On Thursday at the CW Upfront in New York City, Stephen Amell was interviewed by several outlets on the carpet, including Variety, who got some hints from Amell about the Season 5 villain — one he refers to as “they” so as to possibly not reveal the character’s gender.
“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,” Amell told Variety. He did imply that he knows more details, but he did offer another hint: “As far as I know, they don’t have superpowers. I’ll tell you that.”
In several interviews, Amell also talked about having Season 5 focusing on Arrow doing what Arrow does best, as the superpowerless super show.” “I think it was a good element for season four,” he said regarding the magic angle in the current season. “I think that ultimately, we are always going to be at our best when we do what we do best, which is, we’re the superpowerless superhero show, right? We haven’t been for a couple of years now, for a variety of reasons that have all been important and have helped build the universe on The CW, but at the same time, I do think we’re at our best when we are doing what we do best,” he said to ComicBook.com.
For once, unlike the past two seasons, Arrow doesn’t have to participate in launching a new show, which should make the possible four-way crossover a smoother proposition.
“Supergirl is coming, but we don’t have to introduce a new show next year. In Season 2, 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,” Amell said.
Arrow will continue to air Wednesdays at 8PM this Fall on The CW, where it will now be paired with a new drama called Frequency starring Peyton List.