Arrow fans have been promised a lot of changes ahead of the show's fifth season - changes that aim to get back to basics, returning to the series from the first two seasons that served to bring fans into this DCTV world of the Green Arrow. We know one of those changes include the show stepping away from metahumans and putting the focus back on the means streets of Star City.
With new villains inspired by characters from The Wire, more vigilantes that may or may not be on Oliver's side, and even some shake ups in the core of Team Arrow, season 5 is shaping up to be a resurgence for the series. We will meet new characters including Vigilante (Josh Segarra), Wild Dog (Rick Gonzales), and Tobias Church (Chad Coleman), along with re-branding existing characters into new heroes, like Artemis (Madison McLaughlin).
Things are heating up north of the border as production for season 5 has officially begun in Vancouver. Co-creator and executive producer Marc Guggenheim and stunt coordinator and director James Bamford both tweeted about getting back to work. Additionally, Guggenheim posted a photo of the script for the season 5 premiere; it's titled 'Legacy' and will be directed by Bamford. Not unusual, the premiere is also penned by co-creator Greg Berlanti with the teleplay from producers Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle. Take a look at Guggenheim and Bamford's tweets.
— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) July 5, 2016
0617 am.....? Oooooooooh....we must be shooting season 5 already?
— James Bamford (@JamesBamford) July 5, 2016
Last month, Stephen Amell revealed that he had 21 days to get in shape in order to film "the most vicious, violent one-shot in the history of network television." He also teased the return of a character who has not been seen in two seasons. Who could that be -- Isabel Roschev, Cyrus Gold (Solomon Grundy), Sin, Dr. Ivo? Maybe Arrow will bring back Moira Queen, in flashbacks, since there's supposed to be a lot more backstory on Oliver's time in Russia.
While it is fun to speculate about what we hope to see, there are a few things we know for sure to expect. Oliver's getting a modified suit, Diggle is getting a new Spartan mask thanks to Cisco, and Flashpoint may have some kind of effect on Arrow. As of right now, there is a lot to be cautiously optimistic about heading into season 5. Plus, with Arrow expected to appear at San Diego Comic-Con later this month, it's likely we'll learn more about what to expect from 'Legacy.'
Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 5th at 8ET on The CW; with The Flash kicking off season 3 on Tuesday, October 4th; Supergirl is brand new to The CW on Monday, October 10th; and Legends of Tomorrow is the last of the DCTV premieres on Thursday, October 13th.