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Added by chrisdvanne on Apr 17, 2014 | 4 COMMENTS

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Wednesday's episode of Arrow "The Man Under The Hood" and Isabel Rochev future development. Read at your own risk!

Arrow Spoilers: Summer Glau Plays a DC Comics Character

In tonight's show of Arrow, titled "The Man Under The Hood", Slade Wilson and the members of Team Deathstroke, including bad girl Isabel Rochev, continue their quest for revenge on Oliver Queen in an action-packed episode.  In the Arrow face off against both Slade and Isabel , Digg saved the day in a bittersweet moment that will leave Summer Glau fan speechless...until the latest twist. 
In an interview for TV Guide, Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tell us a bit more on how they turned Summer Glau's character Isabel Rochev from a business tycoon to a mirakuru-ed DC Comics known as Ravager.
"Isabel is far from dead, however. In the closing moments of the episode, we learned that Slade gave her some of his blood so the miracle drug could save her — and make her practically invincible. "Now that she's got the evil juice in her, as we call it in the writers' room, she's Ravager," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says, referring to the DC Comics villain whose arrival ended up being one of Arrow's worst-kept secrets after Glau was photographed in costume earlier this month.  
In the comics, the alter ego eventually belongs to Rose Wilson, Slade's illegitimate daughter who he brainwashes into becoming his apprentice. However, Isabel is definitely not Rose Wilson, since the producers decided to go in a different direction. In fact, they originally had other plans for Ravager. "Isabel was the one thing we weren't entirely sure about as we were developing the season," Kreisberg says. "Truthfully, there was a very early iteration of the series where Sara [Caity Lotz] started the season as Ravager, and then we switched over."
Even after the role was envisioned for Glau, the producers initially planned to keep her board room-esque character quite tame compared to the tough-gal characters Glau played on Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. "When Summer took the part, I was up there on set with her and she's like, 'I've never done anything like this. I feel much better if I'm kicking somebody,'" Kreisberg says. "And I was like, 'You're so good, you should give yourself more credit. We wanted you because you're a good actress and you're amazing in this part, not because you can kick a--.' Then I got to call her and go, 'Hey, we changed our minds, you get to kick a--.'"

Arrow Spoilers: Summer Glau Plays a DC Comics Character

"Part of the reason Isabel disappeared for a while is because we still weren't quite sure which way to go, whether she should be an ally or a villain," he continues. "We had written it so that it could turn out either way. The scene that I was picturing was Isabel, Slade and Sebastian [Kevin Alejandro] in Oliver's office, the triumvirate of evil. Once that happened, there was no way she was not going to be Ravager."
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Total comments: 4

  Message #1 | chrisdvanne | 2014 Apr 17, 13:03 GMT

You have to realize that most Arrow watchers don't visit fan sites regularly like you and me. Which means they didn't know about the leaked photos of Summer as Ravager and were really surprised when Diggle shot Isabel.

On one side I'm glad Arrow writers decided to have Summer Glau play a DC Comics villain (well, two DC characters to be precise); on the other side, their tergiversations with Summer Glau's character have ruined all the expectations from Arrow fans and a lot of them find Isabel boring. I'm not sure a few good episodes will manage to make up for the mistakes of the begining of the season.

  Message #2 | chrisdvanne | 2014 Apr 18, 06:38 GMT

Yes, I'm glad Isabel is in the A plot now.

Another consequence of the way Isabel was written, fans of Felicity Smoake hate her (especially since she slept with Oliver in the episode that took place in Russia), and sometimes Summer Glau by extension.

  Message #3 | Metal | 2014 Apr 20, 11:12 GMT

I think there's no such thing as bad publicity, even if it comes from Felicity. wink
Besides, hater's gonna hate. biggrin

  Message #4 | chrisdvanne | 2014 Apr 20, 21:37 GMT

I thought Felicity Smoake/Emily Bett Rickards are a bit childish when they hate Isabel/Summer just because Felicity says so...And then I thought about TSCC fans who hated Riley/Leven Rambin just because her relationship with John was seen as an obstacle to Cameron and John relationship wacko

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