Fandoms I Love That I Never Thought I Would

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Fandom is a great thing, and sometimes it can sneak up on you. There are always those fandoms you never thought you’d fall for that you find yourself obsessed with, and there are some you were sure you’d hate that you end up adoring. This week’s fandom five is all about those fandoms that surprised you with how much you love them. Here are my top five:

Comic Books

Okay, so there isn’t really a “comic book” fandom, but I didn’t ever think I would like comic books. It wasn’t until I took a literary criticism class in college where I read Persepolis and took a comic book genre study for my senior seminar that got me hooked on comic books. I never thought I’d be a person who reads comics, but I LOVE comics and graphic novels.

Comic Con

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Okay, so this is another one that isn’t technically a fandom. Still, with my introvert ways and my anxiety in big crowds, I never thought I’d be one to love comic con. While I’ve never been to San Diego Comic Con because of where I live, I’ve been to several other conventions and I love it so much. Who knew comic con season would become one of my favorite times of the year!

The Flash

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Back when the show started, I wasn’t sure how I felt about The Flash on The CW. In fact, I was ready to stop watching the show. I’m not sure what got me back into the show, but I’m so glad I did. I love The Flash so much, and it’s such a great addition to DCTV.

Harry Potter

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When I was a kid, I wasn’t allowed to read the Harry Potter books or watch the Harry Potter movies. Because of that, I figured I just wouldn’t ever jump in to the story. However, I met a girl who told me that, despite being an adult, that I HAD to read the books, and I’m so glad she did. I fell in love with the story, and even though I didn’t get to grow up with it, the Potter-verse has such a special place in my heart.

Being Human US

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Being a part of the Being Human US fandom wasn’t just something I didn’t expect. I was vehemently against liking this show. I loved Being Human UK so much, and I just felt like the US version simply couldn’t be as good. I was SUPER wrong. I love this show so much. Hopelessly in love with it, despite my best efforts.

Your turn! What are those fandoms you were surprised to find yourself in? Let me know in the comments, and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts. Follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today–and be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–-and be sure to check out the brains behind the Fandom 5 linkup, the awesome Kristen and Megan

Is Zack Snyder Right About Grant Gustin?

Okay, I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen/the Flash on the CW’s wildly popular show, The Flash, wasn’t allowed to play his character in the DC Cinematic Universe. While Grant has been characteristically classy about it, fans were certainly curious why Zack Snyder decided to start over from scratch with the Flash in the films.

I mean, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Well, Snyder might disagree with how well the Flash is characterized on the CW show. Here’s what he told NY Daily News:

I just don’t think it was a good fit. I’m very strict with this universe and I just don’t see a version where…that (tone is) not our world.

Sure, I get it. The Flash is super lighthearted, and Barry himself is particularly bright and sunny. Just look at this happy smile:

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Understandably, Zack Snyder might not want such a sunny character ruining his dark and twisty vibes. And to top it all off, Snyder has even come out to say that Batman and Superman hail from an entirely different universe from The Flash and Arrow (which is evidenced by the Flash/Supergirl crossover ep).

But…

Snyder is still including the Flash in the Justice League movie, and Ezra Miller’s Flash will get his own movie. So clearly, there’s enough there to add him to the DC Cinematic Universe, right?

Side note: I should also point out that word on the street is that, should the Green Arrow find his way to the Justice League too (which he should since he’s a vital part of it), Stephen Amell will probably not be the movie Green Arrow. That brings up an entirely different argument of Zack Snyder inadvertently shooting DC Comics/DCTV in the foot by turning the CW’s Flash and Arrow into the “poor man’s Flash and Green Arrow”. While I could talk about that more, I want to go back to what he said about Grant Gustin and the tone of his Barry Allen.

There was a lot of success behind the Dark Knight trilogy and the dark and twisty-ness that came with it–despite the fact that Batman properties have been lighthearted in the past. Like this:

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Or even this:

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Of course the Dark Knight trilogy was based on the equally dark and twisty Dark Knight comic book series. Still, there have been plenty of times where Batman is depicted in more lighthearted stories both in movies, series, and comics. Superman, too.

