New season, new look!
Arrow's going to be looking a lot different when it returns this fall for season four...because Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell) going to be rocking some seriously epic new threads!
That's right, gone is the Dark Archer getup (which, we'll be honest, we're a little sad to see go so soon), as well as the original Arrow outfit we've become so used to seeing the vigilante wear on the CW's superhero drama. The cast and showrunners revealed during the big Warner Brothers/DC Comics TV panel at Comic-Con that Oliver is getting a suit upgrade, and we've got your first look at the hardcore new costume!
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Those pads! That hood! Those sleeveless arms! This is definitely a step up from Ollie's previous looks.
But why is the emerald archer going sleeveless?
"Once the design was finished, we shared it with Stephen and Stephen had a really great suggestion," executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells E! News. "He's like, 'I'm probably going to regret saying this when the winter comes, but what about making it sleeveless like the comics?' And I'll be honest, I was skeptical. I wasn't sure. It looks good in the comics, but I wasn't sure how it was going to look on Stephen. But man, it's amazing!"
The new suit was designed by Arrow costume designer extraordinaire Maya Mani, who is responsible for the amazing looks of Arsenal (Colton Haynes), Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Speedy (Willa Holland) and Ray Palmer's (Brandon Routh) A.T.O.M. suit.
"She designs all the superhero costumes across all three shows," Guggenheim says. "She did the design for the season four costume. We call it Arrow 3.0 because he got a slight costume tweak in the middle of season three, but she is amazing. She just had a clear vision for it."
Executive producer Wendi Mericle adds, "She adapted it. It isn't true to the comics in the full execution, but it's an homage and it's very much of our world. We didn't want it to look that different and we didn't want it to be light green….we wanted it to be true to the Arrow we created."
At least we now know that despite driving off into the sunset with Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) in the season three finale, Oliver isn't totally done with the superhero lifestyle. He's not getting an upgraded superhero suit just to look at! Amell revealed at the beginning of the panel that we'll get to see Ollie's new suit as soon as the season four premiere, officially making the wait for the premiere that much longer.
And get this: Guggenheim and Mericle also reveal that Oliver isn't the only one getting a new suit this season.
"There will be at least one new costume," Guggenheim says, adding that Mani is currently working on it with the props department.
"It looks amazing," Mericle adds.
"It's going to awesome," Guggenheim says.
Based on all the suits we've seen on the show far, we wouldn't expect anything less!
Couldn't make it down to San Diego for Comic-Con? We've got you covered! Press play on the video above now to watch the Arrow highlight reel/epic season three recap shown during the WB/DC TV panel!
-Reporting by Tierney Bricker