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!

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By Josh Wilding - 7/22/2014

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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SKOne - 7/22/2014, 6:03 PM
All I want is Atom and Firestorm to have their costumes on this season and I'll be happy.
EzioKenway1225 - 7/22/2014, 6:03 PM
very interesting details on the villain..cant wait to see who it is
Sipprelle - 7/22/2014, 6:03 PM
Very cool. That villain description definitely screams Ra's.
Doopie - 7/22/2014, 6:08 PM
sooooooo Ra's?
DarthCMPunk - 7/22/2014, 6:10 PM
Anthony Stewart Head for Ras Al Ghul! Idc if he's old that's what a stunt double is for
DarthCMPunk - 7/22/2014, 6:10 PM
That's my wish not that I heard that just so people don't think otherwise
Doopie - 7/22/2014, 6:12 PM
but ASH was in Buffy so surely he's going to AoS...
FightingCommander - 7/22/2014, 6:13 PM
So it's ixnay on any movie crossovers, yet somehow Batman's biggest villain (well, if you consider in-laws villains, as anyone married would) is gonna be scooped by Arrow? But the confusion! Ra's was already killed in Gotham City, right?
RedNTheHood - 7/22/2014, 6:13 PM
So it's R'as....
2013venjix - 7/22/2014, 6:15 PM
IT HAS BEGUN!!!
soforizo - 7/22/2014, 6:16 PM
Not a whole lot of clues, but interesting nonetheless.
Doopie - 7/22/2014, 6:17 PM
what does this mean for "Gotham's" kid Ra's?
thewonderer - 7/22/2014, 6:17 PM
F Murray Abraham for Ras
TheRationalOne - 7/22/2014, 6:18 PM
Pretty sure Joker is Batman's biggest villain. Ra's is just arguably his most powerful.
BruceWayneNewton - 7/22/2014, 6:18 PM
I'm willing to bet the villain will be none other than....OBAMA!
RextheKing - 7/22/2014, 6:19 PM
Calling it now, it's either Ra's or RedHood.
shangho - 7/22/2014, 6:21 PM
@SKOne I agree!!!! The Atom and Firestorm have always been 2 of my favorite DC characters, I'm psyched to be getting them both!!! Hopefully both of their costumes look cool
ComicsBornAndBred - 7/22/2014, 6:22 PM
Ra's or King Snake
ComicsBornAndBred - 7/22/2014, 6:22 PM
When will they or can they do Onomotepeia?
shangho - 7/22/2014, 6:22 PM
And also I hope that the Dark Archer is finally referred to as Merlyn (as he is in the comics) and Arrow is finally called Green Arrow
Bread - 7/22/2014, 6:23 PM
Guys. It's Red Hood.
Bread - 7/22/2014, 6:24 PM

IT'S RED HOOD.

Mothchild - 7/22/2014, 6:24 PM
Lady Shiva
CommanderShepard - 7/22/2014, 6:27 PM
Bread, Why is it Red Hood?
DrunkenNukem - 7/22/2014, 6:31 PM
Its Klone
BlackIceJoe - 7/22/2014, 6:38 PM
There was a rumor that Oded Fehr was going to play Ra's al Ghul. So it could be him. I personally though would like to see Alexander Siddig as Ra's al Ghul. I hope the real Count Vertigo will be great this season. I also could see Sportsmaster show up on Arrow. The Young Justice tv show made him really cool. I know he's not a GA villain but Aquaman's but I think Black Manta would be great on Arrow. I also think Anarky could be cool too. Felix Faust could also be an interesting villain. I also think if they want to bring in more Eastern European countries they could bring in the leader of Bialya. This way Queen Bee can show up on Arrow.
WhoDaFoo - 7/22/2014, 6:40 PM
Wasn't there an article about it possibly being Kobra? It's obviously got to be someone pretty recognizable that can be used in the show, Kobra can fit that.
sinsear912 - 7/22/2014, 6:46 PM
Might as well call this show Batman Lite
Bread - 7/22/2014, 6:49 PM
@CommanderShepard "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."

Wants to stop crime (like Oliver), but realizes that crime can't be stopped so he needs to control it (Oliver thinking too small).
Destined - 7/22/2014, 6:54 PM
Can't wait for Flash and new Arrow season! Some exciting TV watching no doubt.
GliderMan - 7/22/2014, 6:56 PM
This shows story is pointless if not in the DCCU... #BrokenHearted

I just can't bring myself to support anything DC anymore.. They could have given us a massive cinematic universe, but they didn't.
sinsear912 - 7/22/2014, 7:04 PM
Really wouldn't be good to put The Arrow next to Batman. I'll wait for Green Arrow to be done right.
GliderMan - 7/22/2014, 7:12 PM
@sinsear912 Green Arrow doesn't need to be in Justice League. It'd be smart to leave him out, actually.
sinsear912 - 7/22/2014, 7:13 PM
It doesn't have to be in Justice League, I wonder if DC will still do the supermax movie
SnapperCarr - 7/22/2014, 7:25 PM
I want to see Brick on the show.
typicalfanboy - 7/22/2014, 7:29 PM
...or it's King Snake or Kobra.
sinsear912 - 7/22/2014, 7:30 PM
Brandon routh a big name actor?
Jhuntdaprodigy - 7/22/2014, 7:34 PM
The description for the villain definitely sounds like Ra's Al Ghul to me. Ra's does really believe the genocidal things he does are for the betterment of mankind. And Black Canary being in the League of Assassins obviously sets up a future scenario where they'll have to clash with each other. The fact that Hong Kong, Katana, and that whole ninja side of DC's Universe is being brought into the fold, the league would be a logical next step. I could be wrong though, there are many villains it could be. They could maybe be doing a loose adaptation of that Outsiders story arc that wrapped up in the Green Arrow comics not too long ago.
y0n3s - 7/22/2014, 7:39 PM
@Jhuntdaprodigy you'd be right. Saw diggle at a convention and he said this season Ra's show's up and the arrow also takes on an organisation called H.I.V.E
sinsear912 - 7/22/2014, 7:40 PM
If the joker shows up I quit!
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