The first episode of “Arrow” is already getting a lot of buzz for its epic plot twists and a few new characters.
And, as the episode nears its finale, Arrow showrunners Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle discussed how their storytelling style evolved over the course of their run on the series, from the show’s origins in the 1970s to the present day.
The first episode, “Archer” (Season 2, Episode 8), opens with a flash bang that sends a flash-forward in time to the early days of “The Flash,” a comic book superhero team that began in 1977 with “The Atom” and “Superboy.”
The two teams were on the verge of losing the Atom to the “Cyborg” of the early 1970s, who had taken over the Atom mantle as he was preparing to destroy the universe.
Guggenheimer and Mericle had already established a basic idea of the team that the characters were based on.
In fact, they had established that they were based in the same universe as “The Batman,” and that the two DC Comics superheroes were not the same.
The team would be named “The Arrow,” and the show would take place in the modern day.
In a time before the internet, the team was made up of two “Arrows” — one from the 1940s and one from a different era, one named “Siberian Six” (Guggeheim and Mericher’s initials).
The two main characters were a young Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Amell, and his alter ego, Laurel Lance (Meyer).
The series follows Oliver as he moves through his first year in school and through his relationship with his father, Oliver Queen (David Ramsey), who has been taken by the villainous Reverse-Flash (guest star William Hurt).
The young Oliver is trying to find his place in a world of people who are all different and different in their own ways, and the writers are working with a lot more of the same story material than they did in the 1960s and 1970s.
While the Arrow and the Flash are the same characters, they are also quite different.
Both teams are based in an alternate dimension, and both teams have a team of their own called “Archers,” with members like Oliver, Felicity Smoak, Lance, and Cisco Ramon (David Harewood) as their core.
The two characters are also different in other ways: The Arrow has a super-speed-powered super-weapon called the “Ark,” while the Flash is powered by the same “super-speed” technology that has made Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Caitlin Snow (Emily Bett Rickards) super-powered.
The showrunners were also eager to explore the history of “the Flash” and how it changed in the mid-1970s and early 1980s.
“The first Flash was a villain who took over the Flashpoint timeline, which is when he became the leader of the Atom.
He was a super villain.
We knew we wanted to explore that history,” Guggeheimer said.
“And we were very interested in looking at the history that Barry had had in the comics as well.
We wanted to know if there was a continuity between him and the Arrow, and if Barry really was a hero.
That was something that we wanted as well.”
In the comics, Barry Allen, played with great care by Grant Gustin, is a teenage boy who is adopted by the Flash family, where he grows up in the Flash Point universe.
While Barry is the only child of The Flash and The Atom, his parents are supportive of his growing powers.
In the comics there is a time where Barry is an orphan, but he is eventually given a chance to become a hero by his adoptive father, played, of course, by William Hurt.
In “Archard,” the show follows the journey of Oliver Queen as he travels to New York City and attempts to save the city from Reverse-Force, an evil villain who seeks to conquer the world with a new superweapon.
Oliver is given the “power” to use his super-strength, speed, and agility to fight back against Reverse-force, who has taken over Reverse-Earth.
In “Arrival,” Oliver returns to the world of “Flashpoint,” and he is reunited with his family.
“Archery” is about Oliver’s first year as a teenager.
Oliver’s powers are being abused, he is losing control over his abilities, and he has been given a new identity as the Green Arrow.
In this episode, Oliver is the one who is going to save his city, and so the episode starts with a bang that is similar to the Flash and the Atom’s flash bangs.
This is where things get interesting.