And The Fandom Rejoiced: Arrow

  • The revelation that the producers consider Nightwing the holy grail of DC characters that they'd want for an appearance on the show. Whilst it's unlikely that it'll happen due to the Batman/Superman movie and Gotham, much like the The Dark Knight Trilogy keeping Bruce Wayne out of Smallville, that the producers want the character to appear was a source of rejoicing for fans.
  • Felicity, Slade, and Roy becoming series regulars in Season 2.
    • Even the promotional posters with Felicity and Diggle standing front and centre beside Oliver were enough to get people excited about the season's apparent focus on Team Arrow.
  • The Flash series that will spin out of this show.
    • Better yet Three Ghosts ends with Barry getting his powers after being struck by lightning from the particle accelerator and falling into a bunch of chemicals.
    • Even better, after the series was confirmed to go to series, Stephen Amell announced he'll be appearing in the pilot.
    • The decision to change the Flash's Origin Story from a Backdoor Pilot (which would have been the 20th episode of Season 2) into a more conventional pilot was praised, as it allowed Arrow to keep the focus on its core cast at that late point in the game; further, episode 18 introduced Flash-regulars Danielle Panabaker (as Caitlin Snow) and Carlos Valdes (as Cisco Ramon), which had the double-benefit of world-building as well as the Early-Bird Cameo and Mythology Gag elements.
  • The announcement that Summer Glau would be cast in season 2. Many are happy about this, although some are cautiously optimistic, given the 'Summer Glau Curse' and all.
    • Doesn't hurt that the show did get another season (and more), although the SGC might not fully apply since Glau was only a recurring character this season.
  • Oliver taking up a Thou Shalt Not Kill policy pleased a lot of fans, especially those who didn't like his portrayal in the initial Huntress episode.
  • The implication in season 2's first episode that Ollie will start (eventually) calling himself Green Arrow has a lot of people pleased.
  • Three words: Ra's al Ghul.
  • Oliver Queen is getting a mask.
  • Roy joining Team Arrow and starting on the path to becoming Arsenal or Red Arrow.
  • Amanda Waller got squees when she was announced, but when she approaches Ben Turner, offering to put him in a squad that she's forming, nerdgasms resulted at the prospect of the Suicide Squad appearing on the show.
  • The announcement of episodes titled 'Birds of Prey' and 'Suicide Squad'.
  • Harley Quinn received a cameo in "Suicide Squad", to the delight of fans everywhere.
    • Also, Deadshot's daughter being introduced got many Suicide Squad fans excited, since she does add depth to his character.
  • Malcolm's return in the penultimate episode similarly got a very warm reception. And the day after the Season 2 finale, he became a series regular for Season 3!
  • Also coming up in Season 3: Katana, a more traditional Count Vertigo, and Ray Palmer/Atom!
  • Also-Also in season 3: Sara Lance/Canary is coming back!
  • Also-Also-Also happening in Season 3? Roy Harper is becoming Arsenal!
  • Also4 in season 3: Freaking Ra's al-Ghul is making an appearance; as the Big Bad!
  • Also5 in season 3: We meet Felicity's mom. This news was met with a nice reception, including the implication it will dovetail with a dive into Felicity's currently-undertold backstory.
  • "Guilty" saw the fan-favorite boxing glove arrow in action.
  • Thea finally being let in on the secret identity, given fans were getting tired of them being Locked Out of the Loop. Double points for not being a typical 'how could you lie to me this whole time!?' response, but instead a heartwarming moment between the two. The fact it then leads to the two getting ready to start training together to team up.
    • By that same token, Laurel finally telling Quentin the truth about Sara's death.
  • The news that a spinoff is in the works and Caity Lotz is being considered for the cast. Of course, given that Sara's been dead for a while now, this is more cautious optimism, but still... it's something.
    • And now the trailer for Legends of Tomorrow is out, showing that Sara really is coming Back from the Dead!
  • Al Sah-him" features Laurel finally using the Canary Cry and Thea finally wearing the (dark rendition of) Mia Dearden costume.
  • Tatsu finally puts on her full Katana gear from the comics - facemask and all in This Is Your Sword.
  • Barry showing up in full Flash gear in the teaser for My Name is Oliver Queen.
  • Ray is working on making the A.T.O.M suit shrink.