Per EW, Matt Ward has been cast as Simon Lacroix, who many of you may know from the comics as Komodo.
In DC Comics’ New 52, Simon is an archer and adversary of Green Arrow. On Arrow, he’s a deadly mercenary using the code name Komodo, who wreaks havoc in Starling City.
Komodo’s introduction comes as the show makes a move to connect the villains-of-the-week more closely to the overarching story. “Yes, he’s the villain-of-the-week for the second week of the show, but you’ll see that Team Arrow’s pursuit of him is part and parcel of a season-long storyline,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “You’re going to know what happens to Komodo at the end of the episode, but it will be a little bit tied in better with the season-long mythology than villain-of-the-week episodes have done in the past.”
TVLine have some details on the storyline involving Oliver’s child, and the potential to revisit it in season 3.
Though it was previously suggested that the paternity secret, which in large part died with Moira, would be revisited as early as Season 3, Oliver may have to wait longer to learn of and/or meet his long-lost progeny.
Likening the situation to that of Felicity’s backstory — which until now has barely been teased but will finally be explored this fall — Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim explains to TVLine, “Half of our job is coming up with ideas, and the other half is exercising judgement in terms of the right time to play those ideas.”
So in addition to ensuring there is room both on the canvas and within the narrative to circle back to Oliver’s kid, “We also need to have that moment happen in the right context. So is it Year 3, is it Year 10…? I don’t know,” Guggenheim says. “We’ve put it out there and we’ve got some cool ideas about where to go with it, should we do it, but we haven’t committed to actually doing it or even when to do it.”
The Felicity-centric episode 5, which had previously been titled ‘Oracle’, now has a new title as well as some more details on the episode itself.
At Comic-Con, it was announced that Felicity’s backstory would be told in an episode titled “Oracle,” which sent fans into a frenzy since many had speculated that Oliver’s go-to IT gal would eventually take up that comic book mantle. However, the producers are going in a different direction with the character, now calling the episode, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.”
In the hour, we’ll finally get to meet Felicity’s mother, portrayed by NYPD Blue alum Charlotte Ross. “We’ve established in the past that mom is a cocktail waitress in Vegas,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “She and Felicity are two very different people. Episode 5, which is when Felicity’s mom comes to town, really deals with the differences between these two women and how much of their relationship is a struggle as a result. It’s a real challenge for these two people to find some common ground.”
As for Felicity’s father, fans will have to wait a little longer to get more information. “The mystery of who Felicity’s dad is probably gets extended more than it gets answered,” Guggenheim adds.
Marc Guggenheim has revealed the title of season 3’s fourth episode – this is also the show’s 50th episode:
Update: Marc Guggenheim confirms that this does not refer to Zatanna. Instead, there’s a hint in the tweet below.
What could it mean?
Those of you out there excited for the new The Flash show, prepare to get even more excited! According to TVLine, Robert Knepper, who appeared in Arrow’s ‘Time of Death’ as the Clock King, will reprise his role as the creepy villain in Grant Gustin’s new show. Here’s what TVLine say:
Robert Knepper will reprise the role of William Tockman (aka The Clock King) in Episode 7 of The Flash, TVLine has learned exclusively. The Clock King is the first villain to show up in both Starling and Central City, having faced off against Oliver Queen in Arrow‘s Season 2 episode “Time of Death.”
But wait, it gets worse; The Clock King won’t be working alone!
“We wanted to give Barry a real challenge… TWO bad guys!” says executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, adding that Barry will be “fighting both a new enemy and one of our scariest and most successful Arrow villains in The Clock King.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, former ‘Medium’ star David Cubitt will be guesting in the third episode of season three. Here’s how they describe the role
Arrow is introducing another DC Comics character — and he’ll have strong ties to Diggle.
Medium star David Cubitt, who played Detective Lee Scanlon on the CBS procedural, has landed a meaty guest role in The CW comic-book drama’s third season as Mark Shaw, who becomes Manhunter, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Cubitt is slated to appear in the third episode.
Who is Mark Shaw? In the DC comics, he is one of many who take on the Manhunter name, including Kate Spencer. When the character makes his Starling City entrance, he will be an A.R.G.U.S. operative in Corto Maltese who crosses paths with Diggle. In comic lore, Mark has a connection to the Suicide Squad. There have been subtle nods to Manhunter on Arrow; in several episodes, a Starling City prosecutor district attorney named Kate Spencer played a pivotal role, before she was killed in late season two. (One of the characters who becomes Manhunter in the comics has the same name.)
Per TVGuide, Felicity’s mother has been cast for season 3.
NYPD Blue alum Charlotte Ross has been tapped to play the mother of Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) on Arrow, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Ross, whose credits also include Nashville, Days of Our Lives and Glee, is slated to appear in at least one episode in early November. Details on Felicity’s mother — including her name and whether she’ll appear in flashback or present day — are being kept heavily guarded.
What do you think of the casting?
Per Deadline, J.R. Ramirez has been cast as Ted Grant for the third season. Here’s what they say:
J.R. Ramirez has been cast as Ted “Wildcat” Grant on the upcoming third season of the CW‘s Arrow. The show’s executive producer Marc Guggenheim announced at Comic-Con this past weekend that the character would be introduced on the show in Season 3 but did not reveal casting information. The role is envisioned as a potentially recurring. In the DC Comics, Ted Grant is a member J.R. Ramirez Wildcat Arrow CWof the Justice Society for America, as well as the mentor and trainer of other masked vigilantes including the Black Canary.
In Arrow, Grant will be a former boxer who now runs a gym for underprivileged youth. A man with a mysterious past, he will play a pivotal role in Laurel Lance’s arc this season.
A variety of interviews from Comic-Con are available. The first is NerdHQ talking to Stephen Amell
We then have two John Barrowman interviews. The first is from TVLine; the second Seat42F.
Finally, Colton Haynes has also been talking to Seat42F.
CinemaBlend have posted a list of 31 things that were revealed at Comic-Con about Arrow’s third season.
1. Season 3 is all about identity. – Apparently, a number of characters will be questioning their identity. Guggenheim broke it down with each of the main characters and their identity questions:
2. ”Oliver has one woman in his life this season, and that is Felicity.”
Stephen Amell said those exact words when talking about the “big things” that are going on between his character and Felicity. “That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re together,” he elaborated. But it sounds like all of the stuff that went down between Felicity and Oliver in the Season 2 finale (him telling her he loved her, was that real, etc?) will be addressed in the premiere. We will get “an abundantly clear picture of how they both feel about one another.”
3. Merlyn will be around a lot. – John Barrowman’s a series regular and Marc Guggenheim says he’ll appear in at least 18 episodes. But he’s not the big bad this season. “The fun of Season 3 and Malcolm’s presence in it is the unexpected ways that he’s injected into the story.”
4. The big bad of Season 3 will have a self-righteous agenda. – Marc Guggenheim talked about how their villains don’t think they’re evil. They think they’re doing what’s necessary. That applies to Slade and Merlyn, and it sounds like it applies to the big bad of Season 3, who has been revealed to be Ra’s al Ghul.
5. The villain will put the whole team’s philosophy to the test. – David Ramsay told us that “In terms of this whole, we’re not going to kill, we’re going to do it the right way. All of that will be challenged this season.”
You can read the rest of the list here. Seemingly, there is a lot to look forward to in season three. October is still a long way off.