As far as season premieres go, Thursday night offered a lot in The CW’s Arrow. Season 6 debuted and it was nothing if not massively important to the plot and everything leading to that point. It may seem like an exaggeration, but the proof is there. From character deaths in the wake of the Season 5 finale to — well if you don’t want a major spoiler, it might be best to turn back now.
Ready for the spoiler? Oliver Queen is the Green Arrow! OK, well maybe fans of the show know this already, but now all of Star City does too.
Just before the Season 6 premiere closed out, Felicity Smoak called Oliver and told him to turn to the news. What he saw was a photo taken of him caught with his hood down. It wasn’t exactly the “I am Iron Man” moment for Oliver as Stephen Amell and even the showrunners have indicated in the past. As the mayor, this could cause some trouble for Team Arrow.
Speaking of the team, the biggest question left from Season 5 was who lived/died in the fallout of the finale. For starters, Samantha Clayton didn’t make it, as many have predicted. This leaves Oliver with the role of mayor, vigilante and now a single father. As for Thea Queen, she survived but is in a coma. Quentin Lance and John Diggle are alive and well —maybe not well, but alive along with Dinah Drake. Meanwhile, the daughters of Ra’s al Ghul aren’t known do be dead or alive for certain.
So what did you think of the Season 6 premiere? Was the fallout from Season 5 enough and what does Oliver being ousted as the Green Arrow mean for this season? Sound off in the comments!
Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance (Black Siren), David Ramsey as John Diggle (Spartan), Willa Holland as Thea Queen (Speedy), Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak (Overwatch), Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt (Mr. Terrific), Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez (Wild Dog), Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake (Black Canary), and Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance. Here’s the official synopsis for next week’s episode entitled “Tribute”:
“Tribute” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET) (TV-PG, LV) (HDTV)
ANATOLY RETURNS TO STAR CITY — Oliver (Stephen Amell) tries to balance being the mayor, the Green Arrow and a father to William (guest star Jack Moore). Anatoly (guest star David Nykl) returns to Star City with a deadly agenda.
Arrow continues next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
10 Comics That Could Inspire Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie
Ben Affleck’s The Batman has been through a ride more wild than a Batmobile hijack. Affleck, initially set to direct, dropped out to focus on playing Batman. Dawn of the Planet of The Apes director Matt Reeves stepped in, but almost pulled an Affleck during intense negotiations with Warner Bros. Finally, Reeves successfully gained creative control of the film, and fans everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Since then, news about The Batman has been fairly hard to come by. With things stabilizing creatively behind the scenes, questions still remained about the status of the film’s script. Rumors abounded that Affleck and Geoff Johns’ draft was getting a page one rewrite. Which leaves another important question looming in the minds of fans: What will the story of The Batman be about? What comics will it draw from for inspiration?
Though nothing conclusive has been revealed, we do know that Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke is expected to be the film’s primary antagonist. Manganiello has maintained a lot of excitement for playing Deathstroke despite the film’s behind the scenes shuffles. The True Blood star has been thoroughly perusing all of Deathstroke’s iterations in the comics, suggesting that there are plenty of interpretations that the film could use – perhaps even an amalgamation of them all.
What’s even less certain is what direction Batman’s story will take in the film. Batman v Superman revealed some interesting tidbits about Bruce Wayne’s background, including that Robin had been murdered by the Joker. This leaves ripe material to explore in The Batman, particularly if the film should take place before the events of BvS.
The overall darkness and borderline psychotic interpretation of the Dark Knight also leaves open plenty of opportunity to explore the deeper nature of Batman’s psyche. With so many in-depth looks into Batman’s psychology to be found in the comics, there’s a lot of different sources The Batman’s story can employ to construct a brand new take on the Caped Crusader.
Questions also remain about the supporting cast. Characters like Alfred Pennyworth and Commissioner Gordon are pretty much guaranteed to appear. But with announcements of Nightwing and Batgirl solo films, the likelihood of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon making appearances in The Batman has insurmountably increased. If that’s the case, how would they factor in to the story? Which comic interpretations of Nightwing and Batgirl would the film use?
With all of these questions in mind, and so many possible Deathstroke and Batman-focused comics to draw from, we could be looking at a magnificent amalgamation of story material. Here are 10 comics that could inspire Ben Affleck’s Batman movie. Click Next to get started!