So is Snyder and the DC Cinematic universe making a mistake planting their flag in the dark and twisty superhero camp? After all, Man of Steel didn’t exactly blow the doors off an box office records, and the fact that Brandon Routh has a solid place in the DC TV Universe as Ray Palmer/The Atom on Legends of Tomorrow means that most of us probably forgot that he had a run as Christopher Reeve’s doppelganger/the protector of truth, justice, and the American way in 2006’s Superman Returns.

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Meanwhile, the MCU is dominating ALL THE THINGS because they’ve allowed their superheros to be for kids and grown-ups alike. Sure, MCU heroes may have some rough stuff in their backstory, but their films are ultimately fun and uplifting to watch–and just about everyone takes the MCU seriously. Even if you’re over superhero movies and the MCU, there’s no denying that they’re doing something right.

But, Kendall, you say, what about Deadpool? He wasn’t necessarily uplifting and he definitely wasn’t for kids!

I’m so glad you brought Wade up! Let’s talk about Deadpool! Remember when we first met the mouthless, laser-eyed”Deadpool” in the Wolverine movie?

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Deadpool fans were pissed. Why? Because that was not our Deadpool. Hell, it wasn’t even Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool, and he played the abomination. The Deadpool we all know and love is foul-mouthed, he’s crass, and any story involving the Merc is hella gory. Deadpool’s origin story is also a heavy one, and unlike a lot of our favorite superheroes, his doesn’t have the happiest of endings. Wade will always be disfigured, and he’ll always be in some sort of pain, despite his healing factor. If anyone has a reason to be dark and twisty, my friends, it’s Wade Wilson.

But he isn’t. Like a lot of us, he masks his pain and anger in snark, silliness, and several asides. And unlike a lot of us, he also masks his anger in wielding weapons and killing bad guys. You know, whatever works for you, Wade.

So when Ryan Reynolds took over making an actual Deadpool movie, he focused on doing it right. As a fan of the Merc himself, he was obsessed with sticking true to the Wade we’ve all come to love, and worked for eleven years to make a Deadpool movie the right way. Which, as we all know now, he did. The movie has exploded at the box office, because it was true to the source material. Reynolds made sure of it. We got a good balance of the tough moments:

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and the silly:

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They made him feel familiar, right down to the illogical eyes on his costume that change shape depending on what expression Wade is making. By staying true to the source material, they made a solid story that not only brought in new fans to the series, but they also made sure not to alienate their core group of Deadpool fans.

So what does this have to do with Zack Snyder and Grant Gustin? It all comes down to the fans and the source material. Like it or not, Barry Allen isn’t a dark and twisty superhero. He’s just not. Yes, he’s got some demons and a tragic past, but he’s ultimately a pretty upbeat guy. I fear that by forcing DC into this dark, tormented hero box, they’re going to alienate their core fan base–which we saw in Man of Steel when they tried to make a stylistic, darker Superman movie. A superhero doesn’t have to be exclusively for kids, Deadpool proves that, and a dark superhero franchise can work as we saw with the Dark Knight trilogy. However, making a darker, R-rated superhero just to try to bring “legitimacy” to superhero films or make them feel more realistic while not necessarily sticking to the source material is usually where superhero movies tank.

Or not. I could be totally wrong. After all, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman looks crazy badass (and inspired by the New 52 Aquaman), and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has got me ALL KINDS of excited for her debut in the DCCU. Still, I can’t help but think that Zack Snyder is making a mistake by making all of his DC movies have that darker, stylistic vibe, regardless of what we see in the comics. I hope I’m wrong, but if Deadpool is any indication, comic book movies do much better when they stay true to the source.

What do you think of Zack Snyder’s choice to cast a new actor to play Barry Allen? Do you like the darker vibe that the DC movies have, or do you think it’s too forced? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

Everyday Cosplay: Captain Cold

If you’ve been around here for long, you’ll remember that after a few episodes of The Flash‘s first season, I wasn’t sure if I was a fan of the show. Because of that, I backed off of The Flash for a bit, and didn’t really keep up with Barry Allen and the rest of the gang at Star Labs. Sure, I’d watch the crossover episodes, but that was about it. But as more episodes passed, more and more people told me that I needed to give the show another shot. They said that though The Flash had some growing pains starting off, they definitely found their groove as each episode passed. I’m always game for another superhero show in my life, so I gave the show another shot, and I am so glad that I did. Any doubts that I had about the show previously are completely gone. I’ve fallen madly in love with Barry, Caitlin, Cisco, Iris, and Joe. I even have a soft spot in my heart for Harrison Wells, even though I know the truth behind his identity. Though, full disclosure, I’m pretty sure my love for Harrison Wells is a side effect of my love of Tom Cavanagh.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

Regardless, I rescind everything negative I said about The Flash. It’s a fun, exciting show, and I love having it as a part of my superhero TV lineup. Because I’ve fallen back in love with the show, I thought I’d do an everyday cosplay outfit dedicated to one of The Flash‘s sassiest villains–and a future hero on Legends of Tomorrow: Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold.

