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CW’s New ‘Arrow’ Edgier Than ‘Smallville’

Comic book based show not as comic book-y


“Arrow,” the upcoming new The CW show based on the Green Arrow comic book character, will resemble Jason Bourne more than it will a comics property.

Thom Sherman, the development head at The CW, recently told Entertainment Weekly that the planned “Arrow” is “very provocative and sophisticated and edgy.” He describes Oliver Queen, the man who becomes the Green Arrow, as someone who relies on physical strength and prowess as well as arrows — instead of superpowers and gadgets.

“He’s clever and able to devise ways of taking down a bad guy that are unique and fun to watch,” Sherman said. Maybe like a boxing-glove arrow to the face.

That makes it not only different from the comic books, but also different from The CW’s most recent comics outing, “Smallville,” which ended after 10 seasons last spring. That even includes the man who will play Oliver Queen himself, Stephen Amell, from shows like “The Vampire Diaries” on The CW as well as “New Girl” on Fox. He’ll take over the role from Justin Hartley, who played the Green Arrow in the “Smallville” series.

The pilot will be like many other comic stories, however, revealing the character backstory. That will include Queen’s little sister and mother, as well as a shipwreck that marooned him on an island for five years.

If you’re a fan of the Green Arrow, then you know that the same shipwreck kills not only his father, but also the sister of Dinah Laurel Lance, the character that becomes Queen’s future girlfriend in the comic books. No word yet on if that character will continue into the television series.

But we are getting a little ahead of ourselves. The CW has just ordered a pilot at this stage, and while it has pursued comic stories in the past by way of “Smallville,” it’s also turned some down, too (see “Aquaman”). Depending on what The CW thinks of the pilot, there could be a series pickup in time for fall, but those decisions haven’t been made yet.

The pilot includes the work of Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, as well as “Fringe” co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. The three of them, according to The Hollywood Reporter, also worked together on the short-lived “Eli Stone.”

Filming for the pilot is expected to take place early next month.

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