I always find it hard to write about "Arrow," because I never remember if Stephen Amell spells his name with one "m" and two "l's" or if it's two "m's" and one "l." I've always had the same problem with Steve Carell. I can't explain it.
So... On to "Arrow."
5:32 p.m. Are we ready for 45 minutes of Stephen Amell doing push-ups? Right?
5:34 p.m. Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim are on the panel with most of the show's cast. Emily Bett Rickards got extra-loud applause. Team Felicity!
5:35 p.m. Clips from the new season suggest that Felicity is making some improvements in the lair and... Summer Glau! Summer Glau in a red dress at a boardroom table! And Oliver thinking about giving himself a new nickname. And some butt-kicking female figure with blonde hair and mask who's making the crowd VERY happy. Nuf said on that part. I assume we'll talk more about her in a few minutes.
5:37 p.m. The crowd also really likes Colton Haynes.
5:38 p.m. How different is this Comic-Con from that year? "Stephen, can you walk around this Comic-Con?" Katie Cassidy asks. Amell agrees that he cannot. He says last year everybody just wanted the show not to suck, but this year everybody is excited about the show being done right.
5:38 p.m. The title of Ep.1 is "City of Heroes" and that's the theme of this season. And the clips we saw were only from four days of shooting. He's going from the Arrow of S.1 to being Green Arrow, with the help of a couple of new heroes. "It's epic, it's big and we hope you guys like it," Kreisberg says. Kreisberg says that this will be a season of redemption for Mona and that Oliver will have to take more business responsibilities. And Thea is going to be running Oliver's nightclub for some reason.
5:41 p.m. Where is the city positioned after the finale? Well, it's five months after that finale. "Some people have moved through their stuff, other people haven't," Kreisberg says, teasing that things are even worse in the city and Oliver has to go from crossing names off a list to being a hero.
5:42 p.m. It seems that Paul Blackthorne's character has been busted down to beat cop?
5:42 p.m. Awww. Amell says that everything Oliver does going forward will be done in honor of the late Tommy.
5:44 p.m. "I definitely think she's well on her own way," Cassidy says, noting that Laurel is growing and evolving and "she starts to kick some butt." Will she also mourn Tommy? "She's done her mourning, she's done her grieving and she's trying to move forward as much as she can," Cassidy says. She and Oliver aren't quite in a relationship, though.
5:44 p.m. And that masked woman in the footage? "One of the things we're doing this season is we're telling the beginning of the Black Canary story," Kreisberg says. The crowd roars. He suggests, however, that the first Black Canary may, in fact, not be Laurel. "This is the beginning of that story," he repeats.
5:46 p.m. David Ramsey charts Diggle's changing opinion about Oliver's actions. Is Diggle heading towards becoming a superhero? "John Diggle's character's going to start appearing in the 'Green Arrow' comic book," says Kreisberg. He's very proud of this, that they've been able to influence the overall Green Arrow mythology and legacy.
5:48 p.m. Much whistling for Emily Bett Rickards, who went from nothing to star in Season 1. She's had to learn many new things. "Shipping wasn't in my vocabulary before," Rickards says, insisting that she always had a big personality, even if the character was small. Is it time for Felicity to find love? The moderator suggests that there are sparks with Felicity and Diggle and everybody starts talking about "Figgle" and "Delicity." But Ramsey notes that other people prefer Oliver/Felicity. And the crowd seems to agree. "Am I even allowed to play favorites at this point?" Rickards says.
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