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The latest on Arrow: Season 5’s new villain, Stephen Amell wants Kevin Smith on board and talks Oliver Queen vs Casey Jones

June 7th, 2016 by Phil Robinson Comments

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The news is coming in hard and fast about what we could be seeing in Arrow season five, as well as what Stephen Amell wants to see himself. In a trio of stories from, let’s dissect what’s going down.

When talking about the shaky reaction the last series got, and the direction of the new one, Amell said “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?”

It would hint that a villain more like Deathstroke, and less like Damian Darhk could be seen in the near future.

TVLine are reporting that season five’s villain is “tentatively” called Anton Church, though this could well be a smokescreen for who it actually is. Can’t give too much away to the comic book fans just yet.

They call the character ”an apex predator that cuts his way through the shadows” and targets “the biggest threat first.” Oliver has pretty much painted the target on his back himself, hasn’t he?

With Kevin Smith’s episode of Flash going down so well, it was only a matter of time before the question was asked: what about getting Smith involved with Arrow?

When asked by, Amell exclaims “Of course, he could do a good job!” He seems excited about the idea, doesn’t he?

“I think that adding anyone to the writer’s room, much less Kevin Smith, is always a huge bonus,” Amell continues. “We haven’t had it in a little bit but in the first couple of seasons, Geoff Johns would write a couple of episodes or lean in on a couple of episodes and he did one in particular, 1×16, [Dead to Rights], it’s when Tommy found out for the first time that I was Green Arrow, and those episodes always had a little bit of a punch, so I’d love to have Kevin come on board.”

What do you think, Smith meets Arrow: yes or no?

Finally, and a little bit more lighthearted, when addressing the crossover we never even considered, Amell has talked about the differences between Oliver and Casey Jones, who he plays in the brand new, absolutely ridiculous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

“Oliver is a little bit more polished but Oliver is also a little bit more predictable,” he says, “So, if Casey’s gonna win, it’s gonna be the element of surprise but I’d say Oliver probably takes him down eight out of ten times.” Just don’t rule his opponent out yet; “Give Casey a couple more years though in the vigilante game and maybe a more bad-ass weapon than a hockey stick,” he says with a laugh.

You can watch the whole interview here:

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