Images Of Oliver Queen's Brand New Alter-Ego Mask From 'Arrow'
Reported by Outsiders - 2013.11.19
Entertainment Weekly has brought us two images of the mask that Arrow will officially be getting come this December in the Three Ghosts episode. It was questioned to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, why now with the change and new look of the mask? ”Conceptually, it was something we wanted to do because Oliver himself is evolving as the Arrow - from vigilante to hero, sort of from Arrow to Green Arrow — and we wanted to see that progression in his costume as well,” Kreisberg said. “As Oliver is embracing being a hero, being a hero means stepping out of the dark and being more of a symbol, so he has to take steps to conceal his identity more.” “It’s going to allow the Arrow to interact with people who don’t know his identity in a much more organic way than having him constantly keep his head down,” says Kreisberg.
Over 50 mask options were put together by costume designer Maya Mani before the producers decided on the dark green design. Kreisberg credits exec producer Greg Berlanti for steering them toward simplicity. “A lot of our early attempts were very, shall I say, Joel Schumacher-esque. And it was really Greg who said not to overcomplicate it,” he said. “And I think what’s so wonderful about the design that Maya came up with is that it really is very simple, and it feels as if it’s been part of his costume since the beginning…once we finally had this mask and put it on Stephen [Amell], even Stephen was like, ‘This is the right one.’”
The revealing and change for the mask will be addressed on-screen, says Kreisberg. “He doesn’t just put on a mask. It’s actually a big plot point in an episode, and there really is a story behind, not only the need for the mask but also who provides him with it,” he says. “It’s going to be a little bit of a surprise, and once they see how the mask comes into creation, I think people will be really excited about it.”