With “Arrow” having wrapped its third season this week, the show closed out its run with a finale that left things in a surprisingly good place for most of the main group of characters.
Speaking about the fourth season, which premieres in the Fall, executive producer Marc Guggenheim has revealed that the show will switch over to a slightly lighter tone next season – something that is still darker than “The Flash” or the new “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” but lighter than the previous two seasons have been. He tells io9:
“It will take a lighter tone. That’s pretty much the only thing I say without spoiling it. We’ve been working for about a month now in the writers’ room, talking about season 4.
I think that one thing we all collectively understood was season 3 beginning with that death, because it’s the death of a major character on the show, it set a tone for the remainder of the season. And I’m not the least bit apologetic for that tone. I happen to like dark and I like the fact that Arrow is a pretty dark show particularly for a network show.
That said, every year you want to mix things up and there was sort of a collective desire on all of our parts to try to inject a little bit more lightness into the show, a little bit more humor. It’s not going to radically change. The show’s still going to be the show but in terms of tone we’re coming off a very very hard season for all of our characters. We wanted to try to mix it up a little bit.”
Guggenheim has also spoken about a lingering question regarding the spin-off “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” – that of Firestorm. We do know Victor Garber will reprise his role of Professor Martin Stein, one half of Firestorm, in the show and serve as a regular.
So what about the other half – Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell)? Amell’s name has not been mentioned in any promotional material with the show and it seems fairly certain he’s not involved. So will they show Firestorm? Guggenheim tells Screenrant:
“It’s a good question. I will say Victor Garber, who plays Martin Stein, is a part of the spinoff… and we wouldn’t have Martin Stein on the show if there wasn’t going to be some Firestorm.”
So what’s the solution to that problem? One likely possibility is that another character will become the other half of Firestorm. The previously announced Dranz Dameh has been listed as playing ‘Jay Jackson’, a character name thought to be a pseudonym for something else. Could it be another version of Firestorm from the comics like Jason Rusch?
Finally, “Arrow” star Stephen Amell also has confirmed this week that, although he knows next to nothing about where his character goes next season, we are getting the villains that have been teased all this year. He tells TV Line: “H.I.V.E. Damian Dark. Coast City – all that good stuff.”