After much speculation, fans of Green Arrow can breathe a little sigh of relief as the first image of the bow welding archer superhero has now surfaced thanks to the CW network.

Described as a modern retelling of the DC Comic’s Green Arrow story, the CW pilot revolves around former billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) who, after being marooned for five years on a remote island, returns with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime.

Coleen Atwood designed the Green Arrow outfit and it looks like the network spared no expense. Atwood is a 9 time nominee and 3 time Oscar award winning costume designer who has worked on ‘Dark Shadows’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Planet of the Apes (2001)’, and ‘Sleepy Hollow.’ It’s good to see that the producers are keeping to the green theme and Amell fits the costume well!

If you’re looking for a ‘Smallville’-esque type of series from ‘Arrow,’ then you might want to think again. David Nutter has different plans for this show:

“When I directed the pilot for Smallville, I knew that making Clark Kent relatable would be the key to audiences believing in him as a hero. Arrow is a different show — darker and harder-edged — but it’s the same core idea. We’re creating a real, believable world in which Oliver Queen can do incredible things. [Costume designer] Colleen Atwood’s great work on the Arrow costume reflects that effort.”

So what do you think of the darker and grittier look of Green Arrow? Let me know in the comments below!