One of fall's flashiest shows is setting the bar high.
The CW's The Flash, a spinoff of the darker and broodier Arrow, takes a lighter spin with Barry Allen, the awkward Central City Police Department forensics expert so enthralled with the Arrow that he'd proclaim himself a fanboy. The change in tone was inevitable. As Arrow viewers glimpsed last fall during the two-hour Barry Allen arc, the man who would don the red suit had a more lively approach to life.
Arrow is focusing on identity in season three, and Oliver Queen won't be the only one dealing with issues of internal strife.
"If season one was about Oliver going from vengeance to vigilante and season two was vigilante to hero, season three is about identity," executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's the first season where this theme of identity is not only about Oliver but is also about all the other characters."
It's a natural progression for The CW comic book drama, which has broadened its focus beyond the titular superhero over the past two seasons as it continues to expand its universe. "It has become an ensemble where it's not just about the Arrow," Guggenheim says. "It feels appropriate that we'll have a theme that will resonate with the whole group."
Guggenheim, along with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, previews season three — which picks up six months after the season-two finale — with THR.
Can Oliver Queen topple Slade Wilson once and for all?
Arrow wraps up its second season with a finale that pits a former protege against his ex-mentor. Titled "Unthinkable," Wednesday's closer has Oliver (and a few of his friends) facing off against Slade and his Mirakuru army. Slade has vowed to shatter Oliver's world, a declaration borne mainly out of spite after Oliver "caused" Shado's death all those years ago on the island. Following Moira's death, Slade has his eye on one more victim in Oliver's orbit.
Arrow’s season-two finale features the return of familiar faces (see: Nyssa) as Oliver Queen’s battle against Slade Wilson comes to a head. But how does Deadshot, last seen locked up with the rest of Starling City’s villains in the March episode, “Suicide Squad,” come into play?
It's been nearly two seasons on Arrow but Oliver's former flame became the latest addition in the elite circle of people privy to his secret Green Arrow life. Armed with this knowledge, Laurel -- clear-headed and no longer pill-popping -- has inched her way in as an honorary Team Arrow member. "Being a part of the action and being a part of the A story has been great," Katie Cassidy tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I can't wait to be a part of it even more."