|Arrow (2014) "Deathstroke 2.0" concept art by Andy Poon|
Check out Arrow concept art by Andy Poon!
"The short answer is, I think they can tell we give a ****." Arrow series lead Stephen Amell told Comic Riffs when they asked him why the show is so popular. "To put it bluntly, they can tell that we care. They can tell that we're protective over the script."
Last week's episode "Heir to the Demon" had an impressive 2.75 million viewers and continues the trend the show has of creating dynamic and powerful characters. Two highlights of this season have been the final reveal of two characters from the comics: Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) and Nyssa Al Ghul (Katrina Law).
"In the Green Arrow universe, [Deathstroke] is the archnemesis. He is number one" Amell says. "Manu Bennett has just done a wonderful job encapsulating Slade Wilson, and when [an Arrow and Deathstroke battle] happens - and I don't know when it's going to happen, but when that moment happens - I hope the fans will enjoy it as much as I will."
One of the concept illustrators on the show is Andy Poon and he recently shared some of the designs for the show on his blog. Poon is a professional concept artist who's worked on network television shows like Smallville, and Slugterra.
Nyssa Al Ghul
"Nyssa, the less famous daughter of Ras Al' Ghul showed up in the latest episode of Arrow, titled 'Heir to the Demon." Andy said, "I was pretty excited about working on her. One, shes the daughter of Ras, whose [name] has been popping up here and there through out the season, and [she's] a major Batman villain. Two, she has never been [realized] in any medium besides the comic. I actually had to look up her history and who she is. I'm very familiar with Talia, but not Nyssa so it actually made it easier because I don't have an image already stuck in my head of what she looks like.
"I was working closely with costume designer Maya Mani of course, especially this one we wanted to use alot more texture and different elements that give her a bit more eastern flavor. I think she looks awesome on screen, she's bada** but also very elegant and sexy, its a good break from the more sleek, clean and realistic combat type modern villains. She's one of my new favorite characters on the show that I worked on because she has that fantastical element while still feels realistic."
"I've been waiting very impatiently for this one, cause its a pretty important one for me." Poon said on his blog, "The new badder and improve Deathstroke returns in the latest episode of Arrow 'Blindspot.' I was very excited when [I] find out that I get to do a new version of him, but also comes the burden that Arkham Origin [which] just came out and their Deathstroke is BAD-A**!!! What to do??
"I looked up every single version of him that has been done before to find the core design language of what makes him Deathstroke. Also I want to make sure I'm doing something that is different even if it is in small subtle details. Almost everything has been done... so the only strong direction is to stick to the style of the show and ground him. The Arkham version is super cool but has a lot of more fantastic elements that I can stay away from, his armors are almost [albeit] medieval inspired. I was also excited when Costume Designer Maya Mani told me that they are finally open to more hard body armor and even some colors other than the black and greys!
"We've talked about that it should not be a completely new suit the he built, but more like an upgraded version of Slade, so I took a lot of the Island Slade elements and incorporated into the new Deathstroke. I know it will be compare to the Arkham one, but I think we found a good balance that it is cool enough but realistic enough so I'm not so worried by the end of it."
See more of Andy Poon's work at http://andypoondesign.blogspot.com.
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Via Screen Crush and Comic Book Movie (Nailbiter111)
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Arrow what did you think? Do you like the new look of Deathstroke and Nyssa Al Ghul?
Official Arrow Synopsis
"After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he's become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow‚– a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be‚ flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle Ã‚– while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel's father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver's own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine. The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance."
Developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Paul Blackthorne, Susanna Thompson, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Manu Bennett
Original run: October 10, 2012
Official Site: http://www.cwtv.com/shows/arrow
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