LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Sneak Peek: Some Team To Believe In!

In what was, arguably, the best ARROW ever, head honchos Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle got together and created a story that was worthy of any comic book spectacular…they pulled together characters from the past, present and other worlds to bond into the thing that most people want…a supportive network.

That elusive touchstone which occurs only so often in life, sometimes at family holidays, other times at a convention of strangers who seem like friends, or at somewhere in between, there is little else among the human spirit that is as satisfying as the feeling of acceptance by others, despite one’s failures and flaws.

ARROW brought that feeling (along with many late lamented characters) onto the canvas and gave each other (and us) the feeling that everything would be OK, even in the most trying of circumstances if we have the help of a supportive network.

That long has been the hallmark of graphic novels, and now, the hallmark of the Berlantiverse.

The world that was created in the hallucination was perfection, and TPTB should consider an ARROW flashpoint that restores those characters to the canvas. The effect of their mutual appearances elevated the 100th episode to one of the better nights in modern television. It was a new era in “must-see TV.”

In addition to the always-fabulous sound and choreography was a story with a character-rich payoff and an expensive-effect-but-worth-it big bad.

The epic 4-night/4-series crossover event ends tonight on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW as the bad guy aliens, the Dominators, escalate their nefarious plans for Earth. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) and their respective teams join the Legends to save Earth while illustrating that humans are capable of bonding and working for a mutual goal of what is best for all, despite their differences…something that graphic novels have championed for decades.

To quote Felicity, “best team-up ever!”

Another era in which groups from disparate backgrounds come together to fight a common enemy, World War II, is on the forefront of tonight’s episode of LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. Footage comes to light revealing that the Dominators were here at least one other time…the 1940s..in a war film that was shot by none other than the U.S. Signal Corps.

And as I sit here, chuckling at the cleverness of the writers on their delicious inside joke, understand this…

When the U.S. entered WWII, the U.S. Army Signal Corps’s motion picture division covered the war and was headed by none other than Jack L. Warner, one of the four Warner Bros. Yes, the same Warner Bros. whose studio produces SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH, ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and is half-owner of The CW. (The Signal Corps has among its ranks a storied group ranging from Stan Lee and Frank Capra to Julius Rosenberg.) Thanks to writers Phil Klemmer, Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti and director Gregory Smith for the best laugh I have had all week.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill (reportedly returning soon), Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Matt Letscher, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Amy Pemberton, Nick Zano, and the master of dry humor, Dominic Purcell. Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker return from THE FLASH as does Amell, David Ramsey, Thea Holland and Emily Bett Rickards from ARROW. Christina Brucato guest stars as Lily Stein, the daughter that Martin acquired in a time aberration in 1987.

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW airs tonight in the U.S. on The CW at 8pm and on CTV Two in Canada.

ARROW: Stephen Amell Reflects on the 100th Episode

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ARROW is hitting a milestone right in the middle of this year’s four-part DC/CW crossover. As the 100th episode of the show approaches, ARROW is combining the events of the crossover with the return of familiar faces from the show’s tenure. During a visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver, star Stephen Amell talked about the milestone episode.

Here’s what we know: at the end of THE FLASH last night Oliver and several other heroes were taken hostage by the Dominators, a race of aliens who have come to wreak havoc on earth. Now they’re all hooked up to some alien pods as their friends back on earth struggle to find a way to save them.

“To explain the 100th episode is impossible because it is such a radical departure from anything that we have ever done on the show and we’ve done a lot because we’ve done 100 episodes,” Amell said. “But we utilize the fantastical elements that we bring in on THE FLASH and carry through to LEGENDS OF TOMORROW with the present day storyline to create something for the 100th episode of the show that is not a flashback, it’s not a flash forward, it’s something else entirely.”

