Here's an extract from the Arrow panel at 2013 San Diego Comic Con, thanks to formytots0128. Arrow's co-creator and executive producer Marc Guggenheim mentions the addition of Summer Glau to the cast of the second season of Arrow.
Discussion of who will be appearing in Season 2 - brief mention of Summer Glau and her new character Isabel Rochev with production shooting already started. Lots of applause and cheers from the fans when Summer first appeared on the trailer of the season 2 premier. It's a good example of Summer's popularity with Comic Con fans. :)
You can watch the trailer shown at SDCC in the News. Read the latest tidbits of information on Arrow in the dedicated forum thread.
Hopefully this role is going to be a stepping stone to her career. I'd love to see her reach new audiences in non-genre tv shows/movies.
Meanwhile, I can't wait to watch Arrow season 2, premiering on Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
There's little we know about Isabel Rochev, the recurring character Summer Glau will play in the second season of Arrow. And we do not know to what extend Arrow's writer will stick to the comic book character.
In the DC comics, Isabel Rochev is a villain described as follow:
Isabel Rochev is from a small village in Siberia, where she lived a life of servitude ,working in a diamond mine. When the head of Queen Industries, Robert Queen, came to her village, she was inspired by the man, who she saw as a symbol of ones inner power. She fell in love with him and whilst he may or may not have loved her, she found him a great source of inspiration and vowed to make something of herself and rise from her humble status as a slave girl.
She achieved this goal when, many years later, as well as after the death of Robert Queen, she became the new CEO of Queen Industries, having brought large numbers of shares in the company, though many smaller organizations that she owned. Her goal was, and still is to make the name of Queen Industries great again, after the company had continuously lost profit and support for many years. She would soon begin to provide her own personal private security forces to Star City, as the corrupt bureaucrats of the city, who were desperate to try to keep control of the population, after hundreds were left homeless in the wake of the events of Cry For Justice. With much of Star City destroyed, Isabel soon began to increase her influence over the city and become closer to power.
Isabel is a somewhat eccentric individual and often wears a mask to hide her face. She also believes herself to be the true heir to Queen Industries and the true love of Robert Queen's life. This gives her her single minded nature and she is also know to wear the jewelry of Robert Queens wife, specifically her wedding ring. Now "The Queen" of Queen Industries, she desires nothing more than to make the company's name great again and see the disgraced son, Oliver Queen killed, by whatever means necessary.
Source: DC Wikia
In The CW's Arrow, Isabel Rochev is described as "the beautiful and dangerous Vice President of Aquisitions for Stellmoor International, a company looking to take over Queen Consolidated"...and that's it.
Fortunately, Arrow's writers and executive producers have given us some clues in season one episodes or when interviewd.
For example we know that Isabel Rochev has failed Starling City; her name appears in George Queen' book of corrupt people that Oliver is hunting down ever since he has come back from the island (see screencap below). And for this reason Isabel Rochev is probably one of the two villains executive producer Marc Guggenheim teased would be in the second season.
Arrow's Rochev arrives in Starling city under similar circumstances as her comic book doppleganger.
The soldiers created by Rochev bear a striking
resemblance to another villain seen in the island,
In the comic books, Rochev arrives in Star(ling) City right after an unnatural disaster that has left most of the city in ruins, while Arrows first season finale saw "The Glades" almost leveled after being hit by a man-made earthquake caused by Malcolm Merlyn.
Guggenheim revealed previously there will be two main villain in season two, one a physical challenge for The Hood and the other a cerebral, mental antagonist. In the comic books written by J.T. Krul , Rochev essentially privatized the law enforcement of Star City in an effort to capitalize on the chaos that resulted from the city's near destruction. That move fits the Malcolm-esque, cerebral baddie described previouly, don't you think? (it reminds me of Peter Fleming's privatization of the police forces in The Cape, btw).
When looking at the comics (picture on the left), we can't but note that the soldiers created by Rochev with her Defense Contract bear a striking resemblance to another villain seen in the island, Deathstroke/Slade Wilson. Could that mean that Deatstroke is connected to this private army, or even that he's leading them in present day Starling city together with Rochev?
