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How "Arrow" Just Changed Everything for DC and Time Warner

Tim Beyers
July 28, 2013

Every San Diego Comic-Con brings it with panels and events that should capture more headlines but don't because of purportedly bigger news elsewhere.  

For Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), a surprise teaser for Man of Steel 2 overshadowed what may be DC's best animated film yet -- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox -- and important details for what's to come in season 2 of Arrow, a ratings winner for Warner's CW network.

Show creators Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim were uncommonly forthcoming in their Comic-Con panel. Specifically, they said Stephen Amell's Starling City vigilante grows to become more like the Green Arrow character from the comics upon which the show is based. He also gets help, as this Comic-Con trailer shows:

Sources: YouTube, Warner Bros.

"The title of episode 201 is 'City of Heroes,' and that's really what this season is about. It's really about Oliver becoming a hero and going from the Arrow in season 1 to being the Green Arrow in season 2," Kreisberg said at Comic-Con.

The message? Expect a wider foray into the DC Universe of characters, a strategy Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) also plans to employ with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which makes its debut Sept. 24. Season 2 of Arrow begins two weeks later, on Oct. 9.

Guggenheim says fans can expect appearances from classic comic-book allies and adversaries, including classic Teen Titans villain Brother Blood plus the Bronze Tiger, to be played by Michael Jai White. The assassin Deadshot also reappears.

Yet none of these measures up to the potential for Black Canary, a heroine who becomes Green Arrow's primary love interest in the comics. Actress Katie Cassidy plays the character most likely to assume the Canary's identity in Arrow. Kreisberg told the audience at Comic-Con that Season 2 explores the beginning of her story.

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