Arrow star Stephen Amell recently teased the new father/son dynamic that will be explored in Season 6 between Oliver Queen and his son William. However, that might not be all that's in store for fans when the series returns this fall, as Amell also hopes to bring more elements from DC Comics' Green Arrow series over to the show.
This past weekend at the Portland Heroes & Villains Fan Fest, Amell told fans what it takes to keep the character of Oliver Queen/Green Arrow from feeling stagnant, and part of that includes embracing the hero's social justice warrior roots from the comic book source material.
"I've said that it's very, very important that if Oliver doesn't take away lessons from Season 5 and doesn't keep doing the things that have led to this catastrophic event, the character stops being interesting to me," said Amell. "So I hope that part of that, in Season 6 and if we have seasons beyond that, I hope that part of that is we get back to a lot of the tenets that people recognize from the comics. And that of course is humor and a socially conscious, slightly liberal superhero. The comics version, he has some really interesting qualities that make him unique, and I hope we get to explore more of those."
It's no secret that Amell's take on Green Arrow differs from his comic book counterpart in a number of key ways; the actor has made it a point to tell fans not to expect to see him sport the bow-toting vigilante's classic Van Dyke beard. However, over the course of the past five years, the on-screen version of Ollie has slowly started to fall more in line with the character from the source material, to the point where we even saw him take office as the Mayor of Star City - a position he held in the comics in 2006, during DC's One Year Later initiative.
Starring Stephen Amell as the Emerald Archer, Arrow returns Thursday, October 12 at 9pm ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey, Willa Holland and more.