The final episodes of Arrow season 8 are still being filmed and yet there is news of a spin-off already in the works.
So what do we know about it at the moment? According to a new report coming in from TVLine, The CW and Warner Bros. TV are in the process of developing some sort of separate series that will star Katie Cassidy Rodgers, Katherine McNamara, and Juliana Harkavy. These three play Laurel Lance, Mia Smoak, and Dinah Drake on the original show, and all three of them have been a part of Arrow over the past couple of years.
Yet, we do have a number of questions. Take, for example, this: Are you really going to move this series into the future and have Harkavy and Cassidy in makeup to age them up in every single episode? Or, are you going to invent some sort of time-travel mechanism where Mia Smoak comes back to the present and takes over the title of Green Arrow? We know that the intention is for Mia to play a new version of the Hood once worn by Oliver Queen, but the mechanics here are to be determined.
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There are a lot of familiar faces who are a part of the proposed new series behind the scenes, including Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Beth Schwartz, Marc Guggenheim, Jill Blankenship and Oscar Balderrama. Meanwhile, Schwartz, Guggenheim, Blankenship and Balderrama co-writing the backdoor pilot. That is a lot of cooks within the metaphorical kitchen, but the show has found a way to make it work so far. They could easily do it again.
The biggest question that we have upon reading news like this is the franchise’s long-term viability. Just think about it in this sense: The CW already has The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning moving forward — provided that all of them return for additional seasons. Is there room to include another show within the mix? Is there anything that a new Arrow could do that the previous one could not? There are some Birds of Prey echoes within this premise, but this show can’t use that name given what’s going on in the DC film universe at the moment.
Do you think this is a worthy idea for an Arrow spin-off?
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