Related: See photos from the four-part “heroes vs. aliens” crossover

“It basically gives us license to do whatever we want and to show some things that we’ll never be able to show on the show, to have some characters interact that will never be able to interact on the show again (probably). There was a very therapeutic moment for my character in the episode towards the end where I get to say goodbye to people that I never got the chance to say goodbye to. When you mix that together with the idea of doing a 100th episode, and the sense of accomplishment that came with that – which was much greater than I ever anticipated it would be.”

“People ask me all the time, put the past five years in perspective in terms of…we started as one show, we are now four shows in a universe that has developed on a network. I never have the ability to see the macro of what we’ve done, because I’m always in the weeds so much. But there was really a moment on the 100th episode where I took a deep breath and was like ‘this is really cool.’ We went around and looked at all the different people that have been there since the beginning and shared stories and it was very, very cool.”

Don’t miss the 100th episode of ARROW (and part 3 of the four-part crossover) tonight (November 30) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s A Crossover!!!

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The CW gets even more epic this week with the touted 4-night crossover that coincides with ARROW’s 100th episode on Wednesday.

SUPERGIRL kicks off the event tonight which will see heroes and aliens face off and a few dead people showing up in the Flarrowverse. Whether this is an alternate timeline, a timeline reset resulting from a LEGENDS OF TOMORROW timejump or another reality-altering event remains to be seen.

Supergirl joins THE FLASH, ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW to fight an old Justice League foe, The Dominators. Bringing the four teams together will rival the Justice League in size and epic scope.

Since 1967, the alien race from the outer cosmos has traveled throughout time in DC Comics to wreak havoc on Earth and other worlds from the 20th century through the 31st. One of their targets is the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century, the team that Mon-El (Chris Wood) is destined to join in the future.

The evil aliens often have Mengele-like proclivities and have touched the lives of many characters shared by the Flarrowverse and DC Comics, including Snapper Carr and Maxwell Lord.

The Dominators often tend to be interested in how the metagene of metahumans work, which should land them the motherload during the 4-night crossover.

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ARROW/LEGENDS OF TOMORROW executive producer Marc Guggenheim states that “cutting-edge prosthetics and computer effects” are used for the Dominators “to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.” (Comic book art above.)

But before this week’s big bad barrels onto the scene, SUPERGIRL must face problems a little closer to home. Eliza (Helen Slater) comes to town to spend Thanksgiving with Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh), Mon-El, James (Mehcad Brooks) and Winn (Jeremy Jordan).

The holiday is rife with secrets. James and Winn must decide if they want to tell Kara that James is also The Guardian.

Alex considers telling her mother that she is gay and possibly headed toward a relationship with National City Police Detective Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima).

Kara must decide who she tells that she saw Jeremiah (Dean Cain) alive and imprisoned at CADMUS.

Will the folks at CADMUS be carving turkey with their families? Unlikely. Lillian Luthor’s (Brenda Strong) bad guy team has been cooking up another dish for the holidays…a virus that instantly kills any alien in the vicinity.

Given the potential repercussions to Mon-El, J’onn (David Harewood), herself and others, Kara enlists an unexpected ally, Lillian’s daughter, Lena (Katie McGrath) to fight the evil consortium.

Also on the canvas tonight are Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) from THE FLASH who come to SUPERGIRL’s earth to seek help from the Dominator invasion on their world.

Will the breach of the space-time continuum the reason that Laurel Lance is seen in the photo gallery (below) wearing a wedding dress? Or is something in the past altered when the Legends go back in time to face The Dominators?

Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Jessica Queller & Derek Simon.

See a photo gallery and extended preview about the crossover for more!

The super-crossover begins tonight on SUPERGIRL at 8:00 p.m. on The CW and continues Tuesday through Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on THE FLASH, ARROW and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

The CW Releases an Extended Preview for the ARROW, FLASH, SUPERGIRL and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Crossover

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Aliens are coming! The four-show CW/DC crossover finds our heroes fighting a hostile alien force named The Dominators.

In a new extended preview, Lila indicates that A.R.G.U.S. may have known about this alien race for a while. What’s clear is that these aliens most definitely do not “come in peace”. With Dominator ships appearing across the world, Iris makes it clear that this is not a threat Barry can face alone. Fortunately he won’t have to, because he’s about to get some help from his superhero friends.

