I’d much rather have Stephen Amell in all his shirtless glory front and center but this brand new artwork will do. The CW just unveiled the first official cast photo for Arrow‘s second season. Without Amell’s well-defined abs, the most interesting thing about the artwork is the placing of the cast.

Given that Katie Cassidy (Laurel) is the love interest of Oliver Queen, it’s somewhat surprising she’s relegated all the way in the corner with new regular cast member Manu Bennett (Wilson). Noticeably standing right beside Amell is Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity). Props to her for parlaying a guest spot to recurring role to eventual series regular. Love, love, love her. Also making his debut in the official cast photo is Colton Haynes (Roy) who joined the show late during its freshman season.

The network also recently released a brand new trailer for the upcoming season. Arrow Season 2 kicks off on October 9 and will introduce a whackload of new characters this year. From what we know so far, this is the gist. Caity Lotz will come on board as Laurel’s presumed dead sister and possible Black Canary. Summer Glau joins the cast as evil businesswoman Isobel Rochev. Michael Jai White as Bronze Tiger, Kevin Alejandro as Sebastian Blood and Bex Taylor-Klaus as Sin will also be part of the mix. Later in the season, we will see the debut of Barry Allen aka The Flash as well. Check out the “City of Heroes” promo below.

Arrow Season 2 Promo – City Of Heroes