Last month we learned that Summer Glau had joined the Season Two cast of CW Network’s Arrow series, slated to play Oliver Queen’s business rival Isabel Rochev in a recurring role. Since then Arrow’s creators have revealed even more about Season Two.
Enter The Flash
First, the big news is bringing in fellow Justice Leaguer Dr. Barry Allan aka The Flash in at least three episodes next season, with the possibility of a spinoff series of his own (although we wonder how you can possibly beat the original The Flash TV series, which remains not only at the top of the superhero TV efforts but also qualifies as one of the best appearances of a superhero in any medium). According to series executive producer Andrew Kreisberg at a press briefing when The Flash reveal was announced, “When you first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist working for the Starling City Police Department so, he’s just an ordinary man when we meet him.” We won’t see The Flash until the 8th episode of Season Two, and no actor has yet been announced for the role.
A new Black Canary
Wait a second. Laurel Lance is Black Canary, right? Or at least Dinah Lance was Black Canary for decades in the comic book history of the character. Turns out CW revealed actress Caity Lotz (Mad Men) has been tapped to play Black Canary on the series. So what gives? Kreisberg has been interviewed and he seems to be sidestepping the question while seeming to reveal that Laurel Lance will be Black Canary, but somehow after Lotz fills the role. Sounds to us like Laurel may take the mantle from Lotz down the road, much like Laurel took the Black Canary title from her mother in the historic DC Universe. The Arrow writers can juggle the DCU characters but won’t move too far off the mark. We think fans will not be happy if they don’t get to see Katie Cassidy as Black Canary.
At Comic-Con, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed some key casting decisions for Season Two. Sebastian Blood will be a new character taking on Oliver Queen next season, played by Kevin Alejandro (Psych, Bones, Heroes, Eleventh Hour, Burn Notice, Medium), as will Bronze Tiger, played by Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight).
Finally, with the following photo on Twitter:
… Kreisberg revealed this past week that at least a van tied to Metamorpho will make an appearance next season. Does this also mean former Justice Leaguer Metamorpho will join up with Oliver and The Flash?
Check out this video shown at Comic-Con 2013 three weeks ago, featuring a recap of Season One and a preview of Season Two, including a glimpse at Black Canary:
Season One DVD Release Date
The first season of Arrow will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on September 17, 2013. Pre-order Arrow: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray) or Arrow: The Complete First Season (DVD) now at Amazon.com with a steep early bird discount.
Season Two of Arrow begins October 9, 2013.