For the past five years, Arrow has been paving the way for this new wave of comic book television, setting benchmarks for competitors and establishing the foundation for a new shared television universe.
So now, with Season 6 in the early stages of production ahead of the premiere in the fall — and as the show is transitioning to a post-flashbacks era — here are eight fun facts that every fan should know about the show:
1. Roy Is Called 'Abercrombie' Because Colton Haynes Used To Be A Model
In Season 2 of the show, the character Sin often calls Roy "Abercrombie." This was a subtle shoutout to the fact that Haynes started his career as a model, working for companies like Abercrombie & Fitch.
2. John Diggle Is Named For An Important 'Green Arrow' Writer
John Diggle is an original character developed for the series to be a confidante to Oliver Queen. Beyond that, he was also named for Andy Diggle, the DC comics writer who provided the Green Arrow: Year One series that served as the basis for the show's premise. In honor of his contributions to the Arrow legacy, the producers gave the Diggle name to John and his brother Andy.
3. There Are Hidden References To The Color Green
The color green is a big part of the show's visual style, but there are also more subtle Easter Eggs embedded throughout the series. In the Season 1 episode "Damaged" Oliver wears a faux prison uniform with the number 399471 on it, which is the hex number for green. (Hex numbers — or hexadecimals — is a convenient way of expressing binary and is often used in coding.) In addition, the club which houses the first Arrowcave is named “Verdant” – which means “bright green color of rich grass.”
4. Malcolm Merlyn Is An Arthurian Reference
Malcolm Merlyn trained with the League of Assassins, during which time he earned the name "Al Sa-Her" which translates to "The Magician." This is a reference to the King Arthur legend in which the magician of Arthur’s court was Merlin.
5. Oliver Will Probably Never Have The Goatee
One of the most defining aspects of Oliver Queen in the comic books is his beard, yet the show has shied away from it. Stephen Amell himself has said that he attempted to grow an appropriate beard, but that it didn’t work for the show and character, so he stayed with the scruff. (Though Oliver did have a beard in a future-Star-City-based episode of Legends of Tomorrow so anything’s still possible.)
6. The Producers Knew Sara Was Alive In First Season
One of the first big surprises in Season 2 came with the reveal that Sara Lance was alive and back in Starling City. Her family believed her dead due to the sinking of the ship The Queen’s Gambit, and we learned that Oliver believed her dead after his final confrontation with Slade Wilson. Yet Arrow creator, Andrew Kreisberg has said that plans to bring Sara back from the dead were in the works early on in the series.
7. Harley Quinn Has Had A Brief Cameo
In the Season 2 episode "Suicide Squad" there was a scene in the Argus prison facility in which another prisoner called out from behind her door to ask if a therapist is needed. Not only was this a hint that the prisoner was Harley Quinn, but she was voiced by Tara Strong, the voice actor best known for portraying the character across a number of animated series and video games.
8. Stephen Amell Has Played Green Arrow In Video Games
In addition to playing Oliver Queen on the show (as well as voicing him for the animated Vixen spinoff on CW Seed), Amell has reprised the character for a couple of recent video games. Downloadable content for Injustice: Gods Among Us included a new skin for the character, who was voiced by Amell. And in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, DLC added a number of Arrow characters, with Amell once again lending his voice to the role.
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