'Arrow' Introduces New Heroes, New Villains, and a Mask! Show Bosses Tease What's Next
The midseason finale brought huge changes for "Arrow." Slade Wilson is alive, Roy gets injected with Mirakuru, and Oliver gets a new mask. Plus, some guy gets electrocuted during a particle accelerator accident, which probably doesn't mean anything, right?
The Arrowverse Meets the DC Universe Colton Haynes as Roy in Arrow
Colton Haynes as Roy in Arrow
Roy discovers that Brother Blood was using a charity to cover up his supersoldier experiments and gets injected with the Mirakuru serum for his trouble. If the teaser for upcoming episodes is any indication, the serum worked and has given him powers much like those of the comic book version of the character.
Producer Andrew Kreisberg talked to reporters a couple of weeks ago about the writers' approach to that development. "It's a deep-seated anger that lets you survive the Mirakuru transformation," he said. It's how Slade survived, and "what's fun for the writers is we see what Roy's potential is to go down that dark path, too." The rest of this season, we'll get to see "how the Arrow makes it his mission to not let Roy" end up like Slade.
Oliver blows up the cabinet full of serum, both incapacitating Gold and leaving him covered with the stuff. In the comics, Cyrus Gold is the name of the supervillain Solomon Grundy, so that makes three Mirakuru survivors.
The serum came from the blood of Slade, who, though Oliver thinks he's dead, is very much alive and pulling Brother Blood's strings. And the real-life Slade is just as pissed as the ghost version. He promises to "tear everything he cares about away from him, destroy those who choose to follow him, corrupt those he loves," meaning Quentin Lance, Roy Harper, and Felicity Smoak, respectively.
And, of course, Barry Allen ... well, the network liked Grant Gustin's portrayal of Allen so much that it greenlit a standalone pilot for a new "Flash" series. It found the actor during "the largest search I've ever been a part of for a TV show," according to Kreisberg. "If I were a kid and I got to watch the living embodiment of the Flash, this is who I'd want to see do it."
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"A lot of conversation went into that eight inches of material," said producer Greg Berlanti ruefully. "We saw 50 or 60 different designs," followed up Kreisberg. "Some of the earlier ones were crazy."