Green Arrow headed for the small screen

I must have missed a memo, but it appears that CW is prepping the emerald archer for a TV series. The bow and arrow adventurer is a perfect fit for a series in my opinion, with his wild charisma, devil-may-care attitude and sharp wit.

Controversially (perhaps) the series will not be a continuation of the Smallville version of Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance but a revamp from the ground up. Titled ‘Arrow,’ the series hopes to take up the mantle left by Smallville not long ago. Word is that this has s better chance of success due to GA being a lesser known property in comparison to Wonder Woman.

Judging from the footage I have seen, the real issue with the David E. Kelley Wonder Woman’s failure had less to do with her being well known by TV viewers and more to do with it being crap.

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“Supernatural” alum Katie Cassidy has joined the rapidly expanding cast of “Arrow,” playing Dinah “Laurel” Lance in The CW pilot based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow, Deadline reports.

The newly greenlit project, from “Green Lantern” screenwriters Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and “Fringe” co-executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, has already lined up Stephen Amall (“Hung”) as young Oliver Queen, David Ramsey (“Dexter”) as Oliver’s bodyguard John Diggle, and Susanna Thompson (“Once and Again”) as Oliver’s mother Moira.

Described as as “very provocative and sophisticated and edgy,” “Arrow” centers on wealthy bad boy Oliver Queen, who after spending five years shipwrecked on an island in the South China Sea, returns to Star City with a mastery of the bow and a determination to make a difference.

Cassidy, who appeared as the manipulative demon Ruby in Season 3 of “Supernatural,” will play Laurel — the alter ego of DC’s Black Canary — a crusading legal aid attorney who shares a romantic past with Oliver. According to a leaked character breakdown, she’s waging a one-woman war against the 1 percent following the death of her younger sister aboard Oliver’s yacht.

No stranger to The CW, Cassidy also starred on the update of “Melrose Place” and had a recurring role on “Gossip Girl.” Via CBR.com

Actor Stephen Arnell has cast as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, the playboy turned crime-fighter/radical politician. The addition of Dinah Lance/Black Canary is a wise one as it will expand the appeal to viewers and fans of the comic book heroes.

The pilot was greenlit (pun there) earlier this year. If it proves to be a success, expect to see the (soon to be) Anne Nocenti penned comic book series to step in line with the televised continuity… or vice versa.

More as it comes.

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5 thoughts on “Green Arrow headed for the small screen

  1. “…Kelley’s Wonder Woman’s failure…had more to do with it being crap” ZING! Ouch. I’ve got a lot of time for Kelley’s work on L.A. Law, Picket Fences, and Boston Legal but he was all wrong for the Woman of Wonder. That said the networks and studios have no guts they could have made a W.W. series or movie YEARS ago if they had anything about them, do you suppose it might, y’know, just *might* have something to do with them being lily-livered er…let me see how to put this mm yeah that’ll do… Sexist Pigs? By Jove, I think I’ve got it! We’ve had Hulk (twice), Spidey, Daredevil, Captain America, Green Lantern, frickin’ Ghost Rider, Thor, etc but NO Diana? Imagine this next bit in the voice of Steven Seagal circa Under Siege) Somethin’ Stinks M’man. (Seagal has now left the building) It stinks like Martin Lawrence’s performance in Big Momma’s House 2 or Steve Martin’s as Inspector Clouseau.
    Well on to the subject of your post, it’s a pity they can’t make a version for adults rather than for dumb teens (yeah suck it teens! Wait, that didn’t come out right. Yikes). It’s good that Dinah Lance is in it but bad that there’s a teen dream ponce as Ollie Queen. They should do a version combining the hard edge of the Mike Grell take with the Stickin’ -It-to-The-Man politics of the Denny O’Neill incarnation (it’d rile up conservatives for a start – up yours Romney, Gingrich and co, preferably with an arrow – which is always worthwhile. Ha) rather than settle for the bland modern day child Ollie. Bah! Remember when there was variety? Good Times. Ha.

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  2. I don’t think they are going that way… but I would love to see a “Longbow Hunters” take on a Green Arrow TV series. It would probably have to be on HBO or something due to the graphic violence in that series… but that comic turned me into a Green Arrow fan.

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  3. I really liked the Grell redesign of the costume it was in line with the look in Robin of Sherwood, I hate that they’ve gone retro. It was better when he wasn’t a millionaire, now he’s back to a pre-O’Neil/Grell state. Ach. Yes, I guess I am a grouch. The one dubious thing about The Longbow Hunters was the treatment of Black Canary but the rest of it was good. I see what you mean about it being HBO-y but if you look at the things they got away with in 24 I think it could work on network TV. But as you say they aren’t going that way (it’s the CW after all, blech).

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    • I agree, Black Canary was treated very poorly… perhaps even moreso with the semi-whitewashing that happened after Grell left the ongoing series where it seemed like they kind of undid all the trauma that Canary had used to grow stronger from.

      Still… as painful/wrong as that part of the story was… it would make more compelling TV than I’m afraid they will end up doing with this series. At least if they continued the Smallville character he had some history we had grown accustomed to… but if they had started that Green Arrow outside of Smallville, I wouldn’t have watched it much I don’t think.

      There are a lot of good O’Neil and Grell Green Arrow stories to borrow from and make a good series… but I think we both agree that isn’t likely to be way a CW show will be constructed.

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