ARROW's Roy Harper Becomes Arsenal & More Season 3 News

Finally, Roy Harper is ditching the red hoodie...for another red hoodie.

Entertainment Weekly has posted the first look at Arrow's Colton Haynes in his new Season 3 look as the superhero Arsenal.  In the comics, Roy originally began fighting crime as the Teen Titan called Speedy before changing to the more adult identity of Arsenal in The New Titans #99 in 1993.  According to the article, Roy Harper's new suit makes its debut in the Season 3 premiere episode "The Calm," written by executive producer Marc Guggenheim and Jake Coburn.  Here's the full look at the Arsenal costume...

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter provided some new details on Arrow's third season and here's a quick rundown of what we learned...

1)  The third season is about "identity" -- "If season one was about Oliver going from vengeance to vigilante and season two was vigilante to hero, season three is about identity," said Guggenheim.  "It's the first season where this theme of identity is not only about Oliver but is also about all the other characters."

2)  Laurel Lance and Thea Queen have their "strongest" storylines so far -- "Laurel and Thea are the two characters we haven't done as much with in the past and they have the strongest story lines that we've ever given them," remarked Guggenheim.

3)  Speaking of Thea, we'll find out what happened during that limousine conversation with her natural father, Malcolm Merlyn -- "We are going to do a flashback at some point in the season that takes you back to that car and continues the conversation, so you'll get to see what Thea said to Malcolm and what Malcolm said to Thea," said Guggenheim.  "At some point," added executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, "if all the characters are going to become their comic-book selves, they have to go through their island...This year is going to be Thea's island.  How that plays out and which side she lands will be the fun of the season."

4)  Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak will make shippers ecstatic by exploring a possible relationship -- "Oliver might be catching up to how some of the audience feels in that maybe there's a life with her," said Kreisberg with a laugh.  "This season, particularly the premiere episode, is Oliver questioning whether there's a life beyond the hood.  Can he be Oliver Queen and the Arrow at the same time?  One of the things about being Oliver would be what kind of romantic life he could have?"  Hinting that the first date doesn't go smoothly, Kreisberg added, "Let's just say, Oliver is the one who has trouble completing sentences. The way the show has shaken out and the experiences the two have had, it feels like it's time to explore that."

5)  There will be a little more humor this season -- "We felt like what Stephen (Amell) did in The Flash pilot was tell the audience was that you can like this guy too because I like him," remarked Kreisberg.  "One of the things we are doing this season on Arrow is injecting a little more humor.  It's part of the reason why we brought Brandon Routh in (as Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom)."

6)  And speaking of Ray Palmer, he's going to cause problems for Oliver's relationship with Felicity -- "The verbal banter between him and Felicity this season is a new thing we're bringing to the show that I think audiences will really like," teased Kreisberg.  "He'll be invading Oliver's life in every aspect, whether it's his business, his personal life and possibly down the road in his nighttime activities."

7)  Laurel's sister Sara will return for at least three episodes -- "She's come back to Starling City with a very specific mission," said Kreisberg.  As for Laurel taking on the Black Canary identity, Kreisberg said, "She's an attorney with a nice, sweet jacket.  We're going to see Laurel take a few big steps towards her comic-book self this season.  Let's just say that Katie Cassidy is pumping iron."

8)  The Hong Kong flashbacks will answer a number of lingering questions from Seasons 1 and 2 -- "It was something we always intended on doing," said Kreisberg.  "One of our big ideas when we were doing the pilot was to have Oliver wake up at the end of season two not on the island."  The new Hong Kong setting for flashback sequences will address Oliver's backstory with Amanda Waller, what he knows and how he acquired certain skills.  "We will learn how Oliver knows how to fly a plane," laughed Kreisberg.

9)  The Suicide Squad will return at some point this year -- "We haven't quite found the right story yet," remarked Guggenheim, "but we love the Suicide Squad and and we love Deadshot — Michael Rowe was just in the DC offices.  For sure we'll be doing something with the Suicide Squad this year.  We have to find the right time and the right moment."

Arrow returns to The CW for Season 3 on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Posted on July 23, 2014 .