Wizard World: ‘Arrow’ Cast Meet Louisville Fans!

Team Arrow Did Not Fail The City of Louisville!

There have been quite a few comic book/science fiction/popular culture conventions in Louisville in recent years. But it could be argued that Wizard World Louisville is the premier event.

Since its inaugural kickoff in March 2014, Wizard World has not disappointed convention-goers and cosplayers with bringing top rate panels to the River City. Not a group to rest on its laurels, their second annual convention was packed with stars and thought provoking panels. What had to be one of the high moments of this year: The Arrow Cast panel.

Panel host Tony B. Kim introduced the cast members of Arrow one by one; starting with star Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow). He then introduced co-stars Willa Holland (Thea Queen/Speedy) and David Ramsey (John Diggle). When Kim announced actress Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary), she was “escorted” on stage by John Barrowman. And by escorted, she was carried in like a grown baby, by Barrowman. Kim proclaimed that Barrowman had to bring the rest of the panel in the same way. When he announced actor Paul Blackthorne (Captain Lance), Barrowman complied with Kim and carried him out.

Kim asked the panel the differences between this season on the set compared to when Arrow started 4 years ago. Amell said the cast decided from the beginning to have fun with Arrow. “… I would turn to David (Ramsey) and say ‘We gotta bang this out, We gotta do it,” and as a result, we’ve all become very close.” He continued saying “I would actually say Season 4 as compared to Season 1, we are way more relaxed. Much more of a family, as you can tell.”

Katie Cassidy said she wasn’t having fun in Season 1 and 2. The panel joked that she did a lot of crying. “Where’s Katie? She’s crying in the corner,” joked Paul Blackthorne. Willa Holland kidded “I acted like a bitch for 3 straight years. I’m really sorry, guys,” she quipped to her fellow panelist. “I got my stuff together, I think.”

The panel was asked by DCN if there were former co-stars and guest they would like to have come back to Arrow. They gave a simple answer of “Yes.” But hey would not divulge any details. “We can’t,” replied John Barrowman. “What great for us to know is that you’re watching it (Arrow) the same time we are. And you’re doing this (shocked face). That’s the beauty of it. That’s why we don’t want to spoil it for you.” We do know of one guest who is returning. Find out here!

Another highlight from the panel was the mention of this season’s Arrow/The Flash crossover event, which sets the stage for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow series. Amell alluded to fans to expect something special this year that tops the first team up.

Catch Arrow on Wednesdays at 8/7 c on The CW. And don’t miss the Two Night Arrow/The Flash crossover event starting Tuesday, December 1!

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Kevin Gunn

Kevin is married with 4 children and 4 grandchildren. He lives in Louisville, KY. He loves all things related to DC Comics, even movies that get a bad rep like "Batman & Robin" and "Catwoman". Kevin began writing for the site in 2015 as a Staff Writer. His passion for writing stories caught the eye of the editorial staff, and earned him a position as Assistant Editor. He has a degree in Communication from the University of Louisville. His favourite DC hero and villain are Black Lightning and Black Manta respectively. Kevin tries to exemplify being a hero everyday by helping others. Something interesting about him: he was a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune". - Follow him on Twitter - @captsigma