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'Arrow' changes title of Felicity's backstory episode

Just when we thought the Birds of Prey had a chance at uniting, EW has learned that the title of the highly anticipated Felicity Smoak-centric episode of Arrow has been changed.

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Robert Knepper's Clock King headed to 'The Flash'

Fans of Arrow and The Flash know all about the upcoming crossover event that will happen in the eighth episode of both shows. But before we get that far, there’s another crossover of sorts happening just one episode earlier on The Flash—perhaps it sets the entire dual-show plot in motion?

EW has confirmed that Robert Knepper’s Clock King, first seen on Arrow, is heading to Central City in episode 7 of The Flash. And according to TVLine, who first reported the news, the Clock King won’t be working alone. Yeah, it definitely sounds like Barry might need to call on his superhero buddies for a little help.

The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

David Cubitt to guest star as Mark Shaw/Manhunter on 'Arrow'

Another DC Comics character will be welcomed into the TV fold this fall.

David Cubitt has joined The CW’s Arrow as Mark Shaw, one of many in the DC universe who go on to take the Manhunter name. The Medium star will appear in the third episode of the upcoming third season as an A.R.G.U.S operative who crosses paths with Diggle, played by David Ramsey.

Cubitt is one of many exciting additions to the Stephen Amell-led series. As previously reported, this season will introduce prominent DC villain Ra’s al Ghul as the main antagonist, as well as Brandon Routh as Atom/Ray Palmer, and J.R. Ramirez as Wildcat/Ted Grant. There will also be an episode 8 crossover with The Flash.

The third season of Arrow premieres Wednesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

J.R. Ramirez joins 'Arrow' season 3 as Wildcat

For those Arrow fans wondering how Laurel might start to make the transition from feisty district attorney to leather-wearing vigilante, well, we might have just figured it out.

EW has confirmed that J.R. Ramirez is joining Arrow‘s third season as Ted “Wildcat” Grant. Ted is an ex-boxer who will run a gym for underprivileged youth in Starling City. But how might Laurel fit into this picture? Well, in the comics, Ted is a member of the Justice Society of America, and it just so happens that he specializes in training crimefighters such as Black Canary. So maybe Laurel will be putting that leather jacket to good use after all.

Arrow returns for season three on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.

Updated 'Arrow' season 3 trailer reveals the new Big Bad

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Batman’s enemy is becoming Oliver Queen’s: A new Arrow trailer reveals that Ra’s al Ghul will be the season-three villain.

The Arrow team released a trailer yesterday—sans villain—and then released an updated trailer featuring some mysterious shots of Ra’s al Ghul, who Liam Neeson played in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, later that evening at Comic-Con.
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That 'Arrow' happy ending isn't going to stick, producer says

Although a lot has changed since Comic-Con began, fans still show the most passion for a classic superhero. So Stephen Amell and the cast of the CW’s Arrow did not disappoint in Ballroom 20 for the show’s panel. After an eventful second season, lots of questions remained about the future of Olicity and Starling City. Here are the highlights (spoilers ahead if you’re not caught up):

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg admitted the beginning of season two was his biggest challenge to write because of the pressure he had put on himself and the show. However, some of Arrow‘s biggest twists—Sarah not being dead, Oliver waking up in Hong Kong—were discussed when writing the original pilot. Because season one ended on a low note with the death of Tommy, Kreisberg and the writers figured a happy ending to the second season would be the biggest surprise for fans. But don’t get too comfortable: “The minute you give your character happiness, you have to yank it away from him,” Kreisberg said, quoting Joss Whedon.

• Star Stephen Amell said that when the show premiered back in 2012, he felt as much responsibility for its success as his character does for Starling City. “I remember sitting in this ballroom [two years ago] and making a promise to the people who were here that we were going to work really hard and the show wasn’t going to suck,” he said. “It sounds simple, but that’s what drives us every day.” Then someone who didn’t want things to get too heavy yelled for him to take off his shirt. (He didn’t.)

• Willa Holland had to check with the producers about how much she could say regarding Thea’s future. Now that we know she’s Malcolm’s daughter, maybe evil lurks within her too? She said she’s been hitting the gym a bit and hinted that Thea would return a different person, but couldn’t elaborate. The producers did say that they will flash back to the season-two scene where Willa entered a limo with Malcolm and show how that played out.

John Barrowman will return as a series regular in season three as Malcolm Merlyn, having spent some time on Doctor Who—as Kreisberg put it, sometimes “you have to go away a little bit so you can come back better.” Because of his work schedule, Barrowman hasn’t finished reading the third season, but he says he finished the entire DC Comics Encyclopedia that he keeps on his bedside table.

• The producers already announced that Brandon Routh would join Arrow this season as The Atom.”We were looking to add a lighter hero, someone a little more fun, a little bit Superman—so we got Superman.” Routh’s character will also start a love triangle with Oliver and Felicity.

• Also already announced was the episode-eight crossover of The Flash and Arrow, and when asked which actor from the former he most wants to work with, Amell answered Jesse L. Martin—apparently forgetting that his cousin, Robbie Amell, is on the show. As for other teases, Colin Donnell will return for a flashback in episode two of an unknown encounter between Oliver and Tommy. Just don’t expect more island flashbacks to what Amell described as the “cold and rainy and wet, no matter what time of year” location where they shot.

