A whole bunch of Warner Bros. TV shows have been bricked in order to help promote the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie.
On February 6, Warner Bros. revealed a series of Lego-inspired billboards advertising some of the studio’s biggest shows — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Gotham, and The Middle all got the Lego treatment. Warner Bros. said in a press release that over 10,000 Lego bricks were used to create the whimsical posters.
And because banners alone are not enough, there’s video fun to be had as well. A short animated video came out as well, featuring Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) interacting with some of The CW’s own superheroes. Batman, it turns out, isn’t so impressed by the Flash, the Green Arrow, Supergirl, or Atom (each voiced by their TV actors Grant Gustin, Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist, and Brandon Routh, respectively).
More Batman and more Lego will be seen between February 6 and 8, when Batman will be crashing through the Berlanti Productions logo at the end of episodes of Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow.
All of this is leading up to the theatrical release of The Lego Batman Movie on Friday, February 10.
Thanks to star Stephen Amell, fans got their first look at Arrow season 5 on Tuesday. And… wow. It’s a rather abs-tacular view.
That’s what happens, after all, when the Arrow star tweets a photo of his character, Oliver Queen, dripping in sweat and naked as far as the camera angle can see. There’s also an unusual amount of hair — a style more in keeping with flashback Oliver than present-day Oliver — so this may be a scene from the Green Arrow’s heretofore mysterious time in Russia.
Whatever the case, Oliver is very muscular and very unclothed. So enjoy!
Arrow returns to The CW on Wednesday, October 5 at 8pm with an episode (directed by longtime fight coordinator James Bamford) called “Legacy.” Keep checking this space for more Arrow season 5 spoilers as we get closer to the premiere!
One of the best parts of any Comic-Con is seeing all of the insanely wonderful costumes created and worn by the attendees. WonderCon 2016 — held in Los Angeles March 25-27 — was no exception. Check out just some of the great characters and costumes spotted at the event. Can you name them all? (I can’t… The realm of geekery extends too wide for me)
The most recent Arrow episode, “Nanda Parbat,” had just about everything. And now, this recap adds sarcasm and photos to the mix!
“Nanda Parbat” begins in an unusually relaxed fashion (before getting to the first of the episode’s many, many fights) with Ra’s al Ghul — the Head of the Demon himself — relaxing in his mystical hot tube. Which could totally be the Lazarus Pit. Or a Jacuzzi.
Alas, Ra’s’ me-time is interrupted by a pissed-off Nyssa. She wants to go kill Oliver again because of Sara and because of challenges and because that’s pretty much just what Nyssa does.
Then it’s time for a fairly hardcore Queen-Merlyn fight. Malcolm isn’t exactly impressed with Oliver’s hand-to-hand skills, even if those skills totally defeated Merlyn that one time. Diggle, meanwhile, isn’t impressed with Malcolm.
“My friends call me Dig. You shouldn’t even speak to me.” You tell him, Dig!
Thea and Laurel, followed by Oliver and Diggle have some personal chats. Unsurprisingly, the Thea-Laurel chat is the more awkward one.
Now it’s flashback time, in which Oliver and the Yamashiros are getting literally everything they want. Obviously, this is going to end badly.
In the present-day world of the uber-fortified club, Thea and Roy bond over their shared “Hey, I killed someone and didn’t know it” situation. She still isn’t OK with this.
No one in the Arrow lair has gotten much sleep recently, and that seems to be going around. Ray Palmer has also been staying up for nights on end. He really wants to build that Atom suit. Felicity is less impressed by this dedication (sort of a “been there, done that” thing for her) and really doesn’t want Ray to blow up himself and/or the entire building.
Laurel has gone back to her office (remember how she has a job and stuff?), where she deals with the one-two punch of learning that a) her dad still doesn’t want to talk to her and b) Thea killed Sara.
While Laurel is cool with Thea continuing to exist, she isn’t so chill with the thought of anyone working with Malcolm. She confronts Oliver on this, going the roundabout route of talking about Sara’s smile. It does work though, since she catches Oliver in a lie. The whole thing doesn’t end well for these former lovers — not that things have been ending well for them for several years now.
Things continue to not work out well for Laurel after that, when she confronts and tries to fight Malcolm. The emphasis here is on “try.” She really doesn’t do that well against the world-class assassin who has even beaten Oliver on occasion.
There isn’t much resolution to the fight though, since Nyssa and her merry band of hench-assassins show up to beat Malcolm into submission. That takes about 30 seconds.
Other than Oliver, no one really thinks this is a problem. When he points out that Thea’s soul is at stake, everyone other than Laurel at least comes to terms with the choice.
Flashback time again: The Yamashiros are happy to be getting on a boat to go home. Oliver is less enthusiastic. That enthusiasm dampens further when bad men begin to shoot at the group.
At the airport in the present-day, Oliver attempts to save Merlyn and ends up in a fight with Nyssa. Oliver does win, but the other assassins escape with their prize. Fortunately, Nyssa wants Oliver to chase after Malcolm (because she wants the Arrow dead too) and gives up the location of Nanda Parbat easily.
Oliver is really, really sure he won’t die if he goes to Nanda Parbat. The others are a little more skeptical, what with the whole almost dying thing last time.
Felicity deals with her “Dammit Oliver!” frustrations by forcing Ray to take a break. Since he’s less likely to use weapons against Felicity, even when she locks him out of his own server.
As for Diggle, he deals by going home to see his beautiful almost-wife and adorable baby daughter. He has a tender moment of wanting to stay with them before Lyla points out that fighting for the good guys is just in Dig’s character. She isn’t wrong about this. And she has a private jet to back up this conviction.
Nanda Parbat itself is as dark and torchlit as ever, currently playing host to a squirming Malcolm. Ra’s doesn’t seem interested torturing Merlyn himself, just offering “Dude, I am so old!” stories instead.
Back in Starling City, a mostly naked Ray and paintings from Dutch masters prove too tempting for Felicity. She’s only human, after all, and that is one fine-looking billionaire.
Oliver and Diggle are having less fun in Nanda Parbat. But they’re good shots and therefore take out the guards quickly. Note: Shouldn’t the men be concerned about the whole lost-souls thing as they shoot and kill a few dozen minions?
Laurel still hasn’t left the lair at this point, but she gets bored or something (everyone else is gone) and bonds with Nyssa over memories of Sara. Apparently she laughed at Ra’s al Ghul at some point. We had just better get to see this flashback!
Meanwhile in the assassins’ lair, Oliver and Diggle negotiate chandelier-filled hallways before they find a tortured Malcolm and the trap that was totally set for them.
So Oliver is back behind bars again. This time, he uses the downtime to admit to Diggle that he had to face Ra’s al Ghul again after losing. Diggle is understanding but has other things on his mind — he wants Oliver (his new brother) to be his best man at the upcoming wedding.
You know, if these two men don’t die in Asia first.
A short flashback later (more shooting at the boat), we find Thea and Roy stalking the family of the cop he killed. It’s both creepy and touching. And it just makes Thea feel even guiltier — this time about allowing Malcolm in and then getting him killed.
She deals with this by telling Nyssa of her involvement and then handing the assassin a sword. Thea is really messed up, isn’t she?
At Ray’s loft, the wannabe hero wakes up suddenly, inspired to genius by the magical effects of Felicity’s lust. A few calculations and a deceptively simple password (“password”) later, and the Atom has taken flight!
Finally, the show returns to Nanda Parbat, where Oliver is brought out to face Ra’s al Ghul yet again. This time, however, Ra’s is just impressed. He likes people who court death and is now a big fan of Oliver’s. He is such a big fan that Ra’s wants Oliver to take his place as the next leader of the League of Assassins.
Does this mean Oliver gets to hang in the magic Jacuzzi too?
When last we saw Oliver and Thea Queen, they were hiking around the island paradise/hell that is Lian Yu. This was Merlyn’s great idea for a training exercise and an excuse for Arrow production to make Stephen Amell get all wet and dirty again in “The Return.”
Because he once left Slade Wilson in an ARGUS cell on that island, Oliver goes to look for his old enemy. To reminisce? Kill him? Alas, we never find out: Slade has killed his jailer (and presumed food-bringer) in order to escape.
Now it’s time for some flashback stuff. As you will recall from the last time Oliver thought about his past, Amanda Palmer and ARGUS brought their favorite not-dead man back to Starling City in order to track and stop China White.
She has apparently arranged some sort of weapons auction to sell her doomsday device, and she’s working with a Queen Consolidated employee. Yep, Oliver is really going home.
But first, he has to go back to the present and take a phone call (because there’s cell service on Lian Yu?) from Merlyn. Yes, he’s the one behind Slade’s escape. Because why test your last-resort allies only with a deadly island when you can also throw a deranged, vengeful lunatic with super-strength at them too?
Fortunately for the Queens, Slade is in a slow-death kind of mood and just locks Oliver and Thea in his old cell.
When the flashbacks return, Oliver spots a teenaged Thea scoring drugs at her father and brother’s memorial and having a Merlyn-style bonding moment with Tommy. They argue a bit and do the requisite “You’re not my brother!” thing. Good times!
This brings us back to the island where… Ooh! Slade is playing the Shado card! Thea isn’t buying it, even with all of Slade’s “Oliver has secrets” talk. It doesn’t matter anyway since he’s just leaving the Queens locked in that prison to rot. There may or may not be someone else bringing the food.
Because Arrow is contractually obligated to use its actors, Felicity shows up in the next flashback. She’s all Felicity-like and flirting with Oliver’s photo because he’s a cute dead guy. Felicity does not, of course, notice the still-alive Oliver hiding in the corner. Because if she did, he’d have to kill her. That would not be OK.
Instead, Oliver makes it out of Queen Consolidated and ditches his ARGUS handlers in order to crash Tommy’s big party. This is where we learn why Oliver and Roy got along so well — back in the day, Oliver stuck to a face-obscuring hoodie too!
The party itself has all sorts of reveals, like the start of Tommy and Laurel bonding, Thea being all rebellious, and a couple of men named Diggle working security. Yes, that’s John Diggle’s now-dead brother there. He’s not dead yet, obviously.
But there is death at the party, because pre-hero Oliver is there and watching Thea buy drugs.
And hey! Oliver killed the drug-dealer guy! Is it bad that Oliver being all murderous made me a little nostalgic? Whatever — obviously the low-life had to die.
Death or not, present-day Thea insists on learning secrets from Oliver, because she’s all logical and stuff.
Unfortunately, Oliver realizes that Thea is really little and might be able to circumvent security meant for big people. You know if she dislocates her shoulder a bit. Also, shouldn’t state-of-the-art ARGUS security be a little more secure? And not just a big button a few feet from the bars?
Back at the party, Grumpy Lance is investigating Oliver’s kill and already talking vigilantes. He gets all pissy as soon as he sees Laurel and Tommy and Thea. He doesn’t see Oliver. That’s Maseo’s job.
Oh, and Lance thinks Laurel is supposed to be an altruistic lawyer instead of a corporate bigwig. He’s SO going to regret that in the future.
Anyway, the China White deal is going down at the Foundry. I see what you’re doing there, Arrow!
Back on the island, Thea runs straight into one of Oliver’s old booby traps — which gives her more “You’ve got secrets” ammunition plus some time to talk when Oliver is injured. Tired of the pestering, Oliver caves and tells Thea about how Malcolm used her to kill Sara.
Thea is, understandably, not happy about the news.
“This is ridiculous! What the hell are we even doing here?” she asks, just like the rest of us. But then Slade interrupts to try to kill everyone (again). The Aussie super-soldier, however, has gone a bit soft and can’t quite defeat two Queens at once.
In another flashback, Oliver goes home to Queen Manor, a set that I could have sworn got demolished at the end of season 2. Did they rebuild just for this one scene?
More importantly, however, Oliver gets his message from his father. You know, the one about how Oliver needs to seek justice and “save this city” after daddy’s mistake.
Note: That short video took eight minutes to download? Queen Consolidated should have hired Felicity sooner, since they obviously needed a software update.
Whatever the ridiculous file size, Oliver gets the motivation he needs to help Maseo stop China White’s evil weapons sale. If only they’d given the guy a bow and arrow instead of a gun, the good guys might have gotten the lady for good. But they save the day, so it’s OK.
Over on the island, present-day Thea wants to kill Slade, but Oliver pep-talks her out of it.
So Slade is back in his cell, nursing a flesh wound and his never-quenched vengeance. The dude uses the opportunity to taunt Oliver about losing his parents, sister, and even Felicity. Not a cool move, Slade, especially since you killed the guy who brought your food!
Five years earlier, General Matthew Shrieve insists that Oliver has to come with him, promising the pretty idiot freedom after the debriefing. Oh Oliver… You’ve still got two years of flashbacks to get through!
Elsewhere in Starling, Tommy successfully lures a suddenly altruistic Laurel out for dinner and drinks while Thea brings flowers to her dead family.
Time jumps forward at this point to find Lance leaving flowers on Sara’s grave. Laurel confronts him there and basically blames her dad because she became the Black Canary. But Lance is too angry to buy that and rejects his liar of a daughter right there.
Thea and Oliver make it home after their less-than-stellar family bonding. While Thea wants a shower, Oliver and Malcolm have to talk about secrets instead. The girl isn’t too thrilled by any of it.
She’s pretty much done with Malcolm emotionally, which is going to cause all sorts of conflict for the rest of the season. Sucks to be you, Merlyn!
I could recap the Arrow episode, “Canaries,” with words and phrases and whatnot. But that would be too easy. Instead, here’s that same recap in photos. There are also some words, of course, but the focus is on photos.
The episode begins with one Canary killing another. This is not natural bird behavior.
Because this is TV, we immediately flashback to 48 hours earlier. Oliver and Roy chase some random baddie but don’t get to take him down as Laurel has hidden behind a parked car to claim the villain as her own.
This irritates Oliver because a) he doesn’t want Laurel there, and b) she’s kind of a snot about the whole thing.
Oliver is snotty right back with the whole “You’re not a hero!” retort.
Everybody is pissy in the lair too, although this is mostly because Malcolm Merlyn has been hanging out.
Meanwhile, Count Vertigo 2.0 is back and as garbled as ever.
“The rongin guar hassa right tofiz dar accusa!” he says in what might be English, although I’m not sure.
Whatever he said, it’s a cue for a guard to bonkers and shoot reporters until Laurel (who is there because reasons) knocks him out with a slight tap of her hero arm. Alas, she is too late to catch the Count.
Back at Verdant, Malcolm wants to tell Thea about Oliver. Turns out, this is a really good idea. Despite everyone’s fears, Thea is all like, “Cool! Want to practice some kendo? I’m a badass now too!”
Also, when she finds out that Malcolm knew all about all of this, she suddenly gets why everyone hates her bio-daddy. She hates him too.
More action follows — including the self-immolation of the reporter who shot Vertigo’s guard with the crazy-making drug — leading to Laurel visiting the docks alone to stop a drug shipment.
Because Oliver is not wrong about Laurel’s propensity to pretty much just get into trouble, the brand new Canary immediately takes a shot of Vertigo and begins seeing Sara-based hallucinations.
Oliver and Roy show up at this point to save her, something that mostly just earns the Arrow a bunch of “We don’t need you, you jerk!” yells from the ingrates now populating his lair.
The only one who has much of a right to be irritated, however, is Thea, who heads upstairs and immediately drags her DJ off for a night of “Why is everyone I know an assassin or vigilante?” sex.
Unfortunately for her, said DJ is also a secret assassin and tries to poison Thea with wine. She doesn’t fall for that.
But Chase still might have won, had both Roy and Malcolm not been standing right outside Thea’s door with deadly weapons. Because that’s not creepy or anything.
Anyway, Thea has to find a new DJ.
Back in the lair, Laurel wakes up from her Vertigo coma and gets a Felicity pep talk. Does Felicity really think it’s cool for Laurel to go out fighting or does she just want the wannabe Canary dead?
Either way, Laurel gets to go play with Oliver and Roy in Vertigo’s lab. There’s fire and chemist minions and “Yuzujh win dotn go!” speeches from Vertigo.
Laurel almost gets killed again while getting yelled at by her hallucinations before conquering her fears and punching Vertigo in the face many times.
Afterwards Laurel goes to visit her clueless daddy to tell him about dead Sara. Apparently he’s cool with his minimally trained daughter wearing leather and beating on people. But then she tells Lance about Sara being dead and everyone cries.
Back at home, Thea is all sad after her post-coital assassination attempt. Malcolm’s solution to everything? Thea and Oliver have to go camping on Lian Yu because…
Um. I’ve got nothing. Maybe Arrow production just really likes hanging out on this island?
One of the most anticipated episodes of Arrow season 3 is “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.” Not only does the episode offer flashbacks to the earlier years of Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), but it also introduces her mother, Donna (guest-star Charlotte Ross). What spoilers can be gained from these photos? Check out the Arrow photos below.
One thing that seems certain: Donna and Felicity Smoak have some tension between them.
What exactly happened between them in the past?
The tension is so much that Felicity ends up crying in front of Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh).
Meanwhile, Laurel (Katie Cassidy) goes back to Ted Grant (J.R. Ramirez) for some help of some sort.
Then she punches him.
It’s in flashbacks that we will see Felicity in her Goth phase.
That look worked for Felicity’s college-era boyfriend, Cooper Seldon (Nolan Funk).
Granted, this guy might be a computer-destroying computer hacker in the present-day, so maybe his taste shouldn’t be trusted.
Did Cooper end up stealing Felicity’s code for the purpose of wreaking havoc?
Back in the present, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea Queen (Willa Holland) are still working out their issues.
Popcorn may be the only thing that heals the rift between them!
In order to get back into a good place with Oliver, however, Thea will have to deal with Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman). Don’t forget, after all, that Malcolm knows all about Oliver’s secret identity.
Remember that tension between Felicity and Donna? It seems to have dissipated by the time of this last photo.
“The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak” airs Wednesday, November 5 on The CW.
Arrow‘s Felicity Smoak is going to have a slightly different look in the upcoming episode, “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.” In flashback scenes, the lovely computer genius is going to have a positively Goth look.
She still looks good though. Felicity’s college boyfriend, Cooper Seldon (Nolan Funk), is kind of cute too.
Also in the same episode, Charlotte Ross will guest-star as Donna, Felicity’s oft-estranged mother. What will be her purpose on the show? That will be answered in the Arrow episode airing Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 8pm on The CW.
What’s better than a normal episode of The Flash? How about an episode like “Going Rogue,” one that features both Felicity Smoak of Arrow and the villainous Captain Cold (played by Prison Break‘s Wentworth Miller)?
Check out The Flash photos from the episode to see just how cool (or cold, as the case may be) “Going Rogue” could be.
Felicity seems to fit in quite well with Barry’s support network at STAR Labs.
But will they accept her as one of their own?
Captain Cold, meanwhile, is up to mischief.
The good guys are looking a little worse for wear.
Could Captain Cold win?
Cisco doesn’t seem ready to go down without a fight.
Will that be enough?
The “Going Rogue” episode of The Flash airs Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 8pm on The CW.
Arrow season 3 is coming quickly and The CW has released the first photos of the premiere episode, “The Calm,” in anticipation of the October airing. See who’s back in the photos below.
Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) has a very different role to play in the new season — he has gone from mirakuru-hindered bad boy to hero-in-training Arsenal.
It looks like Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) is doing much better too. Not only is he still alive (not a given, seeing as how we last saw him collapsing) but he might even be a captain.
One of the most anticipated features of “The Calm” would have to be the Oliver and Felicity date. While the new photos don’t show any hints of that momentous occasion, there is at least a picture of Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) together.
Finally, in a semi-surprising return, Sara (Caity Lotz) is back as the Canary. Why is she back? What sort of message or help does she bring to Starling City?
Those answers will come with the season 3 premiere Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 8pm on The CW.