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SFX|December 2017

ARROW, FLASH, SUPERGIRL AND LEGENDS OF TOMORROW ARE BACK, BRAVER AND BOLDER THAN EVER. JOSEPH MCCABE STANDS WITH DC’S FINEST

The DC TV UniVerse is growing Up. After launching four shows in the last five years, executive producers Marc Guggenheim, who oversees Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow, and Andrew Kreisberg, responsible for Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow, tell SFX that their fan-favourite heroes – and the shows in which they star – are entering a new, more mature phase.

In the case of Arrow, Oliver Queen has come to realise that the best way to lead a team is by trusting his teammates – though with most of them caught in a deadly blast at the end of last season’s finale, just how much of Team Arrow remains? For now, Guggenheim is keeping the answer under his hat. But he tells SFX of the new threats facing star City, wearing faces familiar to most genre TV fans…

“We’ve got [Lost’s] Michael Emerson coming aboard as a yet-to-be-named villain. Michael’s wonderful. He’s incredibly talented, he’s a lovely man, and he really is kind of a perfect fit for Arrow. His nature fits very, very well in this world. He’s a wonderful addition to the cast. And Kirk Acevedo, who plays Ricardo Diaz, our version of the Richard Dragon character in the comics, is wonderful. He’s really a force, and again a terrific actor, a terrific guy.

“It’s difficult to talk about season six without talking about who lives and who dies,” explains Guggenheim. “But I will say, because we’ve already said that Katie Cassidy’s character survives the explosions on the island, that she’s back as Black siren, and she’s absolutely terrific playing the darker version of Laurel. We also have Manu Bennett returning to reprise his role as Slade Wilson.”

THE NEW FRONTIER

Perhaps the most intriguing new character this year is FBI Agent Samandra Watson (played by GLOW’s sydelle noel), who complicates Oliver's life by examining his relationship with the Green Arrow.

“It’s sort of a back-to-basics approach,” says Guggenheim. “Starting in season one, we had Lance always being the person trying to stop the Arrow. It’s been a while since we told that kind of story. We thought, ‘what’s the spin that we can put on it so it doesn’t feel like just a federal-level rehash of the story we told with Lance?’ she’s playing with a lot more ammunition than Lance ever had. Let’s put it that way.”

Guggenheim describes Arrow’s overall tone this year as “a grounded, dark tone”.

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