• And yes, Stephen Amell can actually shoot an arrow and would beat Katniss Everdeen in any competition. Hands down.

Arrow returns for season 3 on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m.

Stay tuned for EW’s all-access coverage of Comic-Con at EW.com/ComicCon.

'Arrow' producer says that Olicity date is not a 'fake-out'

When Arrow fans first met Oliver Queen in season one, he was Laurel’s ex-boyfriend. You know, the one who had cheated on her when he took her sister, Sara, on a boat trip, only to have the boat sink and Sara die. Or, at least, that’s what viewers thought.

By the end of the first season, Ollie is a changed man, and he and Laurel rekindle their flame—for a time. But by that point, another girl had caught the audience’s eye. Enter Felicity Smoak, the witty IT girl who nearly drooled every time Oliver walked into a room. Their relationship seemed so impossible that fans started rooting for it.

But as time went on, romance didn’t seem so impossible anymore. To recap: By the penultimate episode of the second season, Oliver and Felicity have exchanged loving glances, had loaded conversations, and even hugged, but it wasn’t until the season-two finale that fans got something bigger. When Slade kidnapps Laurel in the season-two finale, Oliver hides Felicity at the Queen mansion, where he tells her that Slade is after the woman he loves and that Slade had taken the wrong woman when he took Laurel. He then tells the awestruck Felicity that he loves her. READ FULL STORY

See Colton Haynes as Arsenal in 'Arrow' season 3

Last season on Arrow, Roy Harper was injected with Slade’s Mirakuru serum and had to deal with all of the rage that went with it. But now that Roy is Mirakuru-free, what will season three hold for the wearer of red hoodies? For one thing, another red hoodie.

As comic-book fans know, Roy Harper sometimes goes by another name: Arsenal. And not only can EW confirm that Roy will be joining Team Arrow as a fully fledged member in season three, but here’s an exclusive first look at Colton Haynes, who plays Roy, too—in full Arsenal attire (above).

The Arsenal suit will make its first appearance in the first episode of season three, which returns Oct. 8 on The CW.

'Arrow' producer reveals details of season 3's Big Bad and 'Flash' crossover episode

What’s that? You say you need to know what’s going to happen on this season of Arrow after last season’s absolutely bonkers finale that saw the greatest freighter-based showdown this side of Lost?

EW caught up with Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg—who now has his hands full with The CW’s other new flashy (get it?) superhero show The Flash (now you get it). But since Kreisberg is pulling double duty with the DC Comics heroes, that means he’s got double the scoop to offer.

Perhaps most pressing is the question of which villainous threat Oliver Queen will face this coming season, which picks up six or seven months after the season-two finale. Crime is down and the police aren’t hunting Ollie—but peace never lasts that long in Starling City. Despite last season’s startlingly sinister Slade, this year’s villain will have to up the ante even more. READ FULL STORY

Brandon Routh joins 'Arrow' as The Atom

Brandon Routh is trading in his blue and red tights for another pair of blue and red tights. EW has confirmed that the Superman Returns actor has booked a recurring role in Arrow‘s third season as Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom.

According to TVLine, Ray Palmer, an “unparalleled scientist and inventor,” is Queen Consolidated’s new owner and has mysterious plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division. He is rumored to be a love interest for Felicity.

In the comics, Ray Palmer/The Atom has the power to alter the size of his body and can shrink down to subatomic levels. This is not the character’s first live-action appearance: John Kassir portrayed the character in the failed 1997 CBS pilot/TV movie Justice League of America. The Atom has also been featured in both the Young Justice and Justice League Unlimited animated series.

The Atom is the second DC Comics superhero to join Arrow in its third season. As was previously reported, Devon Aoki was cast as the classic DC Comics hero Katana.

Arrow premieres on the CW on Wednesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

From 'Arrow' to 'Vampire Diaries': Warner Bros. TV announces Comic-Con lineup

The bros are getting the whole gang together for Comic-Con. And by the whole gang, we mean everyone from Kevin Bacon, to the guys from Supernatural, to Mike Tyson.

In a press release, Warner Bros. Television group announced plans to pull together 15 different series, including five shows making their debut at the San Diego convention. They’ve previously announced a three-hour event on July 26 which will include the premiere of the anticipated Batman-prequel Gotham and footage from the upcoming pilot for The Flash, but they’re also promising the return of several of their biggest shows.

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Devon Aoki joins 'Arrow' as Katana

Meet Oliver Queen’s new mentor. Sin City‘s Devon Aoki is joining the third season of Arrow in the recurring role of Tatsu Yamashiro, known to comic-book readers as the sword-wielding Japanese hero Katana.

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Emmy Watch: 'Arrow' stunt coordinator breaks down Arrow vs. Deathstroke, reveals his dream fight sequence

Leading up to the June 20 deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com is featuring interviews with some of the people whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 10.

When The CW decided to take on a comic book show with Arrow, we never imagined that the stunts would be even half as good as they’ve ended up being. And no fight was more impressive than the long-awaited battle between Arrow and Deathstroke in the season 2 finale. Entertainment Weekly has named it one of the year’s 50 Best TV scenes.

Cutting back and forth between present day and Oliver’s time on the island, this fight added a layer of complexity that we’d never seen on the show before. And that complexity came from a lot of hard work. We chatted with stunt coordinator JJ Makaro to talk about how they created this fight (and what he wants to do next season) below: READ FULL STORY

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