(WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for Batman: Rebirth #1–20)
Arrow is about to wrap one of the finest season the show has ever produced and most people are starting to wonder what's next for Season 6? We all know that #Arrow works best when Ollie fights someone the writers can really sink their teeth into — #Deathstroke and the Dark Archer are the epitome of what the show can accomplished with truly terrifying villains.
Tom King (Sheriff of Babylon, Vision, Grayson) has just wrapped one of the finest arcs in comics in years and it could be a perfect way for Arrow to continue its hot streak moving forward. Also, we also know one things to be true: #CW's Arrow is not shy from taking #Batman material and turning it into their own.
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Let's take a look how Oliver Queen and company could adapt one of the best comics in the last 10 years in the Arrowverse. (Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for I Am Suicide and I Am Bane. Go out and read all 20 issues to fully comprehend the awesomeness!)
Starts Off With Two New Do-Gooders In Season 6
The comparison of Detective Comics: Rebirth and Arrow are pretty blatant for any comic fans, with Batman working with a team and not fully trusting them. As we know, Arrow finally has a team that could give Bane (or hopefully Deathstroke — it just makes more sense) all the ammunition he wants to threaten Green Arrow as he's trying to live a more peaceful life. And yet, things from his past are still tormenting him until he finds out about this guy who can control emotions in Star City. Naturally, he creates a convoluted plan to kidnap him because he doesn't want Oliver to know anything whatsoever.
Y'see, in the first half of the season one of the do-gooders could possibly die, leaving Green Arrow even more distraught than usual. Oliver finds out that this was the handy work of someone trying to smuggle Psycho Pirate out of Star City. During the chaos, the second do-gooder was harmed by P.P., and Arrow must now find him no matter the cost. Just like in Batman: Rebirth, Ollie notices all the good she can do, but the Pirate has damaged her beyond repair and it's up him to go to a figurative hell to get the one person that can help. And of course, he needs a team — a new one at that.
Arrow's Very Own Suicide Squad
I love Bane, but sadly, he wouldn't be a perfect due to the lack of history between him and Oliver Queen. However, the writers could always introduce that in flashbacks. If not Bane, Deathstroke or Stardust could be fill-ins. Arrow already has his very own Suicide Squad, but the safer bet would be on his own team going in wherever the bad guy is hiding to retrieve Psycho Pirate, which is exactly what Batman did in the comics.
Y'see, in the comics, Batman charged about 50 guys with guns (because he's Batman, and Mikel Janin is just an amazing artist). This could be an amazing arc that really pushes our heroes to see what they're capable of, or just a fun heist gig. So, whatever bad guy they could choose, all he wants to do is live a peaceful life and Psycho Pirates allows him to do so.
The Pirate can make people feel however he wants, thus entering a very, very grey territory for Team Arrow, just like it did for Batman. Plus, Tom King's writes so beautifully and has such rich themes that could be replicated to keep Arrow on a hot streak for another season. Bane wanted out of the life of all the crazy masks and the battling. He just wanted to sit naked on his throne of skulls. In reality, Batman is kind of the bad guy when one looks at Bane being a reformed nudist.
The writers could have a lot of fun with whomever they bring along — hopefully Huntress (for reasons I'll get into in a minute). Moreover, this story isn't about revenge or what Arrow did in his past life — it's all about Oliver trying to save one girl and pissing off someone very important during the process. This could be a season that we have never seen before, as the stakes seeming very low, but it's a battle that haunts each and every one of us.
I Am Bane
Honestly, Arrow could pull off having Bane on the show using flashbacks (Did I mention, I really want to see Bane on Arrow?) Doesn't matter — whoever shows up in Star City is on a furious rampage and basically takes out everyone Green Arrow loves in a manner that would make Prometheus look like a toddler stealing Oliver's toys. I mean, just imagine seeing Oliver's three favorite people hanging from the ceiling, about to die. That's a great way to end an episode and begin the final arc.
And of course, Batman (Green Arrow) would fall, and it'll most likely lose a lot poignancy without all the parallels to Knightfall (I haven't read Knightfall and 'twas still awesome!), but it could still be one hell of a story. It's up the writers if they want to include that time Batman and Catwoman had sex on a roof by substituting them with Green Arrow and the Huntress. Or, it would work better with Katie Cassidy and Oliver doing the deeds since her recent status as Season 6 regulars. Finally, this is where things can get really good and give fans one the most epic season finales in the history of The CW.
The Battle At Iron Heights
My apologies, but this arc consisted of 20 issues and it would take forever to recap, so I'm just highlighting and showing how wonderfully it could work for Arrow. Green Arrow is bloody, bruised and always on the brink of defeat during this whole run. There are no mind games — Bane is just coming for him.
In his last ditch effort, Green Arrow could release all the inmates at Iron Heights for Bane to battle, giving Batman time to strategize and rest. I mean, we could see the greatest highlights reels of Arrow's villains fight as Bane picks them apart.
Naturally, Bane beats them all up and now it's just Green Arrow and Bane ready to battle to the death.
Hopefully, the writers do an excellent job of showing all the ways this fight mirrors the comics except one: Y'see, during this fight Batman was having a conversation with Martha in his mind. The ending of this arc finally has Batman (or Green Arrow) realize why they do what they do: It's not about fighting, revenge — none of that. They do it simply because all they want to do is help people, and that means some people must get their hands dirty.
There are quite a few epic battles they could introduce in Season 6, but the best thing to come out of it is the realization that everything our superheroes are doing comes from altruism. I believe that is true for both Batman and Green Arrow, which would end Season 6 on the highest note as possible. In their hearts, there's no higher purpose than helping their fellow man. Plus, it could end with the hero basically one-punching the villain to the ground to show who's the baddest person around!
Do you think this could work for Arrow Season 6?
Do you think the ending works well for who Green Arrow and Batman truly are?