Find below more infos on the introduction of Summer Glau's character Isabel Rochev.
UPDATE: Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg gave The Hufftington Post a few scoops on 'City of Heroes', including this tidbit on Summer Glau:
The Season 2 premiere introduces Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau), the Vice President of Acquisitions of Stellmoor International. She'll be a foil for Oliver, but perhaps not in the way people are expecting.
"I think what a lot of fans will be surprised about, just given Summer’s background playing River or playing Cameron, is that she’s not really a nemesis for The Arrow, she’s really a nemesis for Oliver Queen," Kreisberg teased. "She represents the company that’s trying to take over Queen Consolidated in the wake of The Undertaking ... So you’re seeing Summer in a very different way than you’ve ever seen her before, and she’s just amazing."
Let's talk about the introduction of Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau), whose name was actually on Oliver's list last season. Did you know then that we'd meet her in Season 2?
Kreisberg: I'm so proud of the things that we thought of in the pilot that we knew we were going to do in the season, like the Deathstroke mask, and in Episode 2, the glyph, we knew all that. But I really cannot say with a good conscience that we knew we would get to Isabel Rochev. We just filled up that first page with names. Now, it's turned into a bit of a happy coincidence because we're so excited to have her on the show. Summer owns the screen. Oliver has a lot of antagonists this year. Last season, Oliver didn't care about being Oliver Queen. This season, since he's taking a leadership position in the company, he's going to find that that's very difficult. As much as he's saving everyone anonymously at night as the Arrow, people are throwing tomatoes at Oliver Queen during the day. A lot of his antagonists, including Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro) and Isabel Rochev, they're really enemies for Oliver to overcome more than the Arrow. That's a brand new dynamic that the show has this season.
Will it be addressed that she was on the list?
Kreisberg: Oh yeah! We're not morons! [Laughs] Sometimes these things happen by accident and they turn out to be the best thing for us. As much as we had planned, some of what happened last year was completely by surprise. None of us had any conception of Felicity before Episode 3 and now you can't imagine the series without her.
Tell us about the differences between Isabel and Sebastian.
Guggenheim: What's really cool about having Isabel in the show is her character from the comics and the fact that we cast Summer Glau, I think, will form the basis of a lot of speculation as to what role she's playing in the life of the show. With respect to Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood, the thing you'll see with him is he's also this force for both good and bad in the city. His confrontation with Oliver in Episode 2 is very, very pointed and charged. It's probably not the kind of confrontation that you would necessarily expect from Sebastian Blood, but he and Oliver go up against each other with sparks flying right form the jump.
You won't say whether these are the two big bads of the season, but you will still have two, correct?
Guggenheim: Our two big bads of the year, we know what their end game is and we know what their master plan is and the one thing we're committed to doing is we always say every villain is the hero of their own story, so both of the big bads will feel like they are acting from a righteous place. There's a Venn diagram in terms of their goals and in the Venn diagram there is overlap. Part of the fun is playing with the audience's expectations in terms of those motivations and in terms of how they're going to interact.
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