If you haven't seen the teaser for the next episode of Arrow, watch it now. It has sent waves through the interweb, with many fans speculating about the appearance of a certain favorite supervillain in the DC Universe.
The teaser aired yesterday on CW, and about halfway through, there was an image of a skinny, pale woman with a mass of tangled, strawberry-blonde hair on her head. Who could that be?
Well myself, as well as a lot of other fans on the net, have a hunch it could be Suicide Squad member and Batman villain Harley Quinn.
For folks who don't know, Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D.) was first indoctrinated into the DC Universe in 1992 in the Batman animated series, and is often an accomplice and girlfriend of the Joker.
NOT ONLY THAT. Fans on Twitter have even identified a little-known ballet dancer/actress from Canada, as the new Harley. There's no smoke without fire, as they say. The girl in question is 21 year old Cassidy Alexa.
Her twitter feed as been choc-full of comments about her as the new Harley. Something she neither seems to be confirming or denying, but her retweeting of fans comments speak volumes. She also calls herself a "professional gangster" in her byline. Suspicious, much?
As it stands she has 329 followers. I wonder how many she will have by the end of the day?
So before we get ahead of ourselveshow do we even know if it was Harley in the scene? Thankfully Comicbook.com have gotten straight on the case and have reached out to Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim about all this hoopla and spec online.
When asked about Harley appearing in the episode, he responded via email with:
This tickles me no end. I’ll tell you two things:
1) this is NOT the special announcement — that’s episode 219 and this is 216
2) to paraphrase Aaron Sorkin: “There’s gonna be an episode of Arrow. I’d watch.”
Well it's obvious Guggenheim is trying to remain as schtum as possible, he does tell us a few things with these enigmatic remarks.
With regard to his second point, Comicbook.com have rightly pointed out that this is a reference to “Two Cathedrals,” an episode of The West Wing, that Aaron Sorkin directed.
You should remember that the second season finale had a huge reveal, and has been called by Martin Sheen “one of the best episodes in the history of American television.”
The episode which dealt with the President’s unknown multiple sclerosis and the death of a supporting character, was pivotal, and not an episode to miss for TWW fans.
So it's obvious that Guggenheim is strongly hinting that we should stay tuned in for some kind of revelation, but he wont say exactly what. Do you think Harley is Cassidy Alexa? Hmm. What do you think?
All I know is I'll be tuning in on March 19, when Arrow returns with “Suicide Squad.” We better find out then.