‘Arrow’ Season 5: Stephen Amell Answers The Question On Kevin Smith Directing, Wants This Character To Return, New Detective, And Curtis Will Be More Like Another DCTV Character
Arrow Season 5 is in need of some good writers, or at least, that is likely the general consensus when you consider the flack Season 4 has gotten from a vocal group of fans. Arrow fans seemed stung by a season that was purported to take a closer walk with the DC Comics of the same name, but many fans felt it diverged and strayed even further. One ray of hope for Season 5 to these fans was the possibility that Kevin Smith might direct and/or write for the show, as he has written three story arcs for DC Comics, the Inquisitr reported. Arrow star Stephen Amell has been in support of the idea, and according to Screencrush, he seems to have information for fans.
“I’d say chances are good. He’s not directing one this year, unless things change, which they always can, and they already have, so please try to interpret that the best way you can.”
— ComicBook NOW! (@ComicBookNOW) May 15, 2016
Kevin Smith directing and/or writing would certainly perk things up for skeptical Arrow fans, but showrunners tend to go their own way most times, whether the fans are thrilled or not.
Stephen Amell is a very vocal DCTV actor, and he lets fans and the world know his thoughts or current knowledge about the future of Arrow known. According to Comicbook, Amell wants his sidekick back. Like Batman is sad when Robin dies a few times in the DC Comics world, Stephen Amell would like to Colton Haynes return as Arsenal/Red Arrow.
“You know, I feel like I’m good with Roy Harper. Let’s get Roy Harper back.”
Amell revealed this information when an Arrow fan asked whether he wanted Nightwing to appear in Season 5 or beyond. On more than a few Arrow fan boards, the feeling would appear to be mutual. Previous reports have already indicated that Colton Hayne’s Roy Harper would be coming back for some episodes in Season 5, but they stopped short of actually indicating how many, or whether he would be suiting up again.
— GeekFeed (@GeekFeedDotCom) May 10, 2016
Arrow Season 5 is not just seeing the departure or return of old or current characters, but a handful of new characters are coming too. Reportedly, there will new characters such Wild dog and Artemis, but the Star City police will also see an addition to their team. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Tyler Ritter (The McCarthys, Young and Hungry) will be starting work at the SCPD with the departure Captain Lance from the police force, which was the subject of a few Arrow Season 4 episodes.
Ritter is taking on the character that has been identified as Detective Malone. Detective Malone is not a known DC Comics character, at least under that name. There is a “Matches Malone” that is involved with Batman, and has notably been revealed as Thomas and Martha Wayne’s killer in Gotham Season 2, but he was not a cop.
Arrow Season 5, as aforementioned, will have some new roles for existing or past characters. Echo Kellum, who plays Curtis Holt/Mister Terrific, will become a series regular this season. Comicbook indicates that the Arrow character will become what Cisco Ramon/Vibe is to The Flash, but for Arrow.
Arrow Executive Producer Wendy Mericle teased a Felicity and Curtis team-up as well, as she likened them to “hardware” and “software.”
“Essentially, if she’s software, he’s hardware. As he evolves into becoming Mr. Terrific in Season 5, one of the things we’re really exploring is differentiating them by having Curtis be more like Cisco on The Flash. We want him to be a bit more hands-on, a little more about building physical tech.”
The Felicity component might agitate some fans, but then again, it was mainly Arrow‘s focus on Olicity that really drives the fan rage. Hopefully, Arrow showrunners have listened and learned, for the show’s sake.
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