ARROW Roundup: Birds Of Prey, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn, Arsenal And More
Last night’s episode of Arrow sure was something, huh? The long-awaited Suicide Squad episode aired and all the speculation about that very interesting looking blonde with the pigtails were proven to be true. Next week’s episode is the other one that has had a lot of people talking as well, the Birds of Prey special. From there on out it’s pedal to the metal as Arrow season 2 races to the finale and the gigantic showdown between Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Deathstroke (Manu Bennett). Since last night’s episode, a lot of things in the Arrow world have started hitting the web. We’ve got a quiver full of news, so read on to see the Arrow roundup.
The Suicide Squad featured a very special cameo last night. Ever since the first promo for the episode aired a few weeks ago, the internet has been buzzing about the possibility of one Harley Quinn possibly making an appearance. It turns out she did, although it was even briefer than we imagined. Though the promos showed an addition shot or two that wasn’t in the episode, Ms. Quinn did end up getting to say one line. You may recognize the voice too. Tara Strong, the voice of Harley in animated form, read the line while Cassidy Alexa provided the body for Arrow’s Harley. You can see the full cameo below.
While speaking with Collider about the remainder of season 2, showrunner Marc Guggenheim was asked about the big cameo. He was incredibly floored by the online response, but he wants to make sure fans don’t get their hopes to high about what it could possibly mean. He told the site:
Completely unprepared. For one thing, we didn’t expect it to end up in the promo, so we were caught a little off guard, on that front. Andrew was very much like, “I totally knew people would lose their minds.” And I was like, “Really?!” I did not expect people to lose their minds the way they did, but I was very glad. So, Andrew was a lot more prepared than I was
I want to manage expectations with respect to Harley Quinn. She was always intended to be an Easter egg. I don’t want people to go in with incorrect expectations and walk away from Episode 16 disappointed. But there is an element to the Easter egg that was not spoiled by the promo, that I think people will find a lot of fun.
Next week’s episode, Birds of Prey, will be another doozy of a story as well. You can see two promos released by The CW that aired shortly after Suicide Squad. While Guggenheim and company are staying tight-lipped about some of the things that will happen when the Huntress returns, they did reveal that this all happens after the character has been traveling the world for a year. While we won’t know all the details about her travels, Guggenheim told Collider in the aforementioned interview that they do have a ‘bucket list‘ idea for future Birds of Prey things. He said “One of the things we would love to do, at some point, is an episode where you’ve got Black Canary, Felicity and The Huntress working together. That’s on our show bucket list. One thing I’ve talked to DC comics about is doing a Huntress series that covers the year that she spent, between Episodes 117 and 217, from her perspective, traveling the world and hunting for her father. All things are possible.“
While we’re still eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Birds of Prey, the episode after that is an interesting one with the title of Deathstroke. Green Arrow TV have posted some very intriguing pictures for the episode that feature Slade Wilson avoiding some legal trouble, Officer Lance getting into some trouble of his own, and the promise of Summer Glau’s return as Isabel Rochev.
Oh yeah, one final thing. Guggenheim has teased the arrival of Arsenal. We know Roy Harper has begun the journey to become Arrow‘s sidekick, but there was some debate over whether he would be Speedy or Arsenal. When Roy got some special abilities, the best bet was that he would be a modified version of Arsenal. Guggenheim puts the speculation to rest when he touches on the fact Roy gets called Speedy in episode 17. He says “We did it because we want to keep inching Roy towards an Arsenal place. One of the runnings gags is that he keeps getting called Speedy and says, “I don’t like that nickname. Come up with another nickname for me.” When the time is right, eventually the nickname that will stick will be Arsenal, but the time has to be right.” What do you think about the latest goings on in the world of Arrow?
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