That said, it is doubful that Arrow's writer will mirror the comic book character; Arrow tends to use characters from the DC comics universe, but often just invents its own plotlines using them. The announce that Caity Lotz has been tapped for a recurring role and the character she's playing is the beginning of the story of the Black Canary can only reinforce this feeling.
Some of you may have missed it but we got a glimpse of Isabel Rochev (even if her name was not mentioned) in Arrow 1×22 “Darkness At The Edge of Town”.
Near the middle of the episode, we return on the island and found out what Fyers’s boss end game is. Fyers, the man leading the operations on the island, is going to destabilize the Chinese economy by shooting down a Ferris Airlines plane. We see Fyers calling his boss using a satellite phone saying "It's happening". The man at the other end of the line then reports to a lady, visibly at the head of this whole operation.
The woman is only shown from the knees down as she is sitting in a chair, and of course the actress supposed to play the part was not cast at the time this episode was filmed (read more about Summer Glau's casting process in the Blog: Arrow: Will Summer Glau be Oliver's new love interest?)
UPDATE: it seems it's not Isabel Rochev in this picture but rather Amanda Waller (it became obvious at the end of season two)
Based on that image of Isabel Rochev, it's safe to assume that Arrow will provide their own version of Isabel Rochev. Whereas in the comics she's surrounded by wood furniture, the Arrow version seems to be living in a modern (high-tech?) environment (think Catherine Weaver but less "cold"). Similarly, the revisited Isabel prefers chic and elegant clothes instead of the long red skirt she wears in the comics (see image below). Similarly, it's very unlikely she'll be wearing a black mask and goggles.
One can wonder how close to the comic character Arrow will keep Isabel. And we would like an answer to those questions about Isabel:
Will she be Russian (from Siberia )?
Will she still have started out as a slave girl in the diamond mines ?
Will her alias still be The Queen ?
Will she still have once loved Robert Queen ?
Will she still keep her face covered ?
Will she continue with her fetish of wearing Moira's jewlery and wedding ring ?
On a related topic, we have already discussed on the forum the opportunity for Summer's character to go blonde. Check out the results of the poll.
Personally, I tend to think that the answer to those questions is no. Sure, at this stage, we have not enough elements to give a definitive and detailed answer but I can very well imagine Arrow making Isabel the love child of Robert Queen, making her Oliver and Thea's half sister (of course it makes the love story more complicated); or Isabe wearing an elegant hat with dark lace veil.
I’m curious to see whether Arrow uses Isabel as a straight villain or perhaps a complicated anti-hero and love interest for Stephen Amell’s Oliver (I'd prefer the later). I also expect Isabel to be a physical and not just a business challenge for Oliver Queen; you don’t cast the Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles actress just to look pretty.
Anyway, Arrow's writing proves that you can use and improve on a comic books source material to tell good stories on TV. Of course it can be confusing at times for comic books experts but I like the fact they don't simply re-told the comic book history or copy/paste the characters.
The Arrow panel at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, July 20th should provide us with further informations about what's coming in season two. Watch Arrows stars Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards as they discuss Summer's role in this interview.
Arrow returns on Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
In this interview made at San Diego Comic Con 2013, TVLine's Michael Ausiello chats with Arrow's stars Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen, and Emily Bett Rickards, who plays Felicity Smoak. They discuss season one finale, season two opener and Summer Glau's character Isabel Rochev.
Awesome news, both Stephen Amell and fan favorite Emily Bett Rickards will have scenes with Summer Glau in the season premiere. The Arrow's stars actually don't know much about Summer's character and are as intrigued as we are by Isabel Rochev but it seems Summer made quite an impression on them.
While waiting for additional informations, you can read my take on on Summer Glau's character in a Blog post: Will Arrow stick to the Comic Book Character?
The second season of Arrow begins on Wednesday, October 9 at 8PM PST/EST on The CW.
Why Summer Glau will probably enter Oliver's love life and why Olicity and Lauriver shippers should not be afraid.
Sci-fi favorite Summer Glau taking on the role of DC Comics character Isabel Rochev in the second season of Arrow has created quite a buzz but there not much that we know about her character in The CW's hit series. In season one, Arrow has diverted from the comic that inspired it and it remain to be seen whether or not Summer Glau's Isabel Rochev will mirror the character from the comic.