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Who is your favorite villain on The Flash? Will you be watching Legends of Tomorrow when it premieres? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Arsenal

I mentioned in my Fandom 5 post from last week how I’d love to dress as Arsenal from Arrow this Halloween, so I thought I’d help that become a reality by creating an everyday cosplay look inspired by the Red Arrow himself (or herself, depending on where you are in Arrow), Arsenal.

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Though Oliver’s vigilante style is awesome, there is just something about Roy’s suit that has always appealed to me. I had to create a look inspired by this awesome super-suit. Take a look:

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Who has your favorite style from the Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow ‘verse? Are you planning on dressing as any of them for Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: The Flash

Fall TV is officially back in full swing! My faves are all coming back this month, and one of those–The Flash–premieres tonight! It looks like things are going to be getting pretty crazy in Central City this season, and I cannot WAIT to see what is in store for Barry and the gang. To get in the spirit, I’ve pulled together a super comfy look to pay tribute to Barry Allen himself. Check it out! Everyday Flash

The Flash premieres tonight on the CW at 8/7c! Be sure to tune in!

The Flash Recap: Going Rogue

Though we were only three episodes in last week, I felt like I had to talk about how I wasn’t as excited about The Flash as I thought I’d be. However, after Tuesday’s episode, I have got to say I was impressed and encouraged. So let’s talk about some of the great stuff from Tuesday’s episode, “Going Rogue”. Obviously if you’re not caught up on The Flash: SPOILERS, DEAD AHEAD!

In this episode we were officially introduced to Wentworth Miller’s character, Leonard Snart

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…aka Captain Cold, and we were treated to a visit from everyone’s favorite hacker, Felicity Smoak.

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In this episode, the unfortunately named criminal, Leonard Snart…

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…gets his hands on a powerful freezing gun Cisco created while Barry was in a coma (to stop Barry in case he woke from his coma as a speedy evildoer). With this new weapon, Captain Cold’s crime game is brought up to a whole new level. Though Captain Cold isn’t a meta-human, his serious evil streak paired with a deadly gun makes him a formidable enemy for Barry. After shooting Barry with the freeze ray, Captain Cold is able to slow Barry down enough to can kill an innocent bystander before Barry is able to intervene.

Barry has a really hard time dealing with the fact he was unable to save someone, and he feels betrayed when he learns Cisco was the creator of the gun. Felicity, well versed in the brooding, lonely superhero, is able to offer Barry a bit of guidance, reminding Barry that, though Cisco should have told Barry about the gun, no one knew what to expect if Barry woke from his coma, and no one knew what would happen with his new abilities. She also tells him the life of a vigilante is a lonely one, and he doesn’t need to make it any more lonely than it needs to be.Though Barry leaves to fight the Captain alone (with his communication device off, no less), Cisco, Felicity, and Caitlin end up coming to Barry’s aid, saving him before Captain Snart

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…can kill Barry. Team Flash 5eva.

This episode felt like one of the most genuine episodes since the premiere. The story was simple and character-driven, we got a pleasant visit from a friendly face from Starling City, and we were introduced to a villain who is clearly going to be around for more than one episode, like past villains. Unfortunate name or not, I think Captain Cold will prove to be a very interesting villain. Wentworth Miller did a great job in this episode, and I cannot wait to see what else he brings to the show and to his character.

We also got another glimpse into the character of the uber sketchy Dr. Harrison Wells, in a way that didn’t include his super secret, future-showing hologram room.

