ThanosCopter looks at all the Easter Eggs present in this week's episode of Arrow!
While we provided a pretty comprehensive recap of Arrow’s pilot episode last night, but there were plenty of easter eggs and references to the comic book that we didn’t touch upon. Luckily Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. While there's not nearly as much to cover this week, the Arrow writers still threw plenty of little easter eggs for readers. Arrow spoilers follow!
Unlike the last few weeks, there weren't as many ties to the comic books this week. To the best of my knowledge (and Google-Fu) both Peter Declan
Ankov - This week's "thug of the week" is named Ankov, who shares his name with a Green Arrow foe. In World's Finest #114, released way back in December 1960, Green Arrow and Speedy fought an extraterrestial alien named Ankov. Ankov had come to Earth to steal diamonds, which allowed him to shoot paralyzing beams from his hands. Ollie and Speedy defeated him with the help of the diminutive space-cop Van-Jon, an inches tall alien from the Planet of the Two Suns.
Rob Scott - Rob Scott, Diggle's replacement, hailed from Monument Point. Monument Point was created by Marc Guggenheim during his Justice Society of America run in 2010. The city, located close to Washington DC, also served as a burial place for the fallen god D'Arken. When D'Arken was accidentally awakened by the speedster Jessie Quick, Alan Scott, the original Golden Age Green Lantern, sacrificed himself to stop him. Of course, none of this is in continuity any more due to DC rebooting its continuity.
Iron Heights - Iron Heights, the prison where Peter Declan is being held at, is a famous prison in the DC Universe. Iron Heights, in the comics, is located in Keystone City and houses many of the Flash's rogues. It was introduced in Flash: Iron Heights by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver. Johns is currently the Chief Creative Officer at DC and works closely with Warner Bros. entertainment divisions on adapting DC's comic characters into television and movie franchises.
Andy Diggle - Just wanted to brag that I correctly pointed out that Deadshot was responsible for Andy Diggle's death a full week before Oliver pointed it out in the TV show. We pointed out Deadshot's tattoo last week.
Bludhaven - Another city that gets mentioned in this episode is Bludhaven. Bludhaven is a fictional city close to Gotham City and serves as the home to Nightwing for nearly a decade. The city is eventually destroyed during Infinite Crisis when Chemo, a toxic villain, is dropped into the city, flooding it with toxic chemicals. The ruins of the city are eventually used as a base for Darkseid during the events of Final Crisis.
Tempest - Tempest, the shell company at the center of Moira and Walter's plot this week, is also the name of two superheroes in the DC Universe. The first was a member of the Doom Patrol named Joshua Clay. Clay served as the team's physician for a while and was eventually killed by the team's founder Miles Caulder, after discovering a plot to unleash a genetic weapon upon the world. The second hero named Tempest is the original Aqualad, who took the name after he felt he outgrew his last codenamed. Tempest served as the ruler of Atlantis for a while before being killed by the reanimated corpse of his girlfriend Tula.
Jason Swanstorm - Jason Swanstrorm, Brodeur's lawyer, shares his last name with Elizabeth Swanstorm, an English professor at Florida Atlantic University, specializing in science fiction and fantasy studies. Swanstorm has written several essays about comic books. No clue if this just a coincidence or actual shout-out, but we'll give it a go anyways.
Peter Brodeur - Total speculation here, but Peter Brodeur, this week's evil corporate villain and member of "the List", shares a last name with Martin Brodeur, a famed hockey goalie who plays for the New Jersey Devils. Marc Guggenheim is from Long Island, New York, so there's a slim chance that he came up with the name as a homage to the Devils (although if Guggenheim is a hockey fan, he probably roots for the Islanders).
Matt Istook - While not a real Easter Egg in any sense, Kirby Morrow, who played Matt Istook (the Brodeur supervisor that Oliver tied to the train tracks) is a prolific voice actor who was the voice of Goku in Dragon Ball Z, Trowa Barton in Gundam Wing, and Cyclops in X-Men: Evolution.
And here's one I missed last week:
1700 Broadway - The hotel that Deadshot was staying at shares an address with the office building that DC's New York publishing office is housed at.
So that’s all the comic book references for this week, or at least the ones I caught. Join us next week as we break down Arrow’s ties to the comics! It should be a doozy, as Deathstroke is making an appearance!
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