The ink is not dry, but the CW is very close to finalizing a deal that would bring Green Arrow back to the small screen. ‘Arrow’ is an hour-long superhero drama based on the popular DC comic ‘Green Arrow.’ After a great run with ‘Smallville,’ bringing a new DC property back to the network was vital. “We’re looking next year to do a superhero show if the right superhero show comes to be,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said back in 2011.
The pilot for ‘Arrow’ was written by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, writers of ‘The Green Lantern’ (film version), and by Andrew Kreisberg (‘Fringe’ and ‘The Vampire Diaries’). The three are executive producers of the project as well. Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Television are producing ‘Arrow.’ The idea and storyline were created by Berlanti and Guggenheim; they brought in Kreisberg, who has written DC Comic’s ‘Green Arrow and Black Canary,’ to write the pilot. The story is not from the comics; ‘Arrow’ takes place in a new setting and tells an original tale.
In the comics, Green Arrow is the secret identity of Oliver Queen, a rich playboy. Queen’s fortune allowed him to create trick arrows, including explosive arrows, arrows tipped with kryptonite and rope arrows. Green Arrow is an extremely talented archer who uses his vast arsenal and honed skills to protect the people of Star City. ‘Smallville’ introduced Green Arrow to more people. In 2006, the character, portrayed by Justin Hartley, appeared in seven episodes; Hartley became a regular on the series in 2008. Hartley is not attached to this project. (I hope Hartley is considered for the role; it’s going to be difficult for me to see anyone else as Green Arrow/Oliver Queen.)
David Nutter, who directed the pilot for ‘Smallville,’ is rumored to be interested in directing the pilot for ‘Arrow.’