Let’s be honest, it’s been a while since Arrow has enjoyed the complete faith and adulation of fans. Through season three and four, the show felt like it had lost its way, and although some progress was made last year into getting the show back on track, it’s still got a long way to go before returning to the season two highs of the show. Well forget season two, how about getting back to the show’s season one promise and its gritty realism? Well, if series star Stephen Amell is to be believed, that’s the intention of the upcoming season five and the introduction of its new villain.
While at Wizard World Philadelphia this past weekend, Amell was obviously asked about what developments there may be with Arrow in its upcoming fifth season. The actor did not have specifics though owing to his busy schedule promoting his new superhero franchise.
“Typically by now, I would have gone to the writers’ room and we would have had long, lengthy discussions about the upcoming season, but I wrapped Arrow, I had a really nice end-of-season dinner with Greg Berlanti, which is what we always do. We chatted about the good, the bad, the ugly, what’s coming, what’s happened, et cetera, et cetera. But we had that, and I literally haven’t been home since the beginning of May on the Turtles press tour.”
Amell did offer insight though into the general direction that Arrow will go into come the fall, and the term “old school” comes to mind.
“Our villain is going to be in a lot of ways a callback to season 1. And that’s something that you can do when you’re in season 5. I think that the villain that we have coming in is really going to ground the show and take us back to some of the elements that we had in the earlier days before we introduced so many fantastical elements to the Arrowverse.”
Of course, those fantastical elements will not go away in their entirety as Arrow will have to team-up with The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow for the inevitable mega-crossover. Amell told the audience in Phillie that he’ll “get the full download next week” in terms of what’s going on in season five, although he noted that he’s “excited for the Russia thing” meaning Oliver’s flashback jaunt to the land of the Bratva (and law abiding Russians too). Amell also said that the show will be “introducing another vigilante from the DC Universe next season,” so start your guessing as to who that might be.
Arrow season five will debut this fall on the CW.
Source: Screen Rant