Related: See photos from the DC shows crossover

The preview also contains a hint as to what could lead into the 100th episode of ARROW (which takes place during this crossover). In that episode we see Oliver waking up to a life where he never got on the Queen’s Gambit. Could his presence in an alien pod cause him to hallucinate this alternate reality?

The CW-DC crossover kicks off on Monday, November 28 with SUPERGIRL beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

CW-DC Crossover Photos: A Wedding on ARROW, Supergirl on THE FLASH and More

The CW is gearing up for a four night crossover extravaganza this year, starting with SUPERGIRL and ending with LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. The CW has released photos now for the episodes, which you can view above.

Here’s what you can expect from the episodes:

SUPERGIRL (November 28): Eliza (guest star Helen Slater) comes to town to celebrate Thanksgiving with her daughters. Alex (Chyler Leigh) decides it’s time to come out to her mother; Kara (Melisa Benoist) is shocked when Eliza suggests Mon-El (Chris Wood) has feelings for her, and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and James (Mehcad Brooks) consider telling Kara the truth about the Guardian. Meanwhile, CADMUS unleashes a virus that instantly kills any alien in the vicinity so Kara enlists an unexpected ally – Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath). The epic superhero crossover kicks off tonight when Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) and Cisco Ramon (guest star Carlos Valdes) seek Kara’s help with an alien invasion on their Earth.

THE FLASH (November 29): When aliens called the Dominators attack Central City, Barry (Grant Gustin) speeds over to Star City to ask the Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell) for help in stopping them. Realizing the battle against the Dominators is bigger than they thought, they track down the Legends of Tomorrow, and Barry and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) create a breach to bring back a secret weapon – Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist). Once all of the super friends are assembled, they come up with a plan to attack but a shocking secret related to Flashpoint is revealed and suddenly no one is sure who they can trust. Meanwhile, Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) wants to join the battle against the aliens but Iris (Candice Patton) tells him he’s not ready.

ARROW (November 30): Oliver (Stephen Amell) wakes up to a life where he never got on The Queen’s Gambit. Robert (guest star Jamey Sheridan) and Moira Queen (guest star Susanna Thompson) are alive and well. Laurel (guest star Katie Cassidy) is his loving fiancée and their wedding is imminent. Everything seems perfect, but Oliver starts to notice small imperfections that make him question this new reality. Meanwhile, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and the recruits take on a new threat with help from The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist).

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (December 1): After learning the Dominators’ plan for the world, the Legends must work together with The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin), Supergirl (guest star Melissa Benoist) and Green Arrow (guest star Stephen Amell) to kill them once and for all. Meanwhile, Stein (Victor Garber) figures out, with the help of others, how the team can terminate the Dominators, but is distracted by the aberration he realizes he created in 1987.

The CW-DC crossover kicks off on Monday, November 28 with SUPERGIRL beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

ARROW: The Cast Teases Tonight’s Episode and the Introduction of ‘Vigilante’

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Oliver and Team Arrow will be meeting a new crime fighter in this week’s episode. Vigilante is the alter-ego of D.A. Adrian Chase in the comics, but we’re not entirely sure if the show will follow the same origins.

During a visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver, the cast teased Vigilante’s introduction to the show.

The Introduction of Vigilante. Josh Segarra (D.A. Adrian Chase) teased that “I don’t want to say too much, because I’m actually really excited to surprise everybody. We get to meet Vigilante. What’s been important to me is that when I watch something that’s based off literary script, I’m excited to see the parts that I imagined in my head the most. So when I started reading the Vigilante comics, there were of course parts that I was just, “Oh, my God, I hope I get to do this! Or I hope I get to go down on this road!” And so far I’m getting to do a lot of those things. Episode 7, when you finally meet Vigilante, it’s a pretty exciting time, I think, for Chase and for the Vigilante.” While we don’t know if Chase will be Vigilante, we do know that the D.A. will be branching out more, according to Segarra. “I was dying to meet other characters, too. I was like, ‘Dude, Steve, you’re cool and all, but come on, where’s Ramsey over here?’ Yeah, Chase starts getting involved a little bit more into the rest of the world. So right now, getting to meet some important folks, and you’ll see where he sits later on.”

