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Katrina Law Cast as Nyssa al Ghul in “Arrow”

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According to a report from TV Guide, Katrina Law, most known for her role in “Spartacus,” is heading to The CW for the role of Nyssa al Ghul in “Arrow.” Nyssa is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul and half-sister of Talia. In the series, Nyssa will be a member of the League of Assassins where she will make her way to Starling City to face off against Caity Lotz’s Black Canary. In the show, her last name will be al Ghul rather than Raatko.

Law joins several new additions in the new season of “Arrow” including Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev, Caity Lotz as Black Canary, Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger, Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood, Bex Taylor-Klaus as Sin, Dylan Neal as Dr. Anthony Ivo and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash.

“Arrow” was developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell, who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrows. Unlike in the comic books, Oliver does not go by the alias “Green Arrow” in the television series. The second season of the show premiered on October 9, 2013

“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 P.M. ET/PT on The CW.

The CW’s “The Flash” Will Now Receive Traditional Pilot

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Since the incredible success of “Arrow,” The CW has decided to continue their foray into superhero TV with The Flash. The announcement of the new series was revealed a few months ago but it was originally planned to begin as a “backdoor pilot” on their hit series “Arrow,” where actor Grant Gustin would appear as Barry Allen before spinning off into his own TV series. However, Deadline is reporting that The Flash will now be getting a traditional pilot rather than becoming a spin-off.

“Arrow” creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg along with Geoff Johns are still signed on to write the pilot episode while pilot director David Nutter remains at the helm. Gustin will first appear as Barry Allen in the eighth episode of “Arrow” which is titled “The Scientist.” Set to air December 4th, the episode is described as follows:

“A seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division brings Central City police scientist Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) to town.  Citing a similar case back home, Barry offers to help Oliver and team with the investigation.  Oliver senses there is more to Barry than meets the eye, but he’s distracted by the similarities between this current case and something that happened on the island.  Meanwhile, Felicity takes a liking to Barry, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Oliver.  Sin (guest star Bex Taylor-Klaus) asks Roy for help when a friend of hers goes missing.  Roy is surprised when Thea not only encourages him to help, but joins the search.  Unfortunately, Sin’s friend is connected to Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro), and their search ultimately gets one of them seriously injured.”

No word about when the series will air but it is rumored to be planned with a midseason premiere.

Grant Gustin Cast as The Flash in CW’s Arrow And Possible Spinoff

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A few months ago, The CW announced they were considering developing another comic book based series as a spinoff from their current hit series, “Arrow.” The new show would focus on the DC character the Flash. Then, it was announced that the network had officially cast the role. Grant Gustin will play the Flash/ Barry Allen in the series as well as in “Arrow.” Continue reading

“Arrow” Gains Summer Glau for Major Role in Season 2

 

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Summer Glau, the lady who I think would make a great friend in my imaginary world, has joined season 2 of The CW’s popular superhero series, “Arrow.” According to The Hollywood Reported, Glau will be taking on the major role of Isabel Rochev. The character is described as being “enigmatically beautiful” and “dangerous.” Continue reading

First Official Images Of Firefly in CW’s Arrow Revealed

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The CW’s hit new series, “Arrow,” based upon the comic book The Green Arrow, is adding a new character called Firefly. The new character will appear in the an episode called “Burned” which will be the first episode of the show that airs when it returns from its mid-season break on January 16.

“Arrow” stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.

From Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, the hard-hitting action series reinvents the DC hero. After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and very lethal new set of skills that he uses in a war on crime.

The show airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. You can see the photos of Firefly below.

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Arrow Reveals First Look at Huntress

It was announced back in August that actress Jessica Gouw was set to portray Helena Bertinelli also know as The Huntress in the CW’s new series “Arrow.” Now we have a first look at the anticipated character.

The character will make her debut on the November 28 episode, titled “Vendetta.”

According to Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg,

“She is the dark mirror version of Oliver and it was a nice contrast to him because he’s pretty extreme. He goes a lot further than not only his comic book version but lots of comic book characters — most have a code of draws the line against killing… Oliver has taken the darkness inside with him and is doing something positive with it. She’s taken the darkness inside her and is seeking revenge and doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process.”

So far The Huntress will appear in two episodes but there is a chance for that to be expanded. Kreisberg added,

“It’s two episodes for now but we definitely hope we see more of her. We certainly set her up as an interesting foil for Oliver and we’re excited to see where else we can take her.”

“Arrow” stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance. The show airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Batman Villain Meets ‘Arrow’

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Arrow is the CW’s most watched series in three years. Who would have thought, of all the DC comics heroes in the DC Universe, that a Green Arrow series would become so popular? For the writers behind the show, this positive press means they’ve got to keep things interesting for the viewers and that means, keep the intriguing villains a-coming.

