Colton Haynes will reprise his role as Roy Harper in an upcoming Season 4 episode, TVLine has confirmed.
The actor tweeted the news of his return, expressing his excitement.
“We are beyond thrilled that Colton will be returning to Arrow this season,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “It was always our intention to have him return following his departure last season, but it was a matter of finding the right storyline to pull it off. That opportunity presented itself in Episode 412, and we can’t wait for the fans to see this reunion.”
Roy’s story left off when he pretended to be The Arrow and then faked his death before leaving Starling. His ex-girlfriend Thea tracked him down with the hope of reuniting, but Roy encouraged her to find her own path and left his Arsenal getup behind as a parting gift.
When TVLine spoke with EP Wendy Mericle this summer, she hinted that a possible reappearance from Roy could have consequences for Thea’s new relationship with Oliver’s campaign advisor.
“He could come back into her life at some inopportune moments potentially,” Mericle said. “It’ll be an interesting dynamic to see.”
I think she will be severely injured and maybe wheelchair bound. and will go by the code name Oracle wheeling around in her chair, because her character is very very much like the Barbara Gordon character in Batman comics.
Supergirl Books 'Supergirl': Smallville Vet Laura Vandervoort Cast as Indigo — Plus, How Young Superman Appears!
Supergirl is once again flexing its meta muscles.
Laura Vandervoort, who famously portrayed Kara Zor-El on The WB’s Smallville, will recur on CBS’ new drama as DC Comics character Indigo, the network announced Monday. She’ll first appear in Episode 15.
Supergirl‘s Indigo is described as a “living, strong-willed supercomputer that was sentenced to Fort Rozz after turning against the people of Krypton. Now on Earth, Indigo will let nothing stand in her way.”
“[Indigo] looks badass,” adds executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “She’s going to look awesome. And she definitely won’t look just like Laura. … Being one aspect of the Brainiac program, she comes in through computers, so Winn is actively involved in that episode. She was one of the Fort Rozz prisoners, so how she got there and what she’s been doing on Earth is part of the surprise of the episode
Vandervoort had been eyed for several roles on Supergirl, but scheduling conflicts with her Syfy drama Bitten prevented her from heading to National City — until now.
Additionally, Jeff Branson (The Young and the Restless) will recur as DC Comics character Master Jailer. Once the “forceful and unrelenting jail guard on Fort Rozz,” his new Earthly mission is to “brutally” recapture all of the escapees.
It was also announced that an upcoming episode will offer a riff on the classic Superman comics tale “For the Man Who Has Everything,” where Kara wakes up on an intact idyllic Krypton with no idea how she got there.
“There was something about that story that to me was even more resonant for [Kara],” Kreisberg says, ” because for Superman it was a wish for something he never had. But for her, she wants something back that was taken from her.”
Arrow EP Shoots Down Theory About Felicity's Fate: 'It's Off the Table'
At least one theory about the fate of Arrow‘s Felicity following her being shot in the fall finale has itself been shot down.
In the wake of a recent Stateside promo that teased a dire diagnosis for Oliver’s fiancée (played by Emily Bett Rickards), some speculated that she would wind up at least temporally paralyzed and eventually become Oracle, the wheelchair-using, tech-savvy alter ego typically assigned to DC Comics’ Barbara Gordon. (Remember, Season 3’s Felicity-centric backstory episode was originally titled “Oracle,” then later changed.)
But despite what fate befalls Felicity, executive producer Wendy Mericle says that assuming the Oracle identity is “off the table.”
“That’s something we definitely talked about [doing] with Felicity in the beginning…. But yeah, it will not be Oracle, sadly,” Mericle told TVLine. “People have to tune in to see what happens.”
In the wake of the ghosts' "very brutal" attack that put "a lot" of bullets in Felicity, the question becomes: "Will Oliver go back on who he's become, and become more of a Season 1-type Oliver, who's willing to kill?" in the name of seeking revenge against Damien Darhk, asks EP Wendy Mericle. "I don’t know that anyone is necessarily going to be there to stop him." As for Darhk's grand plan, Mericle describes it as "megalomaniacal," seeing as he fancies himself "a new god." Elsewhere, the Dig/Andy storyline will be met with "a big wallop"; Thea's ability to fend off Darhk presents "moral questions" for her brother; and a "really cool and emotional story" brings Colton Haynes' Roy "back into the fold, at least temporarily." As for the Big Grave Mystery, expect an illuminating new flash-forward "between Episodes 10 and 15."
