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March 31, 2014  admin No comments Arrow

Last fall on Arrow, Grant Gustin was introduced as Barry Allen, the boy who would become The Flash. Now, you’ll meet several new faces from the CW spinoff before the season is over.

Episode 19 of Arrow, titled “The Man Under the Hood,” is penned by the trio behind The Flash — Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg — and will introduce two characters from the spinoff: S.T.A.R. Labs’ bioengineering expert Caitlin, played by Danielle Panabaker, and mechanical engineering genius Cisco, played by Carlos Valdes.

“This was something that really came about because obviously Barry is in a coma at the end of episode nine [of Arrow]. That pretty much made it impossible for Barry to appear in episode 19, 20 — pick an episode of Arrow — because he’s got to stay in a coma until October of next year,” Guggenheim explained.

The idea for a Flash crossover (of sorts) was borne out of a writers’ room pitch, wherein it was suggested that members of the S.T.A.R. Labs crew come into the Arrow-verse around the time the backdoor pilot was originally slated.

“Even though the circumstances of that pitch changed, the idea of bringing in those characters really, really appealed to us because it allowed us to honor our original intention that we had at the beginning of the year, which was to do something Flash-related around episode 19 or 20 without of course having comatose Barry and basically paying Grant Gustin a lot of money to sit around with his eyes closed unconscious the whole episode,” Guggenheim said, adding that that original idea was written. The problem was “It’s really boring.”

If anything, seeing Caitlin and Cisco operating on Arrow opens things up for the producers — and keeps the public’s interest level high. “It allows us to further flush out The Flash universe in Arrow,” Guggenheim said of the hour, likely airing in April. “We get to see their dynamic.”

Interestingly, Panabaker and Valdes filmed their episodes concurrently with The Flash and Arrow; Guggenheim maintained that the scheduling coincidence wasn’t why they did it. “In fact, that was an added producing/logistical complication. It’s just so much fun to see these characters before you — it’s like previewing Boba Fett in the holiday special.”

November 19, 2013  admin No comments Arrow, General News

Arrow Mask -- exclusive EW.com image Three Ghosts

Oliver Queen will soon be a masked hero.

EW has your exclusive first look at Arrow’s brand new mask, which will make its debut on the show come December. But why the change? According to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, the answer is multi-faceted. ”Conceptually, it was something we wanted to do because Oliver himself is evolving as the Arrow– from vigilante to hero, sort of from Arrow to Green Arrow — and we wanted to see that progression in his costume as well,” he said. “As Oliver is embracing being a hero, being a hero means stepping out of the dark and being more of a symbol, so he has to take steps to conceal his identity more.”

Adding a mask also comes with logistical benefits, he said. In the second season, Oliver has found himself working much more closely with several people who don’t know his true identity — like Laurel’s father Det. Lance, for example — and it was getting harder and harder to believably hide Oliver’s face under the hood. “It’s going to allow the Arrow to interact with people who don’t know his identity in a much more organic way than having him constantly keep his head down,” says Kreisberg.

Costume designer Maya Mani put together roughly 50 mask options for the producers before they landed on the dark green design you see in these exclusive photos. Kreisberg credits exec producer Greg Berlanti for steering them toward simplicity. “A lot of our early attempts were very, shall I say, Joel Schumacher-esque. And it was really Greg who said not to overcomplicate it,” he said. “And I think what’s so wonderful about the design that Maya came up with is that it really is very simple, and it feels as if it’s been part of his costume since the beginning…once we finally had this mask and put it on Stephen [Amell], even Stephen was like, ‘This is the right one.’”
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