ARROW Finally Gets the Mask – How Long Before the ‘Green?’
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Huh, maybe he will be in a Justice League movie..?
EW.com has the exclusive image of Arrow star Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen finally donning the mask fans have been clamoring for.
The mask will make its debut on the December 11 episode.
"Conceptually, it was something we wanted to do because Oliver himself is evolving as the Arrow — from vigilante to hero, sort of from Arrow to Green Arrow — and we wanted to see that progression in his costume as well," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told EW. "As Oliver is embracing being a hero, being a hero means stepping out of the dark and being more of a symbol, so he has to stake steps to conceal his identity more."
"It’s going to allow the Arrow to interact with people who don’t know his identity in a much more organic way than having him constantly keep his head down,” Kreisberg added.
Black Canary, who debuted this season on the series as "Canary" came complete with a mask, something that seemed much more practical for dealing with those personally close to her.
The EP added that early attempts at the right design came off as "shall I say, Joel Schumacher-esque" [gasp], but he credits fellow executive producer Greg Berlanti for "steering them toward simplicity" and costume designer Maya Mani for coming up with the "very simple" green design among the 50 options she created.
The addition of the mask will be addressed in-story Kreisberg added finally. "He doesn’t just put on a mask. It’s actually a big plot point in an episode, and there really is a story behind, not only the need for the mask but also who provides him with it."
"It’s going to be a little bit of a surprise, and once they see how the mask comes into creation, I think people will be really excited about it."
Of course, the December 11 episode is the second of two featuring Barry Allen, introducing him to this universe as the man who will become The Flash in his own pilot for the CW.