Oliver’s Mirror. Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) described the introduction of Vigilante as a mirror for Oliver. “Vigilante is another episode — you know, we have a lot of these episodes — where it’s kind of Oliver holding up a mirror a little bit. And seeing whether or not what he is doing is having an impact. And the thing that I like about the episode is that he learns that even if it’s not going as quickly as he wants, there’s still…they really are on the right path. I mean, I spoke a lot at the 100th episode party about how this isn’t the happiest that Oliver has ever been, but this is the most resolute and confident that he has been in his path. That Vigilante episode is another opportunity for him to learn that and become more resolute.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of ARROW tonight (November 16) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and on CTV Two (Canada).

ARROW: Stephen Amell on Oliver’s Love Life, Susan Williams Digging into His Past and More

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It’s a whole new world for Oliver on season 5 of ARROW. The former billionaire has a new team, a new job (as Mayor of Star City) and a new problem: someone might discover his past off the island.

During a visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver, star Stephen Amell spoke to journalists about what’s to come next for Oliver, including a possible new romance, the discovery of his secrets and how we should look at Oliver in season 5.

Uncovering the Past. We’ve seen that reporter Susan Williams has an inkling that Oliver didn’t really spend those five years on a “hellish island”. Will she continue to dig into his past and reveal his secrets? “It hasn’t really happened yet, but where they go is interesting. Susan appears to be up to no good, but, you know, in reality she’s just following a very interesting story. The Mayor of the town where she is a news reporter was clearly not on island for five consecutive years, which — by the way, I feel like it’s about time we did that. I mean, I always think back to the first Nolan BERMAN where I think it’s Ra’s al Ghul that says ‘the world is too small a place for someone like Bruce Wayne to disappear’. Theoretically Oliver Queen was sort of…you know, even if he wasn’t as famous — and he wasn’t — he did perish in a very famous incident within our story. I always thought when he was in Hong Kong that someone would stop him and be like ‘you look like Oliver Queen’, but no. So I’m glad that it’s happening.”

Two New Faces. Two actresses are joining the show in season 5 in a recurring capacity. The first is Juliana Harkavy, who plays Tina Boland. Amell said that “Tina is a character that the team tracks down who is operating in another city.” We’ll first get a glimpse of her in 2017. Meanwhile, Lexa Doig is joining the cast as Talia al Ghul….Ra’s al Ghul’s other daughter (we’ve already met Nyssa). Amell hinted that “Talia is….we learn about her before we meet her. And she is, I think, our gateway to really accelerating the flashback storyline and buttoning up that list that I spoke about earlier.”

The End of Oliver and Felicity? The “Olicity” pair broke up last season and we’ve seen that Felicity scored herself a new beau in season 5. This was something she only recently told Oliver about, but Amell doesn’t think his character was particularly upset by the news. “I thought that Oliver was fine, if not slightly confused that Felicity didn’t tell him that she was dating someone. I wasn’t actually a huge fan of the idea that she wouldn’t say something because of all the reasons that their relationship fell apart last year, which was secrets being kept. So to me when I played those scenes tonight, it was just like, hey, we work together so if you’re keeping anything from me, anything, why? Is it because you don’t trust me? And if you don’t trust me, is that a problem? So to me, it was really about getting to the source of what her issue was. It was less about Oliver. It was more about, are we okay? Are we good?”

