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Arrow Annotations - S03E11 "Midnight City"

Written by Christian on Thursday, January 29 2015 and posted in Features

Arrow Annotations - S03E11

A look at all the comic book references and Easter eggs from last night's episode.

Welcome back to Arrow Annotations, the Internet's number one Arrow column. If you want to know more about the comics that inspired the TV show and random factoids about the latest episode of Arrow, you've come to the right place. Past articles can be found here.

If you enjoy this column, be sure to check out Flash Facts, my new column on Arrow's sister show, The Flash. And feel free to follow me on Twitter at @OH_IGW. Now onto the comic references!

Carlyle and Reimer Ave. - The street thug at the beginning of the episode mentions Carlyle and Reimer Ave. Those streets were named after Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer and former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.  Ben Sokolowski, who co-wrote the episode, is a big Maple Leafs fan. 

Los Halcones - Laurel threatens to pin the murder of the leader of the Los Halcones gang on one of Brick's gang members unless he gives her information about Brick.  The Los Halcones gang was first mentioned in "Guilty", when Wildcat's former sidekick tried to frame him for the murder of several gang members. 

Belle Reve - Laurel then threatens to send the street thug to Belle Reve prison instead of Iron Heights, where several gang members of Los Halcones are incarcerated.  In the comics, Belle Reve is a prison in Louisiana specifically designed to hold superhuman criminals.  The Suicide Squad was traditionally headquartered out of Belle Reve. The prison is named after a plantation in A Streetcar Named Desire, and is Cajun French for "Beautiful Dream".

Belle Reve has appeared on television before. Smallville used the prison as a treatment facility for people mutated by kryptonite exposure.  

redarrowRed Arrow - Channel 52 calls Roy "the Red Arrow".  In the comics, Roy took up the Red Arrow moniker during his time on the Justice League of America.  Hal Jordan first called Roy Red Arrow in an attempt to stop himself from calling Roy by his real name in battle. 

Brockton Point - Brick and the Mayor parley at Brockton Point, which overlooks Starling City.  Brockton Point is a real place in Vancouver, a part of the Stanley Park complex with popular totem poles and a 100 year old lighthouse.  Arrow filmed the scene between the Mayor and Brick on location at the actual Brockton Point. 

Brad Meltzer - Thea is shown reading the novel Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer.  Meltzer is a novelist and comic book writer, and has written several high-profile books for DC, including Identity Crisis, a six issue run on Green Arrow and a 12 issue run on Justice League of America (which heavily features Roy Harper.) A large portion of Book of Lies' plot features a connection between Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's creation of Superman and the Cain and Abel myth.  Part of the book also takes place in the Siegel House, the childhood home of Superman creator Jerry Siegel in Cleveland, OH.  The Siegel house was where Superman was allegedly conceived by Siegel back in 1932.

Kent St. - Brick's warehouse is located on 16th and Kent. There's a possibility that Kent St. could be named after a certain DC superhero, but I sort of doubt it. 

And that's it for this week.  Thanks for reading! 


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