'Arrow' proved to be The CW's unexpected breakout hit of the season, lead by Canadian superhunk Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen. Based on DC Comics' character Green Arrow, 'Arrow' took a 'Smallville' style approach, altering details of the comic book character's life and backstory to produce an intriguing and dramatic series. Boy, did they ever succeed; ratings for the action-drama soared as the first season progressed, earning acclaim for the fight scenes, choreography and explosive effects used in production.
With the finale of the first season wrapping up a couple short weeks ago, fans were left with a shock wondering what to expect from 'Arrow's second season. Stephen Amell spoke with IGN about the anticipated next turn in Oliver Queen's story.
"We’re just going to find everybody in a different place. I think we’re actually going to find Oliver literally in a different place at the beginning of next year. It’s our second season, but it’s kind of like a new series. So I’m excited."
This already seems like a bold move, as often when a series finds an audience the producers become petrified of altering anything about a winning formula. The first season of 'Arrow' told two concurrent narratives: the story of Oliver's years marooned on a mysterious island, along with his quest to defend his city having returned to America. Both stories overlapped thematically in particular episodes, enriching not only Oliver's character but the series as a whole.
When asked how Oliver would handle 'Arrow's explosive finale, Amell said the following:
"The reason that he was the vigilante, the Hood, all that stuff is gone now. Merlyn’s been stopped, the list is essentially somewhat obsolete, the Glades are destroyed. If he’s going to become the vigilante again or something different, he’s gonna need a new reason."
The possibility of seeing more characters from the DC Comics universe was raised in the interview as well. The first season already saw the appearance of The Huntress as well as some new takes on well-known comic book villains (such as Count Vertigo being reimagined as The Count, a pusher of the drug Vertigo). When pressed as to what we could expect regarding other characters, other heroes or villains, Amell said only "Oliver's world is growing..."
Ominous and exciting. Which DC characters would you like to see appear in the second season of 'Arrow?'