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SDCC 2013: Arrow Panel

The cast of the CW show invades San Diego Comic-Con to talk with the fans about the upcoming season.

Arrow won't return for a second season until October 9, but tonight in Ballroom 20, we were fortunate enough to watch a video preview and hear the cast and executive producers engage in a Q&A with the fans. Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, and Colton Haynes were the actors in the panel and they were joined by executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg.

  • "Filled with even more action, twists and turns than the first season."
  • Video showed two quick clips of Summer Glau talking with Ollie. In another scene, Ollie says to Diggle he didn't come back to the city to be a vigilante. Shows even more past footage of training with Slade.
  • "I don't want to be called The Hood anymore." Diggle asks what he wants to be called and Ollie looks at an arrow he's holding.
  • The video concludes with a quick look of the new Black Canary beating up a few thugs at night with a staff, and then looking at the camera (mask to cover eyes, blonde hair, tight costume) before running away.
  • Oliver will take more interest in his family's company. His mother will take a bigger role and it'll be a story of her seeking redemption.
  • Season two kicks off five months after season one's finale.
  • Oliver sees the city needs a hero to inspire them, not a vigilante.
  • "Everything Oliver does at this point is considerate of Tommy."
  • "One of the things we're doing this season is we're telling the beginning of the Black Canary story." Pointed out the first Deathstroke wasn't Slade -- clearly addressing how another actress has been cast for BC.
  • Diggle is going to start appearing in the GREEN ARROW comic series.
  • Colton says Roy wants to become a hero but season two will feel like an island to Roy like it was to Oliver. "He'll have to be knocked down a few pegs before getting some help from people who know what they're doing."
  • "Will anyone else return?" John Barrowman walks onto the stage. Gives Stephen an older Green Arrow figure and Stephen apologizes for stabbing him in the finale.
  • Producers ask if we want Malcom to come back. Crowd cheers and the producers joke they have a few ideas how to return a character from the dead. John says he'd be more than happy to come back. John says he can definitely return through flashbacks, too.
  • "Are any DC characters coming this season?" Sebastian Blood (Brother Blood) and he'll be played by Kevin Alejandro. Also, Deadshot will be back as a member of the Suicide Squad and the team will include Bronze Tiger played by Michael Jai White!
  • The opening moments of season two will give us a bit hint about whether or not Slade will become Deathstroke and whether he'll be a villain or anti-hero.