Arrow producer talks 'awesome' Flash crossover, intriguing plans for The Atom

Things are changing with the new season of The CW’s Arrow, and between Flash crossovers and new heroes, it’s going to be loaded with all kinds of DC goodies. 

Producer Marc Guggenheim chatted with Collider about the new season, which debuts Oct. 8. One thing we’re really looking forward to is the big two-part crossover with the network’s new Flash series, and Guggenheim positively geeked out while talking about it. Seriously, that enthusiasm is infectious.

Check out an excerpt from the comments below:

“It’s so freakin’ awesome! It really is. I’ve never had so much fun writing a script before, maybe in my life. It was such a blast to work on. We’re filming the Arrow episode right now, and it’s just so much fun. I keep telling everyone that we should try for Avengers. It’s these two heroes together with a big production value.  We’re blowing out the doors on this. There’s the opportunity for inside jokes, and seeing all of the characters together. What happens when Cisco gets his eyes on Thea? There are moments like that, that you just can’t do in a normal episode. It’s just so much fun. It’s really going to be a blast. Jesse Warren is directing it, and he is just crushing it. Those dailies are really, really insane. Nick Tarabay plays Boomerang/Digger Harkness, and he’s amazing. And that weapon is a whole new visual language in the show, and a whole new visual language for our stunt guys to work with. And watching Grant [Gustin] and Stephen [Amell] together is just magic.”

Along with the Flash crossover, they’re also introducing Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) this season as the new head of Queen Consolidated. Oh, he’s also a new love interest for Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), which could definitely cause some trouble for Oliver — especially since he'll apparently be sticking around for a while.

As comic fans likely know, Palmer is also the identity of the DC hero the Atom. We’ve heard he might eventually suit up himself, but according to Guggenheim, they’ll likely introduce that arc over on The Flash, where superpowers are a little more common. Crossover!

“I think anything is possible. My instinct is that, if Ray Palmer is going to shrink, he’ll probably shrink on another show. With The Flash in existence, there’s no real compelling reason for us to do superpowers on Arrow. We can bring characters to The Flash, to have superpowers. We have plans for Ray that don’t involve shrinking, but our plans for Ray are actually really cool…

There are several things we wanted to do. We started off with this notion that a lot of third season dramas bring in a new character to shake things up. Greg [Berlanti] did it with Scott Wolf’s character on Everwood. It happens on dramas, with great success.  So, we were thinking about who is a kind of character that we haven’t seen on the show, and one thing that we haven’t seen is someone who can play at Felicity’s level, in terms of the banter. We write Felicity as if she came in from a different show, but the problem is that she doesn’t have anyone else to talk to like that. We can’t write banter with Felicity and anyone because banter requires two people.  So, lo-and-behold, here’s Ray Palmer. I always joke that we basically came up with Felicity because we need one character on the show that we’re able to write.

Greg, Andrew [Kreisberg] and I all have voices for banter and fun quips, but Oliver is super taciturn and Diggle is a man of few words. No one was talking on the show.  Felicity was supposed to be a one-off, but Andrew and I both, independently, had the same instinct to write a character that’s easy for us to write because we were exhausted. I will say that Ray is a joy to write for because his banter with Felicity is a lot of fun. It’s a quality of the show that we’ve never seen before. Also, he’s going to end up as the new head of Queen Consolidated, and we know from past seasons that people in charge of Queen Consolidated aren’t always the best people. So, Ray is either an interesting departure or an interesting twist.

What Ray is planning and up to with his whole Star City campaign, and what he plans to do with the company, will be one of those mysteries.  One of the things we wanted to do was reintroduce the concept of mystery to the show. We had that in Season 1, with the glyph and the Undertaking, and the list and the notebook. The nature of Season 2 moved us away from that because we had Slade Wilson and it was a much more upfront story of vengeance.  With Season 3, we wanted to reintroduce some of those elements of mystery that make you go, ‘What’s going on there?  What’s up?’ Hopefully, Ray is one of those characters that will do that for us.”

It makes sense they’d cross Palmer over to The Flash for the superpower stuff, because that wouldn’t exactly fit the tone of Arrow. It also sounds like Palmer could be sticking around as a major character, as opposed to a short-term role. Do you think they’re taking season three in the right direction?

(Via Collider)

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