We have already discussed the opportunity for Summer Glau to go blonde in a poll but there's many more questions about her character that need an answer. Hopefully the upcoming Arrow panel at 2013 San Diego Comic Con will give some answers.
Meanwhile, it's legitimate to wonder if summer Glau's Isabel will enter Oliver's life to complicate matters.
Warning, if you haven't watched the show yet, the following informations contains spoilers on Arrow season one and two.
In the DC comics, it is suggested that Isabel Rochev could have had an affair with Oliver's father (which would make Oliver and Isabel half siblings) but I don't think that Arrow's writers will go that route.
In season one, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has had an impressive number of love interests; there was of course, Sara Lance (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and her sister, Laurel (Katie Cassidy). But there was also Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw), detective McKenna Hall (Janina Gavankar), Yao Fei's daughter Shado (Celina Jade), and while there wasn't much "official" romantic interaction between them (much to the despair of the Olicity shippers), there's also fan favorite Felicity Smoak played by Emily Bett Rickards ('Olicity much?).
Sure, Isabel Rochev will be interested in taking over Queen Industries but firstly you don't hire an alluring actress without afterthoughs (and by that i mean romance) and secondly, the season finale has created a favourable ground for a new romance in Oliver's life.
"Laurel won't be with Oliver because she feels herself responsible for Tommy's death, and seeing that the last thing he said to her was "I love you", it will be hard for her to be with Oliver right away", said an executive producer in an interview.
Olicity shots like these are no doubt sprinkled generously
in many a fan-made blog dedicated to Oliver and Felicity.
This is where Isabel Rochev come into play; in mid-June, the producers of Arrow were casting for a new major recurring character/possible series regular for Season 2. Here name was Lisa and was described as a mysterious woman with a tragic past. She will "wreak havoc on Oliver's heart and is equal to Oliver in every way".
Now we know that this mysterious Lisa is none other than Summer's Isabel Rochev. To be honest, Oliver doesn't particularly NEED a new love interest and he's got already too much going on with the woman listed above. More, one could argue what "wreak havoc on Oliver's heart" means exactly but since we're on a channel with a penchant for soap-opera, it should be read as "potential love interest".
Olicity (Oliver+Felicity) or Lauriver (Oliver+Laurel) shippers should not be afraid of Isabel Rochev entering Oliver's love life; as in any good tv show, the superhero cannot be with the girl he loves because it would be too risky for her and he pushes her away to protect her (you'll notice I did say "her" and not Laurel or Felicity). Another rule is that the main characters cannot fully live their love or the show would be over (it's called the Moonlighting syndrome), think about Smallville or Castle, inwhich the main protagonists had to wait 4 or 5 seasons before admitting their love for each other.
Who cares who Oliver sleeps with (It's an image, we don't know if Isabel and Oliver will do it). As long as Oliver/Felicity/Laurel work together through the seasons, grow closer, bond, etc., it should be good for all shippers.
Isabel Rochev will most likely be gone at the end of the second season and no doubt Arrow's writers will benefit from her venue on the show to developp the relationship between Oliver and the regular female characters. Laurel has her own destiny to fulfill before becoming Black Canary and ultimately she and Oliver being a romantic couple; Felicity's destiny is more vague but given the popularity of the character, Olicity shippers shouldn't worry too much. However, Summer Glau's character should not be seen as an obstacle but as a facilitator in the big scheme of things.
So, it appears that Oliver's love life will be just as interesting in Season 2 as it was in the first season. Tune in for Arrow season two this fall and find out what type of character Summer Glau will end up playing.
We should get a whole lot of new spoiler this Saturday, July 20th during the Arrow panel at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con.
As a bonus, I could not resist showing you a great Olicity moment that occured in Arrow 1x21 “The Undertaking”, when Felicity admitted to feeling better having Oliver inside of her in reference to the earpiece she was wearing to allow him to communicate with her while she embarks on a solo undercover mission. Oliver's "What can I say..." reaction is priceless.
Arrow's writers have introduced an intriguing new character in season 2, the alluring Isabel Rochev, played by the no less attractive Summer Glau.
But executive producer Marc Guggenheim has revealed in May 2013 that two major villains will appear in Arrow season two: "We'll have two big bads. They'll both be very recognizable names to fans of the comic book. We're really excited about both of them.
