The cast and creators of The CW's "Arrow" visited San Diego Comic-Con to discuss what's ahead in Season 2, especially in the aftermath of Tommy's death and the Merlyn-made quake that devastated Starling City.
Stars Stephen Amell, Colton Haynes, David Ramsey, Katie Cassidy and Emily Bett Rickards were in attendance with executive producers Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti. Check out the liveblog below to find out what's ahead on the comic book hit.
You can also check out the Comic-Con sizzle reel below:
Here's more information on the two new DC characters we'll meet in Season 2:
Michael Jai White plays Ben Turner, a claw-wielding assassin better known as Bronze Tiger, who’s well known to DC Comics fans as a member of both the League of Assassins and the Suicide Squad. On "Arrow," he’ll form an unholy alliance with fan-favorite villain China White (played by Kelly Hu), another well-established character in the DC Comics universe.
Kevin Alejandro plays Sebastian Blood. Drawing inspiration from the iconic New Teen Titans nemesis Brother Blood, Sebastian is an alderman who rises to power in the wake of the earthquake that devastated Starling City in Arrow’s first-season finale. Blood’s “man-of-the-people” popularity instantly places him at odds with Oliver Queen, whose family he blames for the quake.
Guggenheim: You're going to want to watch Season 2 for sure. The opening minutes will give a big hint as to the second part of that question.
Amell; Nothing on the show happens overnight, everything happens in due time. The beginning of that journey begins with wanting to honor Tommy and be a different person from who Tommy thought Oliver was when he died. That's how things start.
Epic; unexpected; trees; daring; me?
At least two new comics characters will appear in Season 2: New Teen Titans' Brother Blood, to be played by Kevin Alejandro.
And fans are already familiar with Deadshot, who will be part of the Suicide Squad alongside Bronze Tiger, who will be played by Michael Jai White. (More details on both above.)
Barrowman: I would be more than happy to come back into this family fold. And if I'm being invited back, it's more than the 50th anniversary of 'Doctor Who's' ever done."
He points out he could return in flashbacks.
The crowd goes nuts at the prospect of Malcolm coming back. Lazarus Pit, anyone?
John found an original 1989 action figure from Argentina to give to Stephen on the convention floor.
"I'm sorry I stabbed you," Amell says in thanks.
John Barrowman walks out wearing an "Arrow" shirt. "I've been on the floor, shopping."
"Roy wants that to happen. In the comics it happens. In a way Season 2 is like an island to Roy like Season 1 was to Ollie. He needs to go through the gamut of things and realize he's not as tough as he thinks he is, he's got to be knocked down a few pegs before he can be helped."
Rickards: Shipping wasn't even in my vocabulary ... She was never a small character to me, she had a big personality but she was stuck behind a desk.
Is there romance in Felicity's future?
Rickards: I think Felicity and Diggle have an old soul kind of connection ... Their ship name would be Delicity.
Who would she like to see Felicity with?
Rickards: Am I even allowed to choose? I'm sitting between them.
Could Laurel and Felicity be friends?
Cassidy: I may have to fight you.
Diggle's character is going to start appearing in the Green Arrow comics. The producers are stoked to be adding to the ongoing legacy of the character.
The producers will be giving Black Canary's origins a twist, the same as with every other well-known character we've seen so far.
Cassidy: Laurel has to go on her journey ... she's growing, she's evolving and she starts to kick some ass. Five months has gone by, I think she's done her mourning and her grieving and I think she wants to move forward. But as much as she loves Oliver, she loved Tommy ... I don't think she can take on another relationship yet.
Stephen: Everything that happens, not just in Season 2, but throughout the course of the series is meant to honor Colin Donnell's character -- every decision Oliver makes is considerate of Tommy and his memory going forward.
Five months later, some people have worked through their stuff, other people haven't. As bad as Starling City was in Season 1, in Season 2 it's even worse. It's not about crossing names off a list anymore -- the city needs a hero, it needs a symbol of hope, so Ollie needs to step up.
A lot of this season is Moira's season of redemption. Oliver's going to be taking more of an interest in Queen Consolidated, which he's going to find difficult because his name is now associated with mass murder. Thea will be running Oliver's club this season.
Sizzle reel was comprised of four days' worth of shooting. Episode 201 is called "City of Heroes." There will be a couple more heroes helping Oliver out this season in addition to those we saw last season.
The new footage featured a first look at Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev and a flash of a blonde woman dressed very similarly to Black Canary (!) along with Oliver taking another step towards embracing his true superhero identity.