Speedy

In a genre dominated by male counterparts, female sidekicks are nothing new. But after the decades we’ve seen them change and morph into strong-willed, intelligent, capable characters that can stand on their own two feet. When your female sidekick is doing most of the work, it begs the question – why aren’t they the lead? More than the super-smart hacker behind the muscle, more than the damsel in distress for the dashing hero to save, here’s a list of 5 ladies who could take over for their mentors without skipping a single beat. (more…)

TV RECAP: ‘Arrow’ – S3E21 – “Al Sah-Him”

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The CBS series Person of Interest is good at a great many things, but one of its prize assets is the way it will alter the opening voice over to suit the narrative or theme of a given episode. This week’s Arrow followed in that tradition with the words, “My name was Oliver Queen.” To reflect last week’s development where Oliver joined the League of Assassins, stepping up to declare himself the heir to Ra’s al Ghul. Oliver is now not Oliver, but Al Sah-him, the Arrow. So now what? Well, there can’t be two heirs to the demon running around, can there? Time to settle old scores and take out the artist formally known as the heir to the demon, who right now is enjoying a french fry dipped in a milkshake. (more…)

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After last week’s Arrow review was published I was genuinely surprised by the response. Most out there on the interwebz loved last week’s episode, where I was less impressed. My biggest problem was its complete reversal of the recent developments about Brother Blood, basically halting any progress The Arrow (Stephen Amell) made into that investigation. Blood doesn’t appear in “Tremors“, confirming my concern over any recent payoff on that front.

Yet unlike last week’s tiresome episode, I found “Tremors” to be more enjoyable–shocking, I know, considering how much it focused on angry, angsty Roy (Colton Haynes). (more…)

The CW has a bonafide hit on their hands with Arrow. Comic book fans and non-fans alike seem to be loving it. I think they’ve done a great job at blending the history of the DC character Green Arrow with their younger, more modern, and dare I say grittier Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). And with this casting announcement from TV Guide, there about to do it again.

Colton Haynes, best known for MTV’s Teen Wolf, has been cast as Roy Harper, a character long associated with Green Arrow and one who should be instantly recognizable to fanboys and girls. Harper is GA’s first sidekick, Speedy, who famously struggled with a heroin addiction before evolving – yup, like a Pokemon – into the teen hero Arsenal, eventually joining the Justice League as Red Arrow. And losing his arm, losing his daughter, and going completely bonkers and revisiting his heroin addition.

Of course, that was before the New 52, so I’ve got no clue what Roy Harper’s up to these days. But in the Arrow-verse this Harper is described as, “a handsome, street-savvy, teenager from ‘the Glades,’ the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City.” It’s also mentioned he’ll be a recurring love interest for Willa Holland‘s Thea, Ollie’s sister, who is oh-so-coincidentally nicknamed “Speedy.” Apparently they’ll meet, “in an unexpected way,” and Roy is “destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow.” Hmm, okay.

All of this sounds awesome, unless it means we see Roy in a costume before Thea. They’ve been dropping major hints all season Thea could one day assist her brother in his crusade, I’ll be pissed if it’s her boyfriend instead.

What do you think about this new addition to the Arrow family?

The Green Arrow adaptation, Arrow, starts up next month.  Fans are all praying that CW does something to make it shine and it doesn’t end up being just another in a line of often-failed attempts at bringing a super hero to television.  And though they’re updating the show for the modern day, it looks like many old favorites will be showing up during the series – 11 DC characters have been confirmed so far, in fact.

Which ones, you ask?  Well, just in case you’ve missed the piece-meal news announcing each character and who will be playing them, we’ve organized a list here.  Some of these you may know, while others played more obscure roles in Green Arrow’s comic and may be lost on you.  So without further ado, the line up is…

 

Black Canary (AKA Pretty Bird, Scream Queen, Canary)

Played by: Katie Cassidy

Super martial arts lady who ends up on the romantic side of Arrow’s life.  Looks like this one may have been seriously nerfed by the Arrow team, however (lame).

