Arrow star Stephen Amell just ended his fourth season on The CW, and the superhero show will be returning this fall for its fifth season. Recently, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows star held a Facebook Q&A, something he often does, and excited Arrow fans by revealing some information about the Season 5 opener — including teasing a major, violent fight sequence.
Spoilers for Arrow Season 4 and The Flash Season 2 up ahead.
Amell held his Facebook Q&A while he was on the treadmill for his cardio, in an “undisclosed tropical location.” The actor quickly revealed that he had read the script for the first episode of the upcoming season of Arrow.
“I had the pleasure of reading episode 5-0-1 of Arrow, yesterday, and then having a nice chat with James Bamford, who is directing episode 5-0-1 and episode 5-0-2 of Arrow… Sufficive to say that episode 5-0-1 of Arrow has an opportunity for us to quite literally have the most vicious, violent oner-shot, where there is no cut, in the history of television.”
That’s a pretty big claim that Amell and the show will have to live up to. Netflix’s Daredevil is probably the most violent superhero-related television series out right now, next to Jessica Jones. Seeing as Arrow wouldn’t be able to get nearly as violent on The CW as Netflix shows can get, the promise of the most violent action sequence in television history appearing on Arrow is incredibly fascinating. Amell also revealed that he’ll be doing the scene himself, with no stunt double, and shirtless.
“If episode 5-0-1 is any indication, Arrow‘s gonna be f***ing mean this year,” Stephen added. Season 5 of Arrow will begin shooting July 5 this summer. When taking questions from Facebook users, Amell also stated that Oliver Queen will be getting an upgrade on his Green Arrow suit. Using one word to describe the first episode of Season 5, Amell chose “legacy.”
The Walking Dead‘s Chad L. Coleman will appear in Arrow Season 5 as villain Tobias Church, IGN reports. The character is being described as “an imposing gangster looking to unite the various criminal enterprises in Star City under his own singular command.” The producers specifically reference the character Stringer Bell, played by Idris Elba on the HBO series The Wire, as inspiration for the character. Coleman has also appeared on The Wire, as the character Dennis “Cutty” Wise.
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The Wire is often regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, television shows ever created. If the producers are going to namedrop a character like Stringer Bell as inspiration, those are some mighty big shoes to fill. Amell has also commented on the villain of Arrow Season 5, saying, “As far as I know, they don’t have superpowers. I’ll tell you that.”
Zaba Madison McLaughlin has also been cast to appear as Evelyn Sharp/Artemis. Actor Rick Gonzalez has been cast to play Jack Wheeler/Wild Dog, a new vigilante in Star City who will end up being mentored by Green Arrow.
The finale of the second season of The Flash this year left the possibility of this CW universe going through a complete transformation come this fall. Since Barry Allen decided to run back in time and stop Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother, he has essentially altered his timeline. Consequences are sure to follow, and what’s more interesting is whether or not this time-travel business will impact Arrow.
“Don’t know, certainly could,” Amell stated, when asked if The Flash will alter Arrow this year. Stephen also commented on the possibility of a crossover, now that Supergirl is officially part of The CW universe. Amell believes that there will be some sort of crossover event, but he doesn’t know which characters would be involved in it.
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When the show killed off Laurel Lance/Black Canary in this last season, a lot of Arrow fans were extremely upset. Though the actress, Katie Cassidy, was able to appear in The Flash Season 2. During the Facebook Q&A, Amell said the fifth season of Arrow will deal with what the Black Canary meant to Star City. He didn’t explicitly say if the character herself and/or the actress will be returning.
Arrow Season 5 debuts on The CW this fall on October 5.
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