Time flies when you’re having fun. Seems like yesterday we were up all night on the street in San Diego waiting to see the world premiere of the pilot for CW’s Arrow. It’s hard to believe Season 4 begins tonight. Arrow has done something pretty amazing–taking a 70-year-old character and upending his backstory and surrounding characters in a way that stays true to the spirit of the original. This season the story of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is getting even closer to his roots.
Tonight Oliver’s sister, Thea (Willa Holland), will take over the Speedy mantle, donning the above slick new supersuit. Some credit is due to my pal and fellow Iowa boy Phil Hester and Kevin Smith, co-creators as writer and artist, respectively of Mia Dearden, the first woman Speedy in the pages of DC Comics’ second long-running Green Arrow monthly. This new look borrows much from their original. It’s not the first time CW’s Arrow has dipped back into the archives to bring out good ideas from the past, and that is what helps make the series so well-received by fans of the superhero genre.
What can we expect from Season 4?
For one, Starling City will be renamed Star City, one of the comic book homes of Oliver Queen throughout the years.
John Barrowman will return but now as the new Ra’s Al Ghul. The power will undoubtedly go to his head, but how far, and will he take Thea down into the darkness with him?