Garfield Lynns is the baddie of the hour. He’s usually a thorn in Batman’s side, but in an upcoming episode, he’ll tango with Oliver Queen. Haven’t heard of him? Keep reading for more clues about this villain, detectives.

For hard-core comic book fans, it’s pretty exciting to see old or obscure villains make it to television. You can even reminisce over past comic book appearances for the character.

Garfield Lynns will make his appearance in the tenth episode of Arrow and here’s the official episode synopsis as proof:

In episode 110, Oliver will meet Garfield — a firefighter who was horribly burned three years ago, and never recovered from the trauma. Since then, he’s been abandoned by his wife and kids, and he’s now described as a “bitter, vengeful shell of a man.” Meanwhile, the Starling City Fire Chief is also haunted by Garfield’s injury… since he’s the one who was forced to leave Garfield behind to burn.

If you aren’t yet a regular viewer of Arrow, you’re probably asking what Starling City is. That’s where Queen lives. It’s his Metropolis; his Gotham, so to speak.

Has your comic genius kicked in yet? Do you know the alter ego of Garfield Lynns? You may know him as the one and only Firefly. In his first incarnation in the comics, Firefly was a pyrotechnics expert who became a twisted arsonist because he believes he sees important visions in the fires he sets.

I do wonder what the costume folks will dream up for Firefly. Will he have a costume at all? Early versions of the villain in the comics sort of looked like Batman. He was dressed in black, with a full face mask and broad gliding wings. In another version, he wears a gold helmet, also covering his face entirely. It makes him look more like a hornet, or, well, a firefly. I’ve even seen him with buggy red eyes.

Garfield Lynn’s first appearance was in Detective Comics #184 in June of 1952.

Of course, Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen. You may wonder how tough an archer can be as a hero, but in the series pilot, Ollie was seen moving like a cheetah; a cheetah with huge muscles. The rest of the cast includes Colin Donnell as Tommy, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.

You can catch the action on Wednesdays.

‘Arrow’ Most Watched CW Show in 3 Years

The new comic book series, Arrow has hit the bulls eye over at the CW. The network has proudly announced that the ratings for their DC Comics flavored venture have been phenomenal. This is a victory for not just the CW, but for comic adaptations as well.

4.02 million viewers tuned in to the season premier of Arrow, starring Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.

That’s a pretty impressive number and the news makes Arrow the most watched telecast on the CW of any show, on any night, in three years whole years. In fact, Arrow‘s premier was the most watched of any CW series premiere since the birth of The Vampire Diaries in 2009. Wow, has it been that long? Yes, it has!

If those aren’t enough statistics to get you excited, then take this! Arrow is also now the most watched show in a Wednesday 8PM time slot for the network in more than three years. Viewership for that time slot has doubled since last year.

Supernatural has its cult following, but Arrow, being the friendly super hero series that it is, also gave that CW series a bit of a leg up. Folks who tuned in for Arrow at 8, stuck around for watching Supernatural at 9, and this probably contributed to Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles’s show having it’s most watched episode ever! And those brothers have been fighting evil since 2005.

Suffice it to say, Wednesday of this week, was one big cause for celebration over at CW headquarters.

Arrow even managed to tie NBC’s original comedies in that time slot. That’s no easy feat. Animal Practice and Guys with Kids air on Wednesdays on NBC. I have to say, I’d rather watch Arrow, too, though. No offense, NBC.

From Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter, the hard-hitting action series reinvents the DC hero. After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen returns home with a mysterious agenda and very lethal new set of skills that he uses in a war on crime.

If you missed the pilot, get on board with all the action. You can watch the season premier online!

I raise my glass to the execs over at the CW. It was a risky move to cancel Smallville and then bring in Arrow. You hope Smallville viewers will be faithful to the new hero in town, but you can’t be certain they will. Green Arrow also doesn’t strike me as a hero quite as popular as, say, Batman or Superman. So, I’m glad people are tuning in. I hope the lucky streak continues.

Arrow‘s good news may translate as good news for a Marvel flavored comic book TV series. I’m talking about Joss Whedon’s plans to bring S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen. We’ll see what develops!

By the by, David Nutter directed the Arrow pilot. He has done directing for two of my favorite series of all time; The X-Files and Space: Above and Beyond. He worked on Smallville and Supernatural as well, and more popular series, too many to list really.

While I was scanning the info for coming episodes of Arrow, I also noticed that episode seven, titled “Muse of Fire”, is directed by David Grossman. He’s been behind the camera for episodes of Buffy, Lost, and Dead Like Me.

