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‘Arrow’ Boss Previews Roy Harper’s Introduction: Speedy, Arsenal, or Red Arrow?

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In case you haven’t already heard, The CW’s ‘Arrow‘ returns tonight with 2013 premiere episode “Burned,” the first in a series of episodes over the coming months that introduce a number of DC characters into the mix. One particular addition we haven’t heard much about is the introduction of ‘Teen Wolf’ star Colton Haynes as famed DC hero Roy Harper, alter-ego of a number of identities throughout the comics, so what does ‘Arrow’ executive producer Marc Guggenheim have to say about the red in ‘Arrow’s future?

We’ve been eagerly anticipating the return of The CW’s DC-based ‘Arrow,’ not only for the plethora of DC characters to be introduced in the coming weeks, but for the show’s solid balance of action and character development. One character in particular who hasn’t had much to do is that of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell)’s sister Thea “Speedy” Queen (Willa Holland), whom ‘Arrow’ executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells Entertainment Weekly  will have quite a bit to do with the introduction of another famed DC character in episode 15, Roy Harper (Colton Haynes).

In addition to teasing the multiple possibilities for introducing the character in his various DC comics guises, Guggenheim spoke about how Harper’s character opens up the world beyond what we’ve seen of the Queen mansion and Starling City:

Roy is a great deal of fun for us because obviously, the character of Roy Harper has three different Arrow-related identities in the comic book — Speedy, Arsenal and Red Arrow. And we know that when Roy Harper shows up, it’s sort of a big deal for fans.

And one of the things we wanted to do in the latter half of the season was give Thea a romantic interest — this is part of an overall plan to broaden her world a bit beyond the Queen mansion. We need to get her out a bit and interacting with other characters.

Roy is from the Glades — the place in Starling City that we’ve explained is the worst of the worst. He’s from a different side of the tracks than Thea. So watching them interact is a great deal of fun for us and lots of fun to write. Thea is such a strident, strong-willed person and Roy is so completely different from her. It’s fun to watch oil and water try to mix.

Roy Harper is just one of many DC characters ‘Arrow’ has lined up for 2013, including the return of Jessica De Gouw’s Huntress, ‘Stargate: Universe’s Andrew Dunbar as Firefly, ‘Battlestar Galactica‘s James Callis as The Dodger, ‘Fringe’ star Seth Gabel as Count Vertigo, and ‘Spartacus‘ lead Manu Bennett taking over the role of Slade Wilson / Deathstroke.

Well, what say you? Do you think Haynes’ Roy Harper will take up any of his DC identities in ‘Arrow’s future? What DC characters are you most looking forward to seeing?

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