Arrow’s Sidekick Roy Gets an Arsenal Upgrade in Season 3


Roy Harper as Arsenal Comic Book

You won’t have to wait very long to see Oliver Queen’s teenage pal Roy Harper upgrade to full superhero status in the CW’s “Arrow.” In fact, you’ll only need to “wait” until the Season 3 premiere episode, where Colton Haynes’ character will get his own spiffy new costume and a new name: Arsenal.

Here’s the teen sidekick now, looking all hooded up (but, thanks to the Season 2 finale, no longer ‘roided up):

Colton Haynes as Arsenal in Arrow Season 3

Obviously there are a lot of changes in store for “Arrow” in the upcoming season. For one, Oliver Queen is still broke (or broke-ish, I guess), his little sister has left with her evil dad, and he’s still got plenty of girl problems.

And let’s not forget: with the introduction of the actually superpowered Flash, he will now likely have to deal with actual supervillains with super powers, and not just dudes with supervillain-like names. Unless, of course, the powers that be decide he should only fight regular bad guys and ignore the whole “Flash” show, which would be silly, but hey, it’s “Arrow” so, you know.

Season 3 of “Arrow” re-commences the fight for truth, justice, and the hooded way this October 8th.

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  • Dedpool

    NICE!! I actually think he looks better than Amell as Arrow. of course, if this is what Arsenal looks like now, I’m sure Arrow got an upgrade too!!

  • 0ptik

    I feel like the character hasnt progressed enough to become Arsenal. Wasn’t Arsenal Roy’s way to rebel against Oliver and to show people that he wasnt just a sidekick. We didnt get a chance for him to be a sidekick yet and learn from Oliver. He was just juiced up most of the season.

    I’m still dissapointed that they havent wrapped up the island story arc. Granted he’s not a badass yet on the island that he is in Starling city, but still. They should finish his training this season at least and move on.

    • Nix

      I think they did move on. He was already off the island at the end of Season 2. I suspect they’ll only go back later to wrap up and connect with the pilot.

    • Dedpool

      It can’t be exactly like the comics or they’ll never get anywhere. Besides they’re kind of taking a note from the New 52 where he just went off on his own for a while instead of trying to prove he was more than a side kick. Also They’re pretty close in age so he wouldn’t really be looking at Oliver as a father figure the way Roy did in the past. Now it’s kind of like equals. Different dynamic for a different version of the show.

      • 0ptik

        I know that they dont want to follow the comics too closely. I feel like Roy hasnt really been trained to use the bow, or fighting. Unless they go the “Montage” way and show the training between both seasons.

        • Dedpool

          I think we may get something like that, or just reference it as I’m sure we’ll have a time jump.