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ARROW: Season 2: ‘The Hood’ (Stephen Amell) dons The Mask on The CW

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CW‘s Arrow finally gives the man a mask to get behind. Arrow fans will soon get their first look at the next step in character Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) evolution from The Hood to Green Arrow. This will come in the form of Green Arrow’s signature eye-mask, expected on the December 11th airing of the episode “Three Ghosts.”

About updating the character design:

Costume designer Maya Mani put together roughly 50 mask options for the producers before they landed on the dark green design…Kreisberg credits exec producer Greg Berlanti for steering them toward simplicity. “A lot of our early attempts were very, shall I say, Joel Schumacher-esque. And it was really Greg who said not to overcomplicate it,” he said. “And I think what’s so wonderful about the design that Maya came up with is that it really is very simple, and it feels as if it’s been part of his costume since the beginning…once we finally had this mask and put it on Stephen [Amell], even Stephen was like, ‘This is the right one.’”

The Arrow team has flirted with the idea of a mask since the pilot, Kreisberg reveals, but at that moment, there were time constraints and concerns about putting a masked hero before a new audience. ”For all of the work that went into creating his mask, those are all the reasons we didn’t do it when we did the pilot,” he said, “and also, sometimes, people have this knee-jerk reaction to seeing somebody in a mask. ‘Oh, that’s silly.’ But I think that now that people see how serious the show is and how grounded it is, the mask is going to feel like a natural evolution.”

“Three Ghosts” will also feature the character of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), scheduled to become The Flash (but only in his own series).

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Sources: EntertainmentWeekly

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