|Arrow (2015) - Thea Queen (Willa Holland) and Katana (Rila Fukushima)|
Female superheroes are rare but Arrow is one of the few shows that has a wide and diverse cast of heroes. Two of the big players are Speedy and Katana and the costumes were designed by Mya Mani and the concept design was done by artist Andy Poon. The new Arrow: Season 3 Blu-ray was released today has a behind-the-scenes look at the costume design. Poon recently shared his artwork for the show on his blog.
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SpeedyEver since the first season of Arrow Thea Queen was nicknamed "Speedy" but it was Roy Harper that became Oliver Queen's side-kick. That is until he took on the name "Arsenal" and Thea, having been trained by the "League of Assassins" became a superhero in her own right. She modifies Roy's costume and becomes a superhero. Thea tried to take the nickname Red Arrow, but Oliver said everyone already knew her as Speedy. In the comics Mia Dearden successfully petitioned to be Green Arrow's new sidekick and she eventually joined the "Teen Titans".
Here's what Speedy looks like on the show
Here's what Speedy looks like in the comics
KatanaDevon Aoki was originally scheduled to play Katana in season three of Arrow but had to drop out after a scheduling conflict. Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine) was recast as Katana.
Here's what Katana looks like on the show
Here's what Katana looks like in the comics
See more of Andy Poon's wonderful artwork at his new site http://www.andypoon.com and his blog at http://andypoondesign.blogspot.com/
Click on the links if you want to see more of Andy Poon's work or Arrow artwork on my blog.
What do you think of the concept art? If you've seen Arrow what do you think of the idea of ming a superhero?
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 ‚– 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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