Everything’s been Marvel this, and Marvel that lately, but DC doesn’t want you to forget that they too have superhero pojects in the works. Besides Batman, of course. The Smallville replacement, Arrow, about the adventures of a young Green Arrow, has been picked up for a season by the CW and today we learn the official synopsis. Finally, we can set our speculations aside and find out just what this show will be all about.
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.
The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Colin Donnell as Tommy, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, with Susanna Thompson as Moira Queen and Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance.
It’s obvious they’re playing up the similarities between Green Arrow and Batman, billionaire playboy by day, vigilant by night, but I’m surprised by the girlfriend’s father who’s a cop hunting said vigilante. Especially since that’s a dynamic we’re about to see play out in the new Spider-Man move. Then again, this might be a smart move taking a hero like Green Arrow and imbuing him with traits most non-comic book reading fans are already familiar with.
I have high hopes for this series, especially if they get Stephen Amell in a costume fighting crime real quick. My biggest gripe about Smallville was it really wasn’t about Superman at all. Also, I’m excited of the idea that just maybe, at some point, we’ll see Katie Cassidy pull on some fishnets.
Though this series does seem to have some odd anochronisms. Starling City? Like that sounds like a more probable town name than Star City. And he’ll be going by the name Arrow, not Green Arrow? Then why dress in green and not black? It’s odd, but hopefully these little things won’t detract from it overall. If this show’s executed well they could have a hit show on their hands. And, give thousands of people reason to tune in to the CW.
Arrow will have hour long episodes with a pilot scripted by Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim and directed by David Nutter (Game of Thrones). Will you give Arrow a shot when it premieres this fall?
Source: MTV’s Splash Page