Updated with new season five trailer:
In its fourth year, Arrow got pretty out there with not only metahumans but worlds of magic as well. But now season five is promising to return to the show’s roots with a new wave of vigilantes hitting the streets and grittier approach — which is not to suggest that the show won’t remain thoroughly connected with the rest of the DC Universe, which will quickly become apparent.
Returning cast members are Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow), David Ramsey (John Diggle/Spartan), Willa Holland (Thea Queen/Speedy), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak/Overwatch), Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance), and Echo Kellum (Curtis Holt/Mr. Terrific). The recurring cast includes Colton Haynes (Roy Harper/Arsenal), Rick Gonzalez (Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog), Madison McLaughlin (Evelyn Sharp/Artemis), Chad L. Coleman (Tobias Church), Tyler Ritter (Detective Malone), Carly Pope (Susan Williams), Joe Dinicol (Rory Regan), Dolph Lundgren (character TBA), Wil Travel (Christopher Chance/Human Target) and David Meunier (Ishmael Gregor).
Stephen Amell Says: “Why did Oliver become what he became? Because his father asked him to do something for him, in the moment right before he died. He asked Oliver to make Star City a better place than the place that he left it. Oliver’s most important relationship in the show is not with Felicity, it’s not with Thea, it’s not with Diggle. It’s with Star City. That is what we focus on this year, and it feels good. Oliver went through devastating losses in the last season, but he also made some great breakthroughs. The Oliver of season one was at one end and then the Oliver beyond season two was at the other. It was very black and white: “I am willing to use lethal force” and, then, “I am not.” Obviously it doesn’t just come down to that, but at the end of season four we found a shade of grey. Oliver is very much in that spot still. He says to Thea in the premiere that he has to admit Malcolm Merlyn is right: If he is not willing to do whatever is necessary, then he should not be out there at all. I think that makes a more interesting character, because it’s more dynamic. There are more colors to it.”