Sea­son scoops: vil­lains, spin-offs and a cross­over

Ar­row gets a shake-up in sea­son 4 and The Flash asks Oliver Queen for help in a cross­over episode for their new sea­son.

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Su­per­heroes unite! Ar­row (2013cur­rent) and The Flash’s (2014- cur­rent) new sea­sons are com­ing and this time, they’ll air back-to-back. Ex­pect the usual keep­ing evil mon­sters/hu­mans in check, plus the two su­per-teams will join forces in cross­over episodes to make sure that good tri­umphs over evil. Says Ar­row ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Marc Guggen­heim, “It’ll be like last year’s [cross­over] in that we are cross­ing over with a chunk of both casts. But like a two-part episode.”

AR­ROW: NEED TO KNOW In pre­vi­ous sea­sons, vil­lains and their back­sto­ries weren’t re­vealed im­me­di­ately, but the show’s not hold­ing back with sea­son 4’s new main an­tag­o­nist Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough); his story is re­vealed in episode 1 (5 Jan­uary). Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) learns that Star City is in dan­ger, so he comes out of hid­ing. Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) isn’t dead and we’ll learn more about her res­ur­rec­tion in episode 3 (19 Jan­uary). Hint: the Lazarus Pit (a wa­ter fountain with re­gen­er­a­tive abil­i­ties) is go­ing to be fought over a lot.

COS­TUME CHANGE-UP The vig­i­lantes are get­ting a cos­tume re­vamp. Oliver’s Green Ar­row suit keeps the hood but has more pro­tec­tion on his hands and legs. Mean­while, John Dig­gle (David Ram­sey) has a shiny hel­met and a leather suit, while Thea Queen ( Willa Hol­land) em­braces her nick­name Speedy and gets a tight red suit, com­plete with a hood and mask.

BIG MEAN BAD­DIES Ar­row’s swarm­ing with vil­lains this sea­son! Apart from Damien Darhk, there’s the evil or­gan­i­sa­tion H.I.V.E who have un­fin­ished busi­ness with Dig­gle. Baron Blitzkrieg (Jimmy Ak­ing­bola) ap­pears in flash­backs and is linked to Death­stroke (Manu Ben­nett). Says Marc, “When we meet him, he’s not Ger­man, he’s not a Nazi and he doesn’t sub­scribe to Nazi philoso­phies. We were at­tracted to an or­gan­i­sa­tion that ac­tu­ally in the comics had been as­so­ci­ated with Death­stroke.”

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