The time has come to bid a final farewell to Arrow. The show that started it all…the superheroes, the crossovers, the romance, the fights, and the tears…will air its series finale tonight on the CW.
The stars of The Flash, Supergirl, Batwoman, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow recorded their farewells for Entertainment Weekly back in July. The site released the video before the finale. It was cute back in July, but now it just makes me tear up a little.
Arrow debuted on the CW in 2012. The show was developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg. The story of a billionaire vigilante is a familiar story to many DC fans, but Stephen Amell made Arrow something really special. Arrow launched the Arrowverse and Oliver Queen led the heroes in their greatest triumphs.
Grant Gustin was the first to guest start on Arrow and then get his own CW show. The Flash appeared in Arrow season two as Oliver took Barry under his wing and guided him to becoming a great superhero. Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) was the next to get a spin-off show with Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), being recruited as Legends.
Then came the crossovers and expansion of the DC world, then dubbed the Arrowverse. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and other Legends from The Flash joined the crossovers, making it an annual event. Batwoman debuted on the Arrow episode during the Elseworlds crossover and Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) hit it off with Oliver Queen. And it looks like there will be one more spin-off with plans to develop the Green Arrow and the Canaries.
Gustin, Benoist, Rose, and Lotz gave some heartfelt goodbyes in the video. All agree that the Arrowverse success wouldn’t be possible without Amell and the foundation that Arrow created. Watch the video below and check out some of the goodbye tweets from today.
The Arrow series finale airs Tuesday, January 28.
Today’s bittersweet. Arrow meant so much to me for so many years. It was a transformative journey… but it was time to let it go. I lace my boots and don the hood one last time tonight. I’ll forever cherish being an ambassador for Oliver Queen. Thank you for the honor. pic.twitter.com/pTxgtCWyqu— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) January 28, 2020