ARROW Characters Are All Manifestations Of Oliver, Secret John Barrowman Role Teased

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Arrow executive producers Geoff Johns and Marc Guggenheim have spoken some more about their plan to build character and seriability in the CW’s new superhero series.

Talking about the secondary characters who will soon be forging a path to the Arrow TV series, Johns told Collider that the likes of China WhiteDeadshot and The Huntress will not only have their own stories, but will be extensions of the titular hooded vigilante:

The Huntress was chosen because of the emotional resonance she has with Oliver Queen.  That’s why I like all of the characters that are in the show.  They all are connected to him, in some way.

This ties in with what the producers said earlier about only bring DC Universe characters into the show if they service Oliver’s story. In essence these characters will all be manifestations or reflections of Oliver, which I think is a smart way to approach the construction of the Arrow universe. It should help knit the character stories together, further promote Oliver’s internal and external conflicts and make even the serial-lite episodes more relevant (fingers crossed). In relative terms it’s also quite a Dark Knight approach to utilising heroes and villains, what with the Joker and Bane (et al) essentially representing different repressed aspects of Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman’s character.

Further speaking about the thematic approach to developing Arrow‘s serial cogs, Guggnheim notes:

One of the things we strive to do, and it’s hard so I’m not going to say we succeed with everybody episode, is to have the flashbacks not only tell this continuing story, but speak to the present-day story.  So, the thing that Oliver is dealing with on the island has some either direct parallel or thematic parallel to what’s going on in the present-day story of the episode.

LOST was of course great at doing this, and more recently such dual storytelling has facilitated the success of serials such as Once Upon A Time. With Arrow flashbacks all taking place within pretty limited space (the Island) it’s going to be interesting to see just how many layers there are to peel back and contextualize the unfolding Starling city saga.

Finally, Guggenheim also teased the top-secret role of Torchwood alum John Barrowman:

Whenever I see the dailies with him, the word that literally always comes to my mind is, “Magnetic.”  He is incredibly magnetic, and incredibly charming.  I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen Torchwood and, not having seen him in Torchwood, I’m like, “This guy’s unbelievable!”  I come to his performance, on my own terms.  He lights up the screen and he really energizes the actors that he has scenes with.

Whether we can read into his use of the word “magnetic” remains to be seen. Click on over to Collider to check out the entire transcript.

Arrow continues Wednesdays at 8pm on the CW.

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