Season five of Arrow is almost upon us. As further rumours and hints of what’s to come make their way onto the rumour mill, it’s high time we took a look at what’s to come for Oliver and chums in the Arrowverse.
Season four ended with Team Arrow shattered following the death of Laurel Lance. We know that Laurel’s last words to Oliver will be revealed pretty early on in season five, and these may well shape the rest of the series. Currently it’s only Felicity and Oliver holding the fort, though we’re sure Thea and Diggle will be back in some shape or form. Diggle is likely to be more of a military ally going forward.
Hints have been dropped that we may see Felicity and Oliver get back together as “more than just team mates”, but Arrow being Arrow, it’s likely we’re going to be on the hook for that one for the entire series.
The Green Arrow will need some new friends, especially as Oliver is now also the Mayor of Star City. Actor Rick Gonzalez will join the show as the vigilante Wild Dog. In the comics, the character is rather reckless and carries both a gun and electro-shock gloves. The hints we’ve been given so far imply that the character on screen will be pretty much unchanged from the comics.
Josh Segarra has been confirmed as the hero Vigilante. DC has had a lot of heroes by that name, and this version’s civilian name is Adrian Chase. In the comics, Adrian uses non-lethal weapons and generally has a lot of angst going on. Other versions have him as a sort of modern-day cowboy, or even a gun-crazy nut. Given that the Arrowverse likes to blend its characters a little, there’s a good chance this will be a mix of characterisations.
Actor Will Traval, last seen as the anti-hero Nuke in Marvel’s Jessica Jones, will also be in the new season. He’s to take on the role of Christopher Chance, aka the Human Target. The character is a detective who takes on the identity of those marked for death in order to foil assassins. Given the Oliver is now mayor of Star City, it’s not hard to see how this will tie in. After all, the city did go through quite a lot of mayors last season
Old Allies in new clothes
Actress Madison McLaughlin will be re-joining us as Evelyn Sharp. In season four, Sharp was an unwilling victim of Damien Darhk, who then started impersonating Black Canary in order to exact revenge (above). Season five will see her take on the role as Artemis. Fans of the cartoon show Young Justice will remember Artemis as a bow-wielding hero with a quick wit. Sounds like a great replacement for Thea.
Season five will also see Curtis Holt (played by Echo Kellum) stepping up as a hero. One of the running gags of last season had the technically brilliant and highly nerdy Holt attempt his own heroics, and yet mostly fall short. Given that the same actor has been confirmed as taking on the role of Mr Terrific in Arrowverse show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, it’s safe to say that Holt will be pulling on the spandex and adopting the role as sphere-wielding genius Mr Terrific. The comic book version has the character sport a huge T on his face; let’s see if that happens in the show.
Green Arrow Cannot Be Stopped
The show is nothing without its villains, however. Actor Chad Coleman is best known for his role in both The Wire and The Walking Dead. From what we’ve seen so far, he’s a crime boss-style figure who has stepped into the power vacuum left by Damien Darhk. We can speculate that he may be a variation on the DC comics gangster Tobias Whale, though that may be a stretch. All we really know is that this superb character actor will appear in the season premiere, “Legacy”.
We’ve also been promised Dolph Lundgren as Kovar, who will appear in various flashbacks. Comics fans will recognise Kovar as bad guy the Red Star, who has actual super powers. It’s possible that these flashbacks will tie in with the show’s big bad.
The main villain of season five will be called Prometheus. We’re told that Oliver is responsible for creating this threat in the first place. In the comics, Prometheus is an evil version of Batman, with an array of training and tricks that make him pretty unstoppable. The show’s producers have warned that we should not expect Prometheus to be the one from the comics. That said this new villain is likely to be a riff on the theme, being an “evil Green Arrow”. The costume looks scary enough (below). Prometheus is being promoted as the show’s big bad. Time will tell.
Stephen Amell confirmed earlier this year that Deathstroke’s appearance in the movie Suicide Squad does not mean that Manu Bennett is out of a job. Nor should we expect to see Will Smith take over the role on the TV show. We should expect the return of Slade sometime very soon. You can’t keep a good villain down, after all.
Random Plot Points
Despite the time-travel shenanigans in sister show The Flash , we’ve already been told this won’t have a permanent effect on the make-up of The Arrowverse. Though the implications of Barry’s attempt to rewrite history may have long-term effects for Oliver and Barry’s relationship.
We also know that Felicity will be appearing in episode two of The Flash Season two.
Arrow’s milestone 100th episode will be the middle-part of the four-show crossover with Supergirl, The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
No confirmation of Constantine appearing in season five. Not even a good rumour. Sorry magic fans.
Amell has said that the new season will be a call-back to the gritty street level crimefighting action of the first show. Given that both The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow seem to be taking on the more fantastic elements, this seems likely.
Stephen Amell’s former rival and former WWE star Cody Rhodes will make a guest appearance in the third episode “A Matter Of Trust”. Given that Rhodes WWE identity is that of a supervillain, this could be a lot of fun.
The now-dead Black Canary has her own statue, but actress Katie Lance has signed up to appear in various Arrowverse shows. It’s likely she’ll be back from the dead in time for the big crossover.
Episode Six will be called “So It Begins”, which is a deliberate Babylon 5 reference, apparently.
Story editor Brian Ford Sullivan has confirmed we’ll have 23 episodes of season five.
Article by Ed Fortune