Oliver Queen is definitely going to have his hands full next season on Arrow.
The Arrow team brought plenty of teasers about season three with them to San Diego Comic-Con this year. During the show's panel on Friday we got a first look at footage from the new season, along with hints about Thea and Laurel's futures, a better look at Roy as Arsenal, what we can expect in the flashbacks to Hong Kong, and even a very cool clue regarding Felicity's backstory. That might have been enough to keep fans sated until the show returns in the fall, but Arrow didn't stop there.
At a Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment event Saturday night another, extended trailer for Arrow season three was unveiled, and in its final seconds it teased the arrival, finally, of a villain whose presence has been felt from afar for some time on the show. Check out the trailer and the villain reveal:
Oh, yes. It seems that season three will finally bring us the Demon's Head in the flesh. Ra's al Ghul has reportedly not been cast for the series yet, and we don't know exactly when during season three he'll turn up, or where. When he does show his face, though, he'll be the biggest DC Comics villain the show's ever introduced, and he'll reportedly bring with him a different kind of villain confrontation for Oliver.
"We wanted to present Oliver with a new challenge with a villain that would speak to what Oliver was going through emotionally," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said. "This season, Oliver is wrestling with, 'Is there a life for me beyond being the Arrow?' What the Season 3 villain comes to Oliver and says is, 'The reason you're not fully successful as the Arrow is because you're holding onto Oliver Queen. I have let go of my identity and embraced my cause and you should do the same.' It's a whole new thing where the enemy actually, in some ways, admires the Arrow and what he's doing. He just thinks that the Arrow is thinking too small."
That sort of admiration sounds very Ra's al Ghul, and it's reminiscent of the character's relationship with Batman in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. How that goal translates to the screen, and where it takes Starling City going forward, is still something we'll have to wait to find out, but whatever happens, it's clear that Arrow is bringing even more ambitious storytelling to its third year.
Arrow returns Oct. 8 on The CW.
(Via TV Guide)