ARROW Producers Tease Birds of Prey & Suicide Squad

If you're a DC Comics fan who gave up on the CW series Arrow early on last season, you should really be kicking yourself right now.

About halfway through the show's first season, the creators abruptly dropped Oliver Queen's vengeance list of no-name criminals and started embracing characters and concepts from the DC Universe.  Roy Harper, The Huntress, Deathstroke, Black Canary, Barry Allen and more have integrated into the series' mythos, expanding the story potential and turning Arrow into one of the best comic book TV series ever made.

The Hollywood Reporter has new details on the second half of Arrow's season, with teases from executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg.

Tomorrow night's episode, "Heir to the Demon," features the introduction of Spartacus' Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul, the second daughter of Batman villain Ra's al Ghul.  She arrives in Starling City to reclaim Caity Lotz's character Sara Lance (a.k.a. The Canary) for the League of Assassins.  "Second to [Ra's al Ghul], [Nyssa]'s one of the most important figures in the League," said Kreisberg to reporters.  "They sent their first round of minions to come for Sara and that didn't go so well for them, so now they're bringing out the big guns."  The episode also features the return of Alex Kingston as Dinah Lance.

The series then takes a few weeks off, returning on February 26th with the episode "Time of Death," which features Robert Knepper as Clock King.  "The Promise" airs the following week.

The sixteenth episode of the season, "Suicide Squad," airs two weeks later on March 19th with -- you guessed it -- the Suicide SquadThe series has been setting this up for a while, with Amanda Waller turning up at the end of last week's episode, "Tremors," to recruit Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White) into the Squad.  The episode features the return of Lyla (Audrey Marie Anderson), who recruits John Diggle for a mission and "saddles him with the Suicide Squad, including Floyd Lawton (Michael Rowe)," said Kreisberg.  Diggle will receive his own flashbacks, set during his time in Afghanistan with former friend Ted Gaynor (Ben Browder).

One week later, fans will finally get to see The Canary and The Huntress together in the episode "Birds of Prey."  With NBC's Dracula presumably ended, Jessica De Gouw returns as the vengeance-driven Helena Bertinelli.  "We gave ourselves room to grow and evolve," said Guggenheim.  "Birds of Prey is very much the same thing.  You're not going to end up with the Holy Trinity of Oracle, Black Canary and Huntress right out of the gate.  We'll get there."  Added Kreisberg, "Helena is gone, all that's left is the Huntress.  She's become consumed by this vengeance for her father and when we see her she's in a very haggard and worn-out state.  It's the big final confrontation between her and her father, and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) gets in the crossfire, and the Canary has to go into the rescue."

And in episode 18, Summer Glau returns as businesswoman Isabel Rochev after a lengthy absence.  "We'll find out what she's been up to," teased Guggenheim.

In other season two news, Roy (Colton Haynes) is still struggling to control his powers.  "The next five episodes really chart Oliver's attempts to keep Roy on the straight and narrow," remarked Kreisberg said.   "The cave's getting full," he added, referring to Roy's new interactions with Diggle and Felicity, "and we don't shy away from the fact and we're hopefully using that to our advantage."