Arrow Season 2: Colton Haynes teases “red spandex” role

Arrow Season 2 could see Roy Harper become Speedy says star Colton Haynes

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Colton Haynes as Roy Harper in Arrow Season 1

Arrow fans have been puzzling over Speedy’s true identity all season. It looked like younger sister Thea (Willa Holland) was a shoe in for the role as Oliver Queen’s sidekick, until Colton Haynes’ Roy Harper appeared on the scene. Has he stolen her job?

“It’s funny – when I came aboard, she asked me the same thing,” he tells SciFiNow exclusively. “Interesting enough, there’s been a few times where I’ve called her Speedy and she’s called me Speedy and they’ve taken those scenes out of the show.”

Haynes revealed that when Arrow Season 2 begins, time will have jumped forward 4 months and Oliver will be missing. This gives Roy a chance to step up, following the destruction of his home, The Glades: “He thinks that because he’s been searching for the vigilante the entire time that he can easily become him, which I don’t think is the case,” Haynes tells us. “We’ll still see him being the smart-ass wannabe that he is, but hopefully he becomes something.”

On the show, Roy’s red hoody alludes to Speedy’s scarlet comic-book costume but Haynes revealed that he might be going all the way this season…

“I have a feeling that possibly red spandex might be in my future,” he says. “I’m trying to get in really good shape.”

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Roy Harper as Red Arrow in Justice League of America vol. 2 #11

There are few different iterations of Roy Harper’s alter ego in the comics, including Titans stalwart Arsenal, Justice League regular Red Arrow or the original kid-sidekick Speedy. Haynes’ personal favourite is Arsenal, because of the emotional baggage he brings.

“He starts to develop a drug problem and he really has to get down and out before he has a redeeming quality,” he explains. “It would be really nice to take that route; to go through the struggles his character has to go through in order to team up with Oliver.”

Arrow Season 1 will be available to own 23 September 2013, pre-order it on DVD for £21.02 or on Blu-ray for £27.49 from Amazon.co.uk. Season 2 will air on Sky 1 later this year.