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Haynes Joins Arrow

By December 17, 2012

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Colton Haynes (at Lucy Hale's NYLON holiday party earlier this month).

Colton Haynes (at Lucy Hale's NYLON holiday party earlier this month).

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We can be relieved that the dearth of handsome buff young guys with chiseled features on Arrow has at last been alleviated.

Okay, but seriously, Colton Haynes--whom we know for playing werewolves and shapeshifters and for abruptly bolting Teen Wolf after a behind-the-scenes conflict--has landed at the CW's hit superhero-noir series Arrow, starring Stephen Amell.

Haynes has taken up a recurring role as Roy Harper, a teen who catches the eye of Oliver's sister Thea, scheduled to surface in the Feb. 20 episode. The street-savvy teen from a poverty-stricken neighborhood, we're told, is "destined" to become a significant part of her life and an important player in the drama, despite the objections of family members to his rough-and-tumble background.

The big flag here is the character name: fans of the DC Comics Green Arrow franchise know the name Roy Harper as marching the Navajo-raised orphan boy who becomes Speedy, the eager and occasionally troubled sidekick to Green Arrow first seen in the 1940s, and later Teen Titans hero Arsenal and JLA member Red Arrow.

Still, while Arrow is largely observant of DC continuity, Speedy, like Robin, has no one set-in-stone trajectory. The series has a penchant for being provocatively original where possible; and Thea herself has been potentially functionally positioned as, and even nicknamed, Speedy. So there's no telling, in other words, how Haynes's character will be developed, or how integral he will be made to to Oliver's longer-term story.

It should be intriguing regardless. Given the past history of the two actors' screen presence, it's easy enough to imagine both sparks flying and seamless dynamic duo crimefighting.

Opening up a whole new can of worms, and bringing in the talented and charismatic Haynes, obviously enthuses the creators. "We were big fans of Colton from Teen Wolf and we are thrilled he's joining Arrow," says executive producer Greg Berlanti.
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