 

China White (AKA Queen of thePacific Rim, The Woman without a Heart)

Played by: Kelly Hu

Leader of a drug cartel in the Pacific Rim who butts heads with Green Arrow.

 

Constantine Drakon

Played by: Darren Shahlavi

Kick-ass martial arts master and assassin who almost takes Green Arrow down.

 

Deadshot (AKA The World’s Finest Assassin, The Man Who Never Misses, The Greatest Sniper on Earth)

Played by: Michael Rowe

Expert marksman who, despite being an assassin, has a softer side.

 

Deathstroke (AKA Deathstroke the Terminator)

Played by: ???

Super-soldier mercenary with mega-genes who once managed to kick the entire JLA’s ass.  Little info is available about what they want to do with the character in the series, including who will be playing him.

 

Felicity Smoak

Played by: Emily Bett Rickards

Computer software businesswoman who fights the good fight.

 

The Huntress (AKA Batgirl II)

Played by: Jessica De Gouw

Mafia daughter who sees the evil of crime and dedicates herself to taking down the bad guys in rather violent ways.  Looks like this one will be a regular on the series.

 

Merlyn (AKA The Dark Archer, Vordigan)

Played by: Colin Donnell

Bow and arrow wielding member of the League of Assassins.  Looks like this one may not be quite the character he was in the books, as the team at  Arrow has seen fit to rewrite his story just a bit.

 

Speedy (AKA Arsenal, Red Arrow OR Mama Mia)

Played by: Willa Holland?

There are two versions of this character, one male and one female.  Both ended up serving in a side-kick capacity for Green Arrow.  All the rumors so far point to using the girly Speedy and having Holland play the role as a mash up of side-kick and sister to the titular hero.

 

Walter Steele

Played by: Colin Salmon

Stepfather of Oliver Queen and CEO of Queen Industries who stays out of the action.

 

“The Well-Dressed Man”

Played by: John Barrowman

Who is Barrowman playing?  We do not know yet, but that shouldn’t matter too much.  I mean, it’s John Barrowman!  Speculative folks have kept the list short on who they think he might be, the possibilities including Count Vertigo, the Star City Slayer, Dr. Light or Deathstroke (which would put the real total to 10, I suppose?).

 

Well, this is certainly looking to be more interesting than I had first though.  Luckily, the show starts up on October 10th, so we’ll all soon get to see what DC has planned for us.

 

Btw, screenrant has an excellent breakdown of each character, including where you might have seen them first, some of their background and what CW is looking to change about them.  Check it out.

In fact, she may have already been cast. Yeah, that’s right, SHE. Though she isn’t a character found in the comics, but one created for the CW‘s gritty reboot of the emerald archer. In the pilot of Arrow, Oliver at one point refers to his sister, Thea Queen (Willa Holland) as “Speedy.” And it’s not just a name drop to please fans, though it’s already pleased this fan immensely.

Producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg recently revealed to TV Guide of another scene cut from the pilot that would have further hinted at Ollie’s sister assuming the Speedy mantle. Guggenheim said,

My favorite moment in the original script, which Andrew wrote, that didn’t make it into the pilot is when she’s in the room with [her friend] and they’re crushing up the pills. The original stage direction was she reaches over to the shelf and grabs a junior archery championship trophy to crush the pills. I’m like ‘Why didn’t we do that? We never should have taken that out!’

AGREED. Any and all hints a character with even the slightest connection to Green Arrow’s second Speedy, Mia Dearden, could appear on Arrow would make me so, so happy. As of DC‘s New 52 reboot poor Mia has been – haha-  M.I.A.

Bringing in characters from the DC Universe is something Guggenheim and Kreisberg expect to do, so why not Speedy? A sidekick doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility, especially with Merlyn, Deadshot, China White, and Huntress already set to appear. What do you think? Would you like to see Speedy appear on Arrow?

Arrow premieres on the CW October 10 at 8pm ET.

Source: MTV’s Splash Page

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