Day 2 at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in Secaucus, New Jersey and the opening panel featured stars of the CW’s hit show Arrow hitting the stage. David Ramsey (Diggle), Willa Holland (Thea), Katrina Law (Nyssa al Ghul), and Colin Donnell (Tommy Merlyn) joined the moderators on stage. Ramsey, a few seconds late to the panel, sat next to Donnell who immediately commented, “For a minute there I felt like a large man.” They took audience questions for a majority of the panel.
They started with an adorable little girl who asked them all their favorite color, after which she said hers was green prompting a round of applause (Willa’s favorite too). Holland and Law discussed the improving role of women on television, and how awesome it is to play well-developed characters with strong story arcs that are more than just tag-alongs to the male characters. Law said growing up, her favorite characters were Batman and Superman, so it’s great to play a strong female role. Someone asked about a possible continuation of the Suicide Squad story that was hinted in Arrow, but David Ramsey said it’s a long shot due to the film and TV series being controlled by different companies.
On what to look forward to in Arrow season 5, Ramsey joked, “Mayhem, death, you know, the usual.” They teased the 4-show crossover with Supergirl, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow which has fans of the whole DC TV Universe excited. A fan asked about their favorite scenes on Arrow. Colin Donnell, who was reminded constantly by the panel that he died back in season 1, said that that scene was the one for him. Holland said she loved shooting Stephen (Amell). Ramsey said that Laurel’s (Katie Cassidy) death scene in season 4 was incredibly emotional and memorable. He said all the tears in that scene were genuine.
The last question got the biggest response from the audience and panel as a fan asked Ramsey if he liked his mask and if would we see a new one. John Diggle’s mask was much maligned by fans as looking like a cheap Magneto ripoff; Ramsey himself said he had heard “Mag-Negro” floating around (no hashtag’s please!). The crowd roared with laughter and we all agreed he needed an upgrade. Thankfully, he admitted that Diggle will be getting a Cisco (Carlos Valdes) created new one, that hopefully fans will appreciate more.
Arrow returns to TV on Wednesday, October 5th.