So does that signal the end for the couple? Well, for now at least. In fact, Oliver might get himself a new girlfriend. After all, Susan Williams seems particularly interested in the Mayor, and not just for news reasons. “I don’t know if he’s ready to move on, but it’s time for Oliver to have another relationship. We had a moment earlier this year and I was speaking with Wendy Mericle and I was like, ‘look, guys, there’s two things that we’re no longer allowed to write about Oliver: we’re no longer allowed to call him a billionaire because he’s been broke for three years. Not broke, but not a billionaire; he lost his family fortune. So not allowed to say billionaire anymore.’ I said, ‘currently, we’re not allowed to say playboy. He’s dated one woman since Season 2 and he had a fling with Isabel Rochev, that’s it.’ I’m like, ‘stop writing playboy. If you’d like him to be a playboy, then by all means, start writing him like one and then we can do it.’ I’ve had a couple of scenes with Carly [Pope] who’s doing a great job as Susan Williams and I do think that there will be some exploration of a certain element of romance between the two of them, and I hope that people enjoy it because I’ve found it to be really dynamic so far.”

Watch our interview with Amell below and don’t miss an all new episode of ARROW tonight (November 16) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and on CTV Two (Canada).

(Note about the video below: the interview took place on November 2, so any mention of “tonight’s episode” means the episode that aired that week)

ARROW: David Ramsey and Echo Kellum on Curtis’ Secrets, Diggle’s New Tech Toys and More

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Diggle has rejoined Team Arrow and Curtis has formally joined the team, but both of them are struggling in their roles. For Diggle, getting over the ghosts of his past is still a task that weighs him down. For Curtis, training to be a superhero is a struggle for him. But will both of them achieve their goals?

During a recent visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver, David Ramsey and Echo Kellum spoke to journalists to offer up a few teasers about what’s next for Diggle and Curtis, respectively.

Morphing into the Real Mr. Terrific. Curtis has had some growing pains as he’s assumed his vigilante identity. According to Kellum “I think you’ll see that in the latter half of the season, but I think, you know, Curtis’ journey is going to be very interesting seeing him kind of crawl before he walks and really get out in the field more and learn what his talents really are or what can suit him best to be out there to help the team, you know. So it’ll be this nice little journey that he goes on.”

Keeping a Secret. Felicity may have spilled the beans to her boyfriend about her vigilante job, but Curtis’ husband is still being kept in the dark. How would he react if he knew? Kellum hinted that “you’ll definitely see that in the first half this season — kind of us getting into what it means for their relationship and moving forward and what not, but I always say that I really feel like they really have a tremendous love for each other and that that’ll win through in the end. You know, that they will get past it.” Although, the lies will be continuing for a little while longer: “When he does find out, he’s definitely not going to be happy, that’s for sure. But I will say Felicity is involved in whatever scheme he’s putting up — telling his husband that he’s into. But it’ll a interesting reveal, you know, how he finds out what’s going on.”

Learning to Harness His Strength. Curtis hasn’t been as adept at fighting as some of the other new members of Team Arrow, but he’s working on it, says Kellum. “He definitely has the physical prowess, I think it’s just learning how to fight and bring that more to the field and I think that’s why he’s working so hard, you know, trying to get that salmon ladder down pat and things like that. But I think you’ll really see him to come into form and really just lean on what his strengths are, which is like using his brain too, and doing things in that nature.

Losing a Daughter, But Gaining a Son. Barry’s creation of the Flashpoint universe — and subsequent undoing of it — were not without its consequences. One consequence that was revealed almost nonchalantly is the fact that Diggle’s daughter had become Diggle’s son. A lot of fans wondered about this and Ramsey said that it is something Diggle will come to learn — although, he won’t necessarily be broken up about it. “I can tell you, it is important that he finds out. Secrets don’t say secrets for long, as you know, for long. People say that all the time on this show and that’s true — or in any of these Berlanti universes. I think his reaction is going to be a lot more compassionate. Diggle can’t miss something he’s never had. He’s being told he had a daughter but he doesn’t know he had a daughter so he can’t really miss it. So it’s less of what we know or what you think his reaction might be because we have the benefit of knowing he had a daughter because he doesn’t know. I think his reaction is going to be a lot more compassionate toward Barry, who has this extraordinary power and just kind of recklessly used it.”

