It's only Tuesday, but this Thursday's Arrow has already sparked interest due to its reference to a major DC Comics character.
In an interview published last week by Entertainment Weekly, Arrow star Stephen Amell teases a scene in this week's episode, "Tribute," featuring Oliver Queen -- in his capacity as mayor of Star City -- talking to reporters following the developments in last week's Season 6 premiere. The scene, Amell disclosed, contains "the coolest name drop that we’ve ever done on the show."
"I come in and talk with the reporters, and one of the things that I’m enjoying doing as mayor this year, and Oliver as a character to a certain extent, is I’ve tried to up the charm factor a little bit," Amell told EW. "He should be a little more comfortable in his shoes as a public figure. He steps in and deals with the press in a very, very relaxed way. Quentin says to him, 'You seem pretty good with this,' and Oliver’s like, 'I’ve been here before.' In that scene, we get to do the coolest name drop that we’ve ever done on the show, which I was really fired up about."
Arrow co-showrunner and executive producer Marc Guggenheim backed up Amell's claim, saying on Twitter, "He's right. It's very cool."
Guggenheim co-wrote "Tribute" with Beth Schwartz, from a story by Adam Schwartz. Here's the official description of the episode, directed by Laura Belsey: "ANATOLY RETURNS TO STAR CITY — Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to balance being the mayor, the Green Arrow and a father to William (guest star Jack Moore). Anatoly (guest star David Nykl) returns to Star City with a deadly agenda."
Given the sheer vastness of the DC Universe, despite the ever-growing list of DC characters that have appeared on screen in the Arrowverse, there are still a lot -- a lot -- of major names that haven't been seen or referenced. So naturally, Amell's tease invites speculation as to what exactly he could be referring to -- and answers will come when Arrow airs 9 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 19, on The CW.