Team Arrow won't just be fighting to save Star City this year – this time, the finale is going national! In order to finally take down Dahrk, Oliver will have to get over his fear of magic and learn some new tricks. "He's going to really have to dig deep to find a way not just to find the strength within himself, but actually inspire a bunch of other people to find that same strength and push back and fight back," co-showrunner Wendy Mericle says. Diggle's guilt over Laurel's death will lead him to make some unexpected decisions, while Thea will have to decide once and for all if she's more of a Queen or a Merlyn. Felicity and Oliver put aside their differences to take down Dahrk, but this reunion doesn't necessarily imply a happy ending. "I think we land in a somewhat surprising place for the two of them," Mericle teases. As for the finale title, "Schism," Mericle says it hints at "the ultimate setup" to what the show will explore in Season 5, particularly with Oliver.
PRE-FINALE: Damien Darhk will "come out swinging" in the wake of offing Laurel Lance and dealing Team Arrow that morale-crushing blow, says showrunner Wendy Mericle. As for the Big Bad's endgame, Mericle points fans to Episode 409 as well as the bible's book of Genesis for "some pretty good clues" about what he's got cooking. Meanwhile, Diggle deals with his guilt over Laurel's death while Thea "grapples" with her destiny as Speedy (as well as faces off against an old foe). Amid all that drama, can Oliver & Co. possibly rebound from their loss and rise to stop Darhk? "It becomes a question of: How does Oliver defeat his magic?" says Mericle. "And that really won't be answered until the finale."
SEASON FINALE (MAY 25): Akin to Season 2's Deathstroke showdown, a "huge" location shoot in part involving "a big intersection in downtown Vancouver" was needed to do this deadly denouement justice. And deadly it will be. "It's a pretty grim one, I'm sad to say. We have a huge number of potential fatalities," Mericle reports on the season ender. "And you'll definitely get a hint about where the team is headed for Season 5."
Arrow Cast Talks Season 5's Return to Core Mission, Dig Meeting Supergirl and More — Plus: Why No 'Olicity' News?
“Mayhem, death, love…. Oliver and Felicity breaking up and getting back together.” That is what David Ramsey says viewers can expect from Season 5 of Arrow. And though his tongue was planted firmly in cheek with that last part, the status of “Olicity” is TBD — maddeningly so, in the view of the couple’s fans.
Appearing Sunday at the Heroes & Villains FanFest at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J., Arrow star Stephen Amell said, “I was chatting with a couple of fans earlier and they were saying there hasn’t been a lot of positivity and reassuring notions when it comes to Oliver and Felicity’s relationship. I think that it’s important to remember that relationships on the show don’t have to be only defined by romance. Oliver and Felicity could have a wonderful, fulfilling, dynamic relationship and not be together, right?”
Met with a swell of boos, Amell noted with a chuckle, “That wasn’t a question, OK. That’s how the world works! So we will see where they are this year.” Having ended their (brief) engagement and endured some friction during Season 4, only to wind up working together again on Team Arrow (as friends), “I hope that they’re both in a happy positive place,” Amell said. “Whether that means they’re together or not remains to be seen.”
Addressing Season 5 as a whole, Amell said this weekend that “the villain that we are introducing is a direct result of things that Oliver has done in Star City [and] calls back to a lot of things that happened in the first season of the show.” In doing so, “It really grounds the show and really focuses on its core value, which is the battle to save Star City” — an appreciably quaint notion, Amell acknowledged, given the multiple Earths and time travel taking place on Arrow‘s sister series. “The first two episodes [of Season 5] refocuses us on what the core mission of the show should be, and that to me is very exciting,” he effused. “Plus? Russia,” as in the setting of the next cycle of flashbacks.
Ramsey teased two changes within Diggle’s world. For one, his Spartan mask is getting a much-needed, “Cisco-created” upgrade — something the actor greatly welcomes, having seen and heard all the Magneto and peripheral vision jokes. “Also, you will see a new Baby Sarah,” as a third child actress takes over the role.
Surveying Thea’s future, Willa Holland — while seated next to Arrow alum-turned-Chicago Med doc Colin Donnell — ventured that during her “pseudo-break from Team Arrow, she probably … went on a little vacation, to maybe Chicago, and met some guy in the hospital that looked eerily like her brother!” Turning semi-serious, Holland said, “I hope that Thea in Season 5 is going to be focusing a lot more on herself… and learning a little bit more about what’s going on inside of her now that she has lost the bloodlust. She needs to take some yoga classes and meditate real hard, maybe smudge [with sage] the apartment she lives in.”
Paul Blackthorne said that whereas Laurel was Quentin’s “rock” when Sara (first) died, Donna (played by Charlotte Ross) has filled that role in the wake of Laurel’s own tragic death. Still, “Life without Laurel is unimaginable for him,” he shared. “So of course he’d bring her back if he could” — be it via Constantine, Lazarus Pit or whatever. (Speaking of the good detective, Amell warned the crowd, “Lance does not get reinstated,” adding: “I’m sorry.”)
