“Arrow” Season 2

Sadly, “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” is gone. We had a few articles written that weren’t posted on the site before it’s shutdown. I want to post them here, so at least the time put into them isn’t wasted. The following piece, for Season 2 of the TV series “Arrow” was originally submitted to “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” before Season 2 began. Now, the first two episodes of Season 2 have aired.

“Arrow” is the hit, award-winning CW network show based on the comic book character Green Arrow—whose civilian identity is Oliver Queen—published by DC Comics. With Season 2 about to launch, a lot of rumors are flying around.

For those unfamiliar with the character, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is a spoiled, egotistical, billionaire playboy who never seemed to care much about anything other than himself. However, five years stranded on an island, struggling for survival after a shipwreck, changed him. Upon his return to civilization, Oliver chose to apply the skills acquired on the island—especially archery—by doling out vigilante justice in his home city. He now patrols the streets in a costume reminiscent of Robin Hood, armed with honed fighting skills, a bow and a variety of types of arrows. Unlike most costumed heroes, he has no qualms about killing if he feels such a measure is warranted by a given situation.

Though “Arrow” features the main character of Oliver Queen, and is set in Starling City, several of the characters introduced in Season 1 were from the Batman family of comics—Huntress, Firefly, and Deadshot come instantly to mind. Rumors are flying around that this trend will continue in Season 2. Ra’s al Ghul is said to be turning up. As the fifth slated episode of the new season is titled “League of Assassins”, it’s a good bet we’ll be seeing the Demon’s Head in that offering—if not before. A number of sources are arguing over the appearance of Nightwing—Richard Grayson, the first Robin—in the new season. They seem pretty torn over that one. Don’t be surprised if the character turns up in Season 2, but don’t be disappointed if he doesn’t. Apparently, the Batman/Superman movie currently in pre-production is having an impact on that decision. Expect Deadshot back this year, too. Also expected this season are appearances from the characters Bronze Tiger, and Brother Blood.

Seen thus far in every episode of “Arrow” is Dinah Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). Rumor has it that we’ll be seeing her transformation to her superhero identity of Black Canary in Season 2. Expect, too, more progress of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) to his alter ego of Red Arrow.

Another progression, hinted at in the official trailer for the new season, looks to be the introduction of the name “Green Arrow” into the show. Thus far, the media in Starling City have been referring to Oliver Queen’s costumed persona as the “Hood”. In the trailer, Oliver states that he doesn’t want to be known by that name. When asked what he wants to be called, Oliver gives a meaningful look to an arrow he is holding at that moment—a green arrow.

Season 2 of “Arrow” is expected to be even bigger, too, with the introduction of the Flash into the series. It seems that the Scarlet Speedster will be introduced at some point in this season of “Arrow”, and then spun off into his own show. “The Flash” will also air on the CW network, and is speculated to serve as a tie-in/launch pad for the theatrical “Flash” movie in the works. This has given rise to a large amount of conjecture as to what the future holds for the DC Cinematic Universe. If the TV shows and movies are taking place simultaneously, and in the same “universe”, with the TV actors also playing the big-screen versions of their characters, we’ll be a couple of large steps closer to the planned “Justice League” film.

Very recently, word was released of another live-action DC Comics-based TV series with the name “Gotham”. It is reported to begin airing on Fox during the 2014-2015 season. The show will focus on a younger James Gordon, as a detective, before his promotion to police commissioner. Gordon will be dealing with “the villains that made Gotham famous” in a “pre-Batman era”. As “Gotham” will air on a network separate from “Arrow” and “The Flash”, it’s not known whether or not it will intersect with those series. Or just how much, if any, impact “Gotham” will have on the DC Cinematic Universe.

All in all, this year looks to be huge for “Arrow”. Much as I enjoyed Season 1, I expect to like Season 2 even better. Season 2 kicks off on October 9, 2013 with “City of Heroes”.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

 

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