Time for the Arrow universe to grow even more.
News of Teen Wolf alum Colton Haynes’ casting in The CW freshman hit Arrow not only ups the hot factor of the show (seriously, how many beautiful men can one show possibly hold?!?), but it also has the potential to continue expanding the mythology behind the story.
Haynes has landed a recurring role as Roy Harper, described by The CW as "a handsome, street-savvy teenager from 'the Glades,' the harsh, poverty-stricken portion of Starling City." He is also being set up as a love interest for Oliver’s little sister Thea (Willa Holland) after crossing paths “in an unexpected way.” Roy is "destined to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the larger world of Arrow," TV Guide Magazine first reported.
Fans of the DC Comics story of Arrow may recognize the name of Haynes’ character. Roy Harper first appeared in the comic in 1941 as the Green Arrow’s sidekick Speedy (which also not-so-coincidentally happens to be Thea’s nickname…), as well as the Justice League’s Red Arrow and Teen Titans member Arsenal. Little details are being revealed as to which incarnation this Roy Harper will be, but no matter what, he is going to play a big part in the future of the show.
News of his casting came only two months after Haynes tweeted that he was leaving MTV’s hit drama Teen Wolf after two seasons of playing jock-turned-kanima-turned-werewolf Jackson Whittemore. Fans of the supernatural drama were crushed to find out he wouldn't be returning for Season 3, but they should take solace in the fact that Haynes will be back on our small screens come the new year. He is set to begin his Arrow arc in the February 20, 2013 episode, “Dodger.”
The mid-season finale of Arrow, “Years End,” airs tonight on The CW at 8 PM EST. When Oliver learns his mother and sister have stopped celebrating Christmas, he organizes a celebration to make up for lost time, but the holiday cheer is cut short when Diggle informs him someone is using arrows to murder the people on his father’s list. Could it be the Dark Archer? And is the Dark Archer [SPOILER ALERT] going to be Tommy, taking on his DC Comics counterpart Arrow-archenemy Merlyn? We'll have to tune in tonight to find out!
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Director and co-producer Paul Alexander has assured the group Dracula bosses are dealing with the discrepancy, telling the New York Post, "All of the designers did a wonderful job on the show, and it was a pleasure to work with them. I realise they have some concerns, but we are doing all we can to resolve the situation. Everyone will be paid."
But the designers fear they will lose out altogether as the show faces closure following a disastrous opening night on Wednesday (05Jan11), when it was panned by critics.
One reviewer described the performance as "horribly anaemic", while a New York Daily News writer dismissed the production as "elaborately tacky, unintentionally hilarious and totally bloodless".
Kenn tells the Post, "We're unwitting investors in a flop."
Dracula bosses are expected to cut their losses and close the show as early as this weekend (08-09Jan11).
The stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's horror classic has been troubled for some weeks - actress Thora Birch was fired from the cast in December (10), days before the first preview performance, after the director fell out with the star's father, Jack.
Emily Bridges replaced Birch as the love interest of Dracula, played by Italian actor Michel Altieri, while Tony Award winner George Hearn starred as his nemesis, Dr. Van Helsing.
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Kit Bowen contributed to this report.