10:19am PT by Philiana Ng
'Arrow' Season 3 Trailer: Oliver Lightens Up, Felicity's Hot Date and Brandon Routh
Sept. 4, 11:56 a.m. Arrow has cast the main villain for season three, Ra's al Ghul.
A new 90-second Arrow trailer debuted on Thursday and it opens with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) making the move on his trusted tech whiz Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). While in the middle of another high-speed chase in Starling City, Oliver doesn't waste a second in asking Felicity out on that date. (Watch the three-minute season-three trailer.)
"Do you like Italian?" he asks innocently while racing through an abandoned backstreet on his bike. "Oliver, you're in the middle of a high-speed chase," Felicity says, slightly taken aback. Oliver's response? "I'm multitasking." In another moment, Oliver — lightening up a little — takes an early leave after some late-night crime-fighting only to have Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) drop in this gem: "Do you have a hot date or something?"
As the trailer — set to Death From Above 1979's "Trainwreck 1979" — suggests, it's a new day in Starling City in season three. Diggle (David Ramsey) puts it best when he says there are two types of criminals left in town — "the ones we put away and the ones that are running scared."
Also spotlighted is Ray Palmer's (Brandon Routh) introduction ("I parked on your roof, hope that's OK? … You guys valet, right?") and Sara Lance's (Caity Lotz) return.
It ends with Oliver telling Felicity on their date that there are "still things you don't know about me." Cut to an intense gunfight alongside Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), who has a look of shock following some impressive kills by Oliver. "I never said I didn't know how to use a gun." Oh, semantics.
As executive producer Marc Guggenheim told The Hollywood Reporter in July, season three follows the theme of identity. "It's the first season where this theme of identity is not only about Oliver but is also about all the other characters," he said.
Arrow returns Oct. 8 on The CW.