So I haven’t talked about this show yet because I was waiting for some more concrete stuff. Such as photo’s a video. Today I got a few of those.
Lets get the basics of who Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow is.
Green Arrow is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. His secret identity is Oliver Queen, billionaire and former mayor of fictional Star City. Dressed like Robin Hood, Green Arrow is an archer who invents trick arrows with various special functions, such as glue arrows, net, explosive, time bomb, grappling, fire extinguishing, flash and tear gas arrows, as well as cryonic, boxing-glove arrows, and even a kryptonite arrow. Originally developed as an archery-themed analogue of the very popular Batman character, writers at DC have developed Green Arrow into a voice of left-wing and progressive politics very much distinct in character from Batman, with his own supporting cast.
Hit the jump as I go into a bit more detail.
I would like to say that picture up at the top despite having obvious touch ups has me intrigued. Mind it its Photoshop touch-ups are obvious but I will say it looks much more believable and less gay then its Smallville counterpart. Also the Green Arrow that appeared in that show has no relation to the one in Arrow. Also The one pictured at the top does need a domino mask or something like the goggles shown in the current comics. Also Stephen Amell the actor playing Oliver queen needs to grow in that goatee some more. But if you are going for a clean shaven look that’s fine but don’t halfway it on me.
The Official CW description of the Ollie’s origin goes like this:
“After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island. While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was. Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance. As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory. By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness. However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city. Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.“
Now I as a fan of Green Arrow have no problem with this origin for the majority. After all this is Green Arrow’s origin in general as he was stranded on an island and had to survive on it and how did he do it? He made a bow and arrow. Now interestingly enough they say his ex-girlfriend Laurel Lance caught my eye. The reason it did is because Laurel is Black Canary’s middle name Dinah Laurel Lance now I have no idea why they chose to use the middle name but it does tell me that Black Canary will exist at some point in this universe. And in the photo at the top Laurel Lance is the played by Katie Cassidy who is pictured at the top on the far right. So that tells me that if and when we get to the point that Black Canary is introduce she will be wearing a wig. And I’m all for that since Black Canary is not a natural blonde. If Black Canary doesn’t have her Sonic Scream I will not be upset but I do expect her to be an ass kicking machine to the point that Oracle aka Barbara Gordan in the comics claims that she could outfight Batman. Now one thing I will nitpick about is the city’s name….Starling City at no point has the city been named Starling it’s just been Star City. The location of Star City is said to be close to San Fransisco Bay area.
Now just released recently is a clip of Oliver soon after coming home from the deserted island.
If you are wondering when this show is set to premier I good news for you. USA Today is reporting that Supernatural is headed to Wednesday nights at 9PM and Arrow will be slotted in front at 8PM. With CW’s ratings plummeting 15% this past season one would have to expect that Arrow will be given every opportunity to flourish. As to who is casted in this show well here’s the list:
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn
Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance
David Ramsey as John Diggle
Willa Holland as Thea Queen
Jamey Sheridan as Robert Queen
Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen
Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance
Colin Salmon as Walter Steele
Darren Shahlavi as Constantine Drakon
I will say now that I see that Oliver Queen’s “best friend” is Tommy Merlyn its a friendship doomed to fail. As Merlyn is an nemesis in the comics for Oliver Queen. So its only a matter of time for that relationship to end badly.
So that will end it here but I am looking forward to this show in the fall and hope its not Smallville bad.