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Stephen Amell Teases How Supergirl and The Flash‘s Flashpoint Story Will Affect Arrow

At this weekend’s Heroes & Villains FanFest in New Jersey, Stephen Amell gave us reason to be excited about the upcoming changes to The CW’s DC television universe and how they’ll affect Arrow. Hopefully for the better. I mean, have you been watching Arrow lately?

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Even though Amell has previously downplayed the impact the upcoming Flashpoint storyline on The Flash will have on his show in the past, it seems like it actually will be having an effect on Arrow’s timeline, or at the very least on their story, by the looks of the quote in the above tweet.

Even better, however, is how Comics Alliance reported actor David Ramsey, who plays Diggle, described his character’s probable reaction to the arrival of Supergirl in their universe saying, “I wanna see Diggle’s expression when he sees Supergirl flying across the horizon. I want to know what that is … He’s going to pee on himself right there.” Seriously, his reactions to the increasing weirdness around him have been priceless. I wouldn’t be surprised if Supergirl made him pass out.

Lastly, TV Line also reported from Heroes & Villains FanFest and how Amell discussed the overall arc of Arrow Season 5 and how it will be going back to its roots:

““[T]he villain that we are introducing is a direct result of things that Oliver has done in Star City [and] calls back to a lot of things that happened in the first season of the show.” In doing so, “It really grounds the show and really focuses on its core value, which is the battle to save Star City” — an appreciably quaint notion, Amell acknowledged, given the multiple Earths and time travel taking place on Arrow‘s sister series. “The first two episodes [of Season 5] refocuses us on what the core mission of the show should be, and that to me is very exciting,” he effused. “Plus? Russia,” as in the setting of the next cycle of flashbacks.”

Yes, a core value is saving Star City, but honestly I think that there’s another core value from Season One that I really, really miss. Arrow started out as a show about a wealthy hero who ended up fighting against the rich and corrupt. A show that made it a point to rise up against upper class that would oppress lower classes in an attempt to hold onto power. With the show’s increasingly supernatural elements and fighting against generic terrorists, its connection to actual, real-world concerns has been lost, which to me is the thing that makes superhero stories worth a damn in the first place.

Here’s hoping that Arrow gets back to the thing that made it special when it started years ago. Star City needs a hero to stand up to the wealthy that think the world belongs to them. Hell, so do we.

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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