As “Arrow” wraps its fourth season next week, leading man Stephen Amell is already looking ahead to the fifth and a welcome change in tone away from the more fantastical.
Appearing at the CW Upfront in New York City on Thursday, Amell has indicated that he believes the show next year will benefit from not having to worry about setting up other spin-offs, incorporating mystical powers or relying on too much superheroics. As a result it’ll return to the basics of the first two seasons. He tells Variety:
“‘Supergirl’ is coming, but we don’t have to introduce a new show next year. In Season 3, it was the introduction of ‘The Flash’ and crossovers there, and last year there was a lot with ‘Legends of Tomorrow,’ and we don’t have to do that this year because ‘Supergirl’ is already established. So I would like to focus on a lot of the stuff that I think ‘Arrow’ does very well.”
Talking about the villain for next year, whom has yet to be revealed or even hinted at, Amell says:
“I’ve heard that our big bad, our villain, is something that you can really only do once you’re in the fifth, sixth or seventh season of a TV show… As far as I know, they don’t have superpowers. I’ll tell you that.”
He also says he’s looking forward to crossovers, especially after this morning’s confirmation that there is going to be a four-way crossover between “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”:
“I’m always interested and it’s always great for fans. I just have to make sure that they balance keeping up the quality of your show – last year when they wanted me to come to ‘Legends’ and play old Oliver, I was like, ‘That would be awesome, but show me how this works in our schedule so it’s not comprising whatever episode we’re working on.’ And it was great and we did it. So I would just like to see a plan.”
The “Arrow” season finale airs this Wednesday.