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Harrison is furious with Cisco when he finds out Cisco not only created, but then promptly lost, an incredibly powerful, dangerous weapon. It’s the first time we see Harrison act like anything more than a cool, science-loving, uncle-boss to Cisco and Caitlin, so it’s a bit startling. However, it’s also understandable. Cisco created a dangerous weapon in STAR Labs and then housed that dangerous weapon within STAR Labs without telling his superior. In fact, Harrison probably wouldn’t have ever known about the gun had one of Captain Cold’s men not stolen it.

Still, knowing what we do about Harrison’s secret room, his knowledge of Barry’s future, and the fact he is lying about his injury–and the need for glasses–made his furious reaction to Cisco a bit unsettling. That paired with his warning to Cisco at the end of the episode to never do something like that again–a warning administered in a highly threatening tone–sent up a ton of red flags for me. Still, is Harrison a bad guy, or is he just the biggest supporter of Barry the world’s ever seen? We know Cisco’s gun was created to stop Barry, and it is the only thing that can truly slow him down. With his knowledge of the future, maybe Harrison knows this gun will play a part in the destruction or departure of Barry from Central City, and that was what angered Harrison so much.

Or maybe it’s because Harrison is actually a crazy, evil, whackadoo scientist that is bent on destroying everything. Only time will tell, really.

The other notable moment in this episode was finally getting some context around this moment:

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The Olicity shipper in me was, surprisingly, pretty okay with this moment. Actually, a lot more okay with it than I thought I’d be. Basically what happens: Felicity is on the train back to Starling City, and Barry zips onboard to say goodbye. They both discuss their complicated love lives, Felicity with Oliver, and Barry with Iris. Felicity makes an off-hand comment about the two of them being perfect for one another, if only they weren’t pining for other people. Barry promises to be there whenever Felicity needs her, and Felicity does the same. Then they kiss. Like I said, I’m on the Olicity train, but I found this whole situation–and the whole episode–pretty sweet. Oliver is some pretty heavily damaged goods right now, so even though it seems like neither Barry or Felicity are in a place where they want to date one another, I still like them together. They’d make a pretty cute couple.

Besides, I love that Felicity isn’t a character who lives and dies by this unrequited love with Oliver. Oliver pushes her away, and Felicity creates boundaries with him to protect herself. She goes back to work at Queen Consolidated, even after Oliver lost the company, and she’s spending time with other guys. Of course she cares for Oliver, but she does her very best to move on and growing as a person after he broke her heart. Sorry Ollie, Felicity’s a catch. You snooze, you lose.

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I realize this episode was a bit out of the ordinary since Felicity was a part of it, but I’m hoping this episode signals the forward motion of this show, developing characters, fleshing out villains, and digging a bit deeper beyond, “It’s cool to run fast!” Great episode, Flash. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store next week.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!

Confession: I’m Not Sure How I Feel About The Flash

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I’ve been watching The Flash for a few episodes now, and I have to admit: I’m not in love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not enjoying the show, but in the face of shows like Supernatural and Arrow, I feel like The Flash is missing something for me. However, I remember Arrow took a few episodes for me to be fully hooked, so I’m still giving The Flash a chance. I’m in no way about to bid farewell to Barry Allen (especially since The CW has officially ordered a full season of the show), but here are a few things I want to see happen over the coming episodes:

More Explanation Around Harrison Wells. Seriously, wtaf is going on with this guy?!?

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I love Tom Cavanaugh, and I think he does a great job as Harrison Wells. However, I have no freaking idea what the heck is going on with him. Twice now, we’ve had him go into his super-secret room, stand up from his wheelchair, remove his glasses (is anything real about you, Harrison?!?), and act fairly sinister about Barry’s future as The Flash. Maybe this is a nod to comic book readers, and they totally have an idea what’s going on here, but I’m completely in the dark–and not in a good way. 99% of Harrison’s interactions with everyone points to him being a good guy. Sure, maybe he’s a bit of a misguided scientist, but he doesn’t seem particularly evil…that is, until he jaunts over to his secret room. While I get the writers don’t want to show their hand too early, I really hope we start getting bigger views into Harrison’s actual character, rather than these overly ambiguous, highly confusing mini-scenes.

A Clearer Mission for Barry 

I love Barry Allen. I think he’s the most adorable thing ever, and I love how nerdy, goofy, and awkward he is.

