We announced that the CW had given the Green Arrow the green light less than two weeks ago but the CW isn’t wasting time casting for the show. It was recently reported that The CW has cast Stephen Amell as the lead character, “Oliver Queen.”
“Arrow” is based on the comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. While initially throughout his first twenty-five years, Green Arrow was not a significant hero. In the late 1960s, however, writer Denny O’Neil chose to have him lose his fortune, this put him in a unique working class advantage that many people could identify with. In 1970, he was paired with the more law-and-order-oriented hero Green Lantern in a groundbreaking, socially conscious comic book series. Since then added to the revival of comics of late, he has been popular among comic book fans and most writers have taken an urban, gritty approach to the character.
Green Arrow has gone over many revisions over the ages. As the general story goes, Oliver Queen gets shipwrecked on an island and learns to survive using a bow. Over the course of years, Queen eventually makes it back to civilization and back to his life as a billionaire; who owns a mansion and a very unreliable yacht. You can see some of the character profiles that CW has released for the show here. There is no word yet on who is set to play the rest of the cast though.
Having problems reintegrating with his former life, Queen snaps and decides to renounce his playboy/celebutard ways by helping the weak and downtrodden. Instead of giving to charities or using his money and influence to help society, Queen instead takes on a mission to personally handle crime as a masked vigilante.
Armed only with his billions of dollars, access to the latest crime fighting technology, supporting cast of quirky yet over talented allies, and a crippling dependency on bows and arrows, Oliver Queen dons a mask and calls himself the Green Arrow.
Essentially Green Arrow is the more politically left-centered Batman, but less whiny. Staying true to branding, Green Arrow used an assortment of tricked out novelty arrows. In his quiver were arrows such as the boxing-glove arrow, glue arrow, explosive arrows and the anti-Superman Kryptonite arrow. After zooming around and fighting crime in the Arrow-mobile and Arrow-Plane; say that one fast; Green Arrow would fight crime and return to his secret headquarters in the Arrow Cave.
There’s a good chance that the series won’t be as campy, but rest assured, Arrow will try to do for Green Arrow what Smallville did for Superman.
If this superhero series is to make any headway, the show and Amell will have to shake off the pretty-boy adventure genre currently on television. Amell having appeared recently on, “The Vampire Diaries” and “90210” does not fill me with confidence in the direction that the show could ultimately take.
Just don’t compare it to Smallville. No one ever asks who would win between Superman and Green Arrow. If they did, the answer is still Batman.