Arrow's Katie Cassidy Now a Series Regular Across All CW Hero Shows
Katie Cassidy is the latest Berlantiverse actor to ink one of those cool new deals, by which she is now a series regular across multiple CW superhero shows — namely The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and her original stomping grounds, Arrow (on which she will appear in the Season 5 premiere).
Wentworth Miller, who transitioned from The Flash to Legends (for a one-season stint), was the first actor to sign such a grounbreaking pact; Arrow vet John Barrowman followed, earlier this month.
Shortly after Cassidy’s Laurel Lance was killed off of Arrow this past spring, Cassidy popped up on sister series The Flash, as Miss Lance’s Earth-Two doppelganger, the minxy metahuman Black Siren.
Both Miller and Barrowman it has since been announced at Comic-Con, will play key roles in Season 2 of Legends, as Captain Cold, Malcolm Merlyn, along with Reverse-Flash (played by The Flash‘s Matt Letscher) and Damien Darhk (Arrow‘s Neal McDonough), form the Legion of Doom.
Question: Any word on what Laurel made Oliver promise her right before she died on Arrow? Was it something for him to do or not do? —Kia Ausiello: Look at Kia kicking off the first new AA in more than a month with a sensational Q! Here’s your answer, straight from showrunner Wendy Mericle. “It is both actually, and you’ll find out what it was in [the Oct. 5 premiere],” teases the EP, who adds that the reveal will “inform a lot of Season 5.”
Question: Safe to say we’ll see Colton Haynes’ Roy back on Arrow this season? —Jen Ausiello: It’s actually not safe to say. Mericle tells us that Haynes — who’s currently shooting an arc on Fox’s Scream Queens — is not currently set to return. The key word there being currently. “We would have Roy back in a heartbeat,” she says. “If the right circumstances come up and the right storyline presents itself, absolutely.”
What’s coming up for Thea on Arrow this year? — Candice Surprisingly? Happiness. “What we’ve done is we made her Oliver’s chief of staff,” EP Marc Guggenheim says, teasing the show will give Thea a chance to establish herself independent of Malcolm. “Perhaps, to her own surprise, she’s actually really, really good at it. All the skills that she learned by watching her mother for all those years, as well as running Verdant, she’s found very transferrable to City Hall, and in many ways, she’s a much better chief of staff than Oliver is a mayor.”
Question: On Arrow, how will Oliver’s role as mentor to the new team members be different from the one he had/has with Roy and Thea? —Diego Ausiello: “The biggest difference is he’s just more experienced” coming into Season 5, executive producer Wendy Mericle says. “He’s older, and he’s been through more.” That doesn’t mean Oliver will be nice to his new recruits (“Why would he do that?” the EP laughs), but “he appreciates more the significance of being a teacher and what that means. In terms of this universe of martial arts and fighting and training people and what that means, he’s learning there’s value in being a mentor.”
With alllll of Season 5’s cast additions, including a new ragtag team, “the one thing that anchors and pulls everybody through is Oliver,” executive producer Wendy Mericle previews. “He’s very much the focus of the first nine [episodes].” In the light of day, the hero is taking his new role as mayor “seriously,” yet failing on the job, forcing Thea to pick up the slack. “She, like Oliver, is trying to figure out her legacy through City Hall,” the EP says. Elsewhere, a guilt-wracked Felicity is “doubled down in the bunker,” while Dig is similarly “trying to figure out how he can get that sense of himself back, after killing his brother.” As for this year’s Big Bad, Prometheus presents a “very personal” threat, Mericle promises, “and the ending will be, correspondingly, very specific to Oliver.”
BONUS SPOILER!: Don’t expect an “Olicity” reunion in the near future. “They’re both in crisis mode. Oliver’s got two really big jobs, and [Felicity] is spinning out about Havenrock,” Mericle explains. “Until they’ve gotten some clarity for themselves, there’s not much room for the relationship side of things.”
RETURN DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 8/7c (The CW)
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Emily Bett Rickards has been training a lot lately. Does it mean Felicity will be involved in more action scenes in Arrow season 5? — Itakha At first, Felicity will be dealing with the fallout of Havenrock’s destruction. “In the first five episodes, we face head-on the decision that Felicity made,” EP Marc Guggenheim says. “We are most definitely not ignoring it.” Following that, though, Guggenheim cryptically teases what could be Felicity jumping in on the action. “We’re positioning her to do something in the second half of the year that is really, really key, and that isn’t about her relationship with Oliver or even necessarily her father or her mother. It’s really new territory for her, and we’ve very excited about it. Some big things are going to happen with Felicity.”
Any teases on where we will find Arrow‘s John Diggle, mentally and emotionally, at the start of the season? —PJ “He’s stationed in Chechnya,” executive producer Wendy Mericle reveals. “He’s still in the military, and he’s very much a man without a state. He’s away from his family, and he’s away from the team, so he’s away from that family. He’s trying to figure out how he can get that sense of himself back after killing his brother.” Once Dig does come back to Star City, he won’t be a fan of Oliver’s ragtag new superfriends. “He’s not going to love all these little upstarts, trying to take over his role,” Mericle says. “But he’ll adjust. He’s going to find some common ground with Wild Dog, and that will help take the sting out of it.”