Diggle’s Helmet. In a recent episode of ARROW, one of the new recruits noted Diggle’s cool helmet. Ramsey previewed that Spartan’s helmet has been tweaked for this season. He explained that “It’s been majorly tweaked. Originally, it was supposed to be a STAR Labs creation, but now it’s my understanding, it’s a STAR Labs, Felicity, some other people worked on it combination. I don’t know if they figured it out either. But originally, that was the pitch: you’re going to get a new helmet, and Cisco over at STAR Labs—there’s actually a scene when I cross over in the King Shark episode of The Flash, he asked me, ‘How do you like the helmet?” I said, ‘It needs a few tweaks.’ And he said, ‘I’m working on it.’ That’s connecting us to this season when you see a completely new mask. We haven’t quite gotten into what the mask does yet, but I talked with Marc and he said it definitely has X-ray vision. I’m kidding. But he says it has a lot of stuff it can do, and we’ll get into that later in the season.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of ARROW on Wednesday, November 16 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and on CTV Two (Canada).

(Note about the video below: the interview took place on November 2, so any mention of “tonight’s episode” means the episode that aired that week)

ARROW: The Cast Talks the Rise of Prometheus and a Startling Connection to Oliver

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Tobias Church was a short-lived villain on season 5 of ARROW. The criminal was dispatched in last week’s episode and his death really made way for the real villain of the season: Prometheus. Now this week’s ARROW will pull back the curtain a bit more on Prometheus, who ups his killing spree. With more and more people dying, Team Arrow searches for a connection between the victims. But what’s uncovered is a connection between the victims, Prometheus and Oliver’s past.

During a recent visit to the set of ARROW in Vancouver*, the cast spoke to journalists about the rise of Prometheus.

“I think you see things start to kind of get more dire and a little bit more real in terms of the big bad [in this week’s episode],” Echo Kellum (Curtis Holt) said. “You know, Prometheus really rears his head in that episode and it really sends the team on a kind of mystery of what’s going on, what’s happening, to try to figure out exactly who this Prometheus character is.”

“We’re taking great strides in holding [the truth of Prometheus] close to the chest,” David Ramsey (John Diggle) hinted. “I can say that he and Oliver have a lot in common.” Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) said that “to explore why [Prometheus is] doing what he’s doing, we actually have to go back in our story. Which is interesting and something that I’m very proud that we’re doing in a fifth season because we’re calling back to a lot of familiar parts of our early days in the show.”

As more and more of the mystery unravels, “Dig gets awed by every piece of the puzzle that comes together, like, ‘Oh! It’s because of that! He’s that!’,” Ramsey explained. “What’s great about Diggle is he’s the guy you can depend on. Kind of. He’s been less of that last season and part of this season. But for the most part he’s the guy you can count on to cut straight to the chase. ‘He’s a bad guy? He needs to be taken down. And that’s it.’ Oliver’s the one that kind of struggles with, ‘Oh, well maybe this. Maybe that.’ Diggle’s always the one that’s like, ‘Listen. He’s a criminal. We need to take him out. Don’t necessarily kill him, but he needs to go.’ So his reaction to Prometheus is the same as it was with Darhk, the same as it was with all our other villains. He needs to be taken out, that simple. Diggle’s the straight guy. He can depend on that.”

In addition to the team dealing with Prometheus, Oliver will be contending with Konstantin Kovar (played by Dolph Lundgren) this week. Amell said that “It’s interesting watching someone that has cut their teeth in film walk onto a 23-episode a year television show with 14-hour days, because he just moves at his own pace….I do think that it would’ve been a missed opportunity in the last year of these flashbacks to not have a really worthy adversary, and we’ve found that in Dolph, which is why he’ll be around for a while. It’s been a blast to work with him — it’s been awesome.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of ARROW on Wednesday, November 9 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and on CTV Two (Canada).