‘Arrow’ Dealt DC’s Royal Flush Gang

No hero can shine without being tested by a solid villain. Batman has The Joker (and now Bane). Superman has Lex. Well, Oliver Queen, the wealthy playboy turned vigilante, has got the Royal Flush Gang. Yep, all five of them! …At least, there were five in the comics.

That’s right, Arrow has come to the CW network. In the series, actor Stephen Amell is Arrow, a hip take on classic DC comics hero, Green Arrow. The series premier hit the airwaves on October 10th. Entertainment Weekly thought the show looked promising. The called our hero a “gritty, urban Robin Hood,” and the show, a good deal “darker” than Smallville. Worth giving, “a shot”, har har har.

I’ll tell you what I like about the series. Recurring cast members have been listed as Deadshot and The Huntress. That’s cheer-worthy. But this week’s news revolves around a whole deck of villains.

Series producer Andrew Kreisberg has announced that DC’s Royal Flush Gang has been adapted to appear on Arrow. The pack of villains has found its “King” in actor Currie Graham, known for his role on Criminal Minds. His gang-mate, “Ace” will be portrayed by Kyle Schmid.

You’ll see with the Royal Flush Gang, that the dynamic of the family, and the iconography of the playing cards are going to be there, without the supernatural bent. I think we’ve come up with a really clever way to portray them in a more grounded, realistic world. The Royal Flush Gang are in episode 6, and we’re really proud of that episode. We think it’s one of the most successful attempts at alchemy that we’ve performed. The Huntress is pretty much straight out of the book because she’s such a grounded character, but the Royal Flush Gang were the most outlandish villains from the comics, but they turned out to be our most grounded villains, and the relationship that Oliver has with King, the leader of the gang, we’re really proud of it,” said Kreisberg.

If you’re wondering why the supernatural had to be curbed, its because the comic book version of the group had super human abilities. In the DC universe this is referred to as being metahuman. That’s very similar to the idea of a mutant in the Marvel-verse. “King” could shoot blasts of plasma, “Ace” was a female psychic who could make anyone insane, “Jack” was your basic elastic-man, “Queen” had telekinesis, specifically working with metallic objects, and the final member of the Royal Flush Gang, a guy called “Ten” had the strength of ten men.

Sounds like this could be an episode to watch. I don’t mind the omission of super powers. I think this tends to make everything a little more plausible. Just look at the way Christopher Nolan re-imagined the Bat-mythos in Dark Knight Rises to make a more down to earth Bane and Talia Al Ghul.

Arrow comes from Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter. It’s being hailed as action-packed and unfolds five years of no word from billionaire Oliver Queen. He returns home after his strange sabbatical with a mysterious crusade in mind and crazy new set of skills. Archery anyone? The show also stars Katie Cassidy as Dinah “Laurel” Lance. If that name sounds familiar, comic fans, its because that’s also the name of the Black Canary.

Deadshot To Appear In CW’s Arrow

The CW recently revealed that DC Comics villian Deadshot will in fact appear in their upcoming TV series “Arrow,” an adaptation of The Green Arrow comic series. Canadian actor Michael Rowe will portray the villain in the third episode, “Lone Gunmen.”

Rowe joins Kelly Hu, who will portray China White, and Deathstroke to round out the early list of bad guys Arrow will face.

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) explained that Arrow’s take on the character would be more faithful to the source material than DC’s last CW show, Smallville.

“You’ll definitely see the red eye piece, which is the most distinctive, iconic feature of that character, and I will say that with no slam to ‘Smallville’ intended, it’s a much more faithful version of Deadshot than the Deadshot that was in ‘Smallville’.”

But, Guggenheim explains, the show will take liberties with the character.

“In the same way that the pilot is a more grounded and realistic take on the material, our Deadshot is a more grounded and realistic take on the character than the fully costumed and masked super-villain that you see in the comics.”

Guggenheim also spoke about why he cast the unknown Rowe in the role in regards to his physical stature.

“Deadshot doesn’t speak much, so he has to have that physicality,” he says.

Stephen Amell (HBO’s Hung), who will portray the Arrow in the series, says Arrow’s relationship with Deadshot will be complicated.

“I can tell you that they are going to be after some of the same people,” Amell says. “Oliver does have a code. Obviously, it doesn’t include ‘no killing,’ as we’ve established so far, but there is a code. I don’t think Deadshot has it. I don’t think he respects his methods, which puts him in Oliver’s sights.”

The plot to Arrow sees billionaire Oliver Queen returning home with after being marooned on a remote island for five years. When he returns he has a mysterious new agenda, and a lethal skill set he will use to fight a war on crime.

Arrow will premiere Wednesday October 10 at 8 p.m.

The series co-stars Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance. Greg Berlanti (Green Lantern), Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13, Fringe), and David Nutter (Smallville, Game Of Thrones) will also join Guggenheim as  co-executive producers.