‘Arrow’ Season 4 to Have a “Lighter Tone”

By May 16, 2015

While there’s always a place for darker superhero stories, people seem to be enjoying some lighter fare courtesy of Marvel Studios films like Guardians of the Galaxy, and TV shows like “The Flash.” The CW’s “Arrow” has been moving in and out of darkness over the course of the last season, but it’s largely stayed to the roots established in the first season, especially after the deaths of characters and the upending of Oliver’s personal life. Now, though, it looks like the show is headed on a new trajectory.

According to executive producer Marc Guggenheim in an interview with io9, “Arrow” will be taking a bit of a lighter tone as we head into the fourth season, set to premiere this fall.

[‘Arrow’] will take a lighter tone. That’s pretty much the only thing I say without spoiling it. We’ve been working for about a month now in the writers’ room, talking about season 4, and I think that one thing we all collectively understood was season 3 beginning with Sara’s death, because it’s the death of a major character on the show, it set a tone for the remainder of the season. And I’m not the least bit apologetic for that tone. I happen to like dark and I like the fact that Arrow is a pretty dark show particularly for a network show. That said, every year you want to mix things up and there was sort of a collective desire on all of our parts to try to inject a little bit more lightness into the show, a little bit more humor. It’s not going to radically change. The show’s still going to be the show but in terms of tone we’re coming off a very very hard season for all of our characters. We wanted to try to mix it up a little bit.

As far as DC Comics mythology goes, a lighter tone for Oliver Queen is a change it will make largely in-line with the source material. As most DC fans can tell you, Ollie has a somewhat irreverent sense of humor, prone to wisecracking and a generally lighter demeanor when compared to some of his fellow DC heroes. While it’s unlikely that the character will undergo some kind of fundamental shift in his overall outlook and demeanor, it seems like a lighter tone would fit in more efficiently with the overall lighter tone of “The Flash,” which takes place in the same shared universe.

The CW’s other forthcoming superhero show, “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” also looks like it’ll be headed in a generally lighter direction when compared with “Arrow’s” first couple of seasons, and will likely help set the tone for the TV iteration of the DC Universe at-large. For those craving a darker take on superhero storytelling, DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe looks like it’s going with the more serious approach if the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is any indication.

For more on “Arrow” and forthcoming superhero series on TV, including season two of “Gotham,” “The Flash,” and “Agent Carter,” season three of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” or the debuts of “Supergirl” and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” keep a tab open to GeekNation.

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As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • David Johnson

    Hoping they don’t go to far with the new direction. The dark edge has got Me wanting to watch Arrow from the beginning, I started watching it off & on in part way through the 2nd season. Remember when they had JJ Abram’s dumb down Alias after the 1st season I was gone 1/2 way into the 2nd season!!!

  • Thomas Kelly

    The darkness is part of what made it good, i hope it is only a slight shade lighter ..