'Arrow' season 5 to go back to its roots, will tackle Bratva

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By the time “Arrow” comes back for its fifth season, it would come back to where it began a series grounded in reality, featuring heroes and villains without flashy mystical superpowers and magic, at least according to main star Stephen Amell, who plays the character of Oliver Queen aka The Green Arrow in the series.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Amell said that while the series had to divert from its roots to expand the DC Comics Universe within The CW, “Arrow” is set to go back to the basics.

“When we started ‘Arrow,’ we were the superpower-less superhero show,” Amell said. “Because of our success and because of opportunities that The CW has had, we’ve had to break away from that original modus operandi a little bit, because we were introducing Barry Allen, and in subsequent seasons, we’ve shepherded some of the Legends of Tomorrow onto their own show.”

Even with the added presence of Supergirl in the roster of DC Comics shows on the network next season, “Arrow” would not be having any new aliens.

“Even though Supergirl is joining the ranks, there’s no new person or new show to introduce this year, and I think as a result of that, we need to get back to focusing more on some of the core elements that used to define ‘Arrow,'” Amell continued. “To me, that’s hand-to-hand combat, no superpowers, and dealing with the job of cleaning up Star City.”

As for the flashbacks, the actor’s appearance at the Wizard World Comic Con last week confirmed that Oliver could finally encounter the Russian mob, the Bratva, in the upcoming season. Amell said that while the presence of the Bratva and Oliver’s past connection to them had been a significant part of the series since the beginning, it was not until this new season that the connection and the story behind it would be taken on.

In the series, Oliver sports the iconic Bratva tattoo which signifies a deep relationship with the mob and even with Anatoli Knyazev. In “Arrow,” Anatoli is the leader of the Solntsevskaya Bratva.

“Arrow” will return to The CW sometime this fall. A four-way crossover between the series, “The Flash,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl” would be featured in the coming season.