Arrow star looks forward to a season of not having to launch a spin-off
The world of Arrow has changed a lot since the show began back in 2012. In fact, looking back at that first season, it’s hard to believe that Arrow would go on to take place in a universe where superpowered metahumans run amok, villains from an alternate universe plan invasions, and immortal tyrants flee throughout history from a time-traveling spaceship.
Part of that change on Arrow was necessary, of course, as the show was used as a launching pad for spin-off shows The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. But series star Stephen Amell says he’s looking forward to a more grounded Season Five. ComicBook.com caught up with Amell at The CW upfront presentation, where he talked about the magical elements present in Season Four:
“I think it was a good element for season four. I think that ultimately, we are always going to be at our best when we do what we do best, which is, we’re the superpowerless superhero show, right?”
“We’re the superpowerless superhero show”
“We haven’t been for a couple of years now, for a variety of reasons that have all been important and have helped build the universe on The CW. But at the same time, I do think we’re at our best when we are doing what we do best.”
To further his point and give a few hints about what’s to come in Season Five, Amell spoke to Variety about next year’s big villain:
“I’ve heard that our big bad, our villain, is something that you can really only do once you’re in the fifth, sixth or seventh season of a TV show.”
Variety pressed Amell for more details, but he remained tight-lipped, only dropping this little clue:
“As far as I know, they don’t have superpowers. I’ll tell you that.”
With Supergirl coming to The CW next fall and the network president confirming plans for a four-way crossover event, Amell said he’s interested as long as it doesn’t interfere with Arrow:
“I’m always interested and it’s always great for fans. I just have to make sure that they balance keeping up the quality of your show — last year when they wanted me to come to ‘Legends’ and play old Oliver, I was like, ‘That would be awesome, but show me how this works in our schedule so it’s not comprising whatever episode we’re working on.’ And it was great and we did it. So I would just like to see a plan.”
The Arrow season finale airs next Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW. We’ll have continuing coverage of the finale and Season Five news, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr for the latest updates!