If you have seen the trailer for The CW’s Arrow, then you know Oliver Queen is pretty quick with the bow.  While those are amazing skills, don’t put your money on super-powered villain of the week when the series debuts this fall.

According to Stephen Amell, there won’t be anything resembling Smallville in the series.

“Nobody in our universe has super powers, so that’s a big jumping off point. I think we find Oliver Queen more injured than we saw him before. Other than in name, there are virtually no similarities between [Hartley’s version and the new version]. It’s not to say that one’s better than the other, it’s just that they’re so different, it’s almost weird to compare them.”

It would be interesting to see a studio take on a character like Green Arrow (but not called Green Arrow) and create a mystery of the week, noir drama, series that only relies on semi-believable skills. Having the hero face dangerous situations while still being human could lead to some powerful story telling.  Of course it could also lead to the 20-something romance angsty drama that The CW has been pumping out for years.

Arrow arrives this fall.

via Zap2it



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  1. From a fanboy perspective that is disappointing but I think it depends on how good the stories are written and directed. I’ll give it a go.

  2. I’ll give it a chance. One of the things that kept me from getting into Smallville was how every episode they’d have to shoe-horn in a super-powered villain in the early seasons, and with a few exceptions, they never figured out how to make the powers look good. So maybe this is a practical step to avoid it, and Green Arrow is a hero who doesn’t always have to be facing someone powered for it to be interesting.

  3. Maybe there’s an Intergang tie in and all the thugs have gadgets. Gadgets don’t count as super powers right?

    “Angsty romance” ruins everything!
    Remember when Vampires were cool?

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