Felicity will not become Oracle on Arrow, executive producer Wendy Mericle confirmed today.
Mericle tells TV Line that, while the creatives behind the series did discuss the possibility, the idea of Felicity Smoak becoming Oracle is simply “off the table.”
“That’s something we definitely talked about [doing] with Felicity in the beginning…. But yeah, it will not be Oracle, sadly,” Mericle. “People have to tune in to see what happens.”
Felicity was shot Arrow’s midseason finale, and presumed dead, but an international promo for the show’s return episode hinted that she may be alive, but would lose the use of her legs. Fans began theorizing that this would lead to Felicity taking over the persona of Oracle - the tech-savvy, wheelchair-using persona used by Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, in the DC Comics universe after she suffered a similar injury.
An episode of Arrow Season 3 that focused on Felicity’s backstory was even titled “Oracle” at one point, but the title was eventually changed. We can only speculate, but it sounds as if someone at DC Entertainment/Warner Bros. asked the showrunners to change their plans for Felicity.
Arrow returns to the CW on Jan. 20.