Arrow star Stephen Amell opened up about new showrunner Beth Schwartz and Ruby Rose joining the Arrowverse as Batwoman in a recent interview.
Arrow is set to return for its seventh season next week with a new showrunner in Schwartz. Previous showrunners Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle stepped down, however, Guggenheim is still a consultant on the series. Schwartz has been a writer on the show since Season 1 before taking over as showrunner. Amell talked about the changes and spoke highly of Schwartz with Variety:
“I will say from a collaboration standpoint, it’s been really good. Beth has empowered producers and writers of specific episodes; they’ve been on set every day. They have the ability to be the producer and the decision maker — in conjunction with the director and actors — for that episode.”
Meanwhile, the first official image of Rose’s Batwoman was released on Monday, with the character set to debut in the network’s annual crossover event. Amell’s Arrow was the first hero to launch the Arrowverse back in 2012. The series later launched other successful heroes and spin-offs with The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Batwoman will be the latest hero to join the universe in the Elseworld’s crossover with hopes of launching another DC TV series for The CW. Amell shared his thoughts on Rose joining the universe and admits hasn’t talked to the actress yet:
“I haven’t spoken with Ruby yet. I know absolutely everything about the crossover, and there is literally nothing I can say about it. Ruby doesn’t need my help, at all. But I have always taken great pride when we have a new character — this situation is very similar to when Grant [Gustin] was introduced as Barry Allen on our show. You effectively have an episode that is this person’s story, but they’re dropping into a world where everyone is familiar with one another, there are no nerves, everyone knows how it works. Even if she doesn’t feel it, I feel like there’s a great deal of pressure on Ruby. I would just hope that if she needs anything from me, she wouldn’t hesitate to ask.”
Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen with David Ramsey as John Diggle, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, and Colton Haynes.
There has been no shortage of close calls for Oliver Queen when it comes to protecting his Super Hero identity, but in the season six finale, he was finally backed into a corner and forced to reveal himself to the world as the Green Arrow. Now, Oliver will come face-to-face with many of the criminals he placed behind bars, as he makes a new home for himself at Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Oliver will find himself vulnerable in a way unlike ever before when a mysterious new enemy begins to unravel his work as Green Arrow, challenging him to redeem his name or risk losing everything.
Arrow Season 7 premieres on October 15 at 8:00 p.m. on The CW.