*Travel and accommodation provided by Warner Bros. Television

ARROW: Stephen Amell, David Ramsey and Echo Kellum Tease the New Team Dynamics

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Season 5 of ARROW has brought a new vigilante team to the forefront. After the loss of Laurel and the retirement of both Thea and Diggle, Oliver only had Felicity left as he continued his mission as the Arrow. But the recent attack on Star City by Damian Darhk inspired a new group of vigilantes and after a few false starts Oliver agreed to train them as his new team. Things also changed when Oliver helped break Diggle out of prison (after he was framed for a military crime) and he rejoined the team, at least as a vigilante, even if he can’t show his fugitive face in public.

During a recent visit to the ARROW set in Vancouver*, the cast sat down to talk with journalists about the new team dynamics and how Diggle’s return melds the old and the new.

It’s Going to Take Some Time. Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) reiterated that everyone still has a ways to go in terms of properly gelling as a team: “Everyone has their thing, if it’s Rory having guilt; if it’s Evelyn having not yet a complete trust in Oliver – which is something we examine very soon for very cool reasons — if it’s Rene just not doing well with authority figures… I think that we’re pushing towards all the different backstories that exist for these characters and one thing that we’re not gonna get over – Oliver says to Curtis in, I think the second episode this year, ‘of all of these people, you have the furthest to go,’ which is also something we stick with through the first part of the year.”

Curtis as the Weak Link? He might have the longest to go for now, but he’s working on getting to the finish line. Kellum explained that “Curtis’ biggest issue will kind of play to his own weaknesses and [him] trying to really fight through those hurdles. But that’s really going to be something that he delves into within the season [as well as] what he can really do to be a productive member of the team — someone that they can really count on and depend on.”

Diggle’s Return to the Fold. “When I first saw him get back in the field I called up Marc and Wendy and I was like, ‘You know, I think Diggle really has to be the sh*t when he gets back out in the field,” David Ramsey (John Diggle) laughed. “And the new recruits need to know that. They need to come correct and recognize, you know what I mean? Recognize the juice. And I’m completely serious. And they’re like, ‘Yeah, you’re right. They do.’ So they rewrote the scene and it’s so funny now. The new recruits are like, ‘Oh, he’s so badass’.” Echo Kellum (Curtis Holt) said that there will be “stress on new Team Arrow versus old Team Arrow. You’ll see some blowback from that a little bit, you know, but I think that they’ll realize what’s best for the city and put their differences aside [and] push through.” Finally, Amell said that the relationship between Oliver and Diggle is going to be as strong as always and Oliver is very happy to have his old friend back: “He had stuff to deal with, but that relationship between Oliver and Diggle has been very solid this year. I want him to be back full-fledged in the world, which obviously means he can’t hide out in HIVE forever, which is something that we acknowledge in a couple of episodes. It’s great having him back on the team because I think the recruits have been great, but Diggle’s Oliver’s guy, and he needs him there, he’s needed him there since the beginning, so it’s good to have him back.”

The Bond is Getting Deeper. They may not be at their peak performance quite yet, but we will see the team coming together more in the coming weeks. In fact, Kellum said that “I think you start seeing a lot of characters kind of gel that you wouldn’t necessarily see with each other and that’s something I think they’re playing with, just the different mixes and matches of who goes out on what missions and what not and seeing them really learning about each other and each other’s background and really starting to have a deep bond and really caring for each other as people, as well as team members. But it’s a really interesting dynamic to see how they mix and match.” In a continuation of the scenes from last week’s episode, Ramsey said that “Wild Dog and [Diggle] form a special relationship. He’s a former military guy like I am. He has also some post-traumatic stress as well. There’s kind of a similarity in their background.”

Don’t miss an all new episode of ARROW on Wednesday, November 9 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW (U.S.) and on CTV Two (Canada).

(Note about the video below: the interviews took on November 2, so last week’s episode is the one being discussed when someone refers to “tonight’s episode”)

*Travel and accommodations provided by Warner Bros. Television