Action movie icon Dolph Lundgren will take center stage in an upcoming Arrow episode set almost entirely during the flashbacks later this season.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim told ComicBook.com that he and the writers were aware of the excitement fans have for both Lundgren and the Bratva flashbacks, as well as the additional social media attention on all things Russian just now, all of which makes the episode seem like a good way to fill in some backstory.
"Russia is very much in the zeitgeist these days, and coming into the back half of the year, we're doing a lot more with Russia," Guggenheim told ComicBook.com. "We're going to do a Russia-centric episode, a flashback-centric episode like we did in the first three years of the show. We'll be doing that later on in the season and that will have Dolph Lundgren's character, Konstantin Kovar, very much front and center."
Guggenheim couldn't say much about what the episode would include, although he did hint that there might be a bit of political subtext in the back half of season 5.
The producer said, "In that episode -- assuming the scheduling works out because we're still writing this episode -- the plan is for Konstantin to have a very key meeting with a corrupt, American multimillionaire businessman. Make of that what you will."
That "scheduling" comment, though, makes it sound like this won't be a 1:1 comparison to U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, but rather somebody who audiences might recognize (with a bit of Trump subtext on the side).
No word on which episode he's talking about, although later in our conversation he made specific references to events that will take place in episode 12, so it seems likely that the Kovar-centric episode will be at least episode 13.
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The midseason premiere of Arrow, "Who Are You?," will air Wednesday, January 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.