The CW's DC Comics TV shows. Considering the amount of promos, advance images, and interviews from Comic-Con on that have filled the void since each series' respective finales this past spring, the pre-premiere gossip carcass has pretty much been picked clean. And that's fine, as its time to move past the hors d'oeuvres portion of the upcoming television season and to make room for the main course, which is set to arrive in just a few weeks' time.
As the elder statesman in The CW's comic book line up, Arrow has a different set of expectations set upon its shoulders as the series gears up for its fifth go-round with the Green Arrow and his merry band of misfit vigilantes. This time, the show is looking to get back on track after two seasons that took the street-level superhero into territory best suited for his super-powered contemporaries. The buzz on season 5 so far has been primarily about the series' "back to basics" approach, which is TV speak for doing what you know you're good at. So far, the series has lined up a motely crowd of up-and-coming vigilantes with Wild Dog and Mister Terrific, and some heavy hitters in the bad guy department with the likes of Chad L. Coleman's Tobias Church and the mysterious Prometheus who, it has been revealed, is the product of Oliver's actions back in season 1.
But as the October 5 premiere date creeps closer, the series had yet to release any official artwork. Until now, anyway. Beaten to the punch (naturally) by The Flash, which released a very red season 3 poster not too long ago, Arrow is all set to promote its upcoming season with a verdant piece of key art that carries the tagline: His Fight. His City. His Legacy. The CW released the new poster today on Twitter, and you can take a look at it below:
The image is far more dramatic than the one used to highlight Oliver's costume change in season 4. This time, the poster shows the Green Arrow from a low angle. The perspective makes it look as though Oliver is part of Star City's towering skyscrapers, underlining the "His City" portion of the poster's tagline. At the same time, though, the low angle puts Oliver at street level, which works as a visual cue that the show is in fact ready to get back to engaging with street-level stories that are better suited to the kind of non-powered hero Oliver happens to be.
It is also interesting that, like The Flash, this poster only features the titular character and not the rest of Team Arrow. Posters in the past – particularly seasons 2 and 3 – highlighted the supporting characters; namely, Felicity, Laurel, Diggle, and Roy. While season 4 took the same approach – granting Spartan and Speedy their own posters later – this image of Green Arrow feels less like it's showcasing the hero's new wardrobe and more like it's pointing the series in a new (albeit familiar) direction. Aim higher indeed.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4 at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13.
Source: The CW