By Nick Romano
July 23, 2016 at 08:43 PM EDT

Since Arrow premiered in 2012, the show has gone on to incorporate all sorts of fantastical elements, including spin-offs with The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and the animated Vixen, as well as an element of mysticism with recent villain Damian Dark. Heading into season 5, executive producer Wendy Mercile teased a back-to-basics feel for the next big threat. 

“We’re going back, like Stephen [Amell] said, back to season 1 so we’re going to have some really badass monsters,” she told EW at Comic-Con. “We’re kinda really going back to the crime and the city, when we come back to it, it is — Mayor Queen’s in office and things are better and there’s no ultimate, impending terrorist attacks, but there is a lot of street crime and the mobsters have really taken over the city.” 

Amell reiterated a return to the heart of the show in discussing James Bamford, Arrow‘s stunt coordinator who directs the first two episodes of next season.

“Bam — we call him Bam Bam — gets it and gets the theme of the show, and it feels like it’s a street-level crime-fighting show and it’s about saving Star City and cleaning it up, which is what the show is,” Amell said. “I think the best version of the show is when we focus on that.” 

Watch EW’s full interview with the cast above. 

Billionaire Oliver Queen — under the vigilante persona of Arrow — tries to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society.
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