Stephen Amell Talks ARROW Season 3, the State of Starling City, Brandon Routh’s Character, Their TV Version of Justice League, and Surprise Characters

     September 11, 2014


We’re less than a month away from the season three debut of The CW’s Arrow, starring Stephen Amell.  Never one to shy away from talking up the show on social media, Amell shared his enthusiasm with fans attending Fan Expo Canada 2014.  The successful superhero series star talked about the consequences of the season two finale, how it affected Starling City and its citizens, and also how it opens the doors for new heroic and villainous characters alike.  There was also plenty of relationship talk concerning Amell’s Oliver Queen and Emily Bett Rickards’ hot hacker Felicity Smoak. Oh, and rather than dance around the question of whether the TV show heroes would ever cross over to appear in WB’s feature films, Amell answered it straightforwardly.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Arrow-City-of-Blood-stephen-amellThe fine folks over at CBR have put together Amell’s comments from the fan event, a selection of which we’ve included below.  Want to know how long Starling City will be safe now that [spoiler] Slade Wilson has been (temporarily) defeated?

“I don’t know,” said Amell. “Fifteen, 20 minutes. We do mention the fact. It is a big story point in season three. We don’t gloss over the fact that there was an earthquake and a siege, in consecutive Mays, in a major, fictional metropolitan place. We go over that. That’s actually a focal point for Brandon Routh’s character, Ray Palmer. We talk a lot about how nobody wants to live in Starling City anymore, despite the fact that we have criminals on the run at the beginning of season three.”

We’ll also learn a bit about Oliver and Felicity early on:

“We learn a lot about Oliver and his relationship with Felicity and the feelings — or lack thereof — for one another in the season premiere.”

Though fans are already excited over the episode titled “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak”, Amell is easily the most excited because: “I have four out of eight days off,” quipped Amell. “Unprecedented.”

As for their show’s version of the Justice League, here’s how Amell looks at it:

“We are creating a Justice League on TV for us,” Amell said. “I don’t think there is a logistical reality to us participating in the feature side. That being said, I never wanted to have to feel like the show was justified, just because we participated in the movie. I don’t think my character would participate on the cinematic side. What’s that saying? Is it six seasons and a movie? Our show right now has me, Arsenal, Flash. There’s going to be Firestorm and Atom. The Justice League elements of it are very present on our shows [‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’] already.”

arrow-seeing-red-caity-lotz-stephen-amell-emily-bett-rickards-david-ramseyFinally, Amell talked about an upcoming character on the villainous side of things as well:

“Well, we’re going to see Ra’s al Ghul,” Amell offered. “Actually, season three opens on a much lighter note. I’m enjoying playing Oliver this year because he’s a little bit closer to a proxy of me. I’m not serious. I’m not a brooder. We find Oliver in that position at the beginning of season three.”

And teases a potential surprise character:

“Now, boy we’ve referenced Ferris Air a lot,” said Amell. “It would be really cool to have Green Lantern. Hopefully, that happens. I have no inside information, unless I do.”

Be sure to head over to CBR for much more from Amell.  Arrow returns for season three on The CW starting Wednesday, October 8th at 8pm.