One of the largest complaints from fans about The CW’s hit series “Arrow” is that Oliver Queen doesn’t wear a mask when running around Starling City. Well good news folks, the “raccoon eyes” are no more! EW has revealed that Ollie’s trademark mask will be making its debut on Arrow this December and we’ve got the photo to prove it. Check it out below!
“Conceptually, it was something we wanted to do because Oliver himself is evolving as the Arrow– from vigilante to hero, sort of from Arrow to Green Arrow — and we wanted to see that progression in his costume as well,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “As Oliver is embracing being a hero, being a hero means stepping out of the dark and being more of a symbol, so he has to stake steps to conceal his identity more.”
Kreisberg also added: “It’s going to allow the Arrow to interact with people who don’t know his identity in a much more organic way than having him constantly keep his head down.”
Set to appear in the December 11th episode of “Arrow,” the mask won’t just appear out of thin air.
“He doesn’t just put on a mask. It’s actually a big plot point in an episode, and there really is a story behind, not only the need for the mask but also who provides him with it,” Kreiseberg said. “It’s going to be a little bit of a surprise, and once they see how the mask comes into creation, I think people will be really excited about it.”
“Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 P.M. ET/PT on The CW.