Asked to name a favorite stunt that they themselves were involved in, Charlotte Ross offered, “Running from the bees in my Louboutins!” (when Brie Larvan targeted Felicity, Donna and others), while Katrina Law asked with a wink, “Does making out with Caity Lotz count…?”
Anticipating the four-way crossover set for December and involving The Flash, Legends and Supergirl, Ramsey said, “I wanna see Diggle’s expression when he sees Supergirl flying across the horizon. I want to know what that is.” After all, since the Fastest Man Alive to this day still fills Dig with awe, Ramsey reckons, “He’s going to pee on himself right there” upon spying the Girl of Steel.
Arrow Season 5 Trailer: Oliver Breaks in New Team, Shirtless Bratva Fights
It’s time to get the band back together — or, form a new one! — as Arrow opens Season 5.
As seen in the trailer for the CW series’ new run, Oliver (begrudgingly) takes Felicity’s advice to break in a new battalion of wannabe heroes, in the wake of Diggle and Thea quitting the team.
Team Arrow 3.0 (4.0?) includes that faux Canary, Evelyn Crawford; a toughie named Wild Dog; and even tech whiz Curtis (who needs some help with the salmon ladder!).
Earlier this month, Stephen Amell said, “The villain that we are introducing is a direct result of things that Oliver has done in Star City [and] calls back to a lot of things that happened in the first season of the show.” In doing so, “It really grounds the show and really focuses on its core value, which is the battle to save Star City.”
Among the new season’s (many) new faces, Josh Segarra (Chicago P.D.) has been added as a series regular, playing DA Adrian Chase aka the vigilante known as… Vigilante; Chad L. Coleman (The Wire) will recur as gangster Tobias Church; Rick Gonzalez (Reaper) will play the DC Comics vigilante Wild Dog, Tyler Ritter (The McCarthys) will recur as SCPD Detective Malone, Carly Pope (Popular) will play Coast City reporter Susan Williams and Madison McLaughlin will reprise her role as Evelyn Crawford — and her new superhero persona, Artemis.
Arrow @ Comic-Con: Oliver's Mayoral Mess, Felicity and Diggle's Guilt, Season 5's Big Bad Revealed and More
“Olicity” ‘shippers, the news out of Arrow‘s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday was… good and bad?
“It’s still a partnership,” executive producer Wendy Mericle said of the exes’ dynamic, adding that they will pick up on the same “ambiguous” note they left off on in the Season 4 finale. From there, “You will find out some more right around Episode 5.”
Star Stephen Amell heralded “a really dynamic scene” that the former couple shares in the Season 5 opener. “We speak to each other as equals, as team members,” he shared. “It’s pretty clear that Oliver loves Felicity, but I don’t know if they’re going to be together [romantically].”
Co-Star Emily Bett Rickards also noted that the characters’ communication as teammates is “getting stronger.” And outside of her dynamic with Oliver, Felicity is “dealing with a lot of bottled up emotions” and “holding onto this guilt” over the deaths in Havenrock, Rickards previewed.
Other highlights from the panel:
* Season 5’s Big Bad will be Prometheus – but he’s not to be confused with the one from Justice League. The new foe “fits into the theme of legacy,” EP Marc Guggenheim said.
* Oliver will go back to his original mission to protect Star City, but he’ll be failing on that front as mayor. “What a garbage mayor he is,” Amell exclaimed. “He’s terrible. And he’s terrible because there’s no team.” While Oliver is focusing on fighting crime as a vigilante, it’s actually Thea “carrying all the water as mayor.” The actor also expressed his desire to see the elder Queen rediscover the principals that led him to run for office and earned him a large write-in vote. In the comics, “He had a point of view and an ideology. I think all of those things would be interesting to explore” in the future, Amell added.
* Lance has “more demons haunting him and [is] trying to pick up the pieces of his lost family,” Paul Blackthorne shared.
* Diggle is working with Special Forces in Chechnya. “He misses the team,” David Ramsey noted, but Dig is also still dealing with his guilt over Laurel’s death and having to kill his brother.
* “We have some pretty big plans for Curtis, especially with respect to his marriage,” Guggenheim previewed. “He wants to become a vigilante and start fighting crime. At the same time, he’s got this husband at home who’s probably going to start to notice he’s coming home with these bruises and cuts.”
* The show’s milestone 100th episode will be the middle part of the four-show crossover with Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.
* Katie Cassidy will return in Episode 501 – and, as already reported, has been made a series regular across Arrow, The Flash and Legends.
Arrow Season 5 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8/7c on The CW.