Following the conclusion of Arrow‘s third season, preparation is well underway for season four. Exact details on what to expect in the show’s fourth year are unknown. Damian Dahrk and H.I.V.E. are expected to play big roles, while more crossovers with The Flash and/or DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are inevitable. Those who watched the season three premiere will know that the episode provided much closure; in fact, it would have worked well as a series finale, but we all know that’s not happening. The big question is, how does the series continue?
Writer and executive producer Marc Guggenheim offered a very interesting hint in an interview with io9. There, he revealed that Arrow‘s fourth season will be lighter in tone. “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, and I think that one thing we all collectively understood was season 3 beginning with Sara’s 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.” This should please fans who wished to see more of the lighthearted side of Arrow. And with the Arrow persona officially “dead,” perhaps it could be reborn as Green Arrow?
Guggenheim goes on to comment on the next spin-off series, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. He says that it is much more than just a “team” show, and he teases its epic scope. “I think the show is going to be bigger, louder, more ambitious even than Flash and Arrow. I think Flash raised the bar on Arrow in terms of adding superheroes and we’re looking to now have the show raise the bar on Flash so you feel like the shows are getting bigger and bigger. One thing we sort of always tell you is that with Flash we’re really trying to provide a feature film every week. With this show we’re trying to provide a summer blockbuster every week.” For the rest of io9’s interview with Guggenheim, in which he discusses his new comic book The Infinite Adventures of Jonas Quantum and the differences between Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne, click the link above.
Arrow returns with its new season this fall on The CW. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will premiere early next year.