Among Arrow struggles in recent seasons, the show’s flashback structure has had increasing difficulty connecting to the present, as one Oliver moves toward the killer vigilante of Season 1, and another moves toward the DC hero we know. Season 5 seems to be tackling that disparity head-on, but even as the landmark fifth year completes Oliver’s exile, producers say Season 6 and beyond may yet utilize the flashback structure.
Yes, where once Arrow Season 4 made us wait months for new footage, Season 5 is already here at Comic-Con 2016, with all-new friends. Oliver tries to assemble a new Team Arrow in the first trailer, as a new big bad looms over Star City, and guess who’s back from the grave to join every DC series at once?
Stephen Amell has promised that Arrow Season 5 will return to the series’ grounded roots, fitting given the end of Oliver’s five-year flashback cycle, and it seems the Green Arrow may appropriately deal with a major fallout of his Hood-ed past. Season 5's big bad has been revealed to result from the series’ early tendency for murder, something that now comes back to haunt Oliver.
Even if Arrow Seasons 3 and 4 had a hard time living up to its first years, Season 5 will at least reach a milestone for the DC drama, to complete the cycle of flashbacks and presumably break new ground. That said, Season 5 has plenty of work ahead in past and present, as a shirtless Stephen Amell gets closer to that island look in a new photo.
A few weeks back, Flash star Grant Gustin confirmed a pointed new title for the fall 2016 premiere, though Arrow archer Stephen Amell played things a bit closer to the chest for Season 5. Or so we thought, anyway, as the official October 5 premiere title has been revealed.
We’re weeks away from the bigger Arrow announcements at Comic-Con 2016, but that isn’t stopping this weekend’s Heroes & Villains FanFest from adding a few new details to Season 5's quiver. Not only does star Stephen Amell have a new take on The Flash’s time-turning twist, but so too will Season 5 bring Arrow back to its roots, at least until Supergirl arrives.
Anyone following Arrow star Stephen Amell over the last year likely caught his jokey “feud” with WWE’s Stardust, to the point where the emerald archer even took to the ring for a match. Now, after leaving his wrestling persona behind, Cody Rhodes will return the favor by appearing in the fifth season. Three guesses who he ends up fighting!
Directing The Flash has made Kevin Smith notably busier than usual, precipitating not only a Mallrats series, but a return to Central City in Season 3, while the comic director also noted his interest in writing for Arrow Season 5. Well, according to Stephen Amell, we at least know Smith won’t end up behind the camera for DC’s emerald archer, but that could very well change.
The early days of Arrow Season 4 saw enough Green Lantern teases to get fan hopes up, but will Season 5 do the same? The latest addition features a surprising personal connection to Hal Jordan, as Carly Pope joins Season 5 as a Coast City reporter.
Arrow Season 5 has gone on a tear of adding new heroes and villains, but lost in the shuffle has been Echo Kellum’s Terrific promotion of Curtis Holt to series regular. The Arrow bunker will feel plenty crowded this fall, but what role might Kellum’s Holt end up playing, especially after Felicity’s big change this season?