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But The Flash? He’s kind of got a bit of a wobbly mission. There’s the fighting crime part of it, there’s the finding other meta-humans bit, and there’s the finding his mother’s killer bit. I get that this is setting up to be a huge universe with multiple seasons, but so far I felt like this season has been a bit of “Oh, wow, he runs fast!” and “I will find who killed mom…and other meta-humans” and “I can save this city”. Sure, we’re not too far into the season, but like Oliver and his list, I hope that we will start to see the makings of a clearer season 1 story arc for Barry and The Flash.

Continue Being Besties with Team Arrow! 

arrow-flash-spinoff-gifs-cw-doctorI’ve talked a lot about stuff that I don’t like about The Flash, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I love that Arrow and The Flash work together so closely. I think they bring such interesting dynamics to the other’s universe, and I like the mentor relationship Oliver has with Barry. I just don’t want Barry to end up with Felicity. #Olicity 

Keep Developing the Characters

the-flashI was thrilled to get a closer look into Caitlin Snow’s life and her fiance, Ronnie (played by Robbie Amell). We’ve also gotten a glimpse into Barry’s childhood living with Det. West, as well as a particularly touching story from Barry’s dad about Barry learning to walk. This show has several characters bursting with potential, and I hope the show keeps giving them room to grow and develop. However, with new character introductions each week it seems, I’m hoping that the show doesn’t get too caught up on introducing us to new faces rather than fully forming the ones we already know.

What do you think of The Flash so far? Let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out the trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, “Going Rogue”, below –Felicity Smoak is in next week’s episode, guys!

The Flash Recap

The-Flash-Title-Card2The Flash officially premiered last night, and I’ve gotta say: I was impressed. The episode was a pretty basic origin story. We got to see how Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) becomes the Flash, we got a peek into S.T.A.R. Labs, and we got a glimpse into Barry’s childhood, family, and friends. Spoilers ahead. 

If you want to check out the synopsis, I’ve got that for you here. However, a quick synopsis is this: an enormous accident at S.T.A.R. Labs with a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, Barry is struck by lightning from that storm, and sent into a nine-month coma. When he finally wakes up, Barry finds that in addition to suffering no ill-effects from the coma and gaining accelerated healing powers, the lightning also gave him other prizes, too.

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We also learn that the storm created other “meta-humans”–or at least one other meta-human, who chooses to use his power for evil and attacks the city. When Barry confronts the scientists at S.T.A.R., he finds out they really have no idea how many people were affected by the storm, or how many other meta-humans were created. I’m no physicist, but I’m gonna guess a LOT of meta-humans were created–a great deal of bad meta-humans, I should add.

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While we didn’t get to dig too deeply into the supporting characters, we really got to know Barry, and I already am a huge fan of our new Flash. He’s sweet, kind, and just a bit awkward. His reaction to his superpowers is also hysterical. While initially freaked out, it takes him about ten seconds to realize what’s happened, and start running around the city at breakneck speeds–right into the back of a truck, but getting the hang of super speed does take time.

It also helps if you have a buddy who is already in the vigilante business with whom you can talk things through. Barry takes a brief detour to Starling City to talk about his new powers with Oliver Queen, who is, of course, lovely and helpful.

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Their interaction also led to what would become my favorite moment of the episode:

While most of the episode was a straight up origin story (which was awesome, btw), it also had quite a twist ending.

Throughout the entire episode, we were lead to believe that physicist Harrison Wells (played by Tom Cavanaugh) had been injured in the storm and was in a wheelchair. However, in the last few seconds of the episode, Harrison rolls into a secret area of his lab, stands up from his chair, and walks over to a device that pulls up a holographic image of a future newspaper with a headline about the Flash going missing.

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Yeah, I’ve got no clue what they’re setting up either, and IGN even sat down with Cavanaugh to try go get some answers, but he said, “I feel like it bodes well if there’s characters we can’t talk about. We’d love to tell you but we can’t. That’s good for the people who are watching the show. We’ve got secrets to unveil. It’s extremely fun to play, having a bunch of different levels at work. The way he has been crafted, it’s really enjoyable.

It looks like everyone on Team Flash is staying pretty tight-lipped about what the future holds for the show, but I like that. I’m ofically intrigued, and I am such a fan of their choice in a Barry Allen.  I cannot wait to see what comes next on The Flash. They’re definitely also gonna have to explain this from their upcoming episodes preview:

flash felicityWhat did you think of The Flash premiere? Are you going to keep watching? What did you make of that ending? Let me know in the comments!