Marc Guggenheim, of course, didn't reveal the identities of these villains, but he did tease a "Malcolm-esque big bad and a Dark Archer-esque big bad."
We might assume that Deathstroke will be one of Oliver Queen's new antagonists, all the more so Manu Bennett, who plays Slade Wilson on the CW hit, has been promoted to series regular for Season 2.
Bennett’s Slade currently appears during the island flashbacks as Oliver’s ally. In the DC Comics, the character eventually becomes Arrow’s nemesis Deathstroke.
On the other hand, Summer Glau's role sure sound Big Bad-like, all the more so Oliver Queen defeated Malcolm Merlyn aka The Dark Archer in the season one finale, thus leaving room for the "Malcolm-esque big bad" hinted by Guggenheim.
The long version of DC comics supervillain known as Slade Wilson is "Deathstroke the Terminator", which is funny when you remember that one of Summer Glau's most iconic role is the reprogrammed Terminator known as Cameron in the tv series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles".
Deathstroke the Terminator first appeared in 1980, in the second issue of the book New Teen Titans. He was originally introduced as "the Terminator", a mercenary who was completing the terms of a contract undertaken by his son Ravager, but he quickly became one of the main antagonists for the Titans. Deathstroke quickly became a fan favorite character...Due to his popularity, Deathstroke received his own series, Deathstroke the Terminator, in 1991...Even though the character of Deathstroke the Terminator predates James Cameron's film The Terminator by four years, the Slade Wilson character is now simply called Deathstroke, even by characters who had called him Terminator for years. The full title has not completely fallen out of use, having been referenced as recently as Justice League Elite.
It looks like the writers of Arrow have come up with an intriguing storyline for season two and I’m looking forward to seeing how Oliver Queen will battle this pair of villains. Arrow returns on the CW on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
UPDATE: Summer Glau will play a DC comics villain in the final episodes of the second season. Check out the first official photos of Summer as Ravager.
The title for Arrow 2x01 has been revelead, along with more infos; check them in the News.
Alphas alumn Azita Ghanizada and Summer Glau became friends on set of the Syfy series. Azita has posted this lovelyphoto of her and Summer spending some time together.
The announce of Summer Glau's appearance on CW's hit superhero drama Arrow as a recurring character from the DC comics universe has made quite a buzz online.
Summer Glau has gained major geek cred by playing two of the most iconic characters in recent sci-fi history (River Tam in Firefly and Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), not to mention other notable credits including Dollhouse, The Cape, Alphas, The 4400, Grey's Anatomy, Chuck, The Big Bang Theory and most recently Hawaii Five-0. However, Summer Glau is not the first genre favorite who joined the cast of Arrow, whether as a main character or just for a guest appearance.
Here are a few familiar geektastic faces seen in the first season of Arrow:
Malcolm Merlyn, aka The Dark Archer, was played by John Barrowman, best known for his portrayal of Captain Jack Harkness on "Torchwood" and "Doctor Who."
Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, was played by Manu Bennett, best known for his portrayal of Crixus on "Spartacus: Blood and Sand".
The Count was played by Seth Gabel, best known for his portrayal of Lincoln Lee on "Fringe".
Nick Salvati was played by Tahmoh Penikett, best known for his portrayal of Captain Karl 'Helo' Agathon on "Battlestar Galactica".
The Dodger was played by James Callis, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Gaius Baltar on "Battlestar Galactica".
And now Summer Glau will fill the recurring role of Isabel Rochev. Could this show get any better? Don't forget to watch the premiere of Arrow on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8/7c on The CW.
You must know by know that Summer Glau will be playing a villain in the second season of CW's breakout hit Arrow. While fans have yet to hear much about Isabel Rochev on the series, the announce of Summer Glau joining the serie in a recurring role has created quite the buzz when tvline unveiled the scoop.
Yet it seems that Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen/Arrow in the serie, teased Summer Glau's addition in a video he published earlier today in his Facebook page, by saying that a "big news is coming today". Watch Oliver Queen himself as he teases Arrow season two from his trailer in Vancouver, where the serie is filmed:
Be sure to catch up with the first season of Arrow if you haven't watched it yet and don't miss the premiere on Wednesday, October 9 on The CW.