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.
“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.