 

5 Questions We Need Arrow Season 3 To Answer

The third season of Arrow starts up next week on Wednesday, October 8th on The CW, and I can’t wait! You can see The CW’s official synopsis of the season premiere, “The Calm” here.

It’s also worth noting that if you were hoping to do an Arrow Netflix binge prior to the premiere, season 2 won’t be available on Netflix until October 8. So if you were hoping to bust through season 2 prior to the season 3 premiere, you’d better take a sick day on the 8th.

Anyway, with season 3 around the corner, I’ve got a few questions from last season that I am SUPER anxious to get cleared up.

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1. Question of Vital Importance: Is Olicity going to become canon?!?

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I’m really not a “shipper”. If I do “ship” something, I tend to be very boring and ship things that are blatantly, indisputably canon. I ship Ron and Hermoine in Harry Potter. I ship Lily and Marshall in HIMYM. I ship Ross and Rachel in Friends. I ship alternate universe Bobby and Ellen in Supernatural. However, I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to Felicity Smoak and Oliver Queen. I am definitely an Olicity shipper, and I can’t help myself. If you read the synopsis of “The Calm”, Oliver is going to take Felicity out on a date. So I’m dying to know: is Olicity about to become canon or are they just going to fake us out?

2. What is happening with Malcom and Thea?

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We ended season 2 seeing Thea get into the limo of Malcom, her newly-discovered biological father. She’s quite angry with everyone (what else is new?) finding out she was lied to about who her true father was, Roy was lying to her about his crime fighting, and well, Oliver kind of consistently lies to her (but it’s for justice!!!). With John Barrowman becoming a series regular in season 3, it stands to reason that Thea is going to get some training in the dark archery arts from her new dad to right the wrongs done to her. Here’s what Barrowman said about Malcom and Thea in season 3, “He’s got to train her to be a powerhouse, to be a tough bitch. She’s tough now, but she’s got to be tougher.” So what does that mean??? More importantly, does this mean Thea will eventually ‘fail Starling City’?

3. Is Laurel Finally Going to Become the Canary?

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In the Green Arrow comics, Laurel Lance is the Canary. So when Sara Lance donned the black leather to help Oliver fight crime in Starling City, fans of the comics were a bit confused. However, show-runners promised us that Laurel would absolutely, definitely be the Canary in the future. Season 2 ended with Sara returning to the League of Assassins with Nyssa, and presenting Laurel with her leather jacket. Are we finally going to see Laurel take up the cause as the Canary, or is this another fake out?

4. Is Deathstroke Coming Back?

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There’s been some chatter on the internet that we might see a bit more of Slade Wilson (aka Deathstroke) in season 3. In fact, the actor who plays Slade, Manu Bennet, has even said he’s been asked to return–though there hasn’t been any sort of timeline released for his return. We last saw him locked up in A.R.G.U.S. on Lian Yu, so it isn’t too much of a stretch for him to somehow get out and return to seek revenge from Oliver. However, there are rumors that he might not return to Arrow right away. Instead, we might see him in one of the CW’s spinoffs. So will we see Deathstroke in Starling City again or won’t we? If if he does return, he’s probably not going to be the Big Bad for season 3–so who is???

5. How is the Crossover with The Flash Going to Work?

We’ve seen the teaser (conveniently embedded above just in case you haven’t), and we’ve even seen some pictures of both casts doing a read through together. See?

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Still, I’m really curious to see how they are going to blend the two shows together. Really, I’m curious to see what The Flash is like on its own (read the official pilot synopsis here), especially since it seems like the tone of the show will be a bit more lighthearted than Arrow. I think having the two shows crossover will be a really cool thing for the fans; I’m just curious to see how it all plays out, especially if I’m right about Flash being a bit less dark and twisty than Arrow. I’m also really curious to find out how big of a part Flash will play in Oliver’s world, and vice-versa.  

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What are some of your burning questions for season 3 of Arrow? Let me know in the comments!

Like I said before, Arrow will be airing on The CW on Wednesday, October 8. It’s also worth noting that The CW will be re-airing the premiere of The Flash (its normal time slot is Tuesday before Supernatural) right after Arrow’s season premiere. As always, if you’re not following me on Twitter, be sure to do that so we can live tweet during the show!