Oliver Queen came back this week.
And so did I. (Though admittedly not quite so dramatically, and with several train and plane trips instead of resurrection magic and less dramatic speeches). But you can admit it, you all missed me loads. You have no idea who I am, do you? That's okay. I'm just the guy who writes a huge chunk of the Arrow, Flash and [Gotham](series:1127075) stuff here, including this weekly post where I give you all the epic trailers for next week's episodes, as well as some more news you might be interested in. (This was first published on Thursdsay- I've republished now with a huge chunk of news and some desperately needed formatting!)
So, without further ado, let's begin.
I have the most criminal of confessions to make - I am behind on Gotham. Skewer me, I know, I know, but while I was away I couldn't find the time (Flash and Arrow coincided with long train trips) to watch it nor a decent site with decent quality. So I have a marathon on the table for this weekend which I'm looking forward to. To have missed the Scarecrow - Gerald Crane, a very good idea to use his Dad - too, has wounded me. But, I couldn't stop myself from watching this trailer, and it looks great.
Riddler meeting Penguin? Check. Bruce and Alfred moments? Check. Awesome Scarecrow moments? Check! And remember...the only thing to fear, is fear itself (and a guy in a horrifying Scarecrow mask who wants to torture your mind).
This week's [The Flash](series:1068303) was one of my favorites, and it'd be a lie to say Doctor Caitlin Snow didn't make it so. But I also loved the fun and the carefree attitude behind it. Given I missed commenting on both Revenge of the Rogues and The Sound and the Fury, I'll quickly sum up I thought they were both of awesome, and I can't wait to see the Rogues reemerge, and I think Andy Mietus played an awesome Hartley Rathaway who is easily regular material.
Next week? The Nuclear Man. To a non comic fan, that might give you horrific images of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. For a comic fan? It should prompt freakout mode. This is an episode entirely centered on Firestorm, starring Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond and Victor Garber as Martin Stein. In short: more awesome. (Also, abundant complainers, rest: the hoodie and chest piece is clearly not Firestorm's final costume. If the ATOM suit is anything to go by, it'll be an awesome end product.) (Double bracket, quick note: do the Amells have a superhero gene? Can I be an Amell?)
Enjoy the trailer.
Some words I didn't think I'd say - dear Grodd (loved him too), Laurel is so awesome. I didn't think it was possible for her character to come as far as she has. This arc without Oliver has been amazing, and the growth that has come from it from all the secondary characters has been great. I loved every minute of it, and seeing into Merlyn's past was a joy. I'm still not convinced we know everything about how Oliver was really bought back, but we'll see.
Next week we return to some fun before we get back to the series arc. Caity Lotz will make her return as Sara Lance after Laurel's whacked with Vertigo in what is sure to be an epic fight scene. Arsenal (or is that Red Arrow now, awesome name drop) and Ollie will team up again too, which I've missed in their absence. Plus, Peter Stormare as Count Vertigo is back! Woot! And Laurel, again, is awesome. I'm sorry I ever doubted her. Also, only pause if you want to know, but at 0:17:
Oliver seems to be opening the door for Thea at 0:17; not just any door, either. That looks like the one to the Foundry. Roy sitting casually in costume with Ollie there and talking to Thea also seems to suggest in this episode Thea will finally find out Ollie's identity.
Oh, and for fans of the source material: this marks the first time Dinah Laurel Lance and Oliver Queen will suit up as Black Canary and Green [Arrow](series:720988) together. Awesome stuff.
While the show started with low ratings, and NBC effectively sentenced it to the grave by putting it in the timezones it's in, [Constantine](movie:874314) has stayed remarkably strong, seeing ratings increase without heavy promotion, which is nearly unheard of, and reception from critics soar. So let's all add to the #SaveConstantine train, and give Matt Ryan and the rest of the cast the second season they deserve.
It's a relief, then, that this is listed as season finale and not series finale, and that rumors abound if it is dropped it'll move to another channel like Syfy, and that producers remain quite confident it's not cancelled. By any rate, we have our trailer now, as Constantine squares off with Papa Midnite.
Unless you were living under a rock (seriously, this trended on Facebook) you'll have seen Ray Palmer in his Atom suit. If you want more news on that, be sure to head over here.
But, to stifle the complaints:
This set photo seems to confirm that the visor does go black/dark to conceal Ray's identity, which was everyone's main issue with it. So all is well.
Gotham Episode 17 will be titled "Red Hood," and today executive producer Bruno Heller confirmed they will definitely "touch the Joker storyline. Not go into it, just tap the door." Which is what everyone wanted.
In my absence we learned the circumstances of Slade Wilson's return to Arrow, which sounds awesome. I'll pop a spoiler tag on it, but it's nothing major if you want to read it.
Malcolm puts Oliver and Thea in a dangerous situation that lands them on Lian Yu with Oliver's former enemy, Deathstroke. A flashback reveals when Oliver and Maseo returned to Starling City to retrieve the Omega bio weapon, and despite being under strict orders from Amanda Waller not to reveal himself to anyone, Oliver looks in on his family, Laurel and Tommy.
Stephen Amell teases our reactions
Hmm..what else? Stephen Amell teased the reactions we'll get from all these episodes a while back, so let's examine that.
Episode names shed light, Ra's gets a spotlight:
Episode 15 is called Nanda Parbat. We know that episode 14 or 15, somewhere in the middle of the series, tend to be when the season takes a huge leap into what happens for the rest of the season and majorly develops a villain. We know Ra's will get a major development episode, which is very exciting.
I'm guessing that Nanda Parbat and episode 16, "The Offer," will both advance the stories in big ways.
Edit: Indeed, we now actually have a description. It's a bit spoilery, so only read if you want to know (no major deaths or whatnot revealed, just the episode's content). Big highlight if you don't want to read it for me to say without spoilers, Matt Nable will return as Ra's al Ghul!
MERLYN IS CAPTURED BY RA’S AL GHUL; THE ATOM SUIT REVEALED — Malcolm (John Barrowman) is captured by Ra’s al Ghul (guest star Matt Nable) and taken to Nanda Parbat. Because of his love for Thea (Willa Holland), Oliver (Stephen Amell) considers saving Merlyn. Ray (Brandon Routh) is obsessed with finishing his Atom suit so he can save the city but Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) fears he is heading down the same path as Oliver (Stephen Amell) and tries to pull him out of the lab.
Final confirmation: Do Lazarus Pits exist? (See this article instead now).
The Lazarus Pits most certainly do exist in the Arrowverse. While it was heavily hinted at in episode 9, Marc Guggenheim and Stephen Amell have both now discussed it, with it being stated at some point while I was away - meaning, yes, I have no source - that reportedly there was one on set during recent filming.
"We’ve seen a Lazarus Pit," Stephen Amell says in an interview with Collider, leading me to speculate it's the bath Ra's rose from in episode 4 and in the background of Maseo's call in E11. It's also in the above pictured scene (also below in video footage) surrounded by candles. It seems odd to raise a basin seemingly filled with water and surround it with such decoration for no reason, but we'll have to wait and see.They keep calling back to this hall set, which seem to be Ra's' chambers. He fights there, sure, but the same room seems to be used for when Maseo pops in on him and he's taking a bath when Nyssa returns in E4. (Now pictured.)
The same is below. Again, in an otherwise bland and empty room it's a pretty big feature point, and would certainly pass for a Lazarus Pit.
Also worth noting is how old it looks. The rest of the room conforms to a certain type of Tibetan/Arabic, temple-ish architecture. Here, though, we essentially see a rock formation in the wall, seemingly natural, and these rocks placed around something almost like a well. Blocks stacked up in that primitive looking way, cracked, etc.While they exist, in Arrow's universe the bright green bubbly water probably won't work or be used; more likely it'll be filled with liquid with a green tinge to it, with the healing qualities of the Lazarus Pit - or, indeed, maybe even only with the longevity aspect of things. That wouldn't surprise me. That said, we can't actually see the liquid in this bath, or even know if it's a Pit, so time will tell.The big news is here that yes, they exist, and yes, we've seen one. If you want to see more of the scene referred to above, I'd draw your attention here to this awesome scene. Note in the background the sparkling reflection, almost greenish, at 0:37. That's almost certainly edited in- a lot of detail being shown for a mere bath, don't you think? Again, we'll see.
And, finally - your favorite Squad is back.
While everyone's super hyper about the movie, myself included, our own Squad is returning in Suicidal Tendencies. This time featuring Cupid added the lineup too, as promised in her episode. Get excited.