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COMIC-CON NEWS: ARROW Panel With Surprise Guest John Barrowman

Saturday, July 20, 2013.  5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Ballroom 20.

  • A surprise guest appearance by John Barrowman (The Dark Archer/Malcolm Merlyn) on stage wearing an Arrow t-shirt.  But it appears his character is dead  although  Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/The Hood)  left an opening: “From what everyone tells me, it’s pretty much impossible to kill you.”  Barrowman joked that if he had been invited back for season two of Arrow it would be bigger than Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary show (to which he famously wasn’t invited).

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  • Opening and closing sizzle reel shows the highlights of season one and gives us a glimpse of season 2 premiere titled City of Heroes with an introduction to Summer Glau’s character and some footage filmed in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside of someone who looks a lot like the Black Canary. But it is only the beginning of that character’s story, producers say. This must be the epic overnight fight scene the Arrow Stunt Department spoke of. Meanwhile, Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy) is going to start kicking butt, too. Where will this intersect?
  • Everyone seems to be shipping #Olicity — Oliver and Felicity as a couple. Emily Bett Rickards (Felcity) told the crowd that “shipping” was never part of her vocabulary before. And when moderator Damian Holbrook asked them who they wanted her with there was a near unanimous roar — “Oliver”.
  • Season two opens five months after Malcolm Merlyn’s earthquake device destroyed part of The Glades and will show us how Oliver evolves from vigilante to hero, from The Hood to the Green Arrow. Oliver embarks on this journey to honour Tommy’s memory, devastated that his best friend died thinking of him as a murderer. Diggle (David Ramsey) asks Oliver what he wants to be called in the clip and it cuts to the image of a green arrow.
  • Arrow announced the return of Deadshot (Michael Rowe) and addition of the Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), as well as the introduction of Starling City alderman Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro).
  • Arrows season two premiere airs Wednesday, October 9th on The CW in the U.S. and CTV in Canada.

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