Andrew Kreisberg Teases The Villain Of ARROW Season 3 And Crossing Over With THE FLASH

Arrow Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg teases the identity of the highly anticipated third season's main villain in the following interview, and also drops some interesting new details about the crossover between that series and The Flash. Hit the jump to check it out!


Perhaps the biggest question surrounding the third season of Arrow is who Oliver Queen will be facing off against now that Deathstroke has been dealt with. Arrow Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg wasn't willing to name names when Entertainment Weekly caught up with him recently, but did have this to say. "Slade had a very specific agenda—he was out for revenge and had set up this elaborate five-year plot.What’s interesting about the villain in season three is that he doesn’t necessarily disagree with [Oliver]. He doesn’t have any personal animus towards the Arrow, and he actually in some ways has a very similar worldview. [But] the Arrow is thinking too small." There's been a lot of speculation that John Barrowman's Dark Archer will be the main villain of season three, and it sounds even more likely based on the following comment from Kreisberg. "In some ways, as Oliver is struggling with whether or not he can be the Arrow and Oliver at the same time, the villain of season 3 is saying, ‘Being Oliver Queen is what’s holding you back from fulfilling your true destiny.’ So it’s a very interesting dynamic, but it is tied in the same way that Oliver last year was wrestling with, ‘Am I a hero or a killer?’ The theme of identity is tied up very much in how the villain is presented to Oliver."

However, debunking the Dark Archer theory is the fact that he then went on to reveal that they will be casting season three's lead villain "soon". Will we finally see Ra's Al Ghul after a number of hints last year? Regardless, talk then turned to the upcoming crossover with The Flash, and though it was recently revealed that the two episodes will be at least somewhat standalone in nature, there will be plenty of team-up moments by the sound of it. "It’s really going to be an adventure with the Arrow and Flash on both episodes. Watching the two teams come together and fight alongside each other, it’s one of the most fun parts. We just don’t believe in waiting. We really believe in accelerated storytelling and especially for those first nine episodes of the season—for both shows—hopefully we’ve designed it so that none of these [make you say], ‘Well, I missed that one, it’s fine.’" Both of the midseason finales will apparently introduce major changes to both shows, and he finished by teasing that they have, "spectacular and amazing midseason finales planned for both shows that are both game-changers … and what better way to lead into it than by having this amazing team-up?" What do you guys think?
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