With all the wonderful women in The CW’s Arrowverse, it is a bit surprising that we don’t see all that many female-centric episodes. Arrow, especially, has a history of some great female characters, but it still tends to feel like a boys’ club all the time, especially with all of the new additions to the team in Season 5. One of the show’s actresses, however, would like an opportunity to change that.
During the Arrow panel at Dragon*Con 2017 in Atlanta this weekend, Willa Holland, who plays Oliver’s sister Thea Queen/Speedy, was asked if there was any chance we might see a female-centric episode with Thea, Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), and Dinah Drake/Black Canary (Juliana Harkavy) teaming up for a mission. Here was the actress’ response:
“That should definitely happen, and I don’t know why it hasn’t already. That is something that I do think should definitely happen and we should pitch that as much as possible, because that’s all we need in this universe is more people banding together, and women and everything, and yes, I love that idea!”
The last major female-centric episode of Arrow was the Season 2 episode “Birds of Prey,” which saw Felicity working alongside Sara Lance/Canary (Caity Lotz) and Huntress (Jessica De Gouw). Series EP Marc Guggenheim recently stated that an all-girls mission was on the writers’ bucket list, but that he wouldn’t want to do it unless Lotz could be a part of it. They should definitely find a way to make that work, because I think it’s something that a lot of Arrow fans would like to see. He also stated recently that he would like to see Huntress return in Season 6, so maybe throw her in as well.
Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle/Spartan, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Willa Holland as Thea Queen/Speedy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren, Paul Blackthorne as Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog, Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary and Michael Emerson in an undisclosed role.
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, he protects his city with the help of former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), his vigilante-trained sister Thea Queen (Willa Holland), Deputy Mayor Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), and his new recruits, street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez) and meta-human Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy). Oliver has finally solidified and strengthened his crime-fighting team only to have it threatened when unexpected enemies from his past return to Star City, forcing Oliver to rethink his relationship with each member of his “family.”
Arrow returns for its sixth season on Thursday, October 12 at 9pm ET on The CW.