WARNING: Arrow Season 1 & 2 SPOILERS.
Arrow continues to be a hit for DC Comics, Warner Bros. TV and The CW, paving the way for a whole lot of new superhero TV series, come fall. However, while the freshman heroes try to find their place in the TV pecking order, the godfather of modern super hero TV is coming back for season 3 after an epic season 2 finale left our hero, Oliver Queen/Arrow (Stephen Amell), fully transformed from hooded vigilante into full-blown hero.
Posted over on Zap2It (which sources The CW), the synopsis for the Arrow Season 3 premiere reads as follows (MILD SPOILERS):
"In the aftermath of this victory, Season 3 opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success, Oliver believes he can finally have a private life and asks Felicity out on a date. But the second Oliver takes his eye off the ball, a deadly villain reappears in Starling, forcing Oliver to realize that he can never be Oliver Queen -- not as long as the city needs The Arrow."
We already know who the "deadly villain" is: the Peter Stormare version of Count Vertigo. What's odd about this supposed synopsis is that it words the appearance of Vertigo as a 'reappearance,' instead of "a deadly new villain."
In the original casting report, Stormare's character was detailed as being a spin on Werner Zytle, who is the modern version of Count Vertigo featured in DC's New 52 continuity. In the comics, Zytle is a fallen aristocrat from Eastern Europe who regains power through organized crime - and it sounds like Arrow will be angling for a similar storyline. That makes the wording of the synopsis a bit inaccurate - however, the real question is: will Stormare's Vertigo finally have his trademark balance-disrupting powers?
Finally, fans will no doubt zero-in on the supposed romance between Oliver and Felicity featured in the season 3 premiere. Romantic subplots have not always been Arrow's strongest point (read: Laurel) - but personally speaking, this one sounds like a tease, rather than a major seasonal plot thread. One of those "Just as they were finally about to kiss..." bait-n-switches, you know?
Arrow season 3 Premieres on Wednesday, October 8th @ 8/7c on The CW.