Grittier ‘Arrow’ Season 5 Will Be “Magic-Free”

Constantine brough magic to Arrow Season 4

Season 4 of Arrow was criticised for drifting too far from the show’s roots. It went from being a street level crime drama to having a full blown magician as a villain. The negative reaction has been heard by those in charge of the show. They’re promised a magic-free year in Season 5.

Executive producer Wendy Mericle told IGN that they’re heading back to basics:

The show was always meant to be a gritty crime drama at its heart. And then Flash came along, and oh my gosh, we have meta powers. And then Damien was, well, we haven’t done magic on the show, let’s try to do that. I think for Season 5, just because it is an answer to Season 1, and we are sort of closing this chapter out, we did want to go back to our roots and figure out what is specific to this show. What is our universe? Go back to, ‘What is Arrow?

The new big bad is going to be a lot different, too. Villain Prometheus is, “not going to have magic, no powers,” Mericle said. “He has a very personal grudge and axe to grind with Oliver and he’s going to come at him in a really interesting, sociopathic kind of way.”

Also, Mericle also added that Flashpoint could yet have a big impact on the show moving forward:

Flashpoint provides an interesting jumping off point for all the shows this year, in that we have this reset button available to us if we want it. We’ve landed on a few things, but the door is open. That’s the fun part. You can play with it in whatever way, shape, or form you want to. I think it will be small in some ways, and big in others.

Arrow returns on October 5 on The CW.

Source: IGN

Aaron Rogan

Aaron Rogan

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  • call_me_daddy

    The problem with the show wasn’t that there were magic elements… the problem on the show has always been that no one could write (or at least until Flash poached all of the writers from season 2)

    “He has a very personal grudge and axe to grind with Oliver and he’s going to come at him in a really interesting, sociopathic kind of way.” Sounds exactly like Deathstroke. Hopefully its not a blatant ripoff to copy the magic of season 2.

  • Antonio

    I don’t mind magic themed plots and villains but I believe most of the complaints are coming from non comic book fans. Green Arrow lacks superpowers but he deals with monsters, magic and other dimensions in the comics so why wouldn’t that element be apart of the show. I’ll admit, seasons 3 and 4 lacked the strong writing and character development of seasons 1 and 2 but they were far from bad at all

    • Jake Bucsko

      Right? Trying to write off the problems with s3 and s4 by saying “oh, fans don’t like magic” is BS. Is that why the Constantine episode was by far the most popular episode last year? For me, the biggest problem is that they ran out of flashback ideas after s2 but stuck with the format anyway. And hey, guess what they didn’t change? Again? And oh, look, he’s leaving the island…AGAIN.

      Remember s3 when they introduced way too many characters and potentially interesting ones like Ted Grant got cast aside for no reason, a decision that is especially dumb now that the JSA are coming to Legends? But look, here’s Ragman and Wild Dog and Vigilante…

      They say they’re trying to fix what ails but all they’re doing is repeating, and doubling down on, the very things that are killing the show.

  • Jewie

    I wish they would do a version of that Supermax movie from a while back. Also, bring back the Suicide Squad.

    • Axxell

      They’re not touching Suicide Squad again, due to the movie.

      • Jewie

        If Gotham can use the characters, why not Arrow, which has already established Task Force X and hinted at Harley Quinn.

        • Axxell

          DC directives don’t make much sense…

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