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SDCC 2013: Arrow Panel

The cast of the CW show invades San Diego Comic-Con to talk with the fans about the upcoming season.

Arrow won't return for a second season until October 9, but tonight in Ballroom 20, we were fortunate enough to watch a video preview and hear the cast and executive producers engage in a Q&A with the fans. Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, and Colton Haynes were the actors in the panel and they were joined by executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg.

  • "Filled with even more action, twists and turns than the first season."
  • Video showed two quick clips of Summer Glau talking with Ollie. In another scene, Ollie says to Diggle he didn't come back to the city to be a vigilante. Shows even more past footage of training with Slade.
  • "I don't want to be called The Hood anymore." Diggle asks what he wants to be called and Ollie looks at an arrow he's holding.
  • The video concludes with a quick look of the new Black Canary beating up a few thugs at night with a staff, and then looking at the camera (mask to cover eyes, blonde hair, tight costume) before running away.
  • Oliver will take more interest in his family's company. His mother will take a bigger role and it'll be a story of her seeking redemption.
  • Season two kicks off five months after season one's finale.
  • Oliver sees the city needs a hero to inspire them, not a vigilante.
  • "Everything Oliver does at this point is considerate of Tommy."
  • "One of the things we're doing this season is we're telling the beginning of the Black Canary story." Pointed out the first Deathstroke wasn't Slade -- clearly addressing how another actress has been cast for BC.
  • Diggle is going to start appearing in the GREEN ARROW comic series.
  • Colton says Roy wants to become a hero but season two will feel like an island to Roy like it was to Oliver. "He'll have to be knocked down a few pegs before getting some help from people who know what they're doing."
  • "Will anyone else return?" John Barrowman walks onto the stage. Gives Stephen an older Green Arrow figure and Stephen apologizes for stabbing him in the finale.
  • Producers ask if we want Malcom to come back. Crowd cheers and the producers joke they have a few ideas how to return a character from the dead. John says he'd be more than happy to come back. John says he can definitely return through flashbacks, too.
  • "Are any DC characters coming this season?" Sebastian Blood (Brother Blood) and he'll be played by Kevin Alejandro. Also, Deadshot will be back as a member of the Suicide Squad and the team will include Bronze Tiger played by Michael Jai White!
  • The opening moments of season two will give us a bit hint about whether or not Slade will become Deathstroke and whether he'll be a villain or anti-hero.
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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Michael Jai White Bronze Tiger? Hell Yea!!!!!!!!

Edited by MatKrenz

God this show will just get better and better.

Edited by AWeekInGeekdom

Finally he'll be "Green Arrow"! can't wait! I'm really curious about the whole Black Canary thing, I dig the idea but something feels a bit wonky. Michael as Bronze Tiger! Damn that's epic! I hope we also get to see Ted Kord :P

Posted by JLDoom

Woah, this sounds amazing! I'm actually impressed.

Edited by Falconer

"There's been a bit of misinformation printed out there and what I would say is, yes, Caity Lotz is joining the show in a recurring role and we're really excited," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells us. "She's a tremendously talented actress. The character she's playing is really the beginning of the story of the Black Canary."

This Lotz chick eventually dies and Laurel takes on the role. Calling it now.

Also F*** YES Diggle in GA comic!

Posted by sagejonathan

Damn, this is amazing. This season is about to do everything that I wanted and more. I'm hyped!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@aweekingeekdom: I think it's a good idea because the Olly and Laural have 0 chemistry

Posted by ccraft

let Deathstroke become an anti-hero and then progress into a hired gun

S2 sound great, I'm very excited.

Edited by ComicStooge
Posted by blkson

Bronze Tiger? Micheal J. White? Hell yesss!

Hopefully he will not be that stupid ass were tiger the new52 has made him into.

God I hate that they made him a damn were tiger.

Posted by CheeseSticks

This show is simply amazing. If they can pull it off, Green Arrow will probably surpass Batman as my favorite DC hero. I'm only concern about Laurel and Black Canary. I love that they won't put Roy in Red Arrow this season. It would have been too much IMO. They need idea for more season !

Edited by Black_Claw

Micheal Jai White as Bronze Tiger? Sweet! Can't wait to see Brother Blood as well.

And I wonder how they're gonna make Black Canary's powers work in this world, if she even has powers at all.

Edited by Wolverine08

BRONZE TIGER!

Posted by Justthatkid
Posted by NightFang
Edited by AbnormalAl

"The video concludes with a quick look of the new Black Canary beating up a few thugs at night with a staff, and then looking at the camera (mask to cover eyes, blonde hair, tight costume) before running away."

Yes!

@k4tzm4n I'm glad you found the strength to sit through the latter part of Vampire Diaries panel to get this Arrow news for us. :)

Posted by Charlemagne

BRONZE TIGER :O Played by MJW :O MIND = BLOWN!

Posted by blkson

@black_claw: Hopefully they don't try to ground her all the way. Her scream should be a metahuman ability. I don't keep up with the show, but I'm guessing metas do not show up. Or do they? Also, IIRC, she became reluctant to use her scream in the comics, maybe that's the approach they'll go with her.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@abnormalal: You can see the video in my Green Arrow thread

Posted by Jorgevy

sooooo.... are they gonna introduce super powers now?

also I heard a rumour a big character was coming in this season... one who had already appeared in a movie...

Posted by Black_Claw

@jorgevy said:

sooooo.... are they gonna introduce super powers now?

also I heard a rumour a big character was coming in this season... one who had already appeared in a movie...

Probably Batman, but I highly doubt they'll use him.

Posted by Jorgevy

@black_claw: then, how is it coming into the show this season if they are not gonna use him? I don't understand

Posted by kilowog52

I wonder what other DC Villains will be featured in this version of the Suicide Squad. Also, who will play their superiors, Amanda Waller, King Faraday, and Rick Flagg.

I also wonder who Summer Glau will be playing. Possibly Sandra "Moonday" Hawke?

I'm speculating over the Black Canary thing. Laurel's mother was convinced Sarah was alive. Could she be the Black Canary? They already established that when they were little girls, the father bought Sarah an actual black canary as a pet.

Will Rickards and/or Haynes be replacing Collin Donnell as a member of the main cast since his character has been killed off? Will Collin Salmon stick around as Walter Steele? Will Manu Bennett and Celina Jade be given main cast status or continue to be listed as guest stars?

Ted Kord has already been mentioned in one episode. I guess it's a 50/50 chance over whether the writers decide it's a good idea to include other heroes in the series. For that matter, and a lot of us might like and/or not like this, what about an appearance by Maxwell Lord?

Posted by lilben42
Edited by Black_Claw

@lilben42 said:

@black_claw: I keep hearing about Hal Jordan.

Would be cool, but it would have to be done right.

@jorgevy said:

@black_claw: then, how is it coming into the show this season if they are not gonna use him? I don't understand

I didn't say they weren't going to use him at all I just said that I personally don't think they will. I could be wrong though. But still, it's just a rumor.

Posted by longbowhunter

I like the idea of the Suicide Squad stepping into the picture. Season two sounds really promising.

Posted by War Killer

Love this show, looking forward to season two. Glad to see Ollie going from being a guy who simply kills people to being a symbol of hope to the people of Star City. The introduction of Black Canary was unexpected, but the fact that it's not who I thought it would be makes it more interesting. I hope we see Ollie, as he tries to inspire the city, take Roy on as his sidekick and begins training him. Also he better start calling himself "Green Arrow" some point during this season. The Hood is cool and all, but I'd like him to have an official superhero name.

Overall, I'm excited for this season! ^__^

Posted by Jorgevy

@black_claw: true.. just a rumor


@lilben42 said:

@black_claw: I keep hearing about Hal Jordan.

so did I!!! I'm not sure though... seems to be out of the shows theme...

Posted by bigboi100000

I wonder what other DC Villains will be featured in this version of the Suicide Squad. Also, who will play their superiors, Amanda Waller, King Faraday, and Rick Flagg.

I also wonder who Summer Glau will be playing. Possibly Sandra "Moonday" Hawke?

I'm speculating over the Black Canary thing. Laurel's mother was convinced Sarah was alive. Could she be the Black Canary? They already established that when they were little girls, the father bought Sarah an actual black canary as a pet.

Will Rickards and/or Haynes be replacing Collin Donnell as a member of the main cast since his character has been killed off? Will Collin Salmon stick around as Walter Steele? Will Manu Bennett and Celina Jade be given main cast status or continue to be listed as guest stars?

Ted Kord has already been mentioned in one episode. I guess it's a 50/50 chance over whether the writers decide it's a good idea to include other heroes in the series. For that matter, and a lot of us might like and/or not like this, what about an appearance by Maxwell Lord?

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Posted by Tyrus

YAY, let's hope Stephen Amell can act this season!

Posted by MrMazz

Bronze Tiger played by Michael Jai White I was already excited for season 2 bbut THIS is now the greatest

Posted by RisingBean

Michael Jai White Bronze Tiger? Hell Yea!!!!!!!!

Awe. Some. Also looking forward to Brother Blood, Ollie being called Green Arrow and maybe Deathstroke in modern times.

Not looking forward to the possibility of dead men walking. Merlyn had his season. Lets move on.

Posted by lilben42

Season one was good. But Season two sounds like it will be so much better. Hopefully everything plays out correctly.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord

MEH.

Posted by Mega_spidey01
Posted by Ace20XD6

They're already bringing in Suicide Squad, with Black Dynamite Bronze Tiger? Damn and I thought I couldn't get more excited about season two. After reading about two new animated Batman movies coming out next year. I think WB should make an animated Green Arrow movie.

Edited by TAZZ57827

can't wait for arrow Suicide Squad & Black Canary yes!!!! this and marvel's the shield tv series are gonna be the BEST!!! i hope that guy jumping out of the building in the trailers better be Luke cage lol fingerscross 4 nightwing in arrow season 2 or 3

Posted by TheAcidSkull

i am really liking everything about this show so far. I love the new info too. excited.

Posted by sinestro_GL

Hopefully they tone down the soap-opera element in it, but overall, I've enjoyed the show a lot. Also looking forward to how Diggle is introduced into the comics.

Posted by MrMazz

Here's the sizzel reel that was described. That second half is very nice.

Posted by bladewolf
Posted by stu

YEEESSS!!!

Posted by KRYPTON

This show is already on the right path!

Posted by Onemoreposter

Michael Jai White Bronze Tiger? Hell Yea!!!!!!!!

Dude....that was literally my EXACT thought. Guess I'm going to have to start watching Arrow now.

Edited by Solomonwreath

I stopped watching after the first x amount of episodes and I really regret it since I liked it.

Edited by kilowog52

@sinestro_gl: I too wonder about Diggle's introduction into the New 52 GA comic. Jax and Naomi sort of just appeared at the beginning. Then they brought in Fyff later. There are plenty of ways they could bring Diggle in as well, but hopefully with a different approach than they took with Fyff.

@jorgevy: If that is the case, based on the news of the Suicide Squad, my guess would be Amanda Waller. She did appear in the Green Lantern movie portrayed by Angela Bassett. And up until that movie and the New 52 she was physically quite "big".

@bigboi100000: Can you give me some context here. I can only guess what you're trying to say. Is that the name of the character Summer Glau